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  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): added attorney Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)

Hello, there. It must be get-out-of-town Thursday toward the end of session, as you could have had $4,400 breakfasts at funders at Cafe A Cote (Hueso), Cafeteria 15L (Morrell), Chicory (Aguiar-Curry), or Mayahuel (Choi) all before session this morning! If I had a special interest checkbook, it would have been Mayahuel. I could use me some huevos rancheros, although that's not exactly funder food.

Cafe A Cote is getting a two-fer today, with Henry Stern exchanging happy hour food for those $4,400 checks at 5:30. (h/t Capitol Morning Report


US SENATE: For Politico, Carla Marinucci looks at the rumored challenge to Dianne Feinstein, should she shoose to run for reelection, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León.

Courtni Pugh, de León’s political director, sought to tamp down any 2018 talk. “Senator de León has his head down and is focused on California’s Legislative business,’’ she wrote in an email responding to questions about a possible Senate run.

Still, some de León supporters privately say that in recent days, the Senate president pro tem — once viewed as a potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate — has gotten a groundswell of support from backers urging him to look beyond the Capitol dome in Sacramento. They say he may begin to assess some new opportunities later this month, but his first goal is delivering on key state issues like the sanctuary bill, a housing package and his 100-percent clean energy bill, in addition to parks and water bonds.

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the process/rationale of the Legislature's appropriations committees suspense files. 



DEGREES: The Public Policy Institute of California has realeased a needed policy paper on California's higher education system. While I wish a funder would pay for polling on the issue as they used to, this is a great policy paper.  

CA GOP WINS!  Well, in the legislative softball game. Chris Megerian reports for the Times "After losing two years in a row, Republicans won 14 to 6. The game raised $71,500 for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento, a local nonprofit."

Kudos to the organizers and players.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robyn Boyer and Mandy Lee!



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GOP Candidates For California Governor Tie Campaigns To Ballot Measures - San Francisco Chronicle
Two long-shot Republican candidates for governor are looking to use ballot measures to pull them to victory next year, but it’s a strategy with a long, checkered history in California elections.

California Politics Updates: Gov. Jerry Brown Talks Trade In Russia, Democrats Running For Governor Join Riverside County Union Strikers
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Sacramento Bus, Light Rail Leaders Eye Transportation Sales Tax Ballot Measure | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Jim Miller @
By Tony Bizjak and Jim Miller

Trump's Deal With Democrats Averts The Budget And Debt Crisis, But Leaves Some In The GOP Seething
Noah Bierman, Brian Bennett, Lisa Mascaro @
The House approves $7.85 billion in initial aid for Hurricane Harvey, with a Senate passage expected by week's end -- but not before attaching a provision to raise the debt ceiling.

Jerry Brown Considers Free Tampons, Pads In Ca Schools | The Sacramento Bee
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California Legislature Approves Arbitration Measure Spurred By The Wells Fargo Scandal
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The California Legislature has approved a bill aimed at stopping banks from using arbitration clauses to block lawsuits over bogus accounts, a response to the Wells Fargo scandal.

Laurene Powell Jobs Taps Ronald Reagan In First Political Tv Ad In Support Of 'dreamers'
Silicon Valley philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs is stepping into the political ring a day after President Donald Trump decided to end an Obama-era executive action that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Fresno Rep. Jim Costa To Miss Votes Because Of Knee Replacement
Update on 'California politics updates: State's leaders respond to Trump administration's decision to end DACA'

Man Severely Burned While Citrus Heights Police Held Him On Hot Pavement Due To Report To Jail | The Sacramento Bee
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Facebook And Real Estate Developer Pitch State Lawmakers On Speedier Environmental Review Cases
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In last-minute proposed legislation, Facebook and a company behind a major Hollywood development seek shortened court decisions for any CEQA lawsuit their projects might face.

Senate Passes Hurricane Aid, Government Funding Package - Politico
The massive fiscal package was the result of a surprise mid-week deal between President Trump and congressional leaders. Trump could sign the bill as early as Friday. The agreement ends the threat of a government shutdown and a default on the national debt at the end of September, but just for three months. Congress now faces a Dec. 8 deadline to strike another deal to avert those fiscal cliffs.

Dianne Feinstein Could Face A Rockier Run For Re-election In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump urges voters to pressure their lawmakers

At a speech in Mandan, N.D., on Sept. 6, President Trump told Americans to tell Congress to pass his tax reform proposals, "'or find a new job.'" He specifically called out Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

Trump Sets Contours Of A Possible Legislative Compromise For 'dreamers'
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Bay Area political events: abortion rights, voter registration
Political events in the Bay Area Thursday Abortion rights: Meet-up and panel discussion on abortion rights. Event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Nurx headquarters, 81 Langton St. in San Francisco. Information: Town hall: A forum for students in West Contra Costa middle and high schools and Contra Costa College. Speakers include members of the Richmond and El Cerrito city councils and other government panels. The event, hosted by Contra Costa Young Democrats, is at 5 p.m. Thursday at John F.