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Happy, well it was a happy rainy humpday, and then we got the news out of London. Melissa McCarthy has taken over from Madame Tussauds's Wolf Blitzer as I write.

Anyway, last night was a great night to sleep with the windows open. Not too cold and the sound of the rain was wonderful. As I went for my morning walk around Southside Park this morning, the government lied. I looked at the radar and said that we were clear for a couple of hours. And, I returned with wet hair. How dare you!?!

As House GOP leadership scrambles to avoid embarrassment on Thursday's vote on its proposal to repeal/replace Obamacare, there will be a joint informational hearing of Assembly Committee on Health and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on the current and proposed laws in Fresno.

The Central Valley is considered one of the hardest hit regions of the state of Obamacare repeal (particularly the Medicaid expansion), putting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) in a tough position, as well as David Valadao (R-Hanford), a perennial target in a district that, on paper, should be a safe Democratic seat (D+17.4%).

This is the significant issue in Washington right now. It is clear that the current proposal has zero chance of passage in the Senate, even with amendments agreed to last night. There is opposition on both the moderate and consertative sides of the GOP caucus, but most seem to be willing to vote to let the Senate move forward on a plan of its own. However, members in challenging districts are troubled as to whether that sort of "meaningless" vote would be a problem in the 2018 elections, not unlike Democrats who voted in 2010 for Obamacare.

Of the seven challenging districts in California for the GOP next year, only Mimi Walters has said that she is an "Aye" vote. The LAT's Sarah D. Wire continues to track where all of California's GOP members plan to vote tomorrow.

In the Bee, Sammy Caiola writes that the ban on plans that cover abortion will keep most Californians under Obamacare from accessing the tax credits.

Also in the CA-DC relationship therapist sessions, Governor Brown is pushing the administration and GOP House members on funding CalTrain and other California infrastructure projects, reports the Bee's Christopher Cadelago. The sticking point it whether the infrastructure funds would be used for California's high-speed rail project, opposed by most House GOP members.

Today's still-unassociated attack in London has derailed much of the publicity of Governor Brown's visit to the (202).

As I expressed on social media, I feel awful that I have never been to the country of my ancestors. London has the first Muslim as mayor and it's an amazing multi-cultural city. 

The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc and Anh Do look at the divide created within the Vietnamese-American community over the expulsion of Senator Janet Nguyen from the Senate Chambers as she tried to speak against the late Senator Tom Hayden.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Anthony Cannella, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Jim Sanders!

#CORRECTIONS: I am so embarrassed that I wrote "Jeb Betleret" instead of "Jed Bertlet" yesterday. H/T PT.



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Gov. Jerry Brown Hits Capitol Hill To Meet With California's Congressional Delegation
John Myers @
Gov. Jerry Brown found a receptive but unsettled audience on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with pledges of cooperation but at least one warn...

Poll: Approval Wanes For GOP Health Bill - Politico
Support for the GOP proposal to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is fading, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted just before an expected House vote on the legislation.

This Is Where All Of California's House Republicans Stand On The GOP Healthcare Bill
Sarah D. Wire @
Several California Republicans are keeping their cards close on how they will vote on the GOP healthcare bill

Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, political discussions
Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, political discussions Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. City life: A discussion on how city government works and what the best strategies are to have your voice heard. The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St. Hosted by the California Historical Society, a panel on the roles women played in resistance and social protest movements in the Bay Area during the 1960s and ’70s. Prerna, which means “live to inspire” in Sanskrit, is an organization that assists refugees in resettling in the Bay Area. Feinstein meeting: A public meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff to discuss questions and concerns with her state director. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. Fill out this form with questions and concerns to share at the meeting: The California Clean Money Campaign hosts 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. Demonstration: A protest in support of the Affordable Care Act will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. in San Francisco. Hosted by Unity in Diversity to celebrate the Bay Area’s diversity and address the uptick in hate crimes nationally. Anti-Trump meetings: A general assembly to discuss strategy and develop plans to resist the Trump administration. Occupy Sonoma County asks, “Is Global Climate Disruption Happening to Us or for Us?” The event is free and will focus on how people affect climate change. Demonstration: A call for Sen. Dianne Feinstein not to strike compromises with President Trump’s administration. Panel talk on sanctuary cities, as well as stories of immigration challenges. s event: A happy hour and panel discussion featuring female entrepreneurs, Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center will host a free communitywide event to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility.

Trump On Health Care Vote: ‘we’ll See What Happens’ - Politico
The House is set to vote on the Trump administration's American Health Care Act Thursday. | Getty

Brown Has Been Unwilling To Update Political Reform Law | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Gov. Jerry Brown Promotes His California Agenda In Washington With A Bit Of Shuttle Diplomacy
John Myers @
Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledging the major challenges facing his home state from new leadership in Washington, meets with California's members of Congress to ask for help.

GOP Health Care Bill Changes Would Cut More Funding To Medi-cal - San Francisco Chronicle
House Republicans’ proposed changes to the American Health Care Act — the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — could reduce federal funding to Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor, even more dramatically than the original bill sought to do, health experts said.

Janet Nguyen's Removal From State Senate Floor Stirs Free Speech Debate Among Vietnamese Americans
Phat Bui seethed with anger when his hometown senator was removed last month from the state Senate floor.

Rand Paul: I Hope The GOP Pulls Back The Health Care Bill Today - Politico
Sen. Rand Paul discusses the GOP health care bill before a TV interview on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March, 15. | AP Photo

Ranchers Win $100 Million In Damages Against Sacramento County In Political Influence Case | The Sacramento Bee
Andy Furillo @
By Andy Furillo

'die-in' At Issa's Office Protests Changes To Health Care - The San Diego Union-tribune
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 <h1>'Die-in' at Issa's office protests changes to health care</h1>

Loans With Triple-digit Aprs? No More, Under California Assemblyman's Proposal
James Rufus Koren @
A bill proposed in Sacramento Tuesday would cap annual interest rates on consumer loans at 24%. Many lenders now charge more than 100%. Consumer groups cheer, though it will limit access to credit.

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Shrinks From President Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sean Cockerham

Trump's penchant for vengeance casts shadow on health care vote
Republican lawmakers thinking of bucking the White House on Obamacare know they'll face a president who loves exacting retribution.

Jerry Brown Optimistic About Caltrain Approval | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Sen. Feinstein Suggests Gorsuch Would Undermine Epa On Fuel Mileage Standards
Evan Halper @
The heated dispute between California and the Trump White House over aggressive federal fuel mileage standards emerged as an issue in t...

Republicans Try To Push Obamacare Repeal Through Last Hurdle - Politico
Democrats over the next two days will make their loudest objections to the bill dismantling their health care law. Former Vice President Joe Biden, making a rare public appearance since leaving office, will rally with Democrats in front of the Capitol steps on Wednesday morning.

House Republican health-care plan set to face key hurdle before floor vote

Both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have put their weight behind the American Health Care Act.

Port, Airport Police Barred From Enforcing Immigration Laws
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Should Teachers Have To Wait A Little Longer For Tenure?
Howard Blume @
'Tis the season for introducing new bills in the California Legislature, and restaging some familiar legislative fights over education,...

Spicer: The 'count Keeps Getting Stronger' For Health Care Bill - Politico
"I am optimistic in the sense of what we're seeing and the trajectory of how this is going, the number of votes that are going our way, not the other way, " White House press secretary Sean Spicer says. | Getty