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Happy Friday!

Well, because the 405 didn't suck enough, a small plane decided this morning that it was the North-West pavement was a better runway than the East-West runway at John Wayne Intergalactic Airport. Sincere hopes for the souls on board the Cessna.

Meanwhile, you made it. It should be a beautiful weekend throught California. Even San Franciscans might need to have short-sleeved under their triple layers. In other good news, the ridiculous political fundraising emails will stop after tomorrow night. Okay, well, not stop, but will stop with their dire warnings. I have friends in Congress who don't even have opponents saying that the end of the world is tomorrow unless you give $10.

The fact is that very little campaign funding comes in small increments. However, fundraising firms have to keep it going beyond the big funders. Meanwhile, firms often get stuck with unpaid bills. Not a fundraising firm, but respected LA political consulting firm Shallman Communications has $415,00 in outstanding fees from unsuccessful congressional candidate Isadore Hall, III and Laura Richardson still had $460,000 in unpaid debts when she illegally stopped reporting beginning after her loss in 2012. The FEC has issued seven quarterly failure to files but hasn't taken any other action. Of course, Richardson was a victim of famed Democratic fundraiser and embezzler-in-chief Kinde Durkee, so that may explain the FEC's lack of enforcement. Richardson had other problems, but not unlike other single mothers in the Los Angeles area.

The concept of being a political consultant sounds lucrative but it's an uglier business than most of us surmise.



RIP DWIGHT HANSEN: (from Bob Giovati) Dwight’s daughters have let me know that there will be services for him on Friday, July 7th, 11a-1p at Bayside Midtown, 2225-19th Street, Sacramento (between V and W Streets).  Anyone wishing to bring a dessert to share after the service is welcome to do so, as the girls will be providing sandwiches.  People in attendance will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and memories about Dwight. 

In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make a donation in his name to Easter Seals, Elk Grove ACT, the Prostate Cancer Foundation or an organization of your choice.  If you wish to send flowers or cards, you are encouraged to send them to:

Shannon Hansen
2700 Kalamer Way
Sacramento CA 95835 


Teresa Hansen
9329 Colliston Drive
Elk Grove CA 95624  

Both the State Senate and Assembly adjourned in Dwight’s memory today, with appropriate comments about his commitment to Californians with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Andrew Jiang, Patrick Leathers, and Jessica Levinson!



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What Senate Health Care Delay Means For House Republicans
The Senate delay on the chamber's health care vote could be a political boon to vulnerable House Republicans.

Democrats See California's New Budget As An Answer, And An Antidote, To President Trump's Plans
John Myers @
Four days ahead of the deadline, California has a state budget in place that seeks some distance from the agenda of President Trump.

Trump On Health Care Impasse: Repeal Obamacare Now, Replace Later - Politico
President Donald Trump, who has previously said that he would prefer Obamacare be repealed and replaced at the same time, reversed course Friday morning, suggesting instead that the process of undoing the health care law could be broken up.

Jerry Brown Looking For Climate Change Deal In California | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago, Alexei Koseff and Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Senate Republicans Consider Leaving Tax on Rich in Health Bill

The open talk of leaving in place a tax on investment income was a big break from the House-passed health care bill and from the Senate’s initial approach.

Climate Change Threatens Delta, California Water | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow

Bay Area political events: immigrant stories, impeachment march
Bay Area political events: immigrant stories, impeachment march Political events Storytelling and discussion featuring five children’s books that highlight immigrant stories. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. in Berkeley. Nationwide marches will call for President Trump’s impeachment. The East Bay and San Francisco branches of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom present historian, author and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss the history of wars and gun violence and possible solutions. Environmental action: A conversation with the Sierra Club’s executive director and local environmental justice groups on what people can do to take action against President Trump's environmental agenda. Health care film: A free screening of Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody and discussion on single-payer health care. The event is at 7 p.m. at Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way in San Francisco.

Fact Check: Does the Senate health-care bill include cuts to Medicaid?

President Trump and his advisors claim spending for Medicaid will continue to increase under the Senate health-care proposal. CBO projections suggest otherwise.

Two Immigration Bills Clear House, Polarize San Diego's Delegation - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
The House of Representatives passed two immigration-related bills on Thursday that aim to curb unauthorized immigration through tougher penalties and by putting financial pressure on local police departments.

Supporters Of State Sen. Josh Newman Sue To Stop Effort To Recall Him, Alleging Voters Have Been Misled
Patrick McGreevy @
Supporters of state Sen. Josh Newman filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop a recall campaign against the lawmaker, alleging that sig...

Trump's Pledge To Tear Up South Korean Trade Pact Could Hurt California, Other States | The Sacramento Bee
Stuart Leavenworth @
By Stuart Leavenworth

Will Trump deliver on his health-care promises to the American people?

Health policy reporter Paige Cunningham breaks down the Senate bill and explains what’s at stake. Plus, we talk to Republican Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz., about how health care legislation directly affects his constituents.

Trump Nominates Indiana Health Official For Surgeon General - Politico
Dr. Jerome Adams has also been on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine and has worked at Eskenazi Health, and he's been involved in a number of policy initiatives including diversity at the American Society of Anesthesiologists. | AP Photo

Why health care is so hard for the GOP

The Republicans' time-crunched effort to pass a health-care bill is hitting a lot of resistance in the Senate. The Post's Paige W. Cunningham explains the key reasons why the party struggles to move a health-care plan forward.

House Democrats Launch Election Security Task Force - Politico
House Democrats are creating an election security task force to study how the government can lock Russian hackers out of the 2018 elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Chiropractic Treatment, A $15-billion Industry, Has Its Roots In A Ghost Story
David Lazarus @
D.D. Palmer, who performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, maintained that the idea and basic principles of the practice were given to him by a long-dead doctor during a seance.

Travel ban, with qualification, is underway again after Supreme Court ruling
Visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world lost their ability to gain permission to enter the United States starting Thursday evening unless they could prove a “bona fide relationship” to the country, the latest step in a historic fight over the Trump administration’s travel ban that is playing out in the courts. Administration officials said those with visas as of 5 p.m. Thursday would be permitted, and they expected “business as usual” at airports across the country. [...] civil rights attorneys who see the travel ban as a broad act of discrimination against Muslims returned in droves to San Francisco International Airport to ensure that immigrants would not be wrongfully barred entry, as they had been in January when the travel ban was first implemented before being halted. [...] the administration — which called the ban vital to national security — clarified details of the order in an effort to comply with this week’s Supreme Court decision. Officials said visa applicants from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia must prove they are the parents, spouses, children, children-in-law or siblings of a U.S. individual or have a formal tie with an entity, like a university, in the country. Around the Bay Area, the enactment of the travel ban after many stops and starts prompted emotional responses from advocates as well as refugees like 59-year-old Kidanemariam Sebhat of San Francisco. [...] earlier this month, the family of three, including Sebhat’s wife and 17-year-old daughter, was able to move. In another decision that legal experts predicted would be challenged, the administration said that a would-be refugee’s relationship with a resettlement agency in the United States was “not sufficient, in and of itself” to establish the Supreme Court’s standard. “As recent events have shown, we are living in a very dangerous time, and the U.S. Government needs every available tool to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing acts of bloodshed and violence,” a White House official said Thursday on a background call with reporters. Refugees with travel booked through July 6 will be allowed entry, officials said, but those coming afterward will have to prove the close relationship with a U.S. individual or institution. Some of the biggest impacts, said Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor and immigration expert at Santa Clara University School of Law, will be for those seeking U.S. entry on tourist or so-called diversity visas from the six specified countries. Shayan Zadeh, an Iranian American who came to the country in 2000 and founded Zoosk, an online dating platform, said the decision not to exempt grandparents from the ban was an indication of its purpose.

Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General

Dr. Jerome M. Adams was appointed health commissioner by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor, and helped address an H.I.V. outbreak there.

Homeless Cleanups In L.A. Have Surged, Costing Millions. What Has Been Gained?
Ben Poston, Doug Smith @
The city has spent $14 million since 2015 to remove thousands of tons of trash. But most encampments remain.