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Harris and Trump Are Neck and Neck in Polls

Vice president outperforms or statistically ties Biden in 3 of them

(Newser) - "Does Kamala Harris have what it takes?" That's the question posed by the Independent as it speculates on the US vice president's chances of beating Donald Trump should President Biden step aside so she can make a run in November. According to recent polls, the answer seems...

Newsom Calls for Banning Smartphones in Schools

California governor is looking for the move to be made over the summer

(Newser) - If Gavin Newsom has his way, smartphones will soon be banned from public schools in his state. The California governor on Tuesday called for such a ban to be instituted by the end of the current legislative session in August, Politico reports. "As the Surgeon General affirmed , social media...

California Now Allows Arizona Doctors to Perform Abortions

New law allows doctors to perform abortions for their patients amid a temporary state ban

(Newser) - Arizona doctors can temporarily come to California to perform abortions for their patients under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, reports the AP . California's law is meant to give Arizonans an option to receive legal abortions from their doctor over the next several months when nearly...

Newsom Dashes California Efforts to Keep Trump Off Ballot

State Democrats are exploring ways to apply Colorado decision

(Newser) - California's lieutenant governor is among the Democrats looking for a way to keep Donald Trump off the state's primary ballot next year—given the court decision to block the former president in Colorado. But California's Democratic governor is not on board, Politico reports. "There is no...

Takeaways From the 'Great Red vs. Blue State Debate'

Florida governor was feistier against Democrat than he has been in Republican debates

(Newser) - Two governors clashed Thursday night in what Fox News billed as "The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom debated for 90 minutes in an empty studio in Georgia. Both governors hurled insults at each other in the debate, which...

DeSantis, Newsom Hurl Insults During Debate

And Trump, of course, weighs in

(Newser) - In an alternate reality, the prime-time showdown between California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday could have been a preview of a 2024 general election debate. Instead, the 90-minute meeting was a hard-to-explain event that pitted one struggling Republican presidential hopeful against a Democratic...

Fox Pits DeSantis vs. Newsom
Newsom, DeSantis
in Fox Showdown

Newsom, DeSantis in Fox Showdown

Democrat, Republican to debate for 90 minutes, then speak to reporters

(Newser) - California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will debate Thursday night on Fox News Channel in an event featuring two young, high-profile leaders with presidential aspirations who may have to wait a while to realize them. Newsom, 56, has talked about eventually running for president but...

California Reopens Burnt Freeway, Releases Suspect Photos

I-10 was reopened well ahead of initial schedule

(Newser) - An elevated Los Angeles freeway closed for more than a week because of an arson fire reopened ahead of Monday morning's commute, at least a day earlier than previously announced and weeks ahead of the original estimate. "The 10 is BACK! ... This is what happens when we work...

'Malice Intent' Behind Massive LA Freeway Fire

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says investigation is ongoing

(Newser) - The fire that damaged a major elevated interstate near downtown Los Angeles, shutting it down (and snarling traffic) indefinitely , was likely arson, officials have determined. The blaze started under an overpass early Saturday, and sources tell the Los Angeles Times wood pallets and sanitizer (accumulated amid the early days of...

LA, Get Ready for a Gnarly Commute
LA's Gnarly Commute
Just Got Worse

LA's Gnarly Commute Just Got Worse

Fire causes damage to Los Angeles interstate, drivers are urged to take mass transit on Monday

(Newser) - Los Angeles motorists should expect traffic snarls during the Monday commute as crews assess how much damage was caused by a raging fire over the weekend that closed a major elevated interstate near downtown, officials said. Hazardous materials teams were clearing burned material from underneath Interstate 10 to make way...

Newsom Vetoes Bills on Condoms, Insulin

Fellow Dems aren't happy

(Newser) - Gavin Newsom has been putting his veto pen to good use in recent days, earning criticism from fellow Democrats on two bills specifically. First, on Saturday, the California governor nixed legislation that would've barred insurance companies from making consumers pay more than $35 per month out of pocket for...

She's Expected to Be a Senator in 2 Days
Laphonza Butler Is
America's Newest Senator

Laphonza Butler Is America's Newest Senator

Third Black woman to serve in Senate was sworn in by the second

(Newser) - America's newest senator, Democratic Sen. Laphonza Butler, was sworn in to replace the late Sen. Barbara Feinstein on Tuesday, making history in more ways than one. Butler, president of the Emily's List fundraising group, is the third Black woman to serve in the Senate and she was sworn...

DeSantis, Newsom Agree to Debate on Fox

Sean Hannity will moderate debate between Republican, Democratic governors

(Newser) - While Donald Trump is shunning Republican debates, one of his rivals for the GOP nomination has agreed to debate somebody he isn't even running against. Fox News says Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has agreed to debate California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Nov. 30, NBC News reports. Fox says the...

Lawyer: Manson Family Member 'Thrilled' at Latest News
Manson Follower
Freed After 53 Years

Manson Follower Freed After 53 Years

Leslie Van Houten is now in transitional housing, lawyer says

(Newser) - Leslie Van Houten has been released from a California prison after serving more than 50 years for her role in some of the most notorious murders in American history. Attorney Nancy Tetreault says the 73-year-old former Charles Manson follower left the California Institution for Women in Corona Tuesday morning and...

California's Newest Lake Is a Surprise Visitor

Ancient Tulare Lake returns thanks to heavy rain and snowmelt, but it's not for swimmers

(Newser) - At one time Tulare Lake was the biggest freshwater lake in the West. Over time, California's agricultural needs drained it away, leaving behind verdant farmland. Then came the winter of 2022-2023 and its massive storms, piling snow on Golden State mountaintops and inundating the lowlands. Tulare Lake returned to...

Among Prominent Democrats, a 'Biden Gap' Emerges
Democrats Are
Facing a 'Biden Gap'

Democrats Are Facing a 'Biden Gap'

The bigger the name, the bigger their support of the president in 2024, writes Jonathan Martin

(Newser) - In an assessment of the 2024 race for Politico Magazine , Jonathan Martin writes of what he calls the "Biden gap" among Democrats. "The further up a Democrat is on the political food chain, the more publicly supportive and even defensive they are of the president," he writes....

Gavin Newsom Proposes 28th Amendment

Governor wants to 'enshrine fundamental, broadly supported gun safety measures into law'

(Newser) - There hasn't been a new amendment to the United States Constitution since the 27th Amendment in 1992—and that one took more than 200 years to ratify—but California Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing for a 28th to deal with gun violence. According to a statement from the Democratic...

Gov: Manson Family Member Poses 'Unreasonable Danger'
Court Calls for Freeing
Manson Family Member

Court Calls for Freeing Manson Family Member

Decision overrules California governor on parole for Leslie Van Houten, 72

(Newser) - A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that Charles Manson's youngest follower should be released from prison, reversing Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 2-1 decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said Leslie Van Houten "has shown extraordinary rehabilitative efforts, insight, remorse, realistic parole plans, support...

Should Feinstein Resign? The Public (and Hillary) Weigh In
Big Name Pops
Up as Possible

Big Name Pops Up as Possible Feinstein Replacement

'Floated in California circle' as debate continues on whether 89-year-old senator should resign: Oprah

(Newser) - From a recent "concerning" exchange with a journalist, to the odd revelation that Nancy Pelosi's daughter is serving as her aide, Sen. Dianne Feinstein continues to spur questions on whether she should step down after a debilitating bout of shingles and related conditions . One person on the side...

Target Pulls Some Pride Merchandise, Citing Threats
Target Yanks Some Pride Merch

Target Yanks Some Pride Merch

Employees feared for safety, designer faced death threats

(Newser) - Target will remove some LGBTQ-themed merchandise from its stores and website after shoppers threatened store employees and knocked down displays. The retailer has received negative reactions to its Pride Month merchandise, including rainbow-colored clothing and decor items, in the past, but employees have been met with an aggressive response this...

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