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The bleeding continues as Susan Collins (R-Maine) has bailed on the Trump train--the most senior member of Congress to do so. Collins says that she may just write-in a candidate. Now, Sac Sheriff Scott Jones--running against Ami Bera in CA07--is saying "I don't know" about supporting Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing a fierce primary today from an ardently pro-Trump candidate.

The chatter among RNC folks is how do we get him to drop out, replacing him with Paul Ryan. The process is that the nominee has to drop out and then the RNC (three members from each state) can pick a nominee. The votes would be weighted by the number of delegates that attended the Republican National Convention. 

Another interesting item is the special UC Regents meeting on Thursday, in a closed session to discuss a personnel matter at the Davis campus. It may be the end of the road for Chancellor Linda Katehi.

As the Bee notes, today is the Capitol "block party," in which staffers and members tour offices for the best food. "For those who enjoy themselves a little too much, stop by the “recovery office” hosted by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, for antacids and ginger-ale."

Another referendum against the series of gun laws entered circulation, against the last bill passed, which deals with requiring serial numbers on personally manufactured firearms. In gun control advocates, that has been a huge loophole, as individuals order parts over the Internet and assemble them, bypassing background chacks. The proponent, Arthur Aguilar, has not demonstrated sufficient funding to collect signatures for all the measures.

And, we have the National Newspaper Association attacking John Oliver for telling the truth Saturday night. Meanwhile, the LAT is running Facebook ads about the change in the Trump logo a couple of weeks ago. 

CA10: GOP congressman swings back at Modesto Bee editorial that slammed him for his silence on Trump [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “Modesto Bee newspaper's editorial board last week sharply criticized the Republican [Jeff Denham] over his silence on whether he supports Trump, saying in an editorial that he "has remained silent, apparently hoping the issue, if not Trump himself, will disappear."”

COMPETITION: Deal or no deal – California card rooms, tribal casinos battle over new rule [Anshu Siripurapu @ SacBee]:

On June 30, the state Bureau of Gambling Control sent a notice to card rooms that they would need to change the rule for rotating the player-dealer position featured in games such as blackjack and pai gow.

Card rooms now have to offer the position to all the players every two hands. The new rule, beginning as early as this fall, would require a two-minute break after a player has held the position for 60 consecutive minutes.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Will Trump energize the Latino vote? [Sergio Bustos and Nicholas Riccadri @ AP] - “It's a persistent paradox in American politics: Many Hispanic families have an immense personal stake in what happens on Election Day, but despite population numbers that should mean political power, Hispanics often can't vote, aren't registered to vote, or simply choose to sit out.” 

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Sharon Runner: a ‘ball of energy’ in a ‘size 4 dress’ [Alexei Koseff] @ SacBeeThe late state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, was remembered for many things during a tribute on the Senate floor Monday. But none resonated as deeply with her colleagues as the cheerful and caring demeanor that attracted fans on both sides of the political aisle.”

DEBATE DEBATE: Loretta Sanchez hasn’t agreed to two debates because she wants more [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “Attorney General Kamala Harris has formally agreed to two debates in the U.S. Senate campaign, including one next month co-sponsored by The Sacramento Bee, but her Democratic opponent, Loretta Sanchez, has yet to sign off on either event.”

Labor and environmental groups say they are done negotiating over Gov. Jerry Brown's housing plan [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “Major labor, environmental and tenants groups have walked away from negotiations over Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to streamline approval for housing developments that include setting aside a percentage of units for low-income Californians, further imperiling the plan’s chances of passing this year.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sean Donohoe and Kaiser's Teresa Stark!



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California High Court Says Legislators' Votes Are Protected By Free Speech Rights
The California Supreme Court decided 5-2 Monday that public officials may not be held individually liable for their votes on an issue because voting is protected by a state free speech law.

Brown Pauses Bid To Boost Renewable Energy With Expanded California Power Grid | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Deputy's Suspension Reversed In Skateboarder Arrest |
Commissioners last week voted to reverse the suspension and grant the deputy back pay. The deputy was not identified in a report released after the meeting.

City Commission May Recommend Release Of Video In Police Shootings | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

El Cerrito Ballot Measure Language Questioned -
Rick Radin, Correspondent @
However, voters will have to read the voter guide itself to find out that by voting yes on the measure, property holders will be committing themselves to paying an average of $31 per $100,000 in assessed valuation annually over the measure's 33-year life or an average of $155 a year for a home assessed at $500,000.

Drugging Our Kids: Legislation To Halt Overmedicating Foster Children Faces Key Votes - Mercury News
At stake is a series of bills that would monitor and investigate doctors for dangerous prescribing; require that judges have a second opinion for the most dangerous prescribing requests; and require better transparency and tracking of mental health services for foster kids in every California county.

GOP Congressman Swings Back At Modesto Bee Editorial That Slammed Him For His Silence On Trump
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown delays plans for a regional power grid, more delays on Internet poker bill in Sacrament...

The '100k Club' - Public Retirees With Pensions Over $100,000 - Are A Growing Group - The Orange County Register
Back in 2005, just 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Sacramento To Ring Downtown Arena With Higher-priced Parking Zones | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

Justice Department Orders More Ethics Training For Lawyers - Politico
The order is in response to a judge's findings he was misled by government lawyers handling a high-profile immigration lawsuit.

U.S. Court Rules For Chevron In Ecuador Rainforest Damage Case - Sfgate
NEW YORK — Ecuadoran plaintiffs cannot collect a $9 billion judgment in the U.S. against Chevron for rainforest damage, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, upholding a judge’s finding that the judgment was obtained through bribery, coercion and fraud.

Sacramento Plans $5 Million-plus In Upgrades To Downtown Garages | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
With arena on the way, city officials want to make parking sites more efficient

Susan Collin Reiterates She's Not Voting For Clinton Either - Politico
The former presidential candidate's outreach to state chairs has some speculating she's aiming to lead the organization.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Some Donors Wrapped Up In Embattled Silicon Valley Congressman’s Ethics Complaint Are Helping Him Fight It
Rep. Mike Honda raised and spent over $32,000 to fight off an ethics investigation into whether he misused office resources and staff to provide perks to donors.

Sacramento Fire Crews Arrive Nearly 2 Minutes Later Than National Standard | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

Is Marijuana Safe For Pregnant Moms?
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Trump: Without Id Law, Voters Will Vote '15 Times' For Clinton - Politico
Hillary Clinton's lead in three states shrinks when third-party nominees are included, according to new polls released Tuesday.

Recent Crimes Raise Safety Concerns For Students On Campus | The Daily Californian
On Monday evening, Kuang Li, a campus senior and a former The Daily Californian staffer, was walking alone on the south side of campus when two men in hoodies ran up and surrounded him. Li said one man showed him a handgun and then asked for his wallet, which he handed over.

State political watchdog group fines Oakland donor $5K
An Oakland Coliseum commissioner and longtime associate of Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks is facing $5,000 in state fines for laundering donations to the councilwoman’s successful 2014 re-election campaign. Aaron Goodwin, a sports agent who has served for five years on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, illegally donated $1,400 to the “Friends of Desley Brooks” committee in December of 2013, the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission said Monday. Goodwin circumvented Oakland’s $700 campaign contribution limit by submitting two checks for $700 apiece in the names of his daughters. Goodwin has already agreed to pay the $5,000 penalty — the maximum amount for violating the state’s Political Reform Act, which prohibits people from concealing the true origins of a political donation. State officials found no evidence that Brooks or her campaign committee staff knew that Goodwin was the source of the laundered donation.

Campus Food Programs Aimed At Student Hunger - California Health Report
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By Fran Kritz

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At a rally in Wilmington, N.C., Aug. 9, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said some people will “vote many times” in the presidential election after North Carolina’s voter-ID law was struck down last month.

Susan Collins: I'm Not Voting For Trump - Politico
Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Steve King join him to campaign on behalf of Trump.