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THE Nooner for January 18, 2017
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Happy Humpday! It's going to be rainy/snowing in almost all of California the next several days. Hope you are staying dry!
As I write, the Senate Rules Committee is considering the nomination of Xavier Becerra as attorney general. A floor vote could occur as early as tomorrow, setting off the process to full the congressionally vacancy.
For attorney general nominee Xavier Becerra, immigration is a personal issue [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "[A]s the Los Angeles congressman is on the verge of becoming California’s first Latino attorney general, he is being asked to draw once again on that background as the state’s top lawyer at a time when President-elect Donald Trump is proposing mass deportations and construction of a border wall. His nomination has been confirmed by the Assembly and is expected to be acted on in coming days by the state Senate after a hearing Wednesday."
THE HISTORIAN SUPREME: Kevin Starr loved California and conveyed that as he chronicled its history [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Kevin Starr was by no means a household name in California, having nowhere close to the high profiles of the state’s entertainers, sports figures and politicians. However, the outpouring of respect, admiration and genuine affection after Starr’s untimely death Saturday attests to his unparalleled standing among those who appreciate California’s unique evolution from a backwater of the Spanish empire to a society with global economic power and cultural impact."
PINK: Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood at state Capitol amid defunding threats [Sammy Caiola @ SacBee] - "Pink scarves, hats and boxing gloves symbolizing opposition to threats to defund Planned Parenthood were the fashion du jour Tuesday outside the state Capitol, where hundreds of people from around Northern California rallied to support the network of health clinics that treat many of the state’s low-income women."
THE GREEN: State Senate bill makes it easier for pot businesses to pay taxes [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "California lawmakers want to make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to pay their taxes, saying many cash-only businesses are forced to drive long distances with thousands of dollars to make an in-person payment. That’s clearly not safe, said state Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who introduced a bill Tuesday to increase the number of places where tax and fee payments can be made in California."
GET WELL SOON! UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized amid cancer treatment [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "University of California President Janet Napolitano is nearly finished with an undisclosed cancer treatment that began more than four months ago, the university announced on Tuesday, a day after “she experienced side effects that required her to be hospitalized.”"
LAW AND DISORDER: Republican activist pleads guilty to embezzling from Rohrabacher's re-election fund [Sean Emery @ OCR] - "A Republican activist and former treasurer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee pleaded guilty Tuesday to two dozen felonies for embezzling more than $300,000. Jack Wenpo Wu faces up to four years, four months in prison after pleading guilty to three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement and 21 felony counts of forgery, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office."
THE DECISION: Boycott or attend? Local congresswoman faces tough choice over Trump’s inauguration [Marcos Breton @ SacBee] - "More than 50 members of Congress plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, but Doris Matsui won’t be one of them."
LA-LA LAND: In LA: Taxing Business to Publically Finance Political Campaigns? [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "Councilman Mike Bonin, reacting to stories that big time developers try to persuade public officials to support their projects with campaign contributions, thinks its time to expand the city’s public financing system. His proposal seeks a full public financing system. Currently, Los Angeles City has a limited public matching fund if candidates meet certain requirements."
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
In Lawmakers' First Hearing On State Budget, Gov. Jerry Brown's Staff Gets Grilled On A $1.5-billion Mistake
John Myers @ latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Assembly votes to confirm Becerra as attorney general, more candidates enter the race to replace him in ...
State Senate Bill Makes It Easier For Pot Businesses To Pay Taxes - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers want to make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to pay their taxes, saying many cash-only businesses are forced to drive long distances with thousands of dollars to make an in-person payment.
California's Budget Deficit Is Back, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
John Myers @ latimes.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 2017-18 state budget and a projected $1.6-billion deficit.
Key Moments From Price's First Confirmation Hearing - Politico
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee full committee hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to be Health and Human Services secretary in the Trump administration Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
Rohrabacher's Ex-treasurer Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Campaign Fund
Hannah Fry @ latimes.com
A former volunteer campaign treasurer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to two dozen felony c
California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @ kpbs.org
Right before the House of Representatives went on recess Friday, 13 members of California's congressional delegation voted in favor of a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Historian Kevin Starr Loved Califrornia And Told Its Unique Story In His Books | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics
Facing the Senate, HHS nominee Price will defend GOP's health care overhaul
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Donald TrumpâÂÂs nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services Committee, will face members of the Senate Wednesday.
Garcetti Looks To Raise $100k For Re-election Campaign In Trips To Chicago, D.C.
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald TrumpâÂÂs nominee for education secretary, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing Jan. 17.
Car-theft Victim Handed Over To Immigration Agents Sues Sf - Sfgate
A car-theft victim who sought help from San Francisco police only to end up in federal immigration custody for two months filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city, the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department for violating the sanctuary city ordinance.
Dems Demand Sessions Recuse Himself On Confirmation Votes - Politico
But the Alabama senator has said only that he would recuse from voting on his own confirmation as attorney general, prompting Democrats to ramp up pressure on something they believe is a prime conflict-of-interest issue.
These jailed politicians want President Obama to grant them clemency, too. Good luck with that.
History has a very select list of politicos who have received mercy from presidents.
Trump Pledges 'firm' Immigration Plan With 'a Lot Of Heart' - Politico
A more compassionate approach differs greatly from the one Trump proposed during the Republican primary, when he advocated for the deportation of every single undocumented immigrant currently in the U.S. He backed away from that proposal as president-elect, instead generally favoring one that would first prioritize the deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal records before formulating a plan for what to do with those who remained.
Journalists Can Be Called To Testify In San Bernardino County Corruption Case, Judge Rules
Paloma Esquivel @ latimes.com
Journalists can be called to testify in San Bernardino corruption case, judge rules
Thousands Of Marchers Expected To Descend On Washington, Sacramento And Cities Worldwide Saturday | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @ sacbee.com
By Sam Stanton
Who Is Tom Price? - Politico
Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to helm the Department of Health and Human Services, is a strong foe of abortion and Planned Parenthood, an Obamacare opponent and a supporter of efforts to privatize Medicare. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
Why Two La Democratic Congressmen Are Attending Trump’s Inauguration
Ellison Bags Another Top Union Endorsement In Dnc Chair Race - Politico
Keith Ellison has already been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, United Steelworkers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, among others. | Getty
The GOP's dilemma: As Obamacare repeal nears, government health care is suddenly in vogue
Trump promised âÂÂinsurance for everybody.âÂÂ And increasingly, that's what Republicans want, too.