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  • CA48 (Irvine): added airline pilot Tony Zardakes (D) 


Well, the day is here. It's Legislative Olympics Day! For success on Governor Brown's self-imposed deadline for passage of his transportation plan, the bill needs to clear the Senate, unknown Assembly committees (if any), and the Assembly floor today. Both floor votes require two-thirds. With no Republicans on board and with a handful of Democrats sitting on the fence, it's a precarious situation. 

If the bill makes it through, it would be one of the most interesting things I've seen in 22 years around here. I've seen budget trailer bills pull off the gymnastics all-around, but rarely do we see it outside of the budget process. It would even be faster than the famous "napkin deal" reforming tort liability, brokered by Willie L. Brown, Jr. at Frank Fat's.

The Bee's Christopher Cadelago takes a look at the current state of affairs of the transportation bill.

Meanwhile, it looks like tonight's home opener for the Sacramento RiverCats is likely to be rained out. 

In the CA34 June 6 runoff between Jimmy Lopez and Robert Lee Ahn, the LAT's Christine Mai-Duc and Javier Panzar look at the uphill battle for Ahn. Ahn would be the first Korean-American to be elected to Congress in more than 20 years. 



UC Berkeley's IGS finds that California voters are split as to whether to believe the media, although unlike the public nationally, are more trusting. Of course, Democrats are more trusting of the media than Republicans.  

Meanwhile, new birth records show that Jerry Brown is the son of Willie L. Brown, Jr. You heard it here.

The Bee's Adam Ashton reports that an anonymous letter sent to key legislators alleges mismanagement by State Auditor Elaine Howle, who is charged with finding mismanagement in other public agencies. The letter has delayed her reappointment to a fifth term.

GET OFF THE COUCH! In celebration of its 100-year anniversary (and perhaps last year in existance), the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for 118 parks nationwide April 15-16 and April 22-23, reports Cathy Locke in the Bee. This includes Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods, Joshua Tree and many others in California. Show your support of National Parks.



Washington, DC is ready for spring break.

The showdown in the Senate comes to an end as the filibuster of Supreme Court justices is likely coming to an end, allowing a vote tomorrow for nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-Visalia) has stepped aside from any investigations on the Russian connection to Trump administration/campaign officials amidst concerns that he was too close with said officials.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fielding Greaves, Gus Khouri, and Katherine Maestes Ruiz!



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Political events in the Bay Area: ACLU event, womenâ
Political events in the Bay Area: ACLU event, women’s meeting Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. ACLU event: A “fundRAGER” party to support the American Civil Liberties Union, from 8 to 11 p.m. at PianoFight, 144 Taylor St. in San Francisco. Hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a meeting on how women can resist in the Trump era. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove (Sacramento County), to host a town hall at 10 a.m. at Del Oro High School, 3301 Taylor Road in Loomis. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, to host a meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Nick Rodriguez Community Center Theater, 213 F St. in Antioch. 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. Hosted by the California Clean Money Campaign, a discussion on local actions to help pass the California Disclose Act, which calls for political ads to show their top three funders. The event is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sycip conference room of the San Francisco Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin St. For information: 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 supports abortion rights, birth control and paid parental leave. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Library of Science, 1160 Battery St. in San Francisco. 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 President Trump. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and attendees are asked to meet 300 yards south of the Cliff House Restaurant, 1090 Point Lobos Ave., in San Francisco. The League of Women Voters hosts a discussion with Jay Laefer of the American Civil Liberties Union on “safeguarding the rights of our entire community.”

Gov. Brown Makes A Final Plea To Holdouts On Eve Of Gas Tax Vote
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Shy of the support they need on the eve of a possible vote on a gasoline tax increase, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made a ...

California Gas Tax Vote Issue For Jerry Brown's Legacy | The Sacramento Bee
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'you Want To Have A Screwed Up State?' If Not, Then Vote To Raise Taxes, Brown Says
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Legislators continue to grapple with a sweeping $52 billion tax-and-spend transportation plan, one that could be an important chapter in the legacy of California's longest-serving governor.

New GOP Health Care Plan Could Raise Premiums For The Sick - Sfgate
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Ca Board Of Equalization Grilled By Phil Ting, Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
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Schwarzenegger Picks A 2020 Primary Challenger For Trump: Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Schwarzenegger: Trump Cuts Fall "on The Backs" Of Poor Kids
The high profile public session at USC, which drew celebrities including Entertainment Tonight's Mario Lopez and J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, as well as elected officials and parents, also comes as Schwarzenegger and Trump have publicly sparred on Facebook and Twitter about issues both political and personal.

California Politics Updates: L.A.'s Congressional Race Heads To A Runoff Election
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Hungary’s Anti-soros Education Law Sparks Schism In European Parliament – Politico
Budapest’s moves against the Central European University prompt call for Hungary to leave the EU.

Sacramento City Unified Wins Praise From State Chief For Efforts Against Deportation | The Sacramento Bee
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Schwarzenegger Blasts Trump’s Proposed After-school Cuts At USC Education Summit
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Rubio Draws His Own Line On Syria - Politico
During the GOP presidential primary campaign last year, Rubio criticized Trump for what the senator characterized as reckless and short-sighted foreign policy views. Rubio muted those criticisms after he lost the presidential race and decided to run for reelection.

Audio: Proposed Increase In Gas Tax Likely Won't Lead To Less Driving | 89.3 Kpcc
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File: A customer prepares to pump gasoline into her vehicle at a Chevron gas station on Feb. 9, 2015 in San Rafael, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Export Trade Continues Hot Start In 2017 With Strong February Numbers | The Sacramento Bee
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The Democratic Folly In Filibustering Gorsuch :: Fox&hounds
Democratic US Senators have now launched the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in American history in an attempt to defeat Judge Neil Gorsuch. They seem to be doing so because their Democratic base demands it, but the upshot will be to end any influence Senate Democrats will have over Supreme Court nominees for years to come.

Va. legislature sustains McAuliffe vetoes - so far

The GOP legislature fails to muster votes override to record-breaking governor

Volkswagen's Required $800-million Investment In California Draws Criticism
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When Volkswagen was caught evading emission rules, it was a huge victory for California regulators. But now settlement money from the case has become a political lightning rod.

Senators pass blame over 'nuclear option' as crucial votes begin

Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers at each other for putting the Senate on the path to the "nuclear option," on April 6, as voting over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Has A Plan To Pay For Trump's Border Wall: Charge Rich Foreigners $1 Million To Become Citizens
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Could California Use Existing Money For Road Repairs? -
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The president discussed infrastructure, taxes and health care, and his opinions on the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and the former national security adviser Susan E. Rice.