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Veterans Day 2017


Thank you veterans. Amid the political hyberbole and divides within our country, we are unified in offering that gratitude. Whether you were on the battlefield or providing service on the homefront, you are invaluable to everything that we enjoy today. 




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WILL IT END? In the Visalia Times-Delta, Eric Woomer and Sheyanne N. Romero, report on allegations against Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-AD26).

While Sacramento police investigate accusations that Assemblyman Devon Mathis committed a sexual assault, a Times-Delta investigation has revealed new allegations of heavy drinking and overt sexism toward a senior staff member.

At the same time, his ex-wife pleaded with the court for sole custody after making allegations against Mathis for child abuse and attempted spousal rape.

Challengers to Mathis in the safe Republican seat include Visalia mayor Warren Gubler, 

WHAT'S NEXT? For Pacific Standard, Anthony York looks at the political realignment that happened after Governor Pete Wilson's 1994 reelection campaign that, while successful, portrayed the California Republican Party as anti-Latino, which has largely lingered since. After this week's surprising elections, he writes, next year may be another defining moment in California politics, although this time it may not be Democrats vs. Republicans, but rather among political power among Democrats. "Win or lose, the ability of [Kevin] De León and [Antonio] Villaraigosa to make inroads in 2018 may well set the course for the future of Latino politics." 

WHO CARES ABOUT POTUS? Politico's David Siders writes that Jerry Brown is acting like a president during his lengthy European trip.

HOW'RE WE DOIN'? John Myers gives an accountability of the Legislature's response to the several California Legislative Open Records Act requests submitted by the Times.

    Response: Officials released only some of the data

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    Response: Officials provide documents on settlements and cash payments

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WILL THEY BUDGE? The LAT's Seema Mehta reports that a coalition of liberal and labor groups have launched an television ad campaign against five Southerrn California GOP congressmembers. "The ads, which urge constituents to order their representatives in Congress to oppose the plan, are airing on cable and network stations in districts represented by Darrell Issa of Vista, Steve Knight of Palmdale, Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Ed Royce of Fullerton and Mimi Walters of Irvine."

Meanwhile, the Bee's Dan Morain finds 7 ways the tax plan will hurt Californians.

FAIL TO DISCLOSE? BOE3 (LA/Ventura): In the increasingly contentious race to succeed Jerome Horton on the Board of Equalization, the LAT's Benjamin Oreskes and Adam Elmahrek report that Santa Monica councilmember and BOE candidate Tony Vazquez has received consulting payments from construction management and financial advisory firms that have received business voted on by his wife, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified trustee. Maria Leon-Vazquez’s votes could violate state conflict-of-interest laws, according to experts on those laws.

Interestingly, Tony Vazquez last reported any income or financial interest in 2012, when he reported an interest of between $10,001 and $100,000 in his municipal and legislative consulting firm, Vazquez & Associates, although a Cal-Access search shows payments in 2013 for consulting on an Assembly campaign (most local consulting work is not reported to the state, but rather the local jurisdiction.

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Republican Tax Cut Would Hurt California Veterans | The Sacramento Bee
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Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

UC Berkeley Students Deliver Supplies To Puerto Rico – The Mercury News
Higher Education, Regional, UC Berkeley

Jerry Brown, President of the Independent Republic of California

As he crusades across Europe, the governor is acting like the leader of a sovereign country—an alternative to the United States in the Trump era.

Americans At German Climate Talk Rip Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Disneyland Shuts Down 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires' Disease Sickens Park Visitors
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The 12 cases of the bacteria-caused illness were discovered about three weeks ago among people who had spent time in Anaheim and included nine people who had visited Disneyland Park in September before developing the illness, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Their ages ranged from 52 to 94.

Peters, Vargas Spend The Most On Tax-funded Mail In Local Delegation - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

In Trump Era, Northern California Wineries Get Political
Like many Californians, winemakers Megan and Ryan Glaab woke up the morning after the 2016 presidential election feeling confused, angry and, well, hungover. They griped to family and friends about the new commander in chief and lamented the direction they feared the country would take. Then they vowed to resist, even though at the time they didn’t know quite how.

Republicans Vote For A Tax Increase :: Fox&hounds
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The history behind the walls of Folsom State Prison
Prisons are often a source of mystery and curiosity, whether it's the Bay Area's old Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or the infamous San Quentin State Prison. However, many don't realize how much history one Sacramento-area state prison holds behind its granite walls.

Pro-trump Group Courts Donors With Cabinet Access - Politico

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is an ideal ambassador for America First Policies in Texas, where the former governor has deep ties to the energy industry and donors who fueled his state campaigns as well as two presidential bids. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Weekly Issa Protests Get Professional Backup, Congressman's Camp Says There's Dark Money Behind It - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Where Can I Buy Recreational Marijuana In California Starting Jan. 1, 2017? | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

GOP Tax Plan May Not Curb Incentives For Firms To Shift Profits And Jobs Overseas
Don Lee @
Analysts say GOP tax plan does little to curb incentives for firms to shift profits, jobs overseas

The False Claim California Has Built Far More Prisons Than Colleges Since 1965 | Politifact California
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Roy Moore: Alabama voters will â

In his first public speaking engagement since the sexual misconduct allegations, the Republican Senate candidate remained defiant, calling the report “fake news.”

He Served As A Marine In Vietnam And Later Devoted Himself To Homeless Veterans. Now He's Fighting For His Life
Steve Lopez @
Social worker Ken williams helped homeless vets in santa barbara, now fighting for his own survival

Senate Tax Bill Rewards the Rich More Than the Middle Class

The legislation is slightly more favorable than the House version to those with moderate incomes, but much depends on variables like household size.

Probe Into Worst Of Wine Country Fires Focused On Scorched Calistoga Property - San Francisco Chronicle
The investigation into what sparked the most destructive wildfire in modern California history is centered on a rural property northwest of downtown Calistoga, a wooded plot with a modest home that, according to its owner, was unoccupied when it burned to the ground.

GOP leaders say CEOS, big donors support tax plan

The Trump administration says its tax plan is intended to help ordinary Americans, but some key Republican figures have acknowledged that big business and political donors stand to benefit.

More Beach Closures Issued From Tijuana River Sewage - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Hernandez @
A man was found unconscious inside a burning apartment in City Heights early Thursday and taken to a hospital by paramedics.