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Newsom shreds Pence over vote to block Planned Parenthood money
Associated Press
March 30, 2017

The second-ranking politician in California is calling out the No. 2 official in the federal government for "astounding" hypocrisy after a United States Senate vote on Planned Parenthood funding.  

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom sounded off on Facebook after Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate on Thursday. The legislation was rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

Poll: Newsom tops list of candidates for governor
Mercury News
March 29, 2017

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is maintaining a clear edge over other declared candidates in the 2018 California governor’s race, according to a new poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom asks Trump for cooperation with California on marijuana regulation
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2017

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a leading supporter of Proposition 64, sent a letter to President Trump on Friday, urging him not to carry through with threats to launch a federal enforcement effort against recreational marijuana firms that will be legalized in California.

The letter, which was copied to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, came a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, "I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement” against recreational-use marijuana.

Newsom’s letter attempts to persuade the president that a regulated market for adult-use marijuana is preferable to what has existed in the past.

“The war on marijuana has failed,” Newsom wrote. “It did not, and will not, keep marijuana out of kids’ hands.”

Newsom runs for governor, waging 140-character war against Trump
Sacramento Bee
Febraury 10, 2017

Six years into it and aspiring to move over to the governor’s suite, Newsom is using the position of lite guv to be everywhere. As a UC regent, he voted against a tuition hike. That heartens younger voters. As a State Lands Commission member, Newsom is challenging venture capitalist Vinod Khosla’s effort to restrict access over his property to Martins Beach in San Mateo County. That plays well to environmentalist activists.

Mostly Newsom is in the face of President Donald Trump, giving voice to horrified liberals by using the president’s medium of choice to regularly tweet smack to his 1.29 million followers.

Gavin Newsom joins travel ban protesters at SFO
Mercury News
February 2, 2017

As hundreds of outraged protesters descended on SFO last week to protest President Donald Trump‘s travel ban on refugees, they were joined by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom, dressed in a dark suit and fresh out of a Chinese New Year event in San Francisco, said he didn’t go to the airport as lieutenant governor, but as someone who felt “sick to my stomach” about the travel ban.

Newsom holds early fundraising lead in 2018 governor’s race
San Francisco Chronicle
January 3, 2017

Fundraising is already ramping up for California’s 2018 gubernatorial race, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has an early lead over his announced competitors.

According to memo his campaign sent to donors Tuesday, Newsom raised $2.7 million in the second half of 2016, giving him a total of $11.5 million cash on hand. That’s far more than his major announced rivals, who include state Treasurer John Chiang, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Newsom’s camp reported having more than 30,000 individual donors. Thanks in part to winning two statewide races and having a national profile, Newsom also led the field of announced and potential 2018 candidates in a November Field Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley Poll, with 23 percent of the registered voters surveyed.

Gavin Newsom calls on UC and CSU to shield students from deportation under Trump Administration
The Mercury News
November 17, 2016

California’s public colleges and universities should be declared “sanctuary campuses” and protect law-abiding students from the threat of deportation, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote in a letter to leaders of Cal State, UC and the community college system.

“We must take urgent stock of current policies and vulnerabilities pertaining to the personal data held and processed by the University of California, to shield students from federal agencies under a Trump administration,” he wrote.

Gavin Newsom favored for California governor – followed by two Republicans
Sacramento Bee
November 14, 2016

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the early favorite to succeed fellow Democrat Jerry Brown in the 2018 gubernatorial race, as the state’s second-in-command holds large advantages among Democrats and independents, according to a new Field Poll.

Newsom, leading with support from 23 percent of registered voters, is followed by a pair of rising Republicans: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (16 percent) and outgoing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin (11 percent).



California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor's race
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2015

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California.

The Democratic hopeful was swarmed by dozens of attendees who ran onto the stage to snap selfies as rock music blasted through the conference center ballroom. Newsom joked the scene felt as if he had already won the race, which is three years away.   

The endorsement from the California Nurses Assn. was "one of the the easiest endorsements" the union has ever made, said Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. She said the union's board did not interview any other potential candidates.

They selected Newsom because he launched the country's first universal healthcare initiative while he was mayor of San Francisco, three years before President Obama's healthcare package was approved by Congress, she said.

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