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THE Nooner for June 26, 2017

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Happy Monday! After last week's heat, it's great to wake up with open windows and a Delta Breeze.

Paul Mitchell brings his redistricting analysis to aural pleasure for the Capitol Weekly podcast.

LG: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has endorsed Eleni Kounalakis in her bid for lieutenant governor, it was announced today.

SCOTUS TO THE MOSTEST: This morning saw the last session of the 2016 Supreme Court term. No SCOTUS justice retirements announced and President Trump's travel ban was largely upheld. Two years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage must be observed in all states. From my perch, nobody seems to give a damn. Congratulations to those married under the ruling and a nod to Gavin Newsom for getting the ball rolling in San Francisco. (That said, all Dem candidates for governor support same-sex marriage.)

SCOTUS is going to hear the challenge by a Colorado cakemaker as to whether or not a private business has to observe same-sex marriages by making a wedding cake. Of course, it is really about the slippery slope as to where denial of services would stop. That's the real issue...not wedding cakes.

ELECTION 2018: For subscribers, I've updated the candidates list on the main subscribers page, and have added the list of updated analyses so you don't have to go through 154 pages to find which ones have been updated. Sorry it's taking's a lot of races to look at for a one-person shop. If you can't remember your password, use the forgot password link on the subscribers page. All passwords are encrypted for your protection, but you can use the same password on a reset.

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RED-TO-BLUE: The Bee's Rennie Svirnovskiy reports that former congressional candidate Michael Eggman is skipping another run for CA10, but instead focusing on creating a political operation to turn seven California congressional districts from red to blue. Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and her former campaign manager are running a similar effort.



<=10: The Bee's Ryan Sabalow writes that many California gun owners will be in violation of the law if they possess magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds after July 1, but the law is unlikely to be enforced except for new retail purchases. Online purchases will be incredibly hard to police. Gun rights activists have filed a legal challenge against the ban, arguing it violates the Second Amendment.

On Fox&Hounds, Joel Fox looks at the plans for health insurance in California and Washington, DC. "California taxpayers cannot afford to fund a borderless society. The health care solution is going have to be a combined effort of state and federal governments," while Joe Mathews makes the case for the House Democrats to keep Nancy Pelosi as their lead.

TO HER DEFENSE: Dem Guru Bob Muholland writes in an email defending House Democratic Leader Pelosi: "Nancy Pelosi's Democrats picked up 6 seats last November, so Pelosi is pitching and batting a lot better than the San Francisco Giants."

Ouch. But after all, it was a painful series against the Mets, and the Rockies are coming to town tonight.

Unfortunately, NYT's Shane Goldmacher and former State Senate staffer Sophie Kim Goldmacher brought baby Nathan to his first game on Saturday to witness the carnage.



CA34 (Los Angeles): What's it like to go from being in a solid majority to being in an essentially meaningless minority in Washington? Sarah D. Wire looks at Jimmy Gomez's introduction to being the lowest hanging fruit in Washington from being in the legislative supermajority in California.

BOE: The Bee's Adam Ashton reports on the $835,000 in furniture costs of the under-fire Board of Equalization's move from Norwalk to Cerritos:

The board’s discussion at the public meeting showed that its members believed they were voting to move employees and equipment from one site to the other. An early draft of the proposal written in 2014 by the agency showed that it planned to spend $2.5 million moving furniture and staff.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Janet Chin, Assemblymember Mike Gipson (yesterday) and Tony Gonzalez!



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GOP Sen. Johnson Slams New Health Care Bill In Nyt Op-ed - Politico
The Senate legislation introduced last week to repeal and replace Obamacare falls short of addressing systematic problems in the U.S. healthcare industry, a Republican lawmaker who opposes the bill wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Monday.

Gop's Obamacare Repeal Bills Threaten Huge Disruptions Across The Healthcare System
Noam N. Levey @
Congressional Republicans, who blasted Obamacare for disrupting the U.S. healthcare system, risk even greater chaos by upending insurance markets, crippling state budgets and stripping coverage

Boe Tax Board Furniture Costs Swell For Cerritos Office | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Senate Republicans face key week as more senators waiver in their support for health care bill

Leaders hope to hold a vote this week but some key GOP senators want more time for negotiations.

Pro-Trump group's health care offensive warns GOP senators to get in line
The effort is aimed at both punishing Sen. Dean Heller and at swaying his vote, and it is a stunning act of political retaliation against a member of the president’s own party.

California's GOP United On Fighting One Tax, The Other Not So Much | Nbc Southern California
Russell Goldsmith, CEO of City National Bank and chair of the LA Coalition on the economy and jobs, on why it’s a bad idea for President Trump to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes.

Parks Are Pork, But Flood Control Saves Lives. That's The Tension Just Under The Surface Of The L.A. River
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

California's New Gun Laws: High-capacity Magazine Ban Starts July 1 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ryan Sabalow

Schiff: Obama Should Have Acted On Russian Interference, But Trump Shouldn't Complain
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A top House Democrat says President Obama should have reacted more forcefully upon learning of Russian election-meddling, but also asse...

GOP Health Care Bill Could Drive Even More North Coast Patients To Emergency Rooms | The Press Democrat

Senate Health Bill Gets a Wary Reception, From Coast to Coast

Local news coverage across the nation shows that the reaction to the health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans is almost uniformly negative.

San Diego's Science Allure Draws In Big Partners - The San Diego Union-tribune
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And the history of these breakthroughs goes back decades, bringing in billions of dollars from major pharmaceutical companies. In recent years:

This Former Jeff Denham Challenger Won't Run Again, But He's Launching A Committee To Elect Democrats
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Trump Asks For Apology Over Russia Probes - Politico
President Donald Trump on Monday asked for an apology over the investigations into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with his 2016 campaign because those probes, which remain ongoing, have not publicly turned up any proof of coordination between Trump associates and the Russian government.

Mayors To Trump: Immigration Orders Meddle With Cities | The Sacramento Bee
Mayors are warning President Donald Trump that toughening immigration enforcement meddles with U.S. cities' affairs.

San Jose Cops Bust Fireworks Ring And The Bay Area Breaks Into Applause – East Bay Times
OK, so maybe it wasn’t the biggest fireworks take-down ever. And, sure, it pales compared to San Bernardino’s bust earlier this month of 7,500 pounds of illegal explosives. But San Jose’s bust the other day was still a respectable amount of contraband: 2,700 pounds.

The three numbers you need to understand the CBO report on Senate Republicans' health-care bill

Get smart quick on a report that could doom — or provide a boon — to Senate Republicans' imperiled health-care bill