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THE Nooner for May 31, 2017

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Happy humpday!  Odd to wake up to puddles on my morning walk this morning after a dry month.

MUSCLE: SB 562 (Lara and Atkins), the single-payer health bill, will be up today or tomorrow in the Senate before the "house of origin" deadline. Dan Walters writes that the bill, along with SB 349 that would provide staffing requirements for dialysis centers are part of the California Nurses Association's more aggresive stance in the Capitol.

No insiders believe that Governor Jerry Brown will sign the single-payer bill, particularly because it would likely lead to the largest tax increase in California history.  Could the dialysis bill be the consulation prize?

Our friend John Myers at the Times looks at the other items on the schedule this week in his Essential Politics post.



CA49 (Carlsbad): Life is tough transitioning from a hardline GOP member of congress as your district shifts, as Darrell Issa is finding out as the most wealthy member of the House runs for reelection in a district won by Hillary Clinton and with constituents very uncomfortable with "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Issa has been seen lately watching protestors from the roof of his district office.



Sorry I am short today. After all, I've been up most the night watching the new House of Cards. Argh!

And, I'm watching floor sessions on deadline week. I'm even wearing pants...a rarity for me. If something interesing happens, I'll send an AfterNooner later.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dan Smith!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Of course, Kevin Faulconer is the mayor of San Diego.



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Audio: La County Voters Could Be Asked To Approve New Tax For Water Projects | 89.3 Kpcc
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Los Angeles County voters have said yes in recent months to new taxes to fund transportation, parks and services for the homeless. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors took a step toward asking voters for a new tax to fund stormwater management projects.

California Labor Unions Wielding Clout In Big Legislative Push | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

School Day Wouldn't Begin Before 8:30 A.m. In California Under Bill That Clears The State Senate
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California teenagers wouldn't be required to start their school day before 8:30 am under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate.Th...

Does Medi-cal Lack The Dollars To Incentivize Doctors At UC Davis And Beyond? | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sammy Caiola

Pelosi Says Trump Has Nothing In Common With Other Presidents - San Francisco Chronicle
Six months after the November election, Nancy Pelosi still has trouble spitting out two words: “President Trump.”

Trump Urges GOP Senators To Pass New Obamacare Repeal Bill That Adds Saved Money - Politico
Trump said Tuesday that Republicans should do away with the legislative filibuster to advance health care and tax legislation | Getty

California Senate Advances Bill To Make Pot Use In Cars An Infraction
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Just months after state voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the state Senate on Tuesday voted to prohibit its use in au...

Republican Gay Rights Tweet Upsets California Family Council | The Sacramento Bee
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California Lawmakers Want To Give Parents At Smaller Companies 12 Weeks Of Protected Family Leave
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California lawmakers are once again seeking to expand the state's paid family leave program to smaller businesses after Gov. Jerry Brow...

California May Require Pet Shops Sell Only Rescue Dogs, Cats | The Sacramento Bee
California may ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they are rescue animals under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Appeals Court Deals Setback To L.A. Mortgage Discrimination Suits Against Big Banks
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A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Wells Fargo and Bank of America in declining to reinstate the cases, which have their origins in the housing bust.

A new reminder of the possible political disaster looming for Republicans on health care

Obamacare was stuck in political trenches — and it was more popular than the AHCA.

Southwest To Begin Dual-door Deplaning Experiment In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ed Fletcher

Russia Probe Scares Off Potential Appointees - Politico
President Donald Trump has not yet nominated a No. 2 at the Agriculture Department, Education Department, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency, among other posts. | Getty

California State Senators Want To Stop The Public From Smoking At California Beaches And Parks
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Californians would be barred from smoking or using electronic cigarettes in state parks and at beaches under a bill approved Tuesday by...

Brown Administration Changes Budget Calculation Following Republican Lawmakers' Call for Transparency and ahead of Tuesday's Budget Conference Committee
s testimony that Administration officials may be spending nearly $2 billion over the voter-approved spending limit.

Trump To Meet With Two FBI Director Candidates Tuesday, Spicer Says - Politico
President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday afternoon with two candidates to be the next director of the FBI, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.