Episode #189: Jerry Seeks Donnybrook

We’re still trying to catch our breaths over the drama concerning the Senate health care votes and the return of John McCain, and President Trump’s treatment of his attorney general.  But we lead this week’s show with a look at California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is trying to anoint himself as the progressive alternative to Trump.  Dan Walters, a longtime columnist for the Sacramento Bee who just moved over to CALMatters, sums up Brown’s career in the 40-plus years since he was elected governor the first time.

All the governors have been rated by Morning Consult, the media, and technology firm — the good and the bad.  David Mark and Cameron Easley of Morning Consult dissect their rankings from the very best to the very worst.

Simon Sidi is the creator of Politicon, the annual event in California that combines leaders in the political world with stars of the comedy and entertainment field.  The 2017 incarnation of Politicon is this weekend, July 29 and 30, and Sidi tells us what to expect.

And we go back 43 years, to the fateful July 1974 vote of the House Judiciary Committee to impeach President Nixon for crimes committed during the Watergate scandal.  Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democrat from New York who at the time was a freshman member of the House, describes what she went through during that historic and troubling period.

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Music used in this podcast: 

Already Gone by the Eagles

California Über Alles by the Dead Kennedys

I Like You by Phyllis Nelson

On with the Show by the Rolling Stones

Maverick theme song from TV series

Go Now by The Moody Blues

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  1. fulto006 says:

    In light of the recent turmoil in the White House, some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring whether the president could fire himself, according to people familiar with the effort.
    One adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his firing authority. “This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to fire myself,’” a close adviser said. “It is more along the lines of, ‘Since I seem to be the cause of so much of the turmoil, and since I can’t seem to get anything done in Congress, might it improve the situation if I did fire myself?”
    John Dowd from Trump’s legal team called the story about Trump considering firing himself “nonsense”, a “complete fabrication”, and “totally without any basis in fact.”

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