Sadly for those of us hoping California would go full commie as an object lesson for the rest of the nation, the state legislature has shelved the proposed $400 billion single-payer health care bill. Democrats are naturally blaming Trump, because the scheme would require a bunch of waivers from the Administration to go into effect, but the real reason is that it’s a total lunatic idea, and there a just enough Democrats who recognize this. You might as well build a high speed rail up the middle of the state. Oh, wait. . .
Anyway, expect single-payer to come back as a central issue for the governor’s race next year. Likely front-runner Gavin Newsom will campaign for it, but interestingly one of his chief rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has been tacking to the right (for a Democrat) perhaps in an attempt to position himself better against Newsom and his Bay Area base. Villaraigosa has been making some acerbic comments about “Tesla Democrats.” Could be some great blue-on-blue action next year.
Meanwhile, California’s new attorney general, Xavier Beccara, has banned state-funded travel to eight states (Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee) because those states “discriminate” by having laws repecting religious conscience and bathrooms in accord with human nature. So now California state employees will not be going to those states, for which those eight states must be grateful, while the other 41 states not yet shunned by California are wondering how they can get on Becarra’s list.
Tennessee has issued a proclamation celebrating this gift from California as follows (click to enlarge):