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THE Nooner for October 26, 2017


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Well, good Thursday morning friends. I know it's hot, but for the Sacramentans, 88 is not hot. It was 108 last month. I get it, no boots and sweaters, but for Capitol folks is still the dress-down time of year. When I was a kid, I had to walk through three feet of snow . . .

At least the Dodgers get a day off until tomorrow in Houston.

SAD, BUT TRUE (AND NEEDED): Metallica, the Dave Matthews Band and others will be headlining a benefit concert for fire victims on November 9 at AT&T Park.

Of course, Jeff Hoseman writes that's the Bee's Dan Walters will be chatting at his mouth tonight for himself.   

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California Republicans Say Raising Gas Taxes Is A Bad Thing. GOP Politicians In Some Red States Don't Agree
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Several red states have increased gas taxes, but Republicans in blue California are whining about it.

Gas Taxes Radio Ads Against Lawmakers | The Sacramento Bee
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California's GOP Members Vote In Favor Of Republican Budget, Paving Way For Tax Overhaul
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Nancy Pelosi Says Ca Republicans Should Oppose Budget | The Sacramento Bee
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Irs Backtracks, Says It Will Reject Tax Returns That Ignore Health Mandate - San Francisco Chronicle
In another about-face, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will begin rejecting electronically filed tax returns that do not indicate whether the household met the health insurance coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

L.A. Lawmakers Delay Voting On Plan To Criminalize Flouting Rules At City Buildings
Emily Alpert Reyes @
L.A. lawmakers held off on voting on a law that would make it a crime to violate posted rules in city buildings, libraries and parks, but are pressing ahead with a proposed ban on pepper spray, baseball bats and other items at protests. The proposals have stirred alarm from civil rights groups.

Suit Tossed In Bay Area Law Enforcement Misconduct Scandal - San Francisco Chronicle
The young woman at the heart of a sprawling misconduct scandal involving multiple Bay Area law enforcement officers has dropped a lawsuit against Contra Costa County sheriff’s officials, weeks after a criminal case against a former deputy she said sexually exploited her was dismissed.

San Diego Mayor Met With Steve Jobs' Widow To Discuss Daca, The Day After Trump's Order - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Jobs has promoted immigration reform through the Emerson Collective, a Palo Alto organization that works to remove barriers to opportunity for all people.

Backers Get Scare Before Federal Clarification Of Position On Water Tunnel Project -
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House Passes Budget Blueprint, Clearing Path for Tax Overhaul

House Republicans are planning to release their tax bill next week, and the budget measure will allow the overhaul to pass Congress without any Democratic votes.

GOP leaders gamble with budget vote
Paul Ryan has yet to strike a deal with lawmakers threatening to sink the budget — which would be a huge blow to Republicans’ tax push.

Officers Who Shot Joseph Mann Gone From Sacramento Police Department | The Sacramento Bee
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Uc, Roiled By 1st Amendment Controversies, To Launch National Free Speech Center
Teresa Watanabe @
The University of California, roiled by 1st Amendment controversies, will launch a national free speech center to conduct research and develop tools to educate today's students on the issue.

State Audit Probes Santa Clara County Election Mistakes
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San Francisco Votes To Require Records On Antibiotics Used In Meat - San Francisco Chronicle
A new San Francisco city ordinance signed into law on Tuesday will require some grocery stores that do business in the city to report which antibiotics are used in the raw meat they sell.

The Trump Wing Of The GOP Is Winning Battles. But Will It Lose The War To Keep The Senate In Republican Hands?
Mark Z. Barabak, Michael Finnegan @
Forcing aside Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake could help Republicans hang onto that seat. But other fights loom.

Bipartisan Health Bill Would Produce Modest Savings, Budget Office Projects

With the federal deficit at $666 billion a year, the $3.8 billion in savings that the Congressional Budget Office foresees with the passage of a new health bill is modest.

GAO To Investigate Trump's Voter Fraud Commission - Politico
President Donald Trump established the commission by executive order in May 2017, with the purpose of examining voter fraud and voter suppression.

House narrowly passes budget, paving way for $1.5 trillion tax cut

Draft tax legislation is expected to be released next week, kicking off a frantic effort to push the high-stakes legislation through the GOP Congress.

Pelosi Ally Meets With Ivanka Trump On Child Tax Credit - Politico
Ivanka Trump speaks during a news conference on child tax credit policy at the Capitol. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

GOP leaders make last-minute push for unity on taxes ahead of critical vote

Some Republicans concerned about an effort to limit or cut a deduction for state and local taxes have threatened to vote no.