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THE NOONER for February 8, 2017



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Good morning! Your POTUS is using his 140 characters to fight with Nordstrom over the retailer's stocking of its shelves with his daughter's clothing line--mostly made in China and Vietnam. I really try to keep this space in your inbox as apolitical as possible, but you can't make this up. This is the equivalent of "Primary Colors," the realistic parody of Bill Clinton.







#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Natalie Daniel and Johannes Escudero!




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Rendon Endorsement Of Chiang Matters :: Fox&hounds
The relatively early endorsement of California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for gubernatorial candidate state Treasurer John Chiang is important for a number of reasons.

Planned Parenthood's Political Arm Endorses Jimmy Gomez In Race To Replace Xavier Becerra
Update on 'Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resou...

Eric Holder Visits Ca Capitol To Meet With Lawmakers Who Hired Him | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Assembly Committee Advances Bill To Provide Immigration Law Resources For Public Defenders Across California
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Becerra and lawmakers criticize Trump's comments on cash for California, Peter Thiel says no to a race f...

John Chiang To Push Affordable Housing Measure | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Bill Would Prohibit State Agencies From Disclosing The Personal Information Of Applicants
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resou...

UC Davis Researchers Find Mold, Fungi In Medical Marijuana And Warn Of Health Risks | The Sacramento Bee
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By Claudia Buck

Gaffe Appears To Have Killed Vista's Medical Pot Initiative - The San Diego Union-tribune
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 <h1>San Diego cracking down on drones with new regulations</h1>

Santa Ana Votes To Condemn Trump's Executive Actions On Immigrants, Sanctuary Cities - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – The Santa Ana City Council voted late Tuesday to prepare a resolution condemning President Trump’s executive orders withholding funds from sanctuary cities and barring immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

California Bill Would Require Caps Tethered To Plastic Bottles | The Sacramento Bee
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Lawmakers Urge Regulators To Delay Plans For Oxnard Power Plant
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State lawmakers on Tuesday urged regulators to reconsider approval of a natural gas plant proposed for Ventura County.

State Bar Wracked By Conflict Over Firing Of Executive Director | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Senate Witnesses A Fistfight Feb. 22, 1902 - Politico

Dilbert's Scott Adams Ends UC Berkeley Support After Milo Protests
Scott Adams, the East Bay-based creator of the syndicated comic strip “Dilbert,” isn’t happy with his alma mater UC Berkeley following last week’s violent campus protests in response to a scheduled appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.