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THE Nooner for September 22, 2017


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  • SD34 (Huntington Beach): added former Long Beach councilmember Gerrie Schipske (D)

Happy Friday! You made it! 

SPORTS PAGE: Tonight, we have the final series of the Giants vs. Dodgers from Dodgers Stadium. Opening pitch is at 7:10 p.m. While meaningless for both teams in the pennant race, it should still provide some good ball.

If you're a The West Wing fan, this week's West Wing Weekly podcast was outstanding. This week's episode, as usual hosted by former West Wing star Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway were joined by writer Aaron Sorkin, Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), and Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick) for a live show at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.  It provides a lot of behind the scenes of the amazing season-ending episode when Mark Harmon is killed in the bodega and Bartlet gives the go-ahead to kill a foreign leader.

Anyway, that was my aural pleasure for the week. 

GOV: For the Times, Phil Willon writes that health care will be a key issue in the governor's race next year. 

WHAT'S NEXT? The LAT's Patrick McGreevy looks at the options for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has after he terms out next year. 

GASSY: Gas tax opponent Assemblymember Travis Allen is riding the high horse following a Sacramento Superior Court judge's ruling that the title and summary of his initiative to repeal the tax is politically skewed against the meaure, write Alexei Koseff for the Bee.

Have a great weekend! 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brian Ross Adams, Assemlyman Rob Bonta, and foirmer Assemblyman Roger Dickinson!



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Two Top Candidates For California Governor Have Been Touting Their Healthcare Wins. Here's What They Really Did
Phil Willon @
The future of healthcare may be one of the biggest issues in the 2018 race for California governor as candidates debate single-payer and claim they have the cure for healthcare's ills.

Republicans See Political Necessity In Health Care Effort - San Francisco Chronicle
In the two months since Senate Republicans lost their initial attempt to scuttle President Barack Obama's statute, there's fresh evidence GOP voters are adamant that the party achieve its long-promised goal of dismantling that law. This includes conservative firebrand Roy Moore forcing a GOP primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who's backed by President Donald Trump, and lots of money, plus credible primary challenges facing Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Nevada's Dean Heller.

The Push For Single-payer Health Care Just Went National. What Does That Mean For The California Effort?
Melanie Mason @
The push for state-level single-payer health care has posed a political dilemma for California Democrats. But a national effort spearheaded by Bernie Sanders changes the political dynamic.

Vote Trading Or Compromise? How Water Bill Was Resurrected In Legislature's Final Hours -
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Full Statement: John Mccain To Vote No On Graham-cassidy Health Care Bill - Politico
"I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case," Sen. John McCain said in a statement. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP

LAPD Union Sues Chief Charlie Beck, City Over Complaint Forms
Kate Mather @
The union representing rank-and-file LAPD officers is suing the police chief and the city, demanding they warn citizens that filing a knowingly false complaint against officers violates state law.

Pelosi, Feinstein Facing Challengers Amid Protests From Their Left - San Francisco Chronicle
It’s not a good time to be Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein. After a combined six-plus decades in Washington, they have become “the Man,” at least to a growing number of progressives who see them as embodiments of a Democratic Party taken over by “corporatists.”

California Republicans Have Been Mum On Graham-cassidy Bill So Far, But This GOP Challenger Says He Supports It
California could stand to lose the most under the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill that would roll back the Affordable Care Act, which is...

Bernie Sanders Back In California | Politifact California
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, barnstormed from Chico to Modesto to San Bernardino during California’s Democratic primary last year, winning nearly 2.4 million votes in the process -- a tally far closer to eventual Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than many expected.

Senate Girds For Final Obamacare Repeal Vote - Politico
McConnell has told colleagues he will only bring up the bill if it will succeed. The statement does leave some wiggle room to not proceed with a vote.

Fact Check: Jimmy Kimmel Accused a Senator of Lying About His Health Care Bill. Whoâ

Mr. Kimmel has emerged as a vocal critic of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy. A review of statements Mr. Kimmel made Wednesday suggests he has a strong grasp of the measure.

Kimmel Tells Viewers: ‘we Have Until Sept. 30’ To Stop GOP Health Bill - Politico
Jimmy Kimmel devoted another seven minutes of his monologue to criticizing legislation backed by Sen. Bill Cassidy. | Rich Polk/Getty Images for Waterkeeper Alliance

Bay Area political events: Bernie Sanders, peace festival
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. At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sanders will speak at City College of San Francisco. The event, which is sold out, will be shown on Facebook Live at http://bit.

Mayors From 5 California Cities Tell State To Keep Hands Off Wireless Antennas - San Francisco Chronicle
The mayors of five California cities, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to veto a bill that would shift much of the power to regulate the placement of wireless communication devices from local municipalities to the state.

Trump: Strange Has 'gained Mightily' Since My Endorsement - Politico
While President Donald Trump claimed that his endorsement has brought Strange closer to Moore, the Real Clear Politics polling average of the race puts Moore nearly 9 percentage points ahead of the senator. | George Frey/Getty Images

Trump, Though Not on Stage, Looms Large in Alabama G.O.P. Senate Debate

The sitting senator, Luther Strange, took every opportunity to mention the president’s endorsement, and the candidate he trails, Roy Moore, needled him for it.

Grassley To FBI: Did You Try To Warn Trump About Russia? - Politico
Sen. Chuck Grassley notes that the FBI started investigating Russian attempts to sway the 2016 presidential election, including the possibility of coordination with the Trump campaign, in July of last year. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo