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Good Monday morning to you. The rain returns this afternoon or evening, and it was noticeably cooler last night. UCLA is the last California team in the tourney and they play Kentucky on Friday. Some great games this weekend, including Oregon ekeing out a victory over Rhode Island yesterday. #QuackAttack

Congratulations to the Golden 1 Center for its debut as a NCAA venue. We just need a few more hotel rooms and we're on our way for an NBA All-Star Weekend.

During the games, I was updating the district pages. It's not easy monitoring 166 races throughout California, particularly since there are so many shell committees, a perfectly legal way to park money for various political needs. In order to do this when members are facing term limits, to raise money they either have to declare a future office or a "ballot measure committee," the latter of which has no campaign finance limits, but also limits what can be transferred by the officeholder should they decide to run for a future office.

...I'm pretty sure that John Burton doesn't plan on running for Superintendent of Public Instruction and Tom Berryhill is not running for both BOE1 and Lite Gov. And, nobody expects Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León to run against ally Ed Hernandez for LG.

Anyway, take a look at your districts and, if you have more intelligence, let me know. It's a work in progress and it's still early and I know it's far from perfect right now.

In this weekend's Nooners:

  • Saturday: CA Politics Podcast, vulnerable Republicans and repeal and replace, the challenge of financing road repair.
  • Sunday: More federal budget impacts on CA, the Issa/Hunter town halls, Schwarzenegger's efforts to spread redistricting reform to other large states

This morning, Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell are announcing a package of juvenile justice bills at a Sacramento elementary school, according to a press advisory.

While Governor Brown heads to Washington to talk up nuclear arms control, he also has asked President Trump for more federal assistance to address winter storm damage, reports John Myers in the LAT. "Putting the price tag of California's brutal winter storms at $569 million, Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Trump on Sunday for a fourth federal disaster declaration to help speed up recovery and repairs across the state."

Speaking of DC, the LAT's Mark Z. Barabak writes that which party controls Congress after 2018 largely depends on President Trump's standing in voters next year.

This House Intelligence Committee is taking testimony this morning from FBI Director James Comey in the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The hearing gives Californians Devin Nunes (chairman) and Adam Schiff (ranking member) an opportunity for significant face time on the news networks. Also this morning, Dianne Feinstein will play a key role as ranking member of Senate Judiciary Committee as the confirmation hearings of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch got underway.

Of course, as a legal geek, I was frustrated that the news stations were covering with Russian/wiretapping hearing and not the Gorsuch confirmation hearing. One is about last year and nothing can change the outcome. The other affects our country for decades.

The SDUT's Carl Prine looks at whether the $54 billion in increased defense spending will offset cuts to science and technology in Sandy Eggo, a region that relies heavily on both.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): The OCR's Martin Wisckol looks at Dana Rohrabacher challenger Harley Rouda's history of being a Republican and contributing to GOP candidates. 

Dan Walters writes that Governor Brown's 2017-18 proposed budget undermines the voter-approved 1979 spending cap known as the "Gann limit," which he co-sponsored with Prop. 13 backer Paul Gann

The East Bay Times's Daniel Borenstein writes that the new school accountability measurements system deserves a B for effort and D for execution.

The Chron's Kimberly Veklerov writes up Senator Connie Leyva's bill to require student health centers at public colleges and universities to make available the abortion pill.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Maria Aliferis-Gjerde and Greg Hayes!



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Here's An Idea For Legislators: Figure Out How To Pay For A Spending Bill Before Proposing It
George Skelton @
Assembly Democrats are proposing to make college "debt-free" for nearly 400,000 students. But there's no money for it, and they don't know how to pay for it.

Nuclear War, Weapons Focus Of New Jerry Brown Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
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Will Defense Gains Offset Budget Cuts To Science, Technology In San Diego? - The San Diego Union-tribune
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On Health Law, G.O.P. Faces a Formidable Policy Foe: House Republicans
A group of House Republicans, known as the House Freedom Caucus, pose possibly the greatest threat to the party’s chance to scrap the health care law.

Political events in the Bay Area: how to get involved, protests
Political events in the Bay Area: how to get involved, protests Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Political discussion: Panel talk on how to be involved at the local, state and federal level, hosted by the United Democratic Club. Occupy Sonoma County asks, “Is Global Climate Disruption Happening to Us or For Us?” The event is free and will focus on how humans impact climate change. The Bay Area Resistance is calling for a boycott of banks to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and other projects it opposes. Hosted by the California History Society, a panel on the roles women played in resistance and social protest movements in the Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s. The California Clean Money Campaign is hosting a summit on how to get “dark money” out of politics. Hosted by Mayor Renee Morgan with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, state Sen. Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen. The event is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. Contact Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager, at (925) 314-3328 or for more information. Political discussion: Panel talk on sanctuary cities, as well as stories of immigration challenges.

Trump's First 100 Days: A crucial week on Russia, Supreme Court and health care

Congress hosts hearings on Russia and Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and votes on health care.

Trump lets his aides sweat the details on health care
The president spent the weekend talking about his travel ban and North Korea, but not so much about the must-pass health reform bill.

Trump Says Dems 'made Up' Allegations Of Russia Interference | The Sacramento Bee
President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russia during the presidential election, and said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks and maybe even Hillary Clinton instead.

Carlsbad To Photograph Every Car Entering City - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Trump: Everyone Knows Russia Allegations Are 'fake News' - Politico
President Donald Trump said any alleged ties between his campaign and the Russian government are "fake news." | Getty

Slideshow: Fearing Immigration Crackdown, Some Go Into Hiding While Churches Prepare Sanctuaries | 89.3 Kpcc
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President Donald Trump's aggressive enforcement of immigration laws has changed the lives of thousands of people in Southern California who, fearing deportation, have slipped deeper into the shadows and now step outside only when they have little choice.

White House's Sales Job On Obamacare Replacement -- All Eyes On Comey And Gorsuch On The Hill -- What Steve Scalise Told His Whip Team On Health Care -- Ian Prior To Doj -- B’day: Cathy Merrill Williams - Politico
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Big Sur Is Once Again Coping With Natural Disaster And Looming Economic Catastrophe
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A Highway One bridge failure has isolated Big Sur residents and businesses, and may affect the community for up to a year

Sanctuary State Bill Will Increase Crime: Orange County Sheriff | Nbc Southern California
OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens talks with NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial notion of turning California into a "sanctuary state." She explains why she is opposed to it.

Senators Battle As Gorsuch Hearing Begins - Politico
Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, right, meets with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27. | AP Photo

Former California Dairy Farmer Leads Trump-russia Investigation | 89.3 Kpcc
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Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm.

Next Step For Trump Resistance: Get Organized, Fight Burnout - San Francisco Chronicle
Even though it is only a few months old, the fledgling resistance to President Trump is realizing it needs to address three big questions: How do we keep people from burning out? With so many new groups addressing the same issues, how do we keep from duplicating our efforts?

What Lifestyle Prevents Heart Disease? Cardiologist Looks To The Amazon For Answers
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Border Searches Can Pry Into Personal Technology - San Francisco Chronicle
In a small community center tucked away at the back of a business park in Hayward, dozens of men and women sat fidgeting with their phones.

California Farms Ponder Unknown Future Amid Immigration Enforcement Push | The Sacramento Bee
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La’s ‘sanctuary City’ Debate Broadens As Statewide Bill Takes Shape
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Sen. Graham says Democrats can't show Gorsuch is unqualified for Supreme Court

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) challenged Democrats who say they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to show that Gorsuch isn't qualified, during Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearing on March 20 at the Capitol.

Two Sheriffs Elected As Reformers End Up Destroyed By Corruption Scandals
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Two sheriffs elected as reformers end up destroyed by corruption scandals