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  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): added legislative staff member Ben Pak (D) 

THE DOUBLE-X FACTOR: In the Times, Christine Mai-Duc writes that EMILY's List, the organization that supporters Democratic women, has picked its targets, seven of which are in California:

  • CA10: Rep. Jeff Denham (Turlock)
  • CA22: Rep. Devin Nunes (Tulare)
  • CA25: Rep. Steve Knight (Palmdale)
  • CA39: Rep. Ed Royce (Fullerton)
  • CA45: Rep. Mimi Walters (Irvine)
  • CA48: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa)
  • CA49: Rep. Darrell Issa (Vista)

THE GREEN CANDIDATE: The LAT's Ryan Menezes and Maloy Moore write that Lite Gov Gavin Newsom is smoking the competition in money from the marijuana industry. "Cultivators, retailers and others have given Newsom’s campaign more than $300,000, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of public records. As part of his aggressive fundraising drive, Newsom has become the first California gubernatorial candidate to solicit large sums from the cannabis industry — far eclipsing his rivals."

VOTING DATA: The AP's Sophia Bollag reports that California again has denied providing the federal voting rights commission with data on voters. 

POLL POSITION: the Public Policy Institute of California released its latest poll yesterday, with a focus on the environment. A few numbers from the poll:

  • Jerry Brown approval rating: 53% approve, 27% disapprove, 20% don't know
  • Legislature approval rating: 50% approve, 34% disapprove, 17% don't know
  • Cap-and-trade: 53% favor, 33% oppose, 11% don't know
  • President Trump job approval: 25% approve, 71% disapprove, 4% don't know
  • Congress job approval: 24% approve, 66% disapprove, 8% don't know

Joel Fox looks at results on the views on cap-and-trade.

HIGH-SPEED: The California Supreme Court is expected to rule today whether federal law preempts California law on environmental review of the High-Speed Rail project, reports AP's Sundhin Thanawala. Oddly, a state agency (the rail authority) is asking the feds to preempt state's stricter environmental law. 

PAROLE: The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa looks at the changes happening in parole with the balancing act of holding people accountable for crimes but with a desire to reduce prison populations. "During his first term as governor in 1977, they said, Brown shifted sentencing power away from judges and parole boards to prosecutors when he signed a law that set fixed, inflexible prison terms for some crimes. Proposition 57, which voters overwhelmingly approved last year, returns some of the board’s discretion by allowing more offenders to trim those sentences, moving up their parole hearings and expanding the board’s authority over a greater number of prisoners."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Reed, Elena Lee Reeder and Maximillian Reyes!




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Molina Healthcare, Under Pressure To Boost Margins, Will Lay Off 1,400 Workers
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Molina Healthcare is set to lay off about 10% of its employees.

Governor Hopeful Villaraigosa Offers Vision For Improving California – Orange County Register
While gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa displayed his Democratic colors on key issues during visit to Orange County Wednesday, he also took several positions more commonly associated with Republicans.

Republicans, Democrats make their cases during Senate health-care debate

Senators on July 26 took part in several votes and debates on health care a day after Senate Republicans voted to start considering legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Republicans Reject A Straight Repeal Of Obamacare, Leaving Few Options For Overhaul
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After already voting down one of their leaders' plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans on Wednesday rejected anot...

Road To Paga Ballot Initiative Paved By Ca Supreme Court Ruling :: Fox&hounds
The plaintiff in the case alleges that the Marshalls department store denied proper meal and rest period breaks. An attorney for the plaintiff asked for employee records of all 16,500 company employees in the state. After a lower court denied this request focusing on the store in question, the Supreme Court reversed.

Day 3: Health Care Showdown: Senate Health Care Vote: Hereâ

The Senate is moving closer to wrapping up debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act, but lawmakers have still not seen the bill they’re discussing.

Trump To GOP Senators: 'don't Let The American People Down' - Politico
President Donald Trump warned in a tweet that the public is counting on the Senate to do something about healthcare. | Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images

Senate rejects motion to send health-care bill to committee process

The Senate on July 26 voted against a Democratic-sponsored motion to send health-care legislation through the committee process.

Rents In Sacramento Are Skyrocketing | The Sacramento Bee
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A Bay Area Town, Criticized For Building A Water Park During A Historic Drought, Did Not Back Down
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Bay Area suburb Dublin, a paragon of water conservation, ignored critics and plunged ahead with its plans.

Republicans Try To Bait Democrats On Single-payer Vote - Politico
Polling shows growing support among Democrats overall for a government-run health care system amid Republican efforts to tear down the 2010 Affordable Act. | AP Photo

Amid 'partisan wrangling,' Senate passes bill to fund wounded Capitol Police agents

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) emotionally introduced the Wounded Officers Recovery Act on the Senate floor on July 27, in the midst of a series of bitterly partisan health-care votes and debates. "If not for their actions, I probably would not be here today," Flake said.

Bay Area political events: phone bank, Indivisible meeting
Bay Area political events: phone bank, Indivisible meeting Political events in the Bay Area Health care march: “Our Lives on the Line,” a nationwide protest against Republican health care plans. In Walnut Creek, a rally will begin at 1 p.m. with a short march at 2:30 p.m. Participants to meet at the corner of Mount Diablo Boulevard and Main Street. Participants will call representatives to defend the Affordable Care Act. Indivisible: A meeting, hosted by Indivisible East Bay, focused on the 2018 elections and local politics, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oakland Main Library Auditorium, 125 14th St. For information: The Legend of Starlite, a film about the struggles of a historic, black-owned LGBT club, at 3:30 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-San Jose, will host a town hall at 4 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Community Center, Orchard Pavilion, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. Nuclear weapons march: A rally and march to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to call for nonviolent action. Join the Lamorinda Democratic Club for political trivia from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd.

Rep. Brooks Offers To Drop Out Of Alabama Senate Race To Clear Way For Sessions - Politico
Rep. Mo Brooks has proposed all the candidates drop out of the contest simultaneously so Sessions "can return to the Senate where he has served us so well." | Bob Gathany/AP

Californians put high priority on environment, poll shows
Fifty-one percent of California adults approve of the way Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are handling environmental issues, the Public Policy Institute of California survey shows, even as state climate policies threaten to raise gasoline and electricity prices. According to the survey, approval for Brown’s handling of the environment is up 16 points since he took office in 2011, while the state Senate and Assembly have seen a 20-point spike in their approval over the same period. The state has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, one of the world’s most ambitious goals and one that won’t come without sacrifice. Utilities have been ordered to generate 50 percent of their power from clean energy sources by 2030, a level that could raise electricity prices, at least in the short term. [...] just this week, Brown’s cap-and-trade program was extended to 2030, requiring emitters of greenhouse gases, such as oil refineries, to buy permits to pollute, which will likely result in higher gas and transportation costs. “This (survey) indicates that Californians believe global warming is happening and it’s a threat to the future of California and they want the state to take action,” said Mark Baldassare, president and chief executive of the Public Policy Institute of California. Just 22 percent of adults back the president’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, the landmark agreement among some 175 nations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Sf Ban On Flavored Tobacco Looks Headed For The Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
Big Tobacco has put up nearly $724,000 to repeal San Francisco’s recently passed ban on flavored tobacco products — and, from the looks of things, it may already have collected enough signatures to put the matter before voters next June.

Democrats Demand Investigation Of ‘political Blackmail’ Against Murkowski - Politico
The top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee said Thursday he will request a formal investigation into whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke threatened projects important to Alaska in retribution for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vote against health care legislation.

The Cannabis Candidate: Gavin Newsom Dominates Donations From A Growing Industry Aiming For Influence
Ryan Menezes, Maloy Moore @
Cultivators, retailers and other marijuana businesses and their employees have given Gavin Newsom's campaign more than $300,000 as the industry readies for recreational pot sales.

Partisan Tensions Flare After Kushner Interview - Politico
Kushner, a top White House aide and son-in-law of President Donald Trump, was grilled for three hours by the committee behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of its inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump campaign associates aided the influence campaign. Afterward, Republicans emerged and largely praised Kushner for his answers and poise.

Oroville Dam, Other Flood-safety Projects Could Get Permits Faster | The Sacramento Bee
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How California's Parole Board Has A Front Seat To The State's Shifting Approach To Crime And Punishment
Jazmine Ulloa @
For years, the parole board followed one unspoken rule: Let no one out. Now they are tasked with weighing the release of thousands under Proposition 57.