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Happy Friday! You made it! 

Well, the Warriors got a steal with the 34th pick in the draft last night, getting Oregon's Jordan Bell after buying the pick from the Chicago Bulls. 

GOV: The LAT's Seema Mehta checks in on Controller John Chiang's campaign for governor as he takes the show on the road. "[A]s he embarks on a yearlong tour of the state for his gubernatorial bid, Chiang is trying to show off another side: He’s taking jabs at his rivals, meeting with voters in neighborhood stores and taquerias and doing anything he can to raise his name recognition in the state he hopes to lead, but where few voters know who he is."

Also, as expected, Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced his campaign for governor yesterday, reports Christopher Cadelago in the Bee. 

STETHOSCOPE: The PE's Jeff Horseman looks at the impact of the Senate health bill on California, and it's not pretty. 

$$$: The California Teachers Association reports having kicked in $250,000 to the committee fighting the recall of Senator Josh Newman. Meanwhile, Newman said that he won't take the legislative pay increase recently approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission.

REDISTRICTING: In part 3 of his series appearing in Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell looks at the impact of shifting demographics on the redrawing of the lines after the 2020 census. 



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TRAILERS: CALmatters's Laurel Rosenhall looks at the trailer bill phenomenon.  "In past years, some trailer bills were written hours before lawmakers voted on them, prompting complaints about the lack of transparency. But because voters approved Proposition 54 last year, all bills must now be in print three days before lawmakers vote. So the budget passed this month marked the first time that lawmakers—and the public—had a few days to chew on the full array of chocolates."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton asks how far left legislative Democrats can go before it begins to cost them at the ballot box. "First, they raised gas taxes and vehicle fees. Then the Senate passed a ridiculously costly universal healthcare plan. Now, the Legislature is getting close to helping undocumented criminals avoid deportation."

BANNED: Four more states have been added to the list where state-funded travel is prohibited because of laws that discriminate against gays and lesbians, reports Adam Ashton at the Bee: "The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban." 

MASTER OF THE HOUSE:  John Bresnahan and Heather Caygle report in Politico "Led by Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), at least some in the group believe Pelosi has to go in order for Democrats to have a chance to win the House back in Nov. 2018. Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for party leader back in November." Amid the calls, Nancy Pelosi holds on to the leader position because of her fundraising prowess, writes the Bee's Anshu Siripurapu in the Bee.

Meanwhile, BANG's Dan Borenstein catches up with former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who is leading an effort to flip seven congressional seats in California from red to blue.

SHORTAGE? The Bee's Jim Miller looks at whether there really is a teacher shortage, despite the clamoring for new benefits being debated in the Legislature.  Answer: it's complicated.

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: Joel Fox looks at the return of the punching bag of "San Francisco values."



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