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The fires continue in Southern California. Now, the 101 is closed between Ventura and Santa Barbara.
TAXING ISSUES: The Bee's Angela Hart reports that opponents of the GOP tax plan are highlighting its negative impact on affordable housing. "Though the House and Senate have not finalized a bill, economic projections show early versions could diminish financial incentives and tax credits used by developers to build low- to moderate-income housing. Proposals also cap the mortgage interest deduction for new home buyers, who face higher housing costs than most other parts of the country."
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher shares why she added former Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher's name to hers after their marriage, even while some of her ranks of gender rights activists scowled.
For the record, I told my amazing ex- that she never need to touch the name "Lay," although it's been a great family. Nobody has stepped up otherwise.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Odysseus Bostick, Sara Bachez Campos, Julia Lewis, Kassy Perry, and John Simmons!
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Tax Breaks For Beer, Unborn Children And Lawmakers Are Among Goodies In Republican Bill
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.
Disenfranchised Because Of Voter Id Bureaucracy? Voteriders And Kathleen Unger Can Help
Patt Morrison @ beta.latimes.com
Kathleen Unger’s group works above that particular fray. She founded VoteRiders in 2012, and while legislatures and lawmakers and lawyers do battle over this supposed specter of voter fraud, her Santa Monica-based national nonprofit is skipping all that and going right to saying, “You need a particular ID to vote? Fine, we’ll help you get it.” VoteRiders’ goal is that no one who’s eligible to vote gets turned away for want of the required ID, which can differ from one state to the next and even one election to the next. Whatever your state’s ID rules, Unger wants you to have it in the bag — meaning, right in your pocket.
Why You Should Believe Women In Politics Who Speak Out About Sexual Misconduct
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Partisan affiliation has nothing to do with sexual predation, whether it involves President Trump or Bill Clinton, Roy Moore or Rep. John Conyers Jr. No political party has a monopoly on truth, justice and decency. There are nasty apples in every barrel.
34 House Republicans Press GOP Leader On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
LUIS ALONSO LUGO @ sacbee.com
A group of 34 House Republicans on Tuesday asked Speaker Paul Ryan to act this month on legislation dealing with the 800,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children and living here illegally.
Republicans Move to Resolve Tax Bill Differences as Cost Concerns Loom
ALAN RAPPEPORT @
The Senate voted to begin the formal process of reconciling its tax bill with the House version as lawmakers continued to discuss changes to the legislation.
Sacramento Civic And Business Leaders Urge Local Congress Members To Fix Daca | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @ sacbee.com
By Stephen Magagnini
California Legislators To Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Give Victims Of Sexual Harassment More Time To File Claims
Melanie Mason @ beta.latimes.com
A bipartisan group of legislators said Wednesday they plan to introduce a bill next month to give victims of sexual harassment addition...
Tax Bill Is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say
ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN @
House Republicans are embracing the SenateâÂÂs repeal of the health lawâÂÂs mandate that most people have insurance, but they are not buying a side deal to stabilize insurance markets.
Outside Rep. Ed Royce's Office, Protesters Don Top Hats, Call GOP Tax Bill A Tool For The Rich
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Wine Country fire damage claims rise to unprecedented $9 billion
Damage claims from the October wildfires that tore through Wine Country and beyond have jumped to a startling $9 billion, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Wednesday. The losses, which were reported to major state insurance companies and tracked by the state, far surpass claims from any other wildfire event in California. The 1991 Oakland hills fire was previously the most costly, with about $2.7 billion in reported damages after accounting for inflation, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The recent blazes destroyed more than 5,000 homes and nearly 1,000 businesses across six counties, according to the insurance commissionerâÂÂs office.
White House: Trump Jr. Had ‘legitimate Reason’ To Refuse To Discuss Conversation With President - Politico
Though neither the president nor his son is an attorney, Trump Jr. told congressional investigators that the discussion was subject to attorney-client privilege because there was a lawyer in the room.
House OKs GOP Bill Letting Out-of-staters Pack Concealed Guns In California - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Republican-backed legislation that would allow people to carry their concealed weapons across state lines if they have a permit to do so in their home state now heads to the Senate after winning approval in the House with no support from Democrats.
Illinois governor's race haunted by 2016 presidential primary
Is the Democratic Party putting its thumb on the scale for a billionaire candidate?
Cellulitis - Symptoms And Causes - Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic Staff @ mayoclinic.org
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Feinstein: Traffic is terrible. Build a new bridge
Sen. Dianne Feinstein renewed her call Wednesday for a so-called Southern Crossing âÂÂ a new east-west transbay bridge somewhere south of the always-congested Bay Bridge. Feinstein has repeatedly called since 2000 for a Southern Crossing, an idea that has been around since the 1940s. On Wednesday, joined by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, she sent a letter to Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The letter chastised the commission for not moving forward on a new transbay span, said it would relieve Bay Bridge congestion, and that it should be funded by Regional Measure 3, a ballot measure that could raise tolls on state-owned toll bridges by as much as $3.
Sanders: White House Expects Congress To Avert Shutdown - Politico
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he thought a government shutdown "could happen," but Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Thursday that's not the White House's expectation | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Democratic Calls For Franken To Resign Signal New Political Accountability - San Francisco Chronicle
When at least three dozen Democratic senators called on fellow Democrat Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, the #MeToo movement hit a powerful milestone by showing that politicians — like people in other walks of life — are able to follow their conscience and call out friends and allies for inappropriate sexual behavior.
California Lobbyist Who Spoke Out Against Sexual Harassment In The Capitol Featured On Time's 'person Of The Year' Cover
Melanie Mason @ beta.latimes.com
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Sdg&e Turns Off Power To Parts Of Inland San Diego County As Winds Gust To 75 Mph - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Robbins @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Feinstein: Traffic Is Terrible. Build A New Bridge - San Francisco Chronicle
More readers than we can count responded citing the general clogging along Interstate 80 in Berkeley and Emeryville, especially where it merges with I-580 and I-880 to cross the Bay Bridge going westbound.
Taxpayers Second Victims In Harassment Cases :: Fox&hounds
ron de Arakal @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Graduate Students In Rep. Mimi Walters' District Air Concerns Over GOP Tax Bill With Her Democratic Challenger
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Shutdown looms as House GOP scrambles for votes on funding bill
President Donald Trump and congressional leaders from both parties also will meet at the White House in hopes of reaching a broader budget agreement.