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THE Nooner for February 9, 2017



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Well, apparently the server issue resurfaced yesterday, but we should be okay today. In a continuing sign that the end is near, Davis is losing its Whole Foods market. Trust me, while I fear the wrath of Jennifer Fearing, I am making sure that our hamsters deliver your Nooner without amendment today.



  • Jeff Sessions won confirmation by the U.S. Senate as attorney general, which was widely expected. However, what wasn't expected was the partisan divide created when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shut down Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) over an obscure Senate rule as she was reading a letter written by the late Coretta Scott King against Sessions's federal judgeship. Three other Senators (all men) read from the same letter after Warren was told to "take her seat." It's really something to watch. Sessions was sworn in this morning.
  • McClatchy's Michael Doyle writes that California congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford) is charting a moderate course on immigration, calling for comprehensive reform. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by 17% and Hillary Clinton garnered 15.5% more votes than Donald Trump.

  • Also from McClatchy/SacBee, Sean Cockerham writes that the hopes of House Democrats may be easier said than done.
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced this morning that she is introducing a bill to ensure that non-citizens are afforded the right to counsel in immigration proceedings at borders and other points of entry. This follows the controversy at airports a couple of weeks ago, whereby lawyers were waiting to assist Muslim detainees in the arrivals lounge, but were not allowed in the CBP area.





  • Xavier Becerra, the appointed attorney general of California has launched a campaign for election in 2018. Because the appointed AG has served for less than half of the term, he can serve for eight years from 2018, for a total of 10 years.

    The apparent loser of Becerra's announcement is Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who has been the only major candidate for AG.

    Jones would like to keep a statewide office, but AG was about it, as there are several well-funded guber candidates, State Senator Ed Hernandez has sucked up all the air in the Lite Gov race,  SOS is re-election (Alex Padilla). Treasurer has a favorite in Fiona Ma, Controller is incumbent Betty Yee, Marty Block as Supt. of Public Instruction.
  • Writing for the nonprofit CALmatters, Ben Christopher looks at how much of an impact on federal funding that President Trump can have on California should the state pass the pending "sanctuary state" law.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Phil Ting, Juan Torres, and Stephanie Williams!




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Trump Says California Is 'out Of Control.' State Lawmakers Should Make Sure They Don't Prove Him Right
George Skelton @
President Trump would find it very difficult to "defund" California to punish the state for its immigration policies. But legislators should be careful not to prove his insults right.

Judge Rejects SEIU Right To Work Lawsuit | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Senate Newcomer Harris Leaps Into Fray Over Silencing Of Warren - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ordered Sen. Elizabeth Warren to “take a seat” and stop talking late Tuesday night, he did more than cause Warren’s argument to be broadcast far beyond the empty chamber she was addressing. He also managed to infuriate Senate newcomer Kamala Harris of California, who jumped to Warren’s defense and made her first big splash on the national stage.

Getting involved: Political events in the Bay Area
Political events in the Bay Area Political events this week in the Bay Area: Facebook Live town hall: Hosted by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, from 7 to 8 p.m. Speier will take questions from users who comment on the stream. Information on travel ban: Attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus will answer questions on President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven mostly Muslim nations, along with all refugees. Protest Planned Parenthood: A series of protests outside Planned Parenthood clinics in the Bay Area as part of a nationwide call to defund the organization. Protests in Support of Planned Parenthood: In response to the anti-Planned Parenthood protests, a “solidarity” event is being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the Redwood City Health Center on 2907 El Camino Real in Redwood City. A “Stand with Planned Parenthood” event is being held at 10 a.m. outside the San Jose Health Center, 1691 The Alameda in San Jose. A “family-friendly rally” at Ocean Beach where people will form a human chain that reads, “Resist.” Hosted by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carol Channing Auditorium in Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive in San Francisco. Organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold an event for people to get involved in the political process, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave. in Oakland. Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Californians Are Keeping Their Lawmakers' Phones Ringing: 'they Really Hate Donald Trump'
Sarah D. Wire @
Hundreds of thousands of people have been dialing and emailing their members of Congress since Trump took office.

California Retirement Program In GOP Crosshairs | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Federal Election Commission Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

Durbin Demands Senate Hearings On Trump's Immigration Orders - Politico
"We must show President Trump that Congress is an independent branch of the federal government that will not be intimidated by his bullying behavior," Sen. Dick Durbin wrote. | Getty

Conservatives Urge Speedup Of Health Law Repeal, Dismiss Calls For Caution | Kaiser Health News
By Julie Rovner February 8, 2017

California Bills Would Offer Education, Workforce Aid To Refugees | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Through views and alliances, HHS nominee has long opposed government role in health care

Tom Price has a history of bashing the mission and bureaucrats of the department he would lead if confirmed.

Strange To Be Tapped For Sessions' Senate Seat - Politico
With Jeff Sessions confirmed as the nation's top law enforcement official, Luther Strange, Alabama's attorney general, will be named Thursday morning to replace him in the Senate, according to multiple GOP sources.

Tribe Files Legal Challenge To Stall Dakota Access Pipeline | The Sacramento Bee
Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.

Despite Epic Rain And Snow, California Keeps Emergency Drought Restrictions In Place
Joseph Serna, Bettina Boxall @
The State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday extended California's emergency drought regulations, pledging to revisit them in May.

S.F. Sues Online Gun Suppliers For Selling Illegal Magazines - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued five gun suppliers on Thursday, alleging they broke a state law banning the sale of high-capacity magazines by selling them in pieces and falsely marketing them as “repair kits.”

How Will California Battle Climate Change? A New Proposal Revs Up Debate Over Cap-and-trade Program
Chris Megerian @
California lawmakers unveil new legislation to extend the state's cap-and-trade program, setting the stage for a major debate.

Senate Clears Path For Final Vote On Price's Nomination For Hhs - Politico
Rep. Tom Price, a seven-term congressman and an orthopedic surgeon by trade, has strong backing from Senate Republicans. | Getty

Biotech Executives Join Call Against Trump Travel Ban - San Francisco Chronicle
More than 50 California leaders of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and venture capital firms have signed a letter opposing President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, as uproar over the president’s executive order continues.