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THE Nooner for February 23, 2017



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Happy chilly Thursday all! Let's hope the server cooperates with me today.

The Kings lineup meets the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Golden 1 Center at 7:30 p.m. Taking over as center will be W. Cauley-Stein. Plenty of tickets are available. Speaking of Golden 1, Sac State students can't let their family know when next month's graduation will be as the university still is working on its contract with arena.



  • The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off this morning in Maryland. The fight is between "traditional conservates" and the "alt-right."  In other words, Reibus vs. Bannon. CPAC brings back memories of DC. It regularly overlapped with a community college conference at the Marrriot Wardman Park.
  • The agriculture and construction in CA would be hard hit by Trump's immigration proposal, report Natalie Kitroeff and Shan Liu in the LAT. "Undocumented workers make up 10% of the labor force in California, USC researchers have estimated, and form a large chunk of the employment that drives massive industries such as agriculture and construction."
  •  The debate over transgender bathroom rights now moves back to the states.




  • CA34 (Los Angeles): Jimmy Gomez captured the endorsement of SEIU.

  • Hundreds rallied at the State Capitol yesterday in favor of SB 562, (Lara and Atkins) which would create a single payer health care, reports Melanie Mason.
  • Local government officials told Assembly Local Gov't committee yesterday that they are struggling to keep up with the burgeoning marijuana industry reports the LAT's Patrick McGreevy. "Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, banks will not handle revenue from sellers, so dispensary operators brought $4.6 million in cash to Sacramento City Hall to pay taxes and fees last year, according to Randi Knott, director of government affairs for the city." Wow...

"Twenty-seven years is too long to wait for the state to close a persistent wage gap in its workforce, lawmakers told a group of state department leaders on Wednesday.

That’s how long state officials estimate it will take to eliminate the 20.5 percent disparity between the average earnings of men and women who are employed by the state."


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Republican Lawmaker Wants California Voters To Deport Felons Released From Prison Who Are In The U.S. Illegally
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporte...

Jerry Brown Makes Surprise Visit To Oroville Dam | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Cities And Counties Tell Legislators They're Struggling To Keep Up With The Legalized Marijuana Industry
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporte...

California Legislature Moving On Dam Safety After Oroville Crisis | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Activists Plan Vigils And 'search Parties' Thursday Near The Homes Of California's Republican Members Of Congress
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporte...

Delaine Eastin Kicks Off 2018 Bid: "time For California To Have A Woman Governor."
But Eastin, who has served on local school boards, city councils and as a State Assemblywoman, said that she is not a one-issue candidate.

California Bill Signals Workers' Compensation Battle Heating Up | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Md. members of Congress ask Hogan to push national redistricting reform

Popular Republican governor says he is too busy working to reform state’s redistricting process to do what Democrats asked.

White House To Release Budget Outline By Mid-march - Politico
While the budget document does not become law, it will serve as a key framework for GOP leaders as they craft their own budget resolution this spring. The House and Senate must both agree to that resolution for GOP leaders to pursue budget reconciliation, which allows certain bills to pass Congress without the threat of filibuster.

Obamacare 101: Are Health Insurance Marketplaces In A Death Spiral?
Noam N. Levey @
A rundown of where things stand with the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act

Caltrans Worker Escapes Serios Injury When Tree Crushes Pickup In Nevada County | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Loud And Angry, Protesters Turn Congressional Town Halls Into Must-see Political Tv
Mark Z. Barabak, John Cherwa @
Lawmakers returning home for their first extended break since President Trump took office hear from voters on the first madcap month in Washington. With reports from Ca, Ill., Fla and Va.

Police Probe Slashed Tires At Mcclintock Town Hall In Mariposa | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

'you Can't Even Walk Anywhere Without Fearing You May Get Caught': Immigrants Prepare For Possible Deportation
Ruben Vives, Andrea Castillo, Cindy Carcamo @
In a pair of memos, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly instructed immigration officers to widen the net and set the stage for hiring thousands more enforcement agents as he moved to implement the executive order on illegal immigration that Trump signed during his first week in office.

San Jose Flood Update: Mandatory Evacuations Expand Overnight, About 14,000 Affected
San Jose officials said Wednesday they did not anticipate the level of flooding that submerged a neighborhood near Kelley Park because water in Coyote Creek was flowing below the capacity of the channel where the breach occurred.