California Watch Posts

Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

December 3, 2019

California Sen. Kamala Harris announced Tuesday that she is suspending her presidential campaign, citing a lack of financial resources. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Harris wrote in a letter to supporters Tuesday. Read More

California’s Individual Mandate 2020: What You Need to Know

November 26, 2019

California is implementing its new state individual mandate in 2020. It requires all California residents to maintain Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) – medical health insurance coverage – for themselves and their dependents beginning January 1, 2020. Californians who do not maintain this coverage, or otherwise meet exemption requirements, will be subject to a tax penalty that somewhat resembles the former penalty at the federal level. Read More

California’s New Gig Economy Worker Law Faces First Lawsuit

November 19, 2019

The California Trucking Association has filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law seeking to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft. Read More

Does Gavin Newsom Have the Answer to Democrats’ Health Care Fights?

November 19, 2019

A year and a half ago, Gavin Newsom was in the same place as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, running in a tough Democratic primary and vowing “it’s about time” for a single-payer health care system while dismissing his critics as “can’t-do Democrats” who refuse to think big. Read More