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  • LG: added attorney Jeff Bleich (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): Added businessman Josh Harder (D). 


Happy Humpday! Sorry, we're going to short this morning, as this insomniac slept too well last night.

Holy cow...the Dodgers brought a flurry of bats last night, beating the Giants 13-5. Dan Weitzman must be celebrating throught the state today. It's going to be another hot one in SacTown today.

The Times's Evan Halper reports that Congress is prepared to shutdown the proposal to create a retirement program for low-income workers championed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León

UC President Janet Napolitano faced a joint hearing in the Capitol yesterday over the allegations that the university has been hiding nuts like squirrels, writes Patrick McGreevy in the Times.



LA-LA-LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU:  Dan Walters writes that California is one of the states with the biggest unfunded pension liabilities.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Doug Haaland, Amy Blumberg James, and Bill Postmus!



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California's House Republicans Are Crucial To This Week's Healthcare Push. Here's Where They Stand
Sarah D. Wire @
A couple dozen Republicans are undecided on the latest GOP healthcare law. Eight of them are Californians.

Changing Residency Rules For California Legislative Candidates | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Mulvaney: 'i’d Probably Go To The Floor' Now On Healthcare Vote - Politico
With the House set to adjourn for a recess at the end of this week, pressure has built to move on healthcare legislation or else risk losing momentum as members return home to their districts. Eager for its first major legislative victory, the White House, too, has put pressure on GOP leaders on Capitol Hill to move on the healthcare legislation.

Former U.S. Ambassador To Australia And Obama Counsel Plans To Run For California Lieutenant Governor
Phil Willon @
Bay Area attorney Jeff Bleich, former U.S. ambassador to Australia and special counsel to President Obama, plans to run for California ...

California Has One Of Nation's Worst Public Pension Shortfalls | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Teachers Union Opens A Front On Former Sacramento Mayor's Charter Schools
Anna M. Phillips @
Teachers at a group of Sacramento charter schools founded by former Mayor Kevin Johnson are attempting to unionize. Michelle Rhee, former DC schools chancellor, sits on the board.

The Different Views Of Accused Immigration Con Man | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Issa Tells Reporters His Position On Health Care Is 'none Of Your Business' - The San Diego Union-tribune
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California Highway Patrol Memorial Held In West Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Democrat Gets Head Start In Deep-red Special Election To Replace Mulvaney - Politico
Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs tax expert, cruised through the Democratic primary with about three-quarters of the vote while state Rep. Tommy Pope and former state legislator Ralph Norman advanced to a runoff on the GOP side, since no one got a majority of the vote. Pope had 31 percent and Norman 30 percent in the crowded field when the Associated Press called the runoff Tuesday night.

Caltrain may get $100M in budget deal, but electrification still iffy
Plans to outfit the Caltrain system with fast, environmentally friendly electric trains came to a grinding halt three months ago when Trump administration officials withdrew funding for the rail upgrade, saying they wanted time to rethink priorities. While the money infusion is still far from certain — the budget agreement is yet to be approved, and Trump’s newly-minted Federal Transit Administration has final say over transportation dollars — Caltrain officials believe the appropriation is a good sign. Problems for the rail agency began when congressional Republicans petitioned the new president to drop a $647 million federal grant for electrification. The lawmakers were not so much concerned about Caltrain’s 15-year-old modernization effort as they were determined to block California’s high-speed rail project. While Caltrain officials have sought to distance themselves from high-speed rail, the Federal Transit Administration told the commuter line in February that it was putting the agency’s grant on hold in order to review projects that had received commitments from the Obama administration. The $1-trillion-plus federal budget agreement announced Monday, which includes several projects the Trump administration had threatened to cut, is expected to be voted on within the week.

St. Hope Schools Founded By Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Will Unionize, Labor Group Says | The Sacramento Bee
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By Loretta Kalb

G.O.P. Eyes $8 Billion Addition to Win a Crucial Vote to the Latest Health Bill

Representative Fred Upton of Michigan said he wants more money to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions endangered by the latest health care repeal bill.

GOP Lawmakers Call For Subpoenas To Be Issued After Audit Finds Mishandling Of Money By University Of California
Patrick McGreevy @
Alarmed by an audit critical of the University of California, a half-dozen Republican Assembly members called Tuesday for the Legislatu...

'Safety | Reeves for Lt. Governor' | Campaign ad

Bryce Reeves, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, released this campaign ad on May 3.

Ex-house Intel Chair: Russian Meddling Into 2016 Election Was 'wildly Successful' - Politico
"Their purpose was to sow discontent and mistrust in our elections they wanted us to be at each others' throat when it was over," Rogers said, according to Reuters, at a panel discussion hosted by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "It's influencing, I would say, legislative process today. That's wildly successful."