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THE Nooner for March 2, 2017







  • The Jeff Sessions "scandal" about his two meetings with a Russian diplomat (some say spy) during the presidential campaign continues to dominate the national news today. I don't honestly believe there is much "there there." Sessions screwed up by not telling the truth to the Senate during confirmation. Fireable offense? I don't know. It could actually range from a misdemeanor to a felony. 
  • This is the top law enforcement in the country who blasted Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky affair. It all could have been solved with a simple answer--"I had a busy schedule and didn't recall." Meanwhile, it is snowballing and there's no going back. 




  • CA48 (Huntington Beach): Surfer veteran GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher has drawn his first opponent in businessman Harley Rouda. The district has become increasingly competitive. While there is an 11% GOP advantage, 24% of voters claim no party preference. It is one of Californians coastal districts where the environment is a top issue of voters.
  • As I've written about before, there are four GOP seats in Orange County that Democrats are looking at for their path to take back the House--Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Ed Royce, and Mimi Walters. A sweep is highly unlikely, but the fact that these traditionally solid GOP districts are considered in play is a sign of the demographic shifts behind the Orange Curtain. My dad may have to move to safer ground.
  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty wants to tax opiods to fund anti-addiction efforts, writes Alexei Koseff in The Bee. Thank you, Kevin. While I have never been addicted to them, I have seen the ravage that they cause and the complicity of unethical doctors in facilitating the crisis. Literally, when I was in rehab for alcohol, one of my fellow housemates was required to call to break up with the doctor facilitating her addiction in Hawaii. The Aloha State has a huge Oxy problem. Another person told me that you can buy it "on every corner." 

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Superpac Aims To Raise At Least $10 Million For Democrat Newsom's 2018 Gubernatorial Bid
High profile backers of California Democratic Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom have filed papers to form a SuperPAC aimed at boosting his 2018 gubernatorial bid -- a drive aimed aimed at raising at least $10 million, POLITICO has learned.

Ca Senate Panel Approves Former Senator Isadore Hall To Ag Board | The Sacramento Bee
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Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during Trump's presidential campaign

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice in 2016 with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, but did not mention this during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general. Sessions was asked about possible contacts between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

Jerry Brown Getting Honored At Yale Law School Reunion | The Sacramento Bee
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California's Senate Democrats Created A New GOP Star When They Booted Janet Nguyen
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Kevin De Leon did the smart thing by apologizing about Sen. Janet Nguyen's removal from the Senate floor, but the event shows that neither party is endowed with a monopoly on wisdom and ju

Issa Votes Down Info For Congress On Trump-russia Investigations | The Sacramento Bee
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L.A.-area Jewish Leaders Form Coalition In Response To Trump's Executive Actions On Immigration And Refugees
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Los Angeles-area Jewish leaders have started a coalition in response to President Trump's executive actions on immigration and refugees.

Senators Urge Sessions To Back Off Of Pot Crackdown - Politico
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to uphold the Obama-era policy of allowing states to implement their recreational marijuana laws, after the Trump administration has indicated it could crack down on marijuana.

Images Show Massive Amounts Of Water From Lake Oroville Washing Down The Feather River | The Sacramento Bee
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Organized Resistance Is Forming To Trump's Immigration Crackdown - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Ed Hernandez Doesn't Mention Trump In Video | The Sacramento Bee
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Aileen Clarke Hernandez, NOW leader and activist, dies
A City Hall memorial will be held Monday for Aileen Clarke Hernandez, an entrenched San Francisco civil rights activist, labor leader and feminist, and the second national president of the National Organization for Women. Ms. Hernandez died Feb. 13 of complications of dementia in a memory care community in Orange County where she had been in living to be near her niece, Annie Clarke. “Aileen was the strongest and most influential woman leader on behalf of minorities and women that we have seen in this country,” said Belva Davis, who was the first black woman to become a TV newscaster in the West, at San Francisco’s KPIX-TV, an achievement she attributes largely to the inspiration of Ms. Hernandez. “I grew up knowing about Aileen and knowing her significance in the African American community,” said board President London Breed, who read the proclamation. Among the list of advocacy groups that Ms. Hernandez either started or ran are NOW, Black Women Organized for Action in San Francisco, Black Women Stirring the Waters and the California Women’s Agenda, an action alliance of more than 500 advocacy organizations statewide. An outstanding student, she attended Howard University, where she was introduced to politics and became active in the NAACP. In that capacity, she was a featured speaker at the Commission on the Status of Women Conference, where NOW was conceived, in June 1966. Ms. Hernandez later resigned the EEOC in protest of its inaction on sex discrimination cases. According to Clarke, Ms. Hernandez moved to San Francisco in the 1970s, bought a pair of flats in the Outer Richmond and opened her own consulting firm, Hernandez and Associates, to take on racism and sexism in government and corporations nationwide. “Aileen was well known because she was in the forefront, marching or standing with women and addressing issues not only related to women but to young people,” said Williams, who recalled meeting Ms. Hernandez at an action in the Bayview. In 2008, Mayor Gavin Newsom named Ms. Hernandez chair of the African American Out-Migration Task Force, to address the city’s shrinking black population. Survivors include nephews Steven Clarke of Huntington Beach (Orange County) and Mark Clarke of Ottawa, and nieces Susan and Annie Clarke of Orange County.

State Lawmakers Aim To Provide Attorneys To Immigrants Facing Deportation. But Who Gets The Help?
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State lawmakers want to create a state-funded legal defense program to assist immigrants facing deportation. But lawyers, lawmakers and advocates are at odds over who it should benefit.

California Judge Sides With Gun Group In Lawmaker Address Case | The Sacramento Bee
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San Jose Flood: Victims To Receive $5 Million Gift From Vietnamese Billionaire
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Income From San Diego Airbnb Hosts Soars 74 Percent - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Attorney General Sessions' 'pull Back' On Police Conduct Probes May Affect Orange County Jailhouse Snitch Case - The Orange County Register
The federal investigation into the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department could be in jeopardy following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he plans to “pull back” on monitoring police misconduct, legal experts said Wednesday.

Feds wage uphill fight against Trumpâ

President Trump’s plan to cut domestic discretionary programs by $54 billion and increase the defense budget by the same amount was a focal point during the opening session of the National Treasury Employees Union legislative conference.

Eek! Mouse Delays London-to-san Francisco Flight For 4 Hours | The Sacramento Bee
How he squeaked through security is anyone's guess.

Republican Unity on Health Care Is Elusive, Despite Trumpâ
Fundamental disagreements remain between Republican leaders and the party’s most conservative members, particularly over the details of a proposed tax credit.