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  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo): added Alexis Lopez (D)
  • AD36 (Palmdale): added former assemblymember and attorney Steve Fox (D)

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CA39 (Fullerton): Ed Royce challenger Andy Thorburn (D) has reported giving himself $2 million, writes Martin Wisckol in the Register.  

KDL: The construction industry was quite generous to Kevin de Léon following the gas tax/road repair package vote, reports Phil Willon in the Times. ""That includes nearly $100,000 that flowed into his campaign account from construction and engineering firms just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature approved a $52 billion tax-and-fee plan to repair California’s roads." de Léon has $3.7 million on hand, but hasn't declared that he's running for anything (although he has a Statement of Intent for lieutenant goverrnor). 

SINGLE-PAYER: The National Republican Congressional Committee this morning announced that it was launching a digital Facebook campaign targeting Democratic challengers that haven't publicly declared a position on single-payer. In California, the targets are Josh Harder (CA10) and Brian Caforio (CA25). The LAT's Sarah D. Wire reports

Sarah also reports that American Action Network is running Spanish language ads in CA10, CA21, and CA25 over tax reform.

SANCTUARY: The federal Department of Justice has notified several cities including San Bernardino and Stockton that gun violence grants to them might end if they maintain sanctuary city status, reports the AP.

GREEN FOR GREEN: A former staff member for Janice Hahn has been indicted for shaking down a marijuana shop for helping it out with permits, reports Alene Tchekmedyian in the Times. "Michael Kimbrew, 44, was working as a field representative for former Rep. Janice Hahn out of Compton City Hall when he allegedly promised to “make things happen” for the pot shop, which the city was seeking to shut down." Kimbrew is the son of political consultant Basil Kimbrew.

In CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall writes that, despite legalization, there will likely continue to a black market for marijuana. "That’s because California grows a lot more pot than its residents consume, and Prop. 64 only makes marijuana legal within the state’s borders. It also didn’t give an automatic seal of approval to every cannabis grower. Those who want to sell legally must be licensed by the state and comply with detailed rules that require testing plants, labeling packages and tracking marijuana as it moves from farm to bong."

AP's Micheal R. Blood looks at the challenge of operating the cash-only businesses. 

BAIL: In Capitol Weekly, Anna Frazier reports on the legislative efforts to reform bail in California. "Bail is supposed to make sure that a defendant returns for the court date, although critics say bail merely punishes people for being poor. Legislation is moving through the Capitol to try to resolve this issue, but it is fiercely opposed by the bail agents and bounty hunters who make their living assuring the courts that skittish defendants will show up." 

HEALTH: KQED's Laura Kilvans reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein yesterday raised questions as to why Anthem is pulling out of 16 of California's 19 regional individual health care markets, leaving 153,000 residents to look for other options:

In an email to KQED, Anthem Blue Cross representatives said the shrinking individual market and changes in federal guidance were the reasons behind its decision to cover fewer Californians this year. These changes will not impact Californians with Anthem plans through Medicare, Medi-Cal and their employer, or plans purchased before March 2010 — which are grandfathered in.

Anthem representatives also said they’d “continue to advocate solutions that will stabilize the market to allow us to return to a more robust presence in the future.” 

MONEY MATTERS: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters on the lure to legislaors of "easy money," such as the proceeds of cap-and-trade auctions, as a way to avoid directly raising taxes. 

OBAMACARE: Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday pledged to vigirously fight a lawsuit against House Republicans who are challenging the federal subsidies for state exchanges.

Also, Senator Kamala Harris and AG Becerra are also fighting back on Trump's efforts to curtail legal immigration, reports the Bee's Taryn Luna.

AIR: Evan Halper in the Times writes up the challenge for California as Congress seeks to roll back the Clean Air Act. "A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would affect California more than any other state, rattling its lawmakers and regulators. And their legal authority to pick up the fight against California’s smog on their own is constrained."

ICE-ICE BABY: The Bee's Adam Ashton reports that state Labor Commissioner Julie Su has issued in order to bar Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials from attending labor enforcement hearings, fearing that immigrants won't file complaints if ICE is attending. There is belief employers tipped ICE off.

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Did Gavin Newsom Get His Facts Right On Universal Health Care? | Politifact California
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Poll: 80 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of GOP Handling Of Health Care - Politico
Forty percent are in favor of repealing parts of Obamacare, while 33 percent do not want any repeals at all, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

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Oroville Dam: Farm Files Claim Over Ruined Acreage | The Sacramento Bee
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Horses Are Still Patrolling The Border In The Age Of High Tech | Kpbs
However, in what is currently the U.S. Border Patrol's most active sector in terms of arrests, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, horses and the agents riding them are patrolling terrain that technology alone can't alone control. As politicians debate an expanded and expensive border wall, this sort of "old school" border security comes at a relatively minuscule cost to taxpayers. The Trump's administration's proposed 2018 budget includes more funding for horse patrols.

Sacramento A Front-runner For Mls Expansion | The Sacramento Bee
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Democrats Searching For Vets To Lead Them Out Of The Wilderness - San Francisco Chronicle
Tom Tarantino has a certain quality Democrats these days are craving in a candidate, particularly in the suburban Contra Costa-Alameda County district where Tarantino will file paperwork Thursday to run for the Assembly.

Pilots Of Jet That Nearly Smashed Into Aircraft On San Francisco Airport Taxiway Said They Didn't See The Planes
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Federal officials have released additional details of a near-disaster that took place at San Francisco International Airport in July when a jetliner nearly flew into aircraft preparing to depart.

Trump introduces new telehealth initiative for veterans

President Trump joined Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to announce a new telehealth program for veterans on Aug. 3. "This will significantly expand access and care for our veterans, especially for those who need help in the area of mental health," he said.

Lawyers, Lawmakers Leave Trump Administration In Limbo On Obamacare Subsidies - Politico
The White House is not expected to immediately end the subsidies, even as President Donald Trump stews in the legislative defeat. | Michael Reynolds/Getty Images

UC Irvine To Readmit All Freshmen Whose Admission Offers Were Withdrawn For Transcript Problems
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UC Irvine, under fire for rescinding 500 admission offers, will readmit all students whose acceptances were revoked because they missed deadlines for submitting transcripts and other related issues.

Trump Faults Congress For ‘very Dangerous’ Relationship With Russia - Politico
The president hit Congress twice in one tweet, faulting lawmakers for sending a bill to his desk that sanctions Russia for meddling in the 2016 election and slamming Senate Republicans yet again for failing to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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How Trump-backed Bill On Legal Immigration Could Affect California - San Francisco Chronicle
A bill backed by President Trump that would sharply reduce the number of immigrants who could legally enter the U.S. raised questions in California over possible effects on families, demographics and key sectors of the economy.