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Jared Huffman (D-CA) represents PBC in the House, and was a DC roommate of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. We cover many topics in this interview.Huffman was elected to Congress in 2012, and spent 6 years in the minority. We open the conversation talking about the big difference when your party is in control.
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Then we talk about Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who lost a Senate race to Ted Cruz in 2018. O’Rourke and Huffman shared a DC apartment for 3 years, and Jared has interesting comments about Beto and his political skills.
We discuss the Green New Deal, and present Huffman with a copy of the blueprint for planet survival, the new book 2100: A Dystopian Utopia. Huffman says he hopes to address the causes of climate change before it’s too late.
We also talk about improvements to the Democratic Party nomination process for 2020, and disagree about the role of superdelegates, including Huffman, in 2016.
We also talk about the prospects of impeachment, regime change in Venezuela and Iran and other issues.
At the 43-minute mark, we shift to local and state issues, including Huffman’s 2018 bill to extend ranching leases in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore; the future of California’s woefully-underfunded high speed rail project; possible public ownership of the bankrupt utility P G & E; Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions in California; and a local issue that’s drawn national coverage, the effort to change the name of Marin County’s Dixie School District.