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
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