California’s governor may emerge as top defender of liberal values

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tough rhetoric toward the possible agenda of President Donald Trump’s administration. Four-time Gov. Jerry Brown, who has a history of political independence, may be the Democrat most likely to chart a path that not only defends liberal values but also finds some practical middle ground with Washington.

“California’s never turning back,” he said, eliciting a standing ovation. “Not now, not ever.”

“That is as hard, as tough, as I have ever heard him,” says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. “He drew that line in the sand with that speech.”

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