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Well, we can put that legislative session in the books. Although, that means we have to focus on the election, and it's not a pretty sight.

I rarely talk about national politics in this space, but last night's speech by Donald Trump flummoxed me. He doubled down on building a wall--something even architects are saying is impossible given the border terrain. Walls don't go across rivers.

He also reiterated his proposal to deport ~11 million undocumented residents. However, he hasn't explained how the low-wage labor will be replaced. Our lawns will be overgrown and our restaurants will shut down. And, I doubt there is a line for those jobs.

This is a huge issue in California, with our huge agriculture economy. Our legislators should be vocally expressing doubt about this proposal.

US SENATE: Hurting for support in her own party, Rep. Loretta Sanchez tilts her Senate campaign to the right [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “The Democratic congresswoman popped up on a conservative talk radio show in San Diego to tout her record against “Islamic extremists.” She ventured to Shasta Lake, Northern California’s Republican frontier populated by farmers and ranchers, and promised to listen to all sides to address the state’s water crisis. And on Thursday, Sanchez will chat with U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, where she will be joined by Vista Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who once called President Obama ‘one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.’”



HUH? Transgender man denied hysterectomy at Mercy San Juan [Sammy Caiola and Claudia Buck @ SacBee] - “Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one step further in his transition from female to male. Instead he spent the day on the phone with doctors and lawyers after Mercy San Juan hospital in Carmichael abruptly canceled the procedure on religious grounds.” 

Fine. Mercy should be denied reimbursement of public funds.C

CA46 (Santa Ana): In this Orange County congressional race, an unusually difficult choice for voters in Little Saigon [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - “It’s not the most obvious choice for these first-generation immigrants, many of whom came to the United States as refugees. Correa, a seasoned Latino politician and former state senator, is running against Bao Nguyen, the 36-year-old mayor of Garden Grove who grew up in and around Little Saigon and who himself was born a refugee in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.”

MONEY MATTERS: Working Thanksgiving? No pay bump from California [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Siding with employers, the California Assembly on Tuesday halted a bill that would have guaranteed double pay for working on Thanksgiving.”

I have mixed emotions on this. While going to college, I worked at Children's Hospital of Orange County. We clamored for the opportunity to work the holidays, as we were paid double time. Should the state mandate it? I don't know. I'd like to think employers are as kind as CHOC was.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Pelosi SF COS Dan Bernal and former Sac councilmember Steve Cohn!






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State Bill Limits Use Of Excessive Water During Severe Drought | The Daily Californian
iGovernor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday to ensure that California households restrict excessive water use during one of the most severe droughts recorded in the last century.

Is This The Last Time A Legislative Session Ends In Sacramento With Quickly Amended Bills?
Update on 'Essential Politics: Live updates as California Legislature's session comes to an end'

Brock Turner Case Leads California Lawmakers To Mandate Prison Sentences | The Daily Californian
California lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would mandate prison sentences for individuals convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim, seeking to close a legal loophole that lawmakers say allows convicted felons such as Brock Turner to receive more lenient sentencing.

New Processing Standards For Medical Marijuana Would Be Set Under Bill Sent To Governor
Update on 'Essential Politics: A deal is struck to spend cap-and-trade money as the 2016 legislative session nears its end'

Late Bill Hikes Pension Formula For Next Assembly Sergeant-at-arms | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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An Overhaul Of California's Taxi Regulations Passes The Legislature
Update on 'Essential Politics: Live updates as California Legislature's session comes to an end'

Contract Deal With State Attorneys Wins Legislative Approval | The Sacramento Bee
Anshu Siripurapu @
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Joe Hicks Took On David Duke :: Fox&hounds
Twenty years ago next month, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke came to California to engage in a high profile debate on Proposition 209, the initiative to close down affirmative action. Joe Hicks, former executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by Martine Luther King, Jr., took up the challenge to debate Duke at Cal State Northridge. Hicks passed away this week at age 75.

Consumers Could Pay A New Battery Recycling Fee Under A Bipartisan Bill Sent To The Governor's Desk
Update on 'Essential Politics: Live updates as California Legislature's session comes to an end'

Colin Kaepernick and other pro athletes pay a price for activism
Years before 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick created a national controversy by sitting during the national anthem, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo took a stand for same-sex marriage — and saw a flood of hate mail and online harassment pour in. Today, he stands by his decision to use his platform as a professional athlete to bring attention to a topic he felt passionately about, and said he has no regrets about blending activism with sports. The backlash he received, though, was mild compared to the anger directed at Kaepernick’s decision not to rise for the national anthem in protest of police killings — a stance that will draw scrutiny again Thursday night when the 49ers play the Chargers in San Diego. The often visceral reaction from both sides highlights the fine line that athletes walk when they offer opinions about political and social issues. Kaepernick’s action also comes during a volatile time — during rising tensions over police shootings and an election year in which racial issues have been fiercely debated — and from a place where many Americans least expect or desire it: the athletic arena. In the late 1960s, Bill Russell, Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) met with heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to discuss his protest of the Vietnam War. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a former player for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, refused to stand for the national anthem because he saw it as a “symbol of tyranny, of oppression.” [...] for years, the notion of athletes remaining on the political sidelines in order to not offend fans was noted by sports commentators and others, including President Obama, who has said athletes ought to speak up. [...] they don’t see the environment where these people come from, what they had to overcome to get here, said one player agent who requested to remain anonymous. In July, four police officers walked out of a WNBA game after players on the Minnesota Lynx wore shirts bearing the names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two men killed by police, along with the saying “Black Lives Matter.” The idea that politics and sports aren’t connected is a false notion, said Ben Carrington, an associate professor at the University of Texas who studies the sociology of sport, media and popular culture. Everything about sports, he said, is political: money and funding for stadiums; a team or a sporting event’s location; how sports impact the environment are among the countless connections. To acknowledge this fact doesn’t diminish sports, but it’s a myth sports enthusiasts like to believe in, in part because they can then imagine sports as pure, innocent spaces of play, a place of escape and fantasy, even as the reality daily encroaches into that fabrication.

Planned Parenthood Bill On Secret Videos Advances After Compromise | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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'let's Get The Olympics Back To California': Lawmakers OK $250-million Spending Guarantee For 2024 Summer Games
Update on 'Essential Politics: A deal is struck to spend cap-and-trade money as the 2016 legislative session nears its end'

Methane-limiting Measure Heads To Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Supreme Court won't let North Carolina use strict voting law

The justices will not allow the state in the coming election to use a voting law that a lower court found was enacted “with almost surgical precision” to blunt the influence of African American voters. This is a developing story. It will be updated.