SAN FRANCISCO -- The father of Governor-election Gavin Newsom has died at the age of 84.The Governor-Elect's spokesperson released a statement reading in part, "...avid environmentalist and retired Justice William Alfred Newsom III - passed away peacefully this morning at 9:59 A.M. at his home in San Francisco. Justice Newsom was a proud, lifelong Californian, a public servant of profound accomplishment and a powerful voice for individual rights and environmental protection." William Newsom was a former judge for the state Court of Appeals and had deep-rooted political ties in California.William worked with former Governor Pat Brown, and his sister was married to Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law.In 2004, William swore in his son Gavin in as mayor of San Francisco, something he would do again when his son was later elected Lieutenant Governor.William went to Saint Ignatius with the sons of oil tycoon "J. Paul Getty". He then attended the University of San Francisco and Stanford Law School. … [Read more...] about Justice William Newsom, father of Gavin Newsom, dies at age 84
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has all but ensured that she'll be elected House speaker in January by agreeing to limit how long she'd serve in the post to no more than four additional years. The California Democrat says in a written statement Wednesday that she is "comfortable" with the plan. Moments after she released her statement, seven rebellious Democrats said they would now back her. That essentially guaranteed she will be elected speaker when the full House votes for its leader on Jan. 3. A small group of unhappy Democrats — potentially enough to thwart her drive to win the job — had been threatening to vote against her unless she agreed to limit her service. The group wants the party's aging leaders to step aside for a new generation. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in the White House. Their discussion grew contentious over Trump’s demand for funding his proposed border … [Read more...] about Pelosi All But Assured of Becoming House Speaker
THERESA May will limp on in Number 10 after winning the confidence vote despite a THIRD of her own MPs wanting to sack her. The PM won the support of 200 Tory MPs, enough to stay in post, but with 117 MPs calling for her to go her time in charge seems to be running out. Mrs May admitted she'd endured a "long and challenging day" and pledged to listen to the rebels who voted against her. Less than two-thirds of MPs - 63 per cent - voted to keep Mrs May in power, fewer than expected by many observers. The uncomfortably close result suggests it will be extremely tricky for her to get any Brexit deal signed off. Speaking in Downing Street tonight, she said: "This has been a long and challenging day but at the end I am pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight’s ballot. "While I am grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues have cast their votes against me and I have listened to what they have said. "We now need to get on with the job of … [Read more...] about Zombie Theresa May stumbles through confidence vote – but how long until she finally falls?
IT was crunch time for Theresa May, who successfully saw off a vote of no confidence spawned from dozens of MPs writing letters calling for her ousting. The vote has been called just a handful of times in history - here are the embattled PMs who were forced to face the dreaded ballot. When was last time a Prime Minister faced vote of no confidence in the UK? The last vote of no confidence in a British Parliament occurred nearly 40 years ago, on March 38, 1979. Then opposition leader Margaret Thatcher brought the vote of no confidence against the former Labour PM James Callaghan. The government lost by a single vote, by 311 to 310. This vote would prove decisive - forcing a general election that swept Thatcher to power and would keep her there for the next 11 years. Before that, the last time an election was forced was in 1924, when Ramsay MacDonald, the first Labour Prime Minister, also lots vote. Labour would not return to government for the next 18 years. What … [Read more...] about When was the last time a UK Prime Minister faced vote of no confidence?
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 1:43 pm PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 People react to a proposed California tax on text messaging on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. People react to a proposed California tax on text messaging on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Photo: Twitter Screen Grab Photo: Twitter Screen Grab Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 People react to a proposed California tax on text messaging on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. People react to a proposed California tax on text messaging on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Photo: Twitter Screen Grab Conservatives have field day with proposed Calif. text message tax 1 / 15 Back to Gallery When news broke Wednesday morning … [Read more...] about Conservatives have field day with proposed Calif. text message tax