Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W.

    Where can we look up who voted for and against? I’m assuming Joan Buchanan voted against, but I’d like to find out for sure before I let her know my opinion of that vote.

  • Josh Richman

    Jim Beall, D-San Jose, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, were the only Bay Area Assembly members who voted in favor of confirmation; all others cast votes to reject.

  • califdems

    The operative word in the Constitution is “both.” It doesn’t say “either.” This means that BOTH the Assembly and the Senate must fail to act for the 90-day trigger to auto-confirm. The Senate voted already to confirm. This means the 90-day auto-confirm never can be triggered. If the language said failure to act by “either” side of the Legislature would auto-confirm, that would be different. But, the language doesn’t say that. The language requires failure to act by “both” sides of the Legislature. The wording is what the wording is and it’s clear that different wording (“either” rather than “both”) would result in a different analysis. Whether or not one believes this is a good standard doesn’t really matter. The Governor nominates. The Legislature has the option to confirm. In the unusual case where BOTH sides of the Legislature fail to act within 90 days, the nominee automatically is confirmed. But, hoo-hah, hoo-hah, there is no provision for an auto-confirmation once one side of the Legislature takes a stand. Thanks for playing.

  • phyliss

    Chelene Nightingale for governor 2010 Unemployed radical…does not have the common sense…to monitor her lunatic rantings…been reported she has filed for bankruptcy and trying to hide this from her backers. Belongs to radical “constitution party” the same party RAND PAUL is trying to distance himself from due to their anti-gay segregated society views…please be aware

  • Barrett Reynolds

    Chelene Nightingale for governor 2010 AIP. Wow, I just listened to a radio interview from Modesto CA, this woman took questions from callers and could not form complete sentences to explain herself. She advocated that all people could own “saw-offed rifles” if they choose, also she said she would not deal with legislators if they did not follow her views. She could not answer any type of question regarding her budget plan, (she said she would have to email someone with her answer because she did not understand their question.) A total incompetent Delusional person. It was very scary to listen to her and I could tell the Host of the radio show, was shocked and just sort of said..umm okaay. She panders to the under educated individuals and conspiracy theory crowd. A total unrealistic and frankly stupid person. CA deserves better. Please take a listen for yourself.