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THE Nooner for January 29, 2017
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Happy Sunday! Well that was a wild day yesterday. The news on immigration and individual stories overshadowed the executive directive replacing the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. While he has a strong education (MBA from Harvard), he clearly doesn't have the intelligence experience. I'm guessing that several GOP members of the Senate aren't happy about this, as they are with the immigration order.
Here is a great article written by law school dean Kevin Johnson relevent to this weekend's debate: "Race, Civil Rights, and Immigration Law After September 11, 2001: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims."
The issue is going to litigated, and it's between Presidential discretion on security matters vs. the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause off the Fourteenth Amendment. Frankly, this will likely end up in the Supreme Court, and while I believe it is unconstitutional, this would be a novel balancing act and it's anybody's guess as to what SCOTUS would do. It will also take a long time to get there.
The Second District Court of Appeals is comprised of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and would likely uphold a ruling by the Eastern Disrict of New York. And, if a 9th justice is not added, all eyes will (as usual) come down to Sacramentan Justice Anthony Kennedy.
State legislative leaders are crafting a package of legislation to make for a sanctuary state, barring state and local police from informing INS about criminal violations. This would reject the plan by Trump to deny federal funds to cities who are deemed "sanctuaries."
The Cordial Caucus karaoke night, a nonpartisan gathering is Wednesday at 7p-10pm at Simon's at 1415 16th Street in Sacramento. Usually, leaders of both parties and active and retired lawmakers attend. No RSVP is required.
Anyway, let's get back to California news.
I wrote yesterday about the retreatment of radiation for prostate cancer. His doctor said that it won't impede his work as governor and that there will be minimal effects and no lasting effects.
CA34 (Los Angeles): As a special election on April 4, if a candidate receives 50%+1, they win it outright, unlike regular elections. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two advance to the general. It's a very full ballot and has divided the Bernie Sanders/Jill Stein crowd among Democrats and left-leaning NPP voters.
CA07 (East Sacto County): Ami Bera addresses constituents alarmed by new Trump policies at town hall meeting [Nashelly Chavez] - "In his first town hall meeting since narrowly defeating Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones in November, Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, on Saturday answered questions from constituents concerned about new national policies relating to immigration, health care and other topics."
AG RESPONDS: Trump’s immigration ban ‘constitutional overreach,’ California attorney general says [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” policy blocking immigration from the Middle East, denouncing an action that set off another round of mass protests this weekend as “in so many ways unjust and anti-American.”
THE GOLDEN GREEN STATE: As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "At a time when President Trump’s new administration is ordering federal government scientists to stop communicating with the public, the array of data depicting carbon sequestration, ocean acidification and water temperatures at a conference on climate change was for some a political act of defiance."
IMPACT: California’s community clinics fret about future without Affordable Care Act [Eryn Brown @ CA Healthline] - "Nearly a third of the clinic’s 25,000 patients were newcomers, many of them recently covered through the expansion of Medi-Cal ushered in by the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the expansion, Valley Community Healthcare had been growing rapidly, opening one new site, adding on to others, and offering patients new dental and mental health services."
LAUSD: Creative accounting solved school district’s big financial headache [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Officials of the huge Los Angeles Unified School District woke up with a splitting financial headache one day last year.The state Department of Education accused the district of improperly spending hundreds of millions of dollars it had received from the state to improve the learning of poor and “English learner” students."
HOMELESS: Homeless crisis is solvable, but won't yield to political timidity [Dan McSwain @ SDUT] - "Early this month, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his intention to address San Diego’s homeless crisis, with details to come in a few weeks. This gives taxpayers a chance to demand that he lead instead."
$CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Roth!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Political Road Map: Some Believe There's Bias Baked Into The Official Descriptions Of California Initiatives
John Myers @ latimes.com
There's another call in Sacramento to strip the attorney general of the power to write ballot initiative titles and summaries. For decades, it's been a political hot potato.
Pm Trudeau Says Canada Welcomes Refugees - Sfgate
Trudeau reacted to Trump's visa ban for people from certain Muslim-majority countries by tweeting Saturday: To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. "The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada's immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak," spokeswoman Kate Purchase told The Associated Press. Trump signed a sweeping executive order Friday that he billed as a necessary step to stop "radical Islamic terrorists" from coming to the U.S. Included is a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Trump's order singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, ordering that anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war, are indefinitely blocked from coming to the United States. White House National Security adviser Michael Flynn told Canada's national security adviser that holders of Canadian passports, including dual citizens, will not be affected by the ban, Purchase said.
Tech Industry Reacts To Trump's Executive Order On Immigration With Fear And Frustration
Tracey Lien @ latimes.com
President Trump's move to restrict access to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations is having repercussions in the technology industry.
Bay Area Fear Over Immigrant Ban Turns To Hope As Judge Lifts Order - San Francisco Chronicle
Anguish turned to hope for immigrant families Saturday night when a federal judge barred the government from enforcing President Trump’s order preventing scores of people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Audio: GOP lawmakers discuss health care at retreat
During a retreat in Philadelphia, Republican lawmakers discussed national security, defense and foreign policy. Contributors included Sens. John Barasso (Wyo.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Reps. Greg Walden (Ore.), Kevin Brady (Tex.), Virginia Foxx (N.C.) and Andrew Bremberg, a top domestic policy adviser to President Trump.
Ami Bera Addresses Constituents Alarmed By New Trump Policies At Town Hall Meeting | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @ sacbee.com
By Nashelly Chavez
Academy Stands By Iranian Oscar Nominee Asghar Farhadi In Face Of 'extremely Troubling' Trump Travel Ban
Jen Yamato @ latimes.com
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stood by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose attendance at the 2017 Oscars is in doubt after Trump's immigration ban.
Trump's Order Stokes Fear Among San Diego's Immigrants - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phil Diehl, Kristina Davis @ sandiegouniontribune.com
<h1>1,700 volunteers hit the street to count the homeless</h1>
Google Co-founder Sergey Brin Joins Protest Against Immigration Order At San Francisco Airport - The Verge
T.C. Sottek @ theverge.com
Trump's 'extreme Vetting' Policy Causes Confusion And Consternation Around The Globe - La Times
Protesters rally against President Trump's new immigration order.
Judge Who Blocked Trumpâ
Former colleagues remembered the judge, Ann M. Donnelly, who blocked part of President TrumpâÂÂs executive order on immigration, as an astute lawyer unfazed by the spotlight.
Families Divided By Trump's Refugee Order Worry About The Future
Alene Tchekmedyian, Melissa Etehad, Harriet Ryan @ latimes.com
Mohammed Rawi fielded death threats and live gunfire while helping American reporters cover the war in Iraq.
Senate Democrats vow legislation to block Trump's travel ban
One senator says Democrats should now slow-walk Trump's Cabinet nominees in response.
Democrats Blast Trump's Immigration Order - Politico
Democrats across the country reacted with fury over President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, branding it a "Muslim ban" and accusing the White House of damaging America's world standing.
Audio: Vice President Pence takes questions from Republican lawmakers
Vice President Pence's Q&A featured questions from Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Gary Palmer (Ala.), Pete Olson (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.) during a Republican retreat in Philadelphia.
What About Canada? Trump's Immigration Order Sows Confusion - Politico
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked his national security adviser, Daniel Jean, to touch base with Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek clarification. | Getty