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  • 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

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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.






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Audio: California Set To Vote On Single-payer Health | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE - In this May 16, 2016, file photo, California state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. Lara, who wrote the bill with Democratic Sen. Toni Atkins of San Diego, says they're working on details. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Trump: Senate Should Use Nuke Option To Pass Healthcare And Tax Cuts - Politico
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Sacramento Police Investigate Alleged Gang Rape | The Sacramento Bee
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Do voter ID laws help or hurt voter turnout?

We dig into two dueling claims about the impact of voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Kansas on the 2016 and 2014 elections, respectively.

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Top-two Primary Will Give 2018's Also-rans Another Chance At Victory | The Sacramento Bee
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Maryland Joins California In Battling Antibiotic Overuse On Farms | Reuters
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Sacramento Poised To Approve Large Greenbriar Housing Development | The Sacramento Bee
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Coastal Commission Met Privately With Edison A Year Before Public San Onofre Waste Storage Vote | Kpbs
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Was the public shut out of key meetings over where to put radioactive waste from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station?

New Sacramento Police Chief: Reformer Or Status Quo? | The Sacramento Bee
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Bay Area political events: Elizabeth Warren, gun violence
Bay Area political events: 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. Israeli Consul General Andy David and India’s consul general, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, speak on Israel and India’s diplomatic relations. The event is at the Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St. in San Francisco. Gun violence march: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge to take a stand against gun violence. The Peace and Freedom Party is hosting a forum, Peace and Freedom: 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.” Rabbi Beth Jarecky Singer from Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco traveled to Greece in April to meet with Syrian and Yazidi refugees and will discuss what she learned. An all-members meeting with the Indivisible East Bay group from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Drake’s Dealership, 2325 Broadway, in Oakland. 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.

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Even With Irvine's Diverse Mix Of Cultures, Some Residents Feel They Don't 'fit'
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Waterfalls Rushing In Northern California To Travelers' Delight | The Sacramento Bee
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