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  • US SENATE: added legislative analyst David Hildebrand (D)
  • CA01 (Northeast): added attorney Jessica Jones Holcombe (D)
  • CA01 (Northeast): added deputy district attorney Brandon Storment (D)
  • CA01 (Northeast): added bank risk officer Martha Walters (D)
  • CA04 (Foothills): added scientist Roza Calderon (D)
  • CA04 (Foothills): added attorney Rochelle Wilcox (D)
  • CA05 (Napa): added stagehand Douglas Van Raam (R)
  • CA07 (East Sac County): added Omba Kipuke (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added farmer/computer programmer Mike Barkley (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added attorney Lisa Battista (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added congressional staff member Mateo Morales Bedolla (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added registered nurse Dotty Nygard (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added non-profit employee Terra Snover (NPP)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): updated analysis [available to subscribers]
  • CA17 (Milpitas): added Certified Public Accountant Ronald Cohen (R)
  • CA21 (Kings): added attorney Emilio Huerta (D)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added business systems analyst Julio Castaneda (NPP)
  • CA45 (Irvine): added small business owner Ron Varasteh (D)
  • CA45 (Irvine): added small business owner Eric Rywalski (D)
  • AD65 (Fullerton): updated analysis [available to subscribers]

Happy Sunday! Nice to see that Delta Breeze blowing outside.


  • John Myers is joined by Melanie Mason and KQED's Marisa Lagos for the California Politics Podcast, on which they discuss LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck's endorsement of the "sanctuary state" bill and Assemblyman Travis Allen's entry into the gubernatorial race.
  • Guy Marzorati, Marisa Lagos, and Scott Shafer convene for the KQED California Politics Podcast to talk the Senate health plan, and Ellen Tauscher's challenge to seven House Republican incumbents. 

This Wednesday, the Sacramento Press Club is hosting a luncheon with a discussion of campaign finance reform featuring a discussion by former AG/Treasurer/Senate leader Bill Lockyer, expert Sheila Krumholz, attorney Thomas Hiltachk and fund-raiser Kristin Bertolina Faust." The event is from 11:45 am to 1:00 p.m. at the State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302. All proceeds fund student journalism scholarships. Register here by 5:00pm Monday.

VOTING: John Myers looks at the progress of changes to the voting process, including the balking of the Orange County Board of Supervisors of a proposal to move to universal vote-by-mail ballots and regional voting centers. The plan was championed by county registrar Neal Kelley. "That drew a sharp rebuke from Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who suggested last week that Republican supervisors were trying to protect the GOP’s local dominance. “I am very concerned that your action was driven less by the interests of the people of Orange County and more by political considerations,” Padilla said in a letter to the board."

FAMILY FEUD: In the PE, Jeff Horseman writes up at the continuing divide within the Democratic Party and what it portends for next year's elections at both the state and national levels. 

STEYER: As he continues to mull over whether to run for governor, Politico's Victoria Colliver writes that Tom Steyer is throwing his political weight behind a drug price transparency bill--SB 17 (Hernandez):

“Until Steyer came around, there was no one who was an offset to the Kochs,” said Chris Lehane, a longtime Democratic strategist who’s served as Steyer’s political adviser. “He has had an incredibly successful career, and now he wants to use resources, his time, his energy and talent to energize different issues out there. ... He’s at a place in his life where he is really looking at how he can make the biggest impact on the things he really cares about.”



QUAKE: In the Times, Rong-Gong Lin II and Priya Krishnakumar report that Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona), along with many legislative Democrats and Republicans are not happy with President Trump's threats to funding for the early earthquake warning network for the West Coast. "Congress allocated $10.2 million for the system for the current budget year. Trump’s budget for the next budget year proposes nothing. Officials estimate it will cost $16.5 million a year to operate and maintain the system."

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The MercNews's Emily Derue looks at the changes happening in California's community colleges. "In 2013, California’s community colleges began restructuring — talking to each other more, scaling up programs in high-demand fields and paring back others, working more closely with companies that want to hire new employees and creating course schedules that let students balance school and jobs. In the next five years, the system is set to spend $1 billion trying to move those changes forward."



DEPT OF CORRECTIONS CORRECTION: Of course, John Chiang is state treasurer, not controller which is Betty Yee). My brain->fingers connection was not functioning yesterday. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sam Blakeslee and Larry Kaplan!  


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Political Road Map: California's Big Change In Voting Rules Is Off To A Rocky Start For 2018
John Myers @
A handful of California counties have been told they can close polling places and expand absentee balloting in 2018. But local officials may be leery of change.

Sen. Johnson: No Quick Senate Vote On Obamacare Overhaul
Patrick Temple-West @
One of the Republican senators initially opposing legislation to overhaul Obamacare said he does not want a quick vote on the bill.

13 reactions to the Senate GOP health-care bill

President Trump and senators from both parties on June 25 commented on a bill released June 22 by the Senate Republican leadership to overhaul the U.S. health-care system.

Rep. Maxine Waters Speaks Out On Republican Health Care Bill At Packed Town Hall Meeting, As Protesters Gather Outside
Andrea Castillo @
Rep. Maxine Waters speaks out on Republican health care bill at packed town hall meeting, as protesters gather outside

Schiff Criticizes Obama’s Handling Of Russia
Patrick Temple-West @
Rep. Adam Schiff, speaking on CNN, was asked about a June 23 article in The Washington Post that said Obama was told in August 2016 that Russian President Vladimir Putin was working to elect the Republican nominee.

Yuba River: Officials Warn People To Stay Away Due To Danger
Thomas Oide @
The California Department of Parks and Recreation is recommending that people stay away from the South Yuba River. The river is seeing higher flows due to the Sierra snowmelt, according to the release.

'Protect Them Like Your Own': At Cadet Graduation, LAPD Chief Beck Defends Program Amid Scandal
James Queally @
Amid a widening scandal that has seen an LAPD officer arrested on suspicion of a sex crime and seven cadets accused of stealing police property, the chief praised the youth program.

Nation's Top Health Official Vows Attack On Wasteful Spending
Paul Sisson @
The nation’s top health-policy official told an audience in San Diego on Saturday that he’s committed to wringing out wasteful spending — regardless of what happens with efforts by President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress to reshape Obamacare.

Trump Administration Delays Student Loan Forgiveness Program. How To Tell If You Still Qualify
Anne Helhoski @
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delayed rules designed to ease the student debt burden for defrauded borrowers. Here's what you should do now.

Officials Investigating Possible Hate Crimes At Islamic Centers In Sacramento, Davis
Mark Glover @
Local law enforcement officials are investigating two possible hate crimes at Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis.

How California's Community Colleges Are Changing
Emily Derue @
As the jobs that keep California’s economy running change at a rapid clip, the workers who fill them are expected to keep pace. That puts enormous pressure on all schools in the state, but especially on the state’s community colleges — which help prepare more than 2.1 million students across 113 campuses to enter or move up in the workforce.

Cities Look For Ways To Enforce No-Drone Zones
Benny Evange @
San Francisco Gay Pride organizers are prohibiting drones from this weekend’s celebrations, but if the recent Golden State Warriors parade is an indication, keeping the popular quadcopters from taking off might be difficult.

Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips

With criticism mounting over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, top Republicans are cutting deals and cajoling members to get to 50 votes.

What Is Causing An Outbreak That Has Infected 181 People And Killed Four?
Paul Sisson @
San Diego County’s public-health officials are focusing on hygiene as they rev up their battle against the state’s largest hepatitis A outbreak in nearly two decades, a scourge that has infected 181 people and killed four since it was first detected in November.

Koch network withholding support of Senate health-care bill, pushing for changes
James Hohmann @

€œIn all candor, we'™ve been disappointed that movement is not more dramatic toward a full repeal or rollback (of the Affordable Care Act). But we'™re not walking away,' said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity.

Trump On Russian Election Meddling: Focus On Obama Administration
Rebecca Morin @
President Donald Trump on Saturday again questioned why former President Barack Obama's administration did not do more to stop reported Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

House Democrats Have No Good Alternative To Pelosi
Willie Brown @
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is catching unholy hell from her Democratic colleagues over the Georgia special election debacle.

Price Invites GOP Foes Of Obamacare Overhaul To Keep Talking
Patrick Temple-West @
A top Trump administration official leading the Obamacare overhaul on Sunday sought to placate members of his own party in the Senate who are opposing legislation unveiled last week.

Shipping Industry Sees Smoother Waters, Ports Benefit
Rachel Uranga @
The 40-foot-long, fading-blue shipping containers — once scattered around Peter Grim’s truck yard like giant, discarded dominoes — disappeared months ago.

Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates

A small group of centrists, worried that Medicaid cuts would fray the social safety net, could prove pivotal.

Kings River Flooding Forces Mandatory Evacuations
Doug Smith @
Increased Sierra snow melt caused the Kings River to overflow near the Central Valley town of Kingsburg Friday night, forcing mandatory evacuations.

Senate Republicans skeptical Obamacare repeal can pass this week
Senate GOP leaders face problems from seemingly every corner of the conference.