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  • CA22 (Visalia): moved from Likely Republican to Leans Republican 

Well, The Walking Dead may be on hiatus, but there are plenty of zombies in the political world as folks binge watch House of Cards. Meanwhile, it's expected to be another beautiful day in California's capital and a frenetic day in the Capitol with the house of origin deadline.

POLL POSITION: There's a new Public Policy of California poll out overnight. Here are some highlights:

Most important state issues:

  • 22% jobs, economy
  • 11% immigration, illegal immigration
  • 8% government in general, problems with elected officials, parties

Governor Brown job approval:

  • 52% approve
  • 32% disapprove
  • 16% don't know

Legislature job approval:

  • 46% approve
  • 38% disapprove
  • 15% don't know

State budget situation:

  • 43% big problem
  • 37% somewhat of a problem
  • 13% not a problem
  • 7% don't know

Favor/oppose Governor Brown's budget proposal:

  • 63% favor
  • 26% oppose
  • 5% haven't heard anything about the budget (volunteered)
  • 6% don't know

State bond measure for affordable housing? (proposed as $3 billion in the November 2018 election in SB 3)

  • 70% yes
  • 24% no
  • 6% don't know

Single-payer healthcare?

  • 65% favor
    • 42% favor, even if it means raising taxes
    • 23% favor, not if it means raising taxes
  • 29% oppose
  • 6% don't know

"Sanctuary state"?

  • 48% favor
  • 42% oppose
  • 10% don't know

Should use of mariujuana be...?

  • 56% legal
  • 41% not legal
  • 3% don't know

Should feds enforce federal law, which bans marijuana, in California?

  • 38% should
  • 60% should not
  • 2% don't know

[n=1,707 California adult residents; May 12-22, 2017; English/Spanish; MOE +/- 3.2%]

CONVENTION AFTERMATH: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe share their thoughts on the Democratic party's convention. "Russia and former FBI Director James Comey may have contributed to 2016 disappointments, but if the Democrats stumble in 2018, particularly in California, they ‘ll likely have no one to blame but themselves." 



JUST TALK? Joe Mathews writes in Fox&Hounds that the Democratic push for single-payer health care, while perhaps good policy, shows that there's much work to be done to make it a reality.

And, then there's the dollars associated with it, which Joel Fox discusses.

I've been hearing and reading a lot about the bill. As shown in the PPIC poll, a solid majority of residents supports the concept, but there's still the $150-$200 billion question. That's the amount estimated to be currently paid by employers and individuals in privately financed insurance. The other half ($200 billion) is from federal, state, and local funds.

The discussion has been around a 15% payroll tax paid from employers. However, there's no easy way to do that. First, employers provide a wide variety of health benefits. So, that could be a reduction in cost per employee, or an increase. Then there are your sole proprietors like me who (for now) buy under the Affordable Care Act. In what universe would those federal subsidies be handed over to a single-payer system only in California?

I've written before...I believe in single-payer as someone who spent around a cumulative two years in hospitals growing up and who worked for three years in intensive care at Children's Hospital of Orange County. I've seen health care save lives and I've seen it financially ruin familiies. Hopefully the debates in DC and Sacramento lead to some rational decision-making.

The bill is up for a vote on the Senate floor today. As the financing piece that raises taxes (payroll tax is mostly discussed) is not in the bill yet, it requires a simple majority rather than a supermajority although eventually likely will require two-thirds. That's going to a tough vote for Dems in mod districts.

$$$: Xavier Becerra's AG campaign reported maxed contributions from Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg yesterday. He just needs one from David Geffen to pull off the Dreamworks hat-trick.



With President Donald Trump appearing to be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord (announcement at noon), the Bee's Christopher Cadelago asks whether Governor Jerry Brown is the new American lead on climate change

Anyway...just more fodder for the left. Here's a release about an event at the State Capitol on Saturday evening:

#March for Truth: Restoring Faith in American Government is the theme of more than 135 peaceful demonstrations, marches, or rallies to be held across the nation this Saturday.  In lieu of a march, Sacramento is holding a flameless candlelight vigil at the California State Capitol South Steps at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.  Speakers include Tracie Stafford, Mayoral Candidate from Elk Grove and Jessica Morse, a national security strategist and 2018 Candidate for Congress (CA-04). 

Co-sponsored by the Sacramento Indivisible Regional Action Network (SIRAN) the goals of these June 3events, including the Vigil, are to 1) demand that government leaders defend the rule of law, put country before party and vote to create an independent, bipartisan, impartial, outside commission to investigate fully foreign interference in the 2016 election; 2) Current Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisanship; and 3) As much information as possible should be made available to the public as soon as possible.  The public wants the full truth about what happened in the 2016 election and its aftermath. Those found to have committed crimes must be held accountable, and a Commission can produce a series of recommendations to guide us in preventing any future attack on our electoral process.

You are encouraged to bring a flameless candle, blanket or camp chair. The Vigil will conclude by no later than 9:00 p.m.




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shannan Velayas Martinez and Justin McCarthy!



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Republicans Are Mad About The California Gas Tax, And They're Taking It Out On This Freshman Lawmaker
George Skelton @
Republicans angry about the state's new gas tax want to take their revenge out on a freshman state senator who voted in favor of it by launching a recall campaign against him. It's wrong.

Prepare For A Deluge As Delta Begins Boiling Over | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Estimated Cost For Single-payer Healthcare In California Reduced By Billions In Analysis Sponsored By Supporters
Patrick McGreevy @
With a state Senate vote possibly imminent on a single-payer health system for California, supporters Wednesday released a study estima...

Higher Taxes On Cars And Dining To Pay For California Health Care? Nurses Have A Proposal | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Bay Area political events: Elizabeth Warren, guns
Bay Area political events: Political events Elizabeth Warren: 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. Gun violence: 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. Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers hosts a community meeting on public safety issues. Jewish communities nationwide to hold a candlelight vigil in support of refugees. Healthcare for Everybody, with speaker Sue Bergman, a nurse and supporter of the Healthy California Act, the proposal before the state Legislature to create a single-payer health-care system. The free event is at 7 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin. 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.

Lawmakers Say Trump Should Disclose Tax Returns To Get On California's 2020 Ballot
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Smoking ban proposed for public housing in California, Los Angeles congressional race jockeying continue...

Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to UM-Amherst Study on Government-Run Health Care Proposal
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Nunes Skips Fresno Immigration, Education Event | The Fresno Bee
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By Mackenzie Mays

Half Of Californians Worry About Someone They Know Getting Deported, Poll Finds
As President Donald Trump vows to step up immigration enforcement, half of Californians are worried that someone they know will be deported, a poll released Wednesday found.

D.C., Sacramento And Beverly Hills: Here's Where The Big Money In L.A.'s Congressional Election Came From
Jimmy Gomez and Robert Lee Ahn have raised about the same amount from donors, but Ahn surged ahead because he loaned himself half a million.

Dan Walters Leaving The Sacramento Bee After 33 Years | The Sacramento Bee
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Brown Moving "heaven And Earth" To Get Legislature To Extend Cap And Trade -
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Knowingly Exposing Others To Hiv Should No Longer Be A Felony, State Senate Says
Patrick McGreevy @
The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disea...

UC Berkeley To Offer Gender-inclusive Locker Room - San Francisco Chronicle
UC Berkeley will become the first college in California to build a large-scale gender-inclusive locker room inside its campus gym.

Senate Dems: Sessions’ Testimony Could Be ‘construed As Perjury’ - Politico
The revelation from Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Al Franken of Minnesota come a day after CNN reported that investigators are looking into whether Sessions had a third, previously-undisclosed meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential campaign last year.

California's Jerry Brown: Water Tunnel Shows 'i Want To Get [stuff] Done' : The Two-way : Npr
Gov. Jerry Brown waits for the start of a news conference to announce plans to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

Dialysis Patient Safety Act Faces Fight In California Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
Hawken Miller @
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What Would California's Proposed Single-payer Healthcare System Mean For Me?
Melanie Mason @
An explainer on a bill that would create a state single-payer healthcare system, including what it would mean for Californians' care and costs.

Lee plans spending increase on SF homeless programs
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, facing pressure from residents tired of stepping around sidewalk tents and piles of dirty needles, said Wednesday that he would spend additional millions to deal with homelessness and make it a top budget priority in the next two years. Most of that was spent on three broad areas: shelters and Navigation Centers that take in homeless people, their partners and even their pets, and provide services such as substance-abuse treatment and job-finding help; long-term supportive housing for formerly homeless people; and medical outreach teams that care for people who would otherwise shuttle in and out of emergency rooms. Lee hopes to expand services at a new harm reduction center at Sixth and Mission streets, which offers counseling and medical care for people with addictions and mental health issues. The mayor’s budget would also beef up a “fix-it” program that the city started last year to deal with such street health and safety hazards as abandoned drug paraphernalia and broken streetlights, and eyesores including graffiti and dilapidated news racks. A large portion of the $65 million in new spending over the next two years would be directed at drug users, specifically those hooked on heroin and other opiates, addictions the mayor blames for long-term inability of San Francisco and many other cities to make a visible dent in the street population. The plan for a special paramedic team, which began as a pilot last year, is designed to ease the burden on San Francisco’s overwhelmed 911 dispatch center and emergency rooms. Lee’s budget would also replace $32 million in state funds that are being cut for an in-home care program for seniors and people with disabilities, a program that provides legal representation for foster youth, and for the CalWORKS welfare program. [...] it sets aside $50 million to help San Franciscans who might not have health insurance should President Trump and Republicans in Congress sharply cut federal health care spending.

Trump: The 'big Story' Is Obama's Surveillance And Unmasking Of People - Politico
While the focus of much scrutiny from government investigations and the media has been on the ongoing Russia probes, it is unmasking and other surveillance activities that have been a concern for the president in the months since he took office, accusing Obama administration officials of using the unmasking process for political purposes to target Trump campaign and transition officials. Former national security adviser Susan Rice, the Obama administration official often at the center of the unmasking complaints, has denied using any intelligence materials or procedures for political purposes.