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Remember and relax today. It's going to be a busy week with Friday's house of origin deadline, as outlined by lobbyist Chris Micheli of Aprea and Micheli:

  • Senate Floor has approximately 5 bills on Second Reading, 211 bills on Third Reading, and 52 bills on Consent (spread over 2 days) – 268 total bill
  • Assembly Floor has approximately 223 bills on Second Reading, 221 bills on Third Reading, and 28 bills on Consent (for Wednesday) – 472 total bills 
  • 740 pending between the two houses for next week

Here's the agenda for the week:

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With Jerry Brown term limited in 2018 and in a state that he won by 20% over Neil Kashkari in 2014 and with Hillary Clinton outpolling Donald Trump by 20.1% in the state, the prospects for a Republican to win statewide office next year are slim. 

The big questions for 2018 are:

1.) Will the Democrats win both spots in the June top-two primary? 

2.) If Dems do, which of the current four candidates be on the ballot in November?

3.) If there is only one Republican, as there is now in businessman John Cox, will he garner enough votes to keep only one Dem in November?

If Cox performs at the level of Kashkari and Trump and if the four Dems stay in, it's unlikely two Dems receive more than 30% of the vote, which is probably the minimum performance level for a statewide Republican. To have two Dems go to November, two of the Dems would have to each be kept under 5%, and its possible another Dem could jump in.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the leader of the pack in money and polling, although polling is somewhat meaningless at this point. Newsom has the advantage of few job responsibilities and he has been taking his charisma to as many speaking events as possible.

State Treasurer John Chiang will be highlighting his financial chops. Will the state's economy still be going strong, or will budget problems emerge again, something that could cut either way. He has been impressive in his early fundraising, clearly tapping into the desire of Asian-American voters to elect an Asian to the governor's corner office. 

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had been the most expected candidate aside from Newsom, and hopes that Latino and Southern California voters give him an edge. While Chiang is also from L.A., he hasn't held what's typically thought of as a "local office." Board of Equalization is a fairly hidden office and Treasurer keeps him in Sacramento and the financial circles on the east and west coasts.

The final announced Democrat is former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, who has kept a low profile since she exited that office in January 2004. However, if all the major candidates are women, she has the potential of drawing a lot of female votes, particularly if the atmosphere in Washington is continued to be seen as hostile. 

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti is also reportedly mulling a bid and maybe waiting to see if DiFi follows through on reelection.

Republican businessman John Cox is the only announced candidate on the GOP side. His base is in San Diego and he's most widely known for championing a "neighborhood legislature" proposal that would divide the state into nearly 10,000 community-based legislatures that would provide guidance to the state's Legislature. 

Other names that have been floated by GOP are Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin (who reportedly has little interest), and San Diego councilmember Kevin Faulconer, and former San Diego councilmember Carl DeMaio. DeMaio is championing the recall effort against Senator Josh Newman from his radio talk show microphone.



TAKING IT TO THE AIR: The LAT's Chris Megerian reports "A coalition of California businesses launched a new advertising campaign on Saturday to pressure lawmakers against enacting tighter policies on climate change and air pollution. . .The first lawmaker being targeted is Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), accusing him of allowing "unelected state employees" to raise "hidden taxes" on gasoline and electricity because he voted last year for a tougher target to reduce emissions by 2030. Other lawmakers could face similar advertisements."



PHARMA: In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports that Californians could see their prescription drug costs go down under bills moving through the Legislature.



THE COURTS: Dan Walters writes that the courts have a hard time obtaining funding from the state, with foster care kids paying a particularly big price in legal representation. "It would cost $88 million a year to reduce caseloads to the recommended size, but [Chief Justice Tani] Cantil-Sakauye and others have been trying to get $22 million to provide some minimal relief – so far unsuccessfully."

FOOD STAMPS: Nina Agrawal reports in the Times that LA County is seeking to increase the number of people who are eligible, but are not enrolled in, CalFresh, the state's food stamp program. "Only 66% [statewide] of those who were potentially eligible participated in the program in 2014, compared with 100% in Oregon and 99% in Tennessee. . . . California Food Policy Advocates estimates that if CalFresh reached 100% of eligible individuals, L.A. County would receive an additional $1.2 billion in federal funding."



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California Professor Leads Research On Gun Industry As The U.S. Stays Away | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Los Angeles Lawns Can Lose Up To 70 Billion Gallons Of Water A Year, Report Says
Today's high

'everyone I Know Is Worried.' Terrified Patients Await Fate Of Their Healthcare
Steve Lopez @
Dr. Juan Montes has patients who'd be hard hit by Trumpcare reform

California Courts Suffer In Competition For State Financing | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

This Memorial Day, We Should Think About Protecting California Fish
George Skelton @
We're fortunate to have what's left of California's shrinking salmon, trout and steelhead population. But it's time to reverse the trend and do more to protect and restore their habitats.

Biden Backs Phil Murphy, Says N.j. Governor's Race 'most Important' In Nation
Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy at a campaign event on May 28 in Lyndhurst, N.J. | AP Photo

Sacramento State Lab Employees Say Their Jobs Are Making Them Sick | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

Trump's budget plan lands with a thud in Middle America
The administration’s proposed federal budget cuts are, in effect, local budget cuts that ignore the economic realities of the communities that voted for Trump.

Horton Plaza: Homeless Plaza? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Roger Showley @

Sidebar: A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted?

The Constitution includes detailed instructions for impeachment. But there’s no clear answer on whether a president may be criminally prosecuted.

Jared Kushner 'forgot' Russian Contacts? Don't Even Joke. | The Sacramento Bee
David Freed @
By David Freed

La County Crime Stoppers Sees Rise In Anonymous Tips As Distrust Of Law Enforcement Grows
Today's high

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

This Senate staffer could change the course of the health-care debate

The low-profile Senate parliamentarian will decide if the GOP can follow through on its plans to roll back Obamacare.

Bay Area political events: Guns, LGBT rights
Bay Area political events: Guns, LGBT rights Political events Elizabeth Warren event: A conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco. The discussion is part of an all-day event organized around opposition to President Trump. For National Gun Violence Awareness Day, activists are asking people to wear orange to stand against gun violence. Gun violence march: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge to stand against gun violence. Fifty Years of Struggle, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the party. The free event will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Marchers are demanding an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia connections in a “March for Truth.” The Sierra Club is seeking volunteers to recruit new members and educate people on environmental issues at Sunday Streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Golden Gate Park.

Why Are So Many Women Dropping Out Of The Workforce?
Natalie Kitroeff @
It's a mystery that could have stark repercussions for the U.S. economy: why are American women disappearing from the workforce?

How To Survive Talking Politics On Memorial Day

But Kushner certainly has information that FBI investigators think will help them. For example, he met several times with Russian officials during the campaign. While it's not weird for presidential campaigns to meet with foreign officials, under this context, it was.

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Some came for their boots and hard hats. Others for their final paycheck. They stood outside the shipyard gates at Pier 70 with trash bags full of work clothes and talked about stuff people usually talk about when the boss lays everyone off.

Trump Returns To An Increasingly Troubled White House And Criticism From Allies
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Trump, who had been on a Twitter fast during much of his trip, returned to his favorite social media platform Sunday morning, voicing frustration over the widening investigation into ties between people in his inner circle and Russia.

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Trump Expresses 'total Confidence' In Kushner - Politico
President Donald Trump on Sunday said he had "total confidence" in Jared Kushner, his embattled son-in-law, in a statement published by the New York Times.

Ken Ackerman, quintessential Bay Area radio announcer, dies
Ken Ackerman, whose classic, stentorian radio announcer’s voice graced Bay Area airwaves for more than five decades, has died. Mr. Ackerman is best remembered as the soothing announcer on the overnight music program “Music ’Til Dawn” on KCBS. Mr. Ackerman, who was born in 1922 and raised in Sacramento, got into radio while attending Grant Union High School, announcing a student program that aired on KROY. In a 2009 column about KCBS, The Chronicle’s Carl Nolte wrote that Mr. Ackerman “sounded like polished wood.” KQW became KCBS in 1949, and in 1953 the CBS network began “Music ’Til Dawn,” offering “beautiful music” and light classics, and featuring a local announcer for each of its owned and operated stations. By the time “Music ’Til Dawn” ended in 1970, KCBS had switched from a variety format to all news during the day. Stanford University’s library is home to a donation he made of recordings of live jazz broadcasts from the 1950s and ’60s in various San Francisco clubs.