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THE Nooner for November 4, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

California Could Have Almost 12,000 Legislators As Backers Of A Bold Ballot Measure Submit Signatures For 2018
John Myers @
Supporters of an effort to create a California Legislature with up to 12,000 representatives of individual neighborhoods submitted vote...

Fight Looms Over GOP Plan To Let Churches Endorse Political Candidates - San Francisco Chronicle
Congressional Republicans are proposing to allow churches and other religious institutions to endorse political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status, a plan supported by President Trump but hotly contested by many civil rights and religious organizations.

GOP Tax Plan Would Decimate California's Low-income Housing Funding, Chiang Says In Letter To Congress
Liam Dillon @
The tax plan authored by House GOP leaders would wipe out billions of dollars in funding for low-income housing in California, accordin...

Republicans Weigh Inserting Health Coverage Mandate Into Tax Overhaul

As part of the Republican tax overhaul, President Trump wants to end the requirement that most people have health coverage, a top lawmaker said.

GOP Tax Plan Would Scrap Deduction For Big Medical Expenses
Julie Rovner @
The tax bill unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs.

Justice Dept. Enlists Fox News In Threat Over California Sanctuary Law - Sfgate
In an escalation of the Trump administration's war on sanctuary cities and states, the Justice Department sent a Fox News story to reporters that said the department was threatening to withdraw federal funds from California unless the state repealed a new law protecting some undocumented immigrants. It was a mixed message, however. Attached to the emailed story - which the agency sent as an official news release - was a letter from a Justice Department official to a state official that contained no such threat, only a request to clarify some provisions of the law. Both documents were dated Wednesday.

Two Sacramento Cambodian Men Caught In National Immigration Detention Sweep | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

The GOP Tax Plan Is Filled With Petty Cruelties Aimed At The Vulnerable And The Middle Class. Here's A List
Michael Hiltzik @
The GOP's tax plan bristles with petty cruelties aimed at the vulnerable. Here's a list.

Trump-tweet Target Tom Steyer's Impeachment Campaign Tops 1.4 Million Signatures
Tom Steyer's campaign to impeach Donald Trump has gathered steam: In 14 days, a petition associated with the campaign has gathered more than 1.4 million signatures.

Poll: Bannon's Endorsement Doesn't Help In GOP Primaries - Politico

The Alabama Senate primary between Senator Luther Strange and Roy Moore raised questions about how powerful the endorsements of President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, are on the campaign trail.

North Bay Fire Lawsuits Against Pg&e Create Venue Dispute | The Press Democrat -
robert digitale @

California Congressional Republicans Key To Tax Bill
ron de Arakal @

California Homeowners Will Get Property Tax Relief After Wildfires
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Six Women Accuse Florida Senate Budget Chair Latvala Of Groping, Sexual Harassment

Latvala, in an interview on Friday with POLITICO Florida, pointed to the fact that in 16 years in the Senate he has never had a complaint filed against him.

Federal Tax Proposal Is Bad News For California's Affordable-housing Push
Affordable Housing, Real Estate

Feinstein, Harris Sign On To Online Sex Trafficking Bill After Tech Industry Signals Support
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Scores Of California Mountain Lions Shot Each Year Despite Hunting Ban | The Sacramento Bee
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Last year, livestock owners and professional trappers, houndsmen and sharpshooters killed 120 mountain lions, including five each in El Dorado and Placer counties.

Lausd’s Gonez Is Latest To Blast Bocanegra’s Sexual Misconduct – Daily News
The chorus condemning Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s sexual misconduct grew Thursday when a Los Angeles Unified school board member from the same part of the San Fernando Valley called his behavior “criminal.”

Sacramento County Sees Jump In Abuse Cases Among Foster Children | The Sacramento Bee
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By Anita Chabria And Philip Reese

Both Bush presidents openly condemned Trump, book claims. One even voted for Clinton.

President George H.W. Bush mocked Trump as a “blowhard,” as quoted in a new book. The younger President Bush worried Trump would destroy civility in the White House.