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With the Senate health care bill vote now postponed after Arizona Senator John McCain's minor surgery on Friday, this week will largely be about cap-and-trade in California. A vote is still expected on the package tomorrow afternoon. There has been little response by legislators to the constitutional amendment ACA 1 introduced by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), although it's the target of interest groups on the right and the left.

The LAT's Melanie Mason and Liam Dillon give us a playbill as to what to look for in the cap-and-trade vote:

  • First, the legislative math
  • Republicans in the spotlight
  • Environmentalists are divided, while businesses are mostly on board — but what about farmers?
  • Housing pushes its way into the debate
  • What will ‘targeted’ lawmakers do?

Former state senator Dean Florez encourages the organizations on the left in particular to set aside their concerns, get something passed, and then work for aggressive regulatory actions. "This is our moment to further show the world and our most disadvantaged communites, we have the political clout to lock in a plan that will outlive this current Governor and extend to future generations."

The Legislature's month-long summer recess begins on Friday, so this could be a make-or-break week for cap-and-trade.

The delay could be costly to the prospect of Senator Mitch McConnell's health care proposal, as the delay means that the Congressional Budget Office score will have time to finish its analysis. This will identify the financial prospects and number of people of would likely lose coverage under the plan, which could identify that the plan is only incrementally better than the House-passed plan. Supporters of the Senate Republican plan had hoped to have a vote Tuesday before the CBO score was completed.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are shifting their focus this week to completing the twelve Appropriations bills, which would be combined into an omnibus spending bill to be passed before the month-long August recess that was supposed to start July 28. This week, Senator McConnell pushed it back until the third week of August. With the push-back of the health care votes, GOP leaders and other members fear that none of their main priorities--health care, tax reform, lifting the debt ceiling, and approving a conservative budget--will be tackled before the recess. Remember the original deadline for some of these was the July 4 recess.

Speaker Paul Ryan has stated that, if the Senate sends the House a health care bill, they'll stay in session too.

There's even talk of completely cancelling Congress's summer recess, leaving lots of spouses and children irate about the prospect of cancelled vacations.



ADVISOR SWAP: The LAT's Seema Mehta looks at the advisor flips between two candidates for governor, whereby Sean Clegg, who was deputy mayor to Antonio Villaraigosa is now a top advisor to rival Gavin Newsom. And, Eric Jaye was chief political strategist to Newsom, but now is now senior strategist to Villaraigosa. 

POTUS HOPES? Page Six's Emily Smith reports that California Senator Kamala Harris is spending this weekend with key Clinton advisors and other large party bundlers in the Hamptons. "A Democratic insider said, ­“Kamala is the big Democratic star right now, at a time when they badly need a star. She’s coming to the Hamptons to meet key people as she takes a national stage, and expands her influence and ambitions.”

OVERKILL OR KILLING IT? The OCR's Martin Wisckol reports on the glut of Democratic candidates in the Orange County congressional races and how that might lead to a lasting split that could make it more difficult for the parties "red to blue" hopes, or perhaps the opposite.

CA49 (Carlsbad): The LAT's Sarah D. Wire looks at just how big of a shift Darrell Issa has taken as he looks at reelection next year:

As chairman of the committee charged with overseeing the executive branch, Issa was once known as President Obama’s toughest critic. Now the richest man in Congress has found himself with protesters at his door, no committee to lead, and a tough race expected in 2018.

It has forced the nine-term congressman to walk a shaky line, reassuring his conservative base that he’s not moderating his positions while showing the growing number of independents and Democrats in his district that he’s not as partisan as people think.

THE BENCH: In the SDUT, Michael Smolens writes that, while San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is taking a pass on the governor's race in 2018, Republican leaders still see him as one of the most prominent up-and-comers as the party seeks to restore partisan balance in the Golden State.

SHRINKAGE: The LBPT's Ian Wheeler reports "Last year, the state reached a historic milestone: the lowest birth rate on record — 12.4 births per thousand people. That rate was 12.3 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and a Southern California News Group analysis of state projections shows the region’s rate could fall another 24 percent by 2040."

WINE VS. WEED: The PD's Bill Swindell looks at the complex relationship between wine growers and marijuana growers:

Some of the most coveted wines in the United States emerge from the vineyards of California’s North Coast. But in the hills overlooking his Mendocino County winery, and just to the north in California’s famed Emerald Triangle, another thriving crop is pulling millions of dollars into the region: cannabis.

Increasingly, these two worlds are bumping into each other as the state’s newly legalized cannabis industry steps out from the shadows and begins to vie openly with California’s long-established wine industry for workers, water, land and customers.

The two industries find themselves facing a common question: Are they competitors or collaborators?



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Andrew Anzalone and Shane Goldmacher!





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Unpaid Internships Flood Capitol Offices In Sacramento, Ca | The Sacramento Bee
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Rand Paul: Mcconnell Doesn't Have Votes For Health Care Bill - Politico
Rand Paul, who opposes the legislation, said a narrower repeal bill could still muster enough Republican votes to clear the Senate. | Getty

Bay Area political events: health, climate change
Bay Area political events: health, climate change Political events in the Bay Area 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. Hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America-Peninsula, a chapter meeting on efforts to enact the single-payer health care plan and affordable housing. Cool Effect, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on climate change, is holding a forum to discuss environmental actions that will help reduce carbon emissions. The event is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hawthorn Room at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco. Health care film: A free screening of Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody and discussion on single-payer health care.

Advisor Swap: What Hiring His Rival's Top Aide Will And Won't Do For Gavin Newsom And Antonio Villaraigosa
Seema Mehta @
Clegg and Jaye both insist that their history is irrelevant and dismissed the notion that it offers any added benefit.

Republicans Introduce Climate Spending Measure | The Sacramento Bee
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Market Transformation Will End Dominance Of Electrical Utilities, Regulators Predict - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @
Under the CCA model, a utility continues to operate and maintain the poles and wires needed to deliver energy, but elected officials for a city, county or consortium of municipal governments control the buying and selling of that power for their jurisdiction. With no shareholders and an emphasis on fighting climate change, community choice programs in California have been investing their revenues in renewable-energy projects in or around their service territory.

GOP opponents to Senate health-care bill see vote delay as an advantage

McConnell won’t call vote on the bill this week due to McCain’s surgery.

Why Universal Basic Income Is Gaining Support, Critics - San Francisco Chronicle
The idea of a universal basic income — monthly cash payments from the government to every individual, working or not, with no strings attached — is gaining traction, thanks in part to endorsements from Silicon Valley celebs.

Darrell Issa Was Obama's Toughest Critic. Here's Why He's Suddenly Sounding Like A Moderate
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Rep. Darrell Issa has taken a fairly big journey from Barack Obama's foil to where he is now.


Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, and senators from both parties on July 16 commented on a meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer in 2016.

Mcconnell: Senate To 'defer' On Obamacare Repeal Vote - Politico
Mitch McConnell on Satruday said the Senate will "defer" consideration of its attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. | AP Photo

An Inclusive Theme Draws Record Crowd To San Diego's Pride Parade - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Governors Give Chilly Reception to Health Bill Push

At an annual gathering of state executives, there appears to be broad discomfort with legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. The only question is how to express it.

Tenant Wins Case In Dispute With Landlord Over Mailed-in Rent - San Francisco Chronicle
A landlord who insists that rent be paid by traditional mail cannot take action against a tenant if the money doesn’t arrive. But that’s only the case if proper postage was applied, and the rent money was sent with the correct address and in sufficient time to hit the due date, a California court ruled last week.

Blue Shield Improperly Denied Mental Health, Drug Treatment Claims, Suit Alleges
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White House Announces New Theme Weeks Amid Health Care Bill Uncertainty - Politico
A Friday story in The Washington Post showed that the fashion line manufactures its products in foreign factories.

Mcconnell Defers Vote On Senate Health-care Bill As Mccain Recovers From Surgery

Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr.'s attorney
President Donald Trump appears to have used more than half a million dollars in campaign funds to pay legal fees over the last three months, new campaign filings show.

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Local students are "terrified" she'll roll back policies they see as crucial to protecting victims.