Former Rep. Doug Ose (R) “is considering a run for California governor. … He has begun showing up at more political events in recent weeks.”
“Ose, a Trump delegate at the 2016 national convention who said at the time he was finished with electoral politics,” said “he has grown tired of watching on the sidelines as politicians fail to tackle homelessness, under-performing schools, high taxes and housing markets across the state that have become out of reach for many Californians.”
Ose: “I know we can do better. … We know what the Democrats are going do. They are going to be captives of a Legislature dominated by Democrats. So I am taking a real look at the governor’s race.” (Sacramento Bee)
MONEY MATTERS. State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) before he entered office gave about $25,000 “to the Democrats he now denounces—including [term-limited Gov. Jerry] Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state Democratic Party and a congressman who has filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. … Allen said his donations were the result of buying tickets to political events.” (Mercury News)
Former state Schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) “made an average of $170,785 annually over the last six years and paid an average of $37,539 in state and federal taxes, according to … six years of her tax returns [released] on Tuesday.”
“Eastin made most of her income, about $88,525 annually, from the pension she receives from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The pension was earned from her years as state superintendent of public instruction and a state assemblywoman. She also made an average of $14,766 annually as an ‘educational consultant,’ working for a long list of school districts, universities, nonprofits, and private schools.” (Mercury News)
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"White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were 'uninformed.'”
"House GOP leaders on Tuesday night pitched a new strategy to avert a looming government shutdown that includes children's health funding and the delay of ObamaCare taxes. Lawmakers need to pass a short-term stopgap bill by midnight Friday, when money for the federal government runs out. The latest GOP plan would keep the government’s lights on through Feb. 16, and be coupled with a six-year extension of funding for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The continuing resolution or CR would also delay ObamaCare's medical device and Cadillac taxes for two years, and the health insurance tax for one year starting in 2019."
"A key Senate negotiator and White House official on Tuesday expressed little hope for an immigration deal this week but nonetheless predicted that Congress can avoid a government shutdown." Marc Short, the White House Capitol Hill liaison, said he's optimistic about a deal on DACA overall, but not this week. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn also said he doubts an agreement can be made before week's end.
"Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen confirmed that President Trump used 'tough language' in an Oval Office meeting last week over immigration policy, but she said she did not hear him describe some African countries and Haiti as 'shithole countries,' as has been reported." When pressed she, also said she "didn't know" whether Norway was a predominately white country.