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TAXING FEVER: Well, as expected, the House voted yesterday to advance its tax plan, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times.. Democrats were unanimous in their opposition. California Republicans voting against the bill were Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock, and Dana Rohrabacher. Several who voted for the bill said they expected the bill to get better, mostly citing the loss of the state and local tax and mortgage interest deductions, in conference committee. Of course, the Senate can't do that while meeting reconciliation rules where they need $1.4 billion in savings to offset the cost in order to use a majority vote--unless it goes to a conference committee. Then, the rules are dispensed with and we can add more money to the debt.

CRAZY TRAIN: Yesterday, we got a title and summary for a proprosed initiative that would prohibit the state collecting past due state income tax revenues of less than $100,000 and cuts the vehicle license fee and other DMV fees in half. It would be a cut of several hundreds of billions in state tax revenue.



THREE: A third woman has alleged sexual harassment by Senator Tony Mendoza, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee.

TOO CLOSE: In Davis, Holmes Junior High School is closed today after an anonymous threat deemed credible by school officials at the police department. The school is also closed, as scheduled, next week.


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CANDIDATE IN WAITING? McClatchy's Josh Magness profiles Tom Steyer.




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California's State Budget Could Soon Be Flush With $7.5 Billion In Unexpected Cash, Analysts Say
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UC Regents Admonish UC President Janet Napolitano For Approval Of Interference In State Audit
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University of California regents have strong words for UC President Janet Napolitano about her approval of a plan by her top aides to interfere in a state audit of her office's operations and services.

University Of California To Open Free Speech Center In Washington Dc - Sfgate
The University of California, the site of several free-speech clashes and a First Amendment lawsuit this year, announced Thursday that it will open a center in Washington, D.C., to tackle questions of open expression in the way it does best: through research. "Our nation needs an outlet to grapple with the questions of free speech on college campuses - and what it means for free speech in America more broadly," UC President Janet Napolitano said in a video on the website for UC's new National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Napolitano will chair the center, headquartered at the university's Washington, D.C. offices, and funded from an endowment of donations and from fundraising.

Senate Deficit Hawks Blanch At True Cost Of Temporary Tax Cuts - Politico

Addressing the temporary provisions could be difficult, requiring major changes to the plan, just as Republican leaders are trying to quickly shuttle it through Congress. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget figures extending all of the provisions would balloon the cost of the plan to $1.9 trillion. Republicans can afford to only lose two votes in the Senate.

The House Narrowly Passed A Tax Package, But Now The Hard Work Begins With A Narrow Margin Of Error In The Senate And Plenty Of Potholes | The Sacramento Bee
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Antonio Villaraigosa Says He Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In The Latino Community
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Third Woman Alleges Misconduct By Ca Sen. Tony Mendoza | The Sacramento Bee
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What Gas Tax Increase? More Southern Californians Will Hit The Road For Thanksgiving
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In Southern California, nearly four million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, a 3.6% increase over last year, despite higher gas prices.

White House: Trump Thinks Alabama Voters Should Decide If Moore Belongs In Senate - Politico

Sarah Huckabee Sanders also declined to say whether or not President Donald Trump would vote for Moore if he were an Alabama voter. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

State Sen. Tony Mendoza Criticizes Process For Reviewing Harassment Allegations
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Facing an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior with women who worked in his legislative office, state Sen. Tony Men...

On Washington: Days of Shrugging Off Sexual Misconduct at the Capitol May Be Over

Lawmakers see a possible turning point against inappropriate behavior that has been tolerated on Capitol Hill because of political power.

UC Regents Admonish Napolitano, Order Her To Apologize In Audit Tampering - San Francisco Chronicle
The University of California regents took disciplinary action against President Janet Napolitano on Thursday, publicly admonishing her for authorizing actions that led to her staff’s interference with a state auditor’s investigation last year.

Sanders: President believes Alabama voters alone should decide Senate race winner

Sanders said that if the accusations are true, the president wants Moore to drop out of the race.

Covered California Sees 23 Percent Jump In Health Insurance Signups - San Francisco Chronicle
The number of new customers signing up for health insurance through the state exchange Covered California jumped 23 percent during the first two weeks of open enrollment compared to the same period last year, Covered California officials said Thursday.

Gun Threat Prompts Friday Closure Of Davis School | The Sacramento Bee
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Class-action Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Diego Alleges Mistreatment Of Homeless Living In Rvs | Kpbs
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The lawsuit filed late Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in San Diego alleges that disabled homeless people living in their recreational vehicles are unfairly targeted for tickets.

'transparent' Writers Reportedly Prepping For Season Without Jeffrey Tambor After Harassment Allegation | The Sacramento Bee
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Berkeley mayor Arreguín investigated over possible campaign violations
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín is under investigation by a city commission for 18 possible campaign funding violations. The Fair Campaign Practices Commission was meeting Thursday to discuss whether Arreguín deliberately broke local election laws during his campaign last year by not reimbursing his campaign manager before a statutory deadline for $3,339.66 worth of supplies purchased on 18 occasions. He was elected in 2016. Arreguín did not respond to calls for comment. Campaign manager and treasurer Jacquelyn McCormick bought drinks, food, printing supplies and phone services, among other things.

Senate Plan Would Raise Taxes on the Poor, a Report Says

The nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation said an amended Senate tax bill would effectively raise taxes on low-income Americans by 2021.

Porn Star Ron Jeremy Accused Of Sexual Assault, Rape | The Sacramento Bee
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House Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Plan - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Eager to deliver major legislation to President Trump, House Republicans on Thursday passed a sweeping tax overhaul bill that numerous analyses show would disproportionately hurt individuals in California and other high-tax states.