Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) and former state schools superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) won’t be allowed to list their former titles on the ballot, while Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and state Treasurer John Chiang (D) “can both use their impressive titles on the ballot.” (Los Angeles Times)
ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP. Teamsters Joint Council 7 endorsed Newsom on Friday. (release)
San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee (D) endorsed Chiang. (San Francisco Chronicle)
ON THE ATTACK. “Chiang plans to launch a new attack against … Newsom … Tuesday by pointing out that” former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) Newsom’s 2013 book, Citizenville, “a blueprint for the Republican Party.” (Los Angeles Times)
Chiang said he supports “universal care” and “the approach of single-payer.” “But, he was quick to add: ‘If we’re gonna bring in a new health care system, then we ought to tell people how much it’s gonna cost and how we’re gonna pay for it.’ Yet when asked how much it would cost and how he’d pay for it, Chiang didn’t say. Instead, he raised his own questions about what a single-payer system might look like in California.” (Capital Public Radio)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. Businessman John Cox (R) in a recent pitch: “I love this state, I have three homes here. … I can hear my PR guy having a heart attack, but I want people to know I’ve made an investment here, I love it.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
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"Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned following days of large-scale street protests against him." Sargsyan had previously served 10 years as President, and protestors accused him of clinging to power. "In 2015, Armenians voted in a referendum to shift the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system, stripping powers from the president and giving them to the prime minister." Sargsyan's government has also been criticized for failing to ease tensions with Azerbaijan and Turkey, and "for its close ties to Russia, whose leader Vladimir Putin also moved between the positions of president and prime minister to maintain his grip on power."
President Trump "welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron the White House" today to begin a three-day state visit "expected to be dominated by U.S.-European differences on the Iran nuclear deal and souring trade relations." Trump has vowed to scrap the Iran nuclear deal "unless European allies strengthen it by mid-May." After meetings on Monday and Tuesday, Macron will address Congress on Wednesday, "the anniversary of the day that French General Charles de Gaulle addressed a Joint Session of Congress in 1960."
"A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking," the suspect in a mass shooting that killed four people in a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday, had his state firearms card revoked last year by state police, but that "his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn’t be shared with his son ... Huston says Reinking’s father has a valid firearm ownership card, and his officers didn’t believe they had any authority to seize the weapons." Police are still searching for the 29-year-old suspect.
Senators on both sides of the aisle are beginning to sound skeptical that Ronny Jackson can be confirmed as Veterans Affairs secretary, mostly citing his lack of management experience. "Veterans groups have mostly declined to give Jackson ringing endorsements; and the White House is also aware of specific concerns about Jackson's professional conduct in the Navy that have been taken to Jon Tester in his capacity as ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee."
"President Donald Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and isn’t willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests, administration officials said. Those two closely related questions—the pace of Pyongyang’s nuclear dismantlement and the timetable for sanctions relief—stand to be the major issues of the summit."