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DOLLARS AND CENTS: The Bee's Emily Cadei's looks at the impact of the president's tax cut proposal on Californians. In short, it's good for some but bad for others, particularly by the elimination to the deduction allowance for state and local taxes. 

NON-GASSY? The Bee's Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow write in the Bee about the prospect of a future of California having an internal-combustion free car fleet.

RUH-ROH: Assemblymember Ash Kalra had his car broken into and had his member badge. Fortunately, there are no votes now since we're not in session. If I guy who looks like me claims to be Ash Kalra, you best call the cops. And, any votes recorded over the next couple of weeks would be either 1-0 or 0-1. We can certainly discern the difference. 

For the record, I've never had an Assembly ID and only saw one used once--by a legitimate holder during a California Young Dems retreat in Tahoe to get out of a driving 35mph in a 25mph zone while in a bitchin' red mustang convertable. It was right out of a Dead Milkmen Song. Not a Camaro, but still bitchin'. Speaking of this, how did I miss this show at Harlow's after I first moved to downtown SacTown?

Oh, the other laws broken by lawmakers and staff I could cite. Fortunately, I've had duct tape over my mouth for a couple of decades.

#CONGRATS: political lawyers Thomas Hilthack and Lance Olson, for Republicans and Democrats respectively, in California for being named among the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. As a political lawyer, you're rarely recognized as "top" anything for doing good, but these two have it mastered. As a disclosure, Lance hired my wonderful ex- as a summer intern during law school and I hired Olson Hagel for campaign finance reporting for a ballot measure for community colleges in 2008. 

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for my councilmember Steve Hansen, former speaker John A. Pérez, and former Assemblymember Jose Solorio



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Poll: Majority Of Voters Say Trump Isn't Fit To Be President - Politico
More Democrats than Republicans disapprove of President Donald Trump's fitness for office. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Latino State Lawmakers Back Antonio Villaraigosa For California Governor
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The Legislature's California Latino Caucus on Wednesday endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor.While expec...

Poll: Voters Skeptical Of Feinstein Reelection Bid - Politico
If Sen. Dianne Feinstein seeks re-election in 2018, she will confront an electorate that appears to be searching more broadly for change. | Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

The GOP Tax Plan Could Hit Southern California Hard. Will The Republican House Members Here Support It?
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The potential repeal of the state and local tax deduction would hit especially hard in California, setting up another political dilemma for Republicans facing tough reelection battles.

UC Regent Recorded Asking Actress If He Could Hold Her Breasts - San Francisco Chronicle
Months after the University of California Board of Regents revoked tenure from a professor who violated UC’s sexual harassment policy, a UC regent has been recorded asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts.

Ca Gas Tax Supporters Warn House Republicans To Back Off | The Sacramento Bee
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California's Top Elections Officer Now Says His Agency's Website Wasn't The One 'scanned' By Russian Hackers
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Five days after saying he had been told Russian hackers scanned the state's main elections website for weaknesses in 2016, California S...

Ryan Vents Over Stalled GOP Agenda In Senate - Politico
The speaker expressed optimism that the House and Senate would still be able to work together to pass their big-ticket legislative items by the end of the calendar year, possibly including health care and their latest push to change the tax code.

Trump says he wants health-care vote â

President Trump on Sept. 27 said Congress will vote on a health-care bill “early next year,” adding that he supports ending the legislative filibuster in the Senate.

Former Senator Barbara Boxer Stakes Out Her Place In 2018
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It's one of the hottest political parlor games in California right now: Will she run again?Everyone is waiting for Sen. Dianne Feinstei...

Property Tax Break Proposed For California Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
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Half Of California's Likely Voters Think Sen. Dianne Feinstein Should Retire, Poll Finds
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California Anxious About Trump, North Korea | The Sacramento Bee
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Supreme Court Poised To Deal A Sharp Blow To Unions For Teachers And Public Employees
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The Supreme Court will likely strike down the union fees paid by public employees.

Hayward Considers Rules For Range Of Marijuana Businesses
HAYWARD — Proposed regulations could open the door for nearly all types of marijuana-related businesses to operate within Hayward’s industrial and commercial areas.

San Diego Mayor Agreed To Homeless Hub, Then Delayed, Advocates Say - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Trump warns Donnelly against opposing GOP tax plan

During a speech in Indianapolis, Sept. 27, President Trump said he will campaign against Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) “like you wouldn’t believe” if Donnelly opposes the GOP tax plan.