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  • AD06 (Roseville): added small business owner Jacalyn Smith (D) 

Happy Tuesday to you! Who would have thought the top political story was about whether or not all NFL players were standing for the anthem. I love this country and always rise and take off my cap. But, the bedrock of our country is the Constitution. I was fortunate to learn Con Law from the late Gary Goodpaster, who I also was a research assistant to. I wish I could hear that suave voice on this issue now.  

GOV: The LAT's Seema Mehta looks at how former labor organizer and gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa's support from labor has changed

Villaraigosa is the most prominent Democrat in California to challenge the teachers unions, a fight that he has continued since leaving the mayor’s office in 2013. Since then, he notably sided with students in a lawsuit that argued that their state constitutional rights were violated by state laws regulating teacher layoffs, firings and tenure. The lawsuit initially triumphed but was later overturned.

THE DIGITS: Lobbyist Chris Micheli of Aprea and Micheli has the latest numbers on the governor's bill actions:

SIGNED:  288

Veto rate: 4.6%

Governor Brown has acted on 302 measures so far. He announced action on 21 bills this afternoon; so he has about 695 to go on the measures adopted at the end of Session.

That would be 997 measures total for this year, which is roughly keeping in line with prior years.

In other words, the past few years, generally there are about 1,000 bills that get to the Governor’s Desk and he has signed about 85% of them.

We should expect the number of vetoed bills to grow significantly between now and October 15.

Thanks Chris!

PRIMARY COLORS: For Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell looks at the legislation sitting on the governor's desk to move the state's 2020 primary from June to Super Tuesday's March 3:

California has on three different occasions moved the primary election to an earlier spot on the calendar with hopes that California would shape the outcome of the race.

But each time this has not been the result.

The only consistent impact of this early date has been a lot of rainy and cold precinct walks and an accelerated calendar for fundraising in the fall of the preceding year.

SECOND ACT: The PE's Jeff Horseman looks at former Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes's new role as assistant leader after he lost his previous leadrership post over his vote in favor of extending cap-and-trade.

DREAMERS: House Democrats are pushing for a floor vote on Lucille Roybal-Allard's DACA bill, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times. "To force a vote, Democrats would need a majority of the House — 218 members — to sign what's called a discharge petition to pull the bill from the House Judiciary Committee and bring it to the House floor."

CEQA: The LAT's Liam Dillon looks at the Legislature's passage of legislation to waive environmental requirements for high profile projects. "This year, bills that passed the Legislature had a common theme: the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, which represents 400,000 construction workers, supported them."

HEALTH: As Senate Republicans huddle to decide whether or not to bring the health care bill up tomorrow, which would likely be unsuccessful, the Bee's Angela Hart looks at the pressure being put on CA House Republicans to vote against the bill if given the opportunity.

Speaking of health care, KQED's Carrie Feibel looks at the impact of the health bill on California.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kathy Dresslar and Jordan Wright!



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Collins' Opposition Essentially Kills GOP Health Care Drive | The Sacramento Bee
The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push.

Trump And Former Aide Loom Large In Alabama Senate Race - San Francisco Chronicle
The contest to fill the remainder of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate term has pitted President Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Trump supported Strange with a Tweet sent before voting began Tuesday morning: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement. Finish the job - vote for 'Big Luther.'"

The Fate Of California's Biggest Campaign Donor Disclosure Bill May Hinge On Some Small Details
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Sf Ethics Panel Blocks Political Trading Ban - San Francisco Chronicle
An ordinance to end the timeworn practice of donating to a public official’s pet cause in exchange for a political favor stalled at the San Francisco Ethics Commission Monday, failing to get the four votes needed to move ahead.

Which California Megaprojects Get Breaks From Complying With Environmental Law? Sometimes, It Depends On The Project
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The Legislature debated lots of ways to get around the state's premier environmental law over development, but the debate mostly focused on big projects not housing.

Protesters Dragged Out Of Senate Hearing On Obamacare Repeal - Politico
Colleen Flanagan of Boston and other activists in wheelchairs opposed to the GOP's Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill are removed by U.S. Capitol Police after disrupting a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system Monday. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP

GOP leadership fights effort to tie Obamacare repeal to tax reform, budget bill

A growing number of senators want a health-care measure attached to the 2018 budget bill, threatening not only its passage, but also chances for tax reforms.

L.A. Presses Forward With Proposed Rules For Marijuana Businesses Despite Industry Concerns
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Los Angeles lawmakers tentatively backed a sweeping set of proposed regulations for businesses that grow, sell, process and distribute marijuana Monday.

Pastor Describes Moment His Schizophrenic Son Was Shot Dead By A Sacramento Deputy Via Videotaped Disposition | The Sacramento Bee
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Strange: Trump Wouldn't Support Me If I Were Part Of The Problem - Politico
Trump campaigned for Strange last Friday in Alabama and Vice President Mike Pence did the same for the incumbent senator Monday night. Strange, appointed by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also has the backing of McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and of most Washington Republicans who see him as easier to work with than Moore.

City, County Officials Blame Each Other For Growing Hepatitis A Outbreak - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The St. Vincent de Paul email was released by county spokesman Michael Workman after The San Diego Union-Tribune asked him to respond to a batch of other emails released by the city under a California Public Records Act request.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Has Sacramento Health Officials On Alert -
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Trump: 'We are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans' on health care

President Trump expressed his disapproval for Republican senators who are opposing the Cassidy-Graham health-care plan on Sept. 26.

Back Into The Trump Vortex America Goes, Where The President Fuels A Divisive Debate
Cathleen Decker @
Since becoming President, Trump has egged on divisive debates but never apologized for any slights

Feinstein Wants Republicans To Vote Against Obamacare Repeal | The Sacramento Bee
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Clinton Calls Use Of Private Email By Trump Administration 'height Of Hypocrisy' - Politico
Clinton, the former Democratic presidential candidate, was attacked regularly on the campaign trail for her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. President Donald Trump frequently used the email server issue as a brush with which to paint Clinton as dishonest and opaque.

Gdp Growth In Sacramento, Bay Area, Far Outstripped The Nation In 2016 | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump, the indecisive
The president speaks boldly about issues like trade, taxes, immigration, health care and climate change. But what exactly will he do?

Lawsuit: Coffee Sold In California Should Carry Cancer Warning Labels – Daily News

Trump Prepared To Work With Democrats On Tax Reform, Neal Says - Politico
President Donald Trump said "he's prepared to negotiate with Democrats" on tax reform, House Ways and Means ranking member Richard Neal said after a White House meeting Tuesday morning.

17,000 Wisconsinites in two counties likely didn't vote in 2016 due to the state's voter ID law

Black voters and poorer voters were more affected by the law in a state Trump won by 23,000 votes.

Huntsman Nomination To Be Ambassador To Russia Advances - Politico
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's nomination for U.S. ambassador to Russia now heads to the Senate floor. | Alex Brandon/AP