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State of Affairs: Protests for Pelosi, Sanders speaks, GOP health bill

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) looks on during a press conference regarding the Senate's defeat of the GOP health care plan, on Capitol Hill, July 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans failed to pass a stripped-down, or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform early Friday morning. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Today on State of Affairs:

  • It's not easy being Nancy Pelosi. A news conference in her hometown of San Francisco turned tense as pro-immigration protesters took the floor.
  • As lawmakers debate the latest Republican health bill, there's some new data on how it could affect California. Spolier alert: It doesn't look good. 
  • Bernie Sanders barnstorms the Golden State, pushing his single-payer health care bill. 

Is CA fertile ground for Sen. Sanders?

The Sacramento Bee recently made the case that Sanders could be "cultivating" California for 2020. 

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at USC, explains the Bee's reasoning: 

The case that's made for Bernie Sanders is: "Why not? Why doesn't he cultivate it? He should cultivate California if he has even a glimmer of becoming one the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president." 

Really, he came closer than anybody — including Bernie Sanders — would have expected in 2016. The California electorate is fertile territory for his liberal, his progressive policy stances. 

Not to mention, we're pretty fertile territory for campaign contributions, too. I believe California gave Bernie Sanders something like $17 million in the last presidential election. 

These days that doesn't sound like much, but it is a good start, as they say.


  • Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC
  • Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook

Press the blue play button to hear more about what Bernie Sanders will discuss later Friday

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