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THE Nooner for June 23, 2016

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Good morning! It's a great day to be in the California capital, rather than in that other place that has gone bats*** crazy. As I write, the "sit-in" has gone on for over 24 hours. While the C-SPAN cameras were turned off, Democratic members have turned to "broadcasting" the "debate" on Periscope and Facebook Live, and C-SPAN has taken to airing them. 

Californians have been front-and-center during the marathon, with Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) providing one of the live streams. His data costs are going to be YUUUUUGE this month.

That place has got to be stinking something big by now.

Congressional Democrats feel like they've found an issue that can carry to November. Donald Trump has been silent, while Hillary Clinton has been actively retweeting congressional Democrats' tweets. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan calls it a "stunt," cites a bipartisan vote against the same amendments they are seeking to an appropriations bill yesterday, and fundraising emails sent out by the DCCC.

THE MEME: Dems stage election-year sit-in on guns, GOP unmoved [Erica Werner @ AP] - "A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world."

US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez gets her first big Republican endorsement [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Democrat Loretta Sanchez’s gambit to attract dissident Republicans to her U.S. Senate campaign received a shot of encouragement Wednesday with the endorsement of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan."



GAG ORDER: UCI restricts on-campus Republican club, unleashing backlash [Roxana Kopetman @ OCR] - "UC Irvine officials say the club violated university policy because it did not provide proof of insurance for private security guards hired by members of the Lincoln Club for a June 2 talk featuring conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lucas Frerichs,  Elise Gyore and Obai Rambo!




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  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and the Courage Campaign invite Senate and Assembly members, staff, and the Capitol community to a screening of Brave New Films’ Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 in the State Capitol Museum Theater (Capitol basement).  Telling personal stories of how gun violence affects everyday Americans, the film looks at gun tragedies including unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings, and trafficking - and what we can do to end to this profit-driven crisis. Watch the trailer at  RSVP to (916) 651-4024
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Faith-based Colleges Say Anti-discrimination Bill Would Infringe On Their Religious Freedom
Dozens of faith-based colleges in California are objecting to legislation that they say would infringe on their religious freedom by allowing lawsuits from gay students who allege discrimination.

Gun Control: Bay Area Democrats Join House Sit-in Seeking To Force Vote -
The House Democrats began a sit-in in the well of the House chamber Wednesday morning, calling for debate and a vote on a measure that would bar persons listed on the federal government's terror watch list from buying guns, a measure to expand background checks for gun purchases and another to order the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the effects of gun violence. The protest was led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil-rights leader who organized sit-ins during the fight against segregation in the 1960s.

Effort To Expand Parental Leave Law Stalls In Assembly Committee | The California Report | Kqed News
A bill that would have expanded California’s parental leave law stalled in an Assembly committee Wednesday, and politics may have played a role in its demise.

Moms Rally For Stricter Background Checks In Gun Lending | The Sacramento Bee
Rachel Cohrs @
Mothers Demand Action wants Legislature to pass AB 1511

Feds Charge 300 In Medicare Fraud Crackdown |
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch listens at a press conference on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lynch and other government officials announced the result of a national Medicare fraud crackdown that took place in 36 districts around the country.

California Democrats Among Dozens Of Lawmakers Staging Sit-in Demanding Gun Vote
Dozens of congressional Democrats joined together in a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday morning, demanding a vote on stricter gun control legislation. Citing mass shooting incidents including the most recent one in Orlando, Fla., lawmakers rose and made impassioned speeches about the need for...

Oakland Police Scandal Could Lead To Statewide Vote On Opening Cops’ Personnel Records | The California Report | Kqed News
In the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal that has engulfed the Oakland Police Department, state Sen. Mark Leno is considering asking California voters to decide whether to give the public more access to the personnel records of law enforcement officers.

Some Water Agencies Say 'no' To Mandated Water Cuts Despite Drought | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Sprinklers water a lawn. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Brock Turner Case: District Attorney Jeff Rosen Introduces Bill To Send Future Turners To Prison
Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati, Staff writers @
The announcement comes amid an international outcry and local campaign to recall a judge over a lenient sentence handed this month to Brock Turner, a former Stanford student-athlete convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party in January 2015.

Brent Scowcroft, Top Foreign Policy Advisor To Four GOP Presidents, Endorses Clinton
Brent Scowcroft, the national security advisor to President George H.W. Bush and one of the leading figures of the Republican national ...

More California Drivers Driving While Texting, Talking On Cell Phones | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Nearly 13 percent of drivers observed using cell phones during April survey

Bay Area Lawmaker Outraged Over Delay Of Audit On Psych Drugs In Foster Care -
"Our office is dumbfounded," said Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, of the missing information that he said the California Department of Health Care Services was supposed to have turned over to State Auditor Elaine Howle's office by now, for an audit that should have been released on Tuesday.

How Sheriff Lee Baca’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Could Affect His Prison Sentence
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Sacramento County Median Resale Home Price Tops $300,000 In May | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
CoreLogic says $305,000 median is the highest in nearly nine years

San Jose Reduces Water Savings Target, Increases Outdoor Watering Allowance -
"The new conservation goal recognizes the terrific work our community has done to save water," said Kerrie Romanow, director of the city's Environmental Services Department. San Jose asked residents to reach a water savings goal of 30 percent -- a step above the state-mandated 25 percent savings target. But following the wettest winter in five years, the State Water Resources Control Board in May lifted the mandate and allowed water agencies to set their own conservation targets.

President Obama has been talking about owning a piece of an NBA franchise

The president has "discussed" being part of an NBA franchise ownership group, White House press secretary said.

San Joaquin Agency Asks Feds To Impose Restrictions On Heavy Trucks, Locomotives -
Rich Ibarra @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Trump Announces $50 Million In Forgiven Campaign Loans - Politico
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.

Obama defends immigration plan, decries Supreme Court ruling as advocates focus on 2016 campaign

The president's signature immigration program will not be permitted to go forward before he leaves office.

Senate GOP Still Mulling Compromise Gun Bill - Politico
Bernie Sanders would draw the most voters to Hillary Clinton in November, according to the results of a Monmouth University survey released Thursday.

Uci Restricts On-campus Republican Club, Unleashing Backlash - The Orange County Register
IRVINE – The College Republicans at UCI was banned from meeting on much of the campus – hours after university administrators learned that the Republican youth plan to bring back a controversial speaker to campus before the November election.