This week on State of Affairs:
Saving the CA GOP
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger compared California's GOP to a sinking ship Wednesday. The remarks came at an event put together by a group called New Way California -- an organization formed by Republican lawmaker Chad Mayes. Yes, that Chad Mayes.
Flanked by Ohio Governor John Kasich, the Governator pitched a plan to turn things around for the party, going so far as to suggest that donors withhold their donations until the state party takes on a more centrist approach.
John Cox gets a boost
New data from the Public Policy Institute of California shows a surprising twist in the governor's race: it now puts Republican John Cox in second place behind Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Cox elbowed out Antonio Villaraigosa, who ranked second in its last poll from January.
It might be good news for Cox, but Claremont McKenna politics professor Jack Pitney says he wouldn't celebrate just yet:
"In Newsom and Cox, game over; Gavin Newsom would be the next governor," Pitney says.