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Happy Kentucky Derby Saturday. Don your hats! 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching an ad campaign against a handful of GOP members who voted for the repeal of Obamacare, reports Cathleen Decker in the Times. The ads don't list targets by name, as many are in overlapping advertising regions. But, it's clear that Issa, Knight, Rohrabacher, Royce, and Walters are targeted. There's no news about a Central Valley attempt against Denham and Valadao.



CalPERS board member J.J. Jelincic has been ordered to attend open government training at UC Berkeley after being suspected of releasing information from closed sessions to the media, reports Adam Ashton in the Bee. The order is a bit of a relief to Jelincic, who had been considered for ouster from the board. 

The OCR's Erika I. Ritchie reports that Dana Point is considering joining Laguna Beach's efforts to ban smoking in public places for both tobacco and marijuana. Odd thing I learned from the story--my former Orange Coast College counselor and mentor to Paul Mitchell and me Toni Iseman is still mayor of Laguna Beach!



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sheila DeBlonk, John Kabateck and Maclen Zibler!



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  • Please join the Women’s Foundation of California for the 2017 Legislative Reception, celebrating the policy projects of the current Women’s Policy Institute State and County classes. We will honor the accomplishments of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senator Connie M. Leyva, Assembly Member Shirley Weber, California Budget & Policy Center Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher and Californians United for a Responsible Budget Statewide Coordinator Diana Zuñiga. Join us in recognizing women’s leadership and commitment to creating a better California. May 9, 5–7PM at the Sacramento Meeting Place, Adelante Room, 1414 K Street, first floor. Refreshments will be served. RSVP here!

  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at

  • 25 Years After the LA Riots: former LA County Supervisors YVONNE BURKE and ZEV YAROSLAVSKY look back on what has changed since 1992 in this exclusive interview:
  • The San Diego County Water Authority is accepting proposals for Regulatory Advocacy and Consulting Services - Sacramento, CA. Request RFP from Jennifer Graffam at Proposal submittal deadline: 2:00 p.m. on 5/10/2017. Questions deadline: 2:00 p.m. on 5/1/2017.

  • iHeartMedia Strategic Partnerships Division is seeking a Strategic Account Manager for Government and Political Partnerships

    This person builds and maintains effective long-term strategic partnerships with key decision makers and influencers at partner advertising agencies. He/She creates demand for products and services by underscoring company’s compelling marketing solutions. Has deep understanding of all types of media vehicles and how they work together, company products/services, the market and the needs/challenges of all accounts. Develops new partnership relationships through networking, research and capabilities presentations to new agencies. Position pays six figures to the right candidate. For more information and instructions on how to apply, e-mail

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  • California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Sacramento. CCHI seeking strong candidate to provide administrative and financial support to the CEO and Board of Directors. Responsible for office operations and procedures including payroll, human resources and financial duties. Great salary and generous benefit packet. To review full job description, visit

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  • Nominate a California Leader Today. The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians in nonprofits, business, or government advancing innovative and effective solutions to critical state issues. Recipients receive $200,000 to advance their work. Nominations are due by April 28. Nominate a leader today: a policy leader with a MPP degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. By combining empirical analysis, critical thinking, political philosophy, persuasive communication, and political strategy, our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – prepares government, private sector, and non-profit policy leaders. Spring 2017 courses include former State Senator Gloria Romero’s “Seminar in Regional Policies: Education, Politics, and Reform” and “Seminar in Economics: Practical Applications of Policy Analysis” taught by RAND’s Marlon Graf. For legislative staffers with 2+ years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Apply now for Fall 2017 enrollment: (

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, Gov’t Relations Coordinator (Sacramento). CA healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive candidate to develop and implement legislation on behalf of our members. Excellent salary and benefits. For more info or to apply go to:

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  • Associate Director, Legislative Affairs The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. This Associate Director represents the University in a wide variety of meetings and hearings with elected officials, staff and advocates. They also lead and manage a team of Legislative Directors who serve as the University's key advocates in Sacramento, and supervise Legislative Coordinators who monitor legislative developments. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply
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Bay Area political events: Town halls, health care
Bay Area political events: Town halls, health care Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Ethics: A conversation on how to “Live Ethically in an Unethical World” and cope with the current political climate. Police forum: A presentation on the lawfulness of police shootings, led by attorney Christopher Boscia. Healthcare for Everybody will be shown, followed by a health care discussion on proposals for a single-payer system in California. Hosted by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Santa Clara High School, 3000 Benton St. in Santa Clara. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove (Sacramento County), hosts two town halls: at 9 a.m. at the McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place in Vacaville; and at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield. Nuclear weapons: A talk by former Defense Secretary William Perry on how to end the threat of nuclear weapons.

In California Book Tour Stop, Ohio Gov. John Kasich Blasts 'woefully Inadequate' GOP Healthcare Bill
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday blasted the healthcare bill Republicans passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, saying that it fai...

French Presidential Candidate Confirms 'massive' Hack Days Before Election - Politico
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron confirmed the breach hours after a large trove of emails purportedly from his political party appeared online. | AP

Ag Business Will Look Favorably On Feinstein-harris Farmworker Bill :: Fox&hounds
The bill offers a road to citizenship, which could become a roadblock for some legislators. Given the shortage of workers in the fields, the agriculture industry may be a force to try and move Republican votes on that issue. There is also a chance an amendment to protect workers without offering citizenship might be made. Something Democratic senators would likely reject for political reasons.

Political Analysts Shift California Races Toward Democrats After Healthcare Vote
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Citing the House vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report has shifted the race ratings evaluati...

White House On Health Care Bill: 'never Underestimate This President' - Politico
Trump, who was active in cajoling House Republicans to support the American Health Care Act, will continue to be engaged in the vote-getting process, Huckabee Sanders said.

Furor over gas-tax hike shows no sign of easing
Critics of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $52 billion road repair program question whether money raised by higher gas taxes and vehicle fees could be siphoned off to fill gaps in the state’s general fund. “In the immortal words of the former mayor of Carmel, ‘That’s not going to happen,’” said state Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer, quoting Clint Eastwood. According to Palmer, the state Constitution bars tapping current gas taxes and vehicle registration fees for general-fund uses. [...] what’s to keep the state, which will start collecting the new fees in January, from diverting funds ahead of the June vote? Once he gets the green light on the language from the attorney general, Allen and his allies will have 215 days to collect 365,880 signatures of registered voters.

Trump Defends Comment On Australia Having Better Health Care Than U.S. - Politico
President Donald Trump on Friday responded to criticism for saying that Australia, a country with universal health care, has better health care than the United States.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Brings On Washington And Campaign Veterans, Immigration Experts
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Since taking office in January, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has remade the executive staff of the state Department of Justice,...

California’s GOP Congressmen Could Pay Politically For Obamacare Repeal Vote
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California Proposes New Rules And Standards For Marijuana Testing Laboratories
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Laboratories that test marijuana for medical use in California will have to be licensed and show their employees are properly trained, ...

California Dmv Targeting Disabled Placard Abusers | The Sacramento Bee
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Writers Guild Of America Contract Secures $65 Million More In Health Plan Contributions
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The recently-announced Writers Guild of America contract increases employer contributions to the union's health plan.

GOP lawmaker: 'Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care.'

Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho) defended the GOP health care bill at a town hall in southern Idaho on May 5.

Trump Pushes Back On Lawmakers’ Attempt To Rein In His Powers - Politico
Congress sought to use its $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to rein in President Donald Trump on issues like medical marijuana and war powers. In a signing statement Friday, Trump seeks to claw some of that power back.

California Lawmakers Move To Protect The Information Of Immigrants Who Take The Witness Stand In Court
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Republicans' health-care plan could launch some ugly political battles in state legislatures

Do you find a way to raise taxes/cut other services to keep your most vulnerable population insured? Or do you just stop insuring them?

California's Fire, Drowning Risk Rises Even As Drought Ends | The Sacramento Bee
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Rohrabacher Says He’ll Take Medical Marijuana Fight With Jeff Sessions To Supreme Court – Orange County Register
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said he hopes to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions that good people do indeed sometimes smoke pot. But if he can’t, the Republican congressman from Costa Mesa said he’ll see his longtime friend in court.