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FINAL FOUR DAY! #quackattack

The tax and fee proposal for road repair has run into opposition from environmental groups who are displeased by a provision limiting future anti-pollution efforts on trucks, writes Patrick McGreevy in the Times. Meanwhile, the Fix Our Roads Coalition is spending $1 million this week trying to twist arms of lawmakers for the package.

The LAT'S Christine Mai-Duc takes a final look at Tuesday's CA34 special election for Xavier Becerra's congressional seat which has 24 candidates and also talks to John A. Pérez about the race. 75% of the funds raised in the race went to five candidates.

State Controller Betty Yee yesterday called for lawmakers to take away much of the Board of Equalization's responsibilies, following an audit that found significant spending on community outreach what had little to do with the board's official responsibilties, reports the Bee's Adam Ashton.

With today's cigarette tax increase cause more smokers to quit? The Bee's Claudia Buck takes a look.


McClatchy's Sean Cockerham and Michael Doyle look at the challenges facing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) following the failure of repeal/replace, while Alex Roarty reports that voters are growing increasingly unhappy with GOP members of Congress. "

"Sixty-two percent of voters disapprove of GOP lawmakers in Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll, more than double the 27 percent who said they approve. That’s a 10-point swing from last month, when 57 percent of voters disapproved and 32 percent approved."




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State Gas Tax Plan Following Path Of Federal Health Care Bill :: Fox&hounds
The governor and legislative leaders came out from behind closed doors with a transportation tax and road fix plan and demand to pass the measure through the legislature in one week. Feels a lot like the federal experience with the health care reform bill. And, like that measure, despite one party controlling the executive and legislative branch, the bill might not find necessary support.

Bay Area political events: anti-Gorsuch rally, town halls
Bay Area political events: anti-Gorsuch rally, town halls Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Supreme Court protest: A rally against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St. in San Francisco. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, and Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the New Brighton Middle School, Performing Arts Center, 250 Washburn Ave. in Capitola. Helena, will host a town hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Kelseyville High School in the Tom Aikin Student Center, 5480 Main St. For information: Immigration meeting: A strategy session on how to strengthen local protections for immigrants, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Redbud Library, 14785 Burns Valley Road in Clearlake. An event in support of affordable access to health care, from noon to 3 p.m. at 100 Santa Rosa Ave. in Santa Rosa. The Russians Are Coming? — a forum hosted by the Peace and Freedom Party. Farm workers march in protest of President Trump’s “anti-immigration agenda.” Connecting with activists: “Take Back America,” a fair where attendees can connect with activist and advocacy groups. Panel on nuclear weapons: “Morality of the Nuclear Age” discussion, featuring Richard Rhodes, Ira Helfand and Martin Hellman. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Schools, Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Political discussion: “Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics,” a conversation on issues affecting the Bay Area, including environmental quality and social justice. Discussion on Medicare: “Medicare for All in California” presented by Dr. Paul Song, co-chair of Campaign for a Healthy California, at the San Mateo County Democracy for America meeting. Immigration seminar: “Know Your Rights,” a presentation and training for pro bono attorneys and others to help immigrant communities. The event, hosted by Canal Alliance Communication, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. Flash mob: A flash mob at at 1 p.m. at the cable car turnaround, 1 Powell St. in San Francisco, to sing the song “I Can’t Keep Quiet” by MILCK. Benefit performance at the Punch Line Comedy Club for NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that promotes abortion care, birth control and paid parental leave. The Lamorinda Democratic Club hosts a conversation on how federal funding will affect public education. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Community Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd. Protesters will march to demand that President Trump releases his tax returns. Anti-Trump protest: A“family-friendly event” where attendees will use their bodies to spell out an “enormous challenge to our current president.”

Borenstein: Gov. Brown Struggling For Roads Tax Votes
It was no coincidence that Gov. Jerry Brown held a rally and press conference in Concord on Thursday morning to tout his new transportation deal, which would permanently raise gas taxes and increase vehicle registration fees.

California Immigration: Lawyers Want Schools To Stop Asking Citizenship-related Questions | The Sacramento Bee
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State Controller Betty Yee Says California's Tax Collection Agency Has Been Mismanaged And Needs A Complete Overhaul
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Citing a review that found widespread mismanagement at the state Board of Equalization, State Controller Betty T. Yee on Friday called ...

Democrats Say Russia-trump Probe About More Than Devin Nunes - San Francisco Chronicle
The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the possibility that President Trump’s campaign staff colluded with Russia to skew the November election has ground to a halt. It’s been sidetracked by a debate over whether committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has bungled the probe, by possibly cooperating with the White House.

San Diego Judge Approves $25 Million Trump University Settlement - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Congressional Candidate Arturo Carmona Denies Allegations Of Sexism Leveled At Him By Former Sanders Campaign Staffers
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How A Telecom-tech Alliance Wiped Out Fcc's Privacy Rules - Politico
Internet service providers and their trade groups began to position the FCC's privacy rules, passed daysnI before the 2016 election, as an example of government overreach ripe for repeal. | Getty

Embattled Nunes In Fresno To Talk About Farm Water Supplies, Protests Expected | Fresno Bee
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Conservative Split Over Import Tax Imperils Trumpâ
A proposed “border adjustment” tax is meeting furious opposition, threatening to jeopardize yet another signature legislative initiative.

Becerra Delivers 'optimistic' Message On Immigration At Cesar Chavez Breakfast - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Trump: Pence Has 'one Hell Of A Good Marriage' - Politico
President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office to discuss executive orders on Friday, wanted to get out an unrelated message: He's impressed with Vice President Mike Pence's marriage.

Oroville Dam: Spillway Troubles Could Hinder California Water Supplies | The Sacramento Bee
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Bay Area Traffic Called Emergency In Poll: ‘never Been This Bad’ – East Bay Times
The Bay Area’s traffic woes are so severe that more than two-thirds of the region’s residents surveyed in a new poll are demanding a major investment to fix the mess — even if that means stomaching higher taxes.

Sessions hits back at California chief justice over immigrant â
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the head of homeland security rebuked the chief justice of the California Supreme Court for asking federal immigration agents to quit “stalking” local courthouses as a strategy to arrest people who are in the country illegally. “As the chief judicial officer of the State of California, your characterization of federal law enforcement officers is particularly troubling,” read the letter, which was dated Wednesday and signed by Sessions and John F. Kelly. Sessions and Kelly said in their letter, which was first reported by Politico, that the state of California and many counties had enacted laws designed to “prohibit or hinder ICE from enforcing immigration law” by denying federal agents the ability to take custody of deportable people in county jails. Courthouses, on the other hand, give agents a place where visitors are screened for weapons and decrease the risk to officers and the people being arrested, the Trump administration officials wrote. Advocates for immigrants have maintained that local jail officials who are asked to honor so-called immigration holds have many good reason to deny the requests — including increased costs, the possibility of wrongly detaining U.S. citizens, and legal liability related to incarcerating people beyond their release dates. Referring to federal requests to hold inmates, he said, The nation’s top law enforcement officer is effectively advocating for an end run around the constitution’s due process protections. Gascón said the tactic of coming to courthouses was “born from xenophobia, and not a genuine concern for public safety,” and could backfire by setting free criminals whose victims may be “scared to come to our courthouses to testify against defendants because ICE is waiting for them.”