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  • IC (Statewide): added Peter Kuo (R)
  • SPI (Statewide): added Karen Blake (N) 
  • AD26 (Tulare): added Brandon Santry (R)
  • AD64 (Carson): added Devund Tinson Keiymontae (D)
  • AD71 (E. San Diego): added James Eliia (D

GOV: Antonio Villaraigosa went after Gavin Newsom yesterday for the Lt. Gov's equivocation on high-speeed rail, reports Christopher Cadelago in the Bee. "The former Los Angeles mayor suggested Newsom, the frontrunner in next year’s contest, was revising his positions “when the winds blow in his direction.”

CA04 (Foothills): Protestors walked out of a Tom McClintock town hall meeting in Calaveras County, reports Angela Hart in the Bee. "Many outside the meeting said they don’t feel heard by McClintock, a conservative Republican who has represented California’s deep-red, largely rural 4th Congressional District since 2009."

MIDTERMS: KPCC's Mary Plummer looks at whether the increased political energy will effect the midterm elections. "Every bit of data we have on these voters and their interest in elections is that these are the very voters who will underperform in an election like what we have coming up in 2018," said Paul Mitchell, an expert on California elections and vice president of the data firm, Political Data Inc."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that the governor should veto a couple of presidential election bills sent to him by the Legislature.

THE RESISTANCE? The Bee's Alexei Koseff looks at the debate over much time the Legislature should debating resolutions crtical of the Trump Administration. 

“If we’re wondering why we’re here after midnight,” Assemblyman Matthew Harper railed against his colleagues last Friday as they took up a resolution criticizing President Trump’s “racist and bigoted” response to the Charlottesville attack, “we spent I guess it’s about two hours telling the constituents back home through the TV you don’t like Donald Trump.”

“Seriously? Let’s utilize our time on issues that are germane to the state of California,” the Huntington Beach Republican said. More than seven hours later, shortly after 2:30 a.m., the Assembly finally wrapped up for the year. 

THE WALL: Speaking of, Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday filed the lawsuit against the Trump Administration to try to block the border lawsuit, write Patrick McGreevy and Jazmine Ulloa in the Times. "Filed in federal court in San Diego and including the California Coastal Commission as a plaintiff, the lawsuit states its purpose is “to protect the State of California’s residents, natural resources, economic interests, procedural rights, and sovereignty from violations of the United States Constitution” and federal law."

HEALTH CARE: California would lose $78 billion through 2026 in the restribution of susidies and cuts to Medicaid under the health care bill set for a vote next week, reports Catherine Ho in the SFChron. Currently, only states that opted in to Obamacare receive susidies. The new bill would redistribte that  money to all states. 

HEALTH CARE: Five California GOP members of Congress are being targeted with ads over their previous vote on health care reform, reports the LAT's Christine Mai-Duc. The ads are funded by a new nonprofit named "SoCal Health Care Coalition," but the donors have not been disclosed.

THE POSTMORTEM: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that, despite the liberal nature of the Legislature, business groups did pretty well this year.

Also in CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the impact of the 72 hours-in-print rule.

SANCTUARY STATE: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is pledging to defend the California's new "sanctuary state" law if the Trump Administration takes action against the state, writes Christine Mai-Duc in the Times.

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Here's Why Gov. Brown Should Junk The Presidential Election Bills On His Desk
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Antonio Villaraigosa Rips Gavin Newsom Over High-speed Rail | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Race In Alabama Pits Trump Against His Own Supporters And Advisors
Lisa Mascaro @
Trump is swooping into Alabama to prop up Republican Sen. Luther Strange's campaign. But some Trump backers say the president is supporting the wrong man. They prefer the Bannon-aligned Roy Moore

Senate Republicans Declare Independence On Tax Reform - Politico
The issue for Sen. Orrin Hatch is that while the Big Six would like to hand down a pre-cooked tax plan, the Senate is not a top-down organization. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Trump Debated, Antifa Ignored In Ca Legislature Resolutions | The Sacramento Bee
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Alaska Could Get Relief From Senate Repeal Bill's Medicaid Cuts - Politico
Murkowski has remained publicly noncommittal. But Republicans will likely need her if they want to make good on their campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare. Republicans can only lose the votes of two of their 52 senators and still have Vice President Mike Pence cast a deciding tie-breaker vote to pass the bill.

California Senate Leader Preparing For Legal Fight Over 'sanctuary State' Legislation
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Father Dies Before He Can Testify Against Officer Who Shot His Mentally Ill Son | The Sacramento Bee
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Faulconer Won't Back Border Wall Condemnation Based On Political, Business Concerns - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Waymo Seeks $2.6 Billion In Damages From Uber For Alleged Use Of One Trade Secret
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Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion in damages for one of the nine self-driving car trade secrets it claims Uber put to use, lawyers disclosed at a hearing in federal court in San Francisco.

Villaraigosa Talks Jobs, High-speed Rail In Fresno Campaign Visit | The Fresno Bee
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Trump says the latest GOP health care bill has a 'very good chance' of passing

Speaking at the United Nations, President Trump said the Cassidy-Graham health care bill was likely to pass on Sept. 20.

UC System Will Chip In At Least $300,000 To Help Berkeley Pay Security Costs For Controversial Speakers
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The University of California will take an unprecedented step to help UC Berkeley pay the enormous security costs for Milo Yiannopoulos' "Free Speech Week."

Disabled Homeless People Challenging San Diego's Rv Parking Law - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Delta Tunnels Project Imperiled After Westlands Rejection | The Sacramento Bee
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Politico-harvard Poll: Tax Reform Lags Other Issues On List Of Voters' Concerns - Politico
A higher percentage of adults are calling for action on items like lowering prescription drug costs, increasing the minimum wage and infrastructure spending than reducing taxes. | Getty

Health Care Protests Target California Republicans | The Sacramento Bee
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Bay Area political events: Bernie Sanders, no-hate march
Political events in the Bay Area Friday Bernie Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent-Vt., speaks at a California Nurses Association-sponsored rally in favor of a single-payer health care system. The event begins at 1 p.m. Friday in the Yerba Buena Gardens esplanade, off Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets in San Francisco. Saturday Peace in the Park: Features speakers, live music, poetry, visual artists, tai chi, hatha yoga and “meditation experiences where individuals can explore a variety of ways to unplug, unwind, tune in and connect in peace.

Sites For Two Large Homeless Shelters In Sacramento Revealed | The Sacramento Bee
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Facebook Moves To Block Offensive Terms From Targeted Advertising Campaigns
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Facebook is changing the way advertisers can target audiences after ProPublica discovered they could use hateful search terms.

Roy Moore disrupts Alabama Senate race â

President Trump heads to Alabama Friday to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange But with Tuesday’s primary runoff fast approaching, much of Trump’s base is for Moore. The former Alabama chief justice, who was removed from office twice for defying court orders, believes God’s law comes first.

Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related To Trump's Actions As President - San Francisco Chronicle
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to

The Daily 202: Gillespie keeps the door open to campaigning with Trump. Would it help or hurt in Virginia?

The GOP candidate faces a tough political choice about whether to invite the president.