Dec 2, 2019

Gavin Newsom to campaign for Kamala Harris in Iowa

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will hit the campaign trail in Iowa next week for Kamala Harris as she tries to increase her support among voters there before the February caucuses, AP reports.

Why it matters: Harris has been stuck in the single digits in national polling and she's fallen back to sixth place in several Iowa polls. An appearance from Newsom will test whether a governor from the most liberal state has the appeal in the Midwest to revive her struggling campaign, which still doesn't have a TV ad up in Iowa.

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Biden puts anti-Trump NATO ad on TV after online success

Former Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa during his "No Malarkey" bus tour. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Joe Biden's 2020 campaign is now running a TV version of his viral digital ad — which shows other world leaders laughing at President Trump at NATO — in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

Why it matters: The former vice president is leaning heavily on foreign policy to make his electability pitch to voters and demonstrate another clear contrast between himself and Trump.

Go deeperArrowDec 10, 2019

Kamala Harris struggles to reignite presidential campaign

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Sen. Kamala Harris' 2020 campaign is in the midst of freefall as the campaign deals with disorganization at the highest levels and a dire financial situation, The New York Times reports, citing interviews with "more than 50 current and former campaign staff members and allies."

The big picture: At the start of the campaign, Harris shot to the top of the polls, especially after she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over his desegregation and busing policy. Flash forward to today, Harris is at the bottom of the polls in early states and is struggling to make a lasting impression on voters, the Times notes.

Go deeperArrowNov 29, 2019

California governor blocks PG&E bankruptcy plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom notified Pacific Gas and Electric that he rejected the utility's bankruptcy plan on Friday, The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Newsom said PG&E falls "woefully short," lacking critical accounting and safety measures, corporate governance and capital structure requirements in the state's new wildfire liability law. The governor's rejection is a blow for PG&E, as the company hopes to emerge from bankruptcy in the coming months and begin compensating wildfire victims, the Post notes.

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