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As a welcome back gift to Rudy Salas, he lost the chairmanship of Assembly Business and Professions after he voted against the transportation plan, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

The Times's Chris Megerian reports that Congressman Jeff Denham faced a tough crowd at a town hall in Denair last night. Denham said he's a "no" vote on Obamacare repeal, unless the Medicaid expansion and pre-existing condition protections are maintained.  

Meanwhile, famous architect Frank Gehry was in Speaker Anthony Rendon's office yesterday, with ideas for a remodel of the Capitol annex. The aging building, where most hearings are held, has no fire sprinklers and simply doesn't accommodate the growing number of hearings and staff. The Bee's Jim Miller looks at the options for remodel or replacement of the 65-year-old building.

The problem is that there is no easy answer. Whichever choice would relocate thousands of employees and attendees committee hearings to either a termporary location or a new building in Capitol Park. 




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dan Jacobson and Megan Range!




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Assembly Democrat Stripped Of Committee Chairmanship After Voting Against Gas Tax Increase | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The Author Of The 'calexit' Initiative Calls It Quits On His Proposal For A 2018 Ballot Measure
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Less than three months after being given the green light to start gathering voter signatures, the author of a closely watched effort to...

UC Berkeley Student From Elk Grove Dies In Fall From Balcony | The Sacramento Bee
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Whither The Tax Revolt? :: Fox&hounds
Now, the legislature has thrown its opinion into the mix by passing a $52 billion transportation tax and fee package.

Victim Of Sexual Misconduct By UC Berkeley Law School Dean Criticizes Campus Settlement
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A woman who was sexually harassed by the UC Berkeley law school dean expressed outrage Monday that a university settlement will allow him to retain his tenure.

Alabama Governor Sets 2017 Special Election For Strange's Senate Seat - Politico
A special election for Sen. Luther Strange's seat will be held in 2017. | AP Photo

In A Bid To Ease Student Debt, California Considers A Role In Helping Refinance Private Loans
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Gubernatorial hopeful John Chiang is backing an effort to help Californians with high-interest private loans refinance their debt, with the help of the state.

A Giant Rabbit With A Political Committee Wants To Bug Rep. Hunter - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Candidate's Endorsement Agreement With A Former Rival Draws Complaints In L.A. City Council Race
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Candidate's endorsement agreement with a former rival draws complaints in L.A. City Council race

Federal Lawmakers Vow To Fight Any Budget Cuts To Security At La, Long Beach Ports
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State Awards $275 Million Contract For Oroville Dam Repairs | The Sacramento Bee
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'caravan Against Fear' Makes A Stop In Downtown Los Angeles
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Immigration advocates traveling throughout the state made a stop in downtown to urge L.A. Sheriff Jim McDonnell not to cooperate with immigration officials.

Audio: Affordable Housing Bills Hit California Legislature, But Will They Pass? | 89.3 Kpcc
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California legislators will consider 130 bills addressing the state's rising housing costs. David McNew/Getty Images

White Supremacist Who Punched Woman In Berkeley Has Military, Criminal Ties To San Diego County - The San Diego Union-tribune
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French Election: Key Questions For The Final Days – Politico
With four presidential candidates all in with a chance of victory, the final phase will be decisive.