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THE Nooner for December 30, 2017


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  • US SENATE: added Jazmina Saavedra (R)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): added Virginia Madueño (D) 
  • CA40 (Downey): added Rodolfo Barragan (G)

Happy Saturday! We have another day before it's time to throw out the 2017 calendar (don't let the door hit your ass on the way out). Two legislators will still be paid until midnight tomorrow night when their resignations take effect. They can also withdraw their resignations and be paid all next year barring removal actions by the Assembly...just sayin'.

It'll be a brisk 60 degrees today in Sacramento. Meanwhile, I was chatting this morning with a childhood friend in South Dakota, where the high is forecasted to be 6. So, if you're here in Sac, feel free to wear your shorts.

This morning on my walk, I was listening to the Slate Political Gabfest, which this week has their annual "conondums" podcast, with items sent in by listeners.

How great was this one:

"Would you rather have a bad boss who is a good person or a bad boss who is a bad person?" That sort of wraps up 2017 and puts a bow on the year. 

READY...SET...HIKE! The Bee's Nathaniel Levine reports that California's minimum wage increases to $11/hour on Monday for employees at companies with more than 24 workers ($10.50) for those under.




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California Spreads Its Liberal Wings In 2018 With A Slew Of New Laws - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Whether you cross the street, head to college or apply for a new job, one of the hundreds of new laws that California will add to the books on New Year’s Day is likely to affect you.

With Clock Ticking Down To Legalization, Marijuana Becomes A Suburban Affair
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California's marijuana market is creating business opportunities in the sparsely populated desert suburbs of Los Angeles, which will be the nation's largest cannabis market in 2018.

Sales Of New Homes And Higher Priced Houses Up In Sacramento Area In November | The Sacramento Bee
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Sonoma County Enlists Law Group To Track Fire Litigation Against Pg&e
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Neighbors Help Each Other Piece Their Lives Back Together After The Thomas Fire
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A group of residents has started a relief effort for victims of the Thomas fire. They've helped neighbors sift through ashes, cut down trees blocking driveways and fed them hot meals.

Fact Check: 10 Falsehoods From Trumpâ

The inaccurate statements covered the Russia investigation, health care, immigration and the president’s following on social media.

Recreational Pot Launch: Will New Retail Shops Enjoy A Near-monopoly? - San Francisco Chronicle
Even as California readies for the rollout of recreational marijuana starting Monday morning, elected officials and industry leaders are wrangling over a pivotal question: How widely available should the drug be?

Top 10 health care surprises from Year One of Trump

From drug prices to the Tom Price travel scandal, a lot of health policy didn't go according to plan.

Alarming Failures Left Many In Path Of California Wildfires Vulnerable And Without Warning
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Thirty minutes later, with Cutting huffing from exertion and choking in thick smoke, the evacuation of Redwood Hill was still playing out one door at a time. He followed the sound of shouts to an officer struggling to carry a disabled woman. Her house was on fire. Her shoe on the ground. The night around them was orange in every direction.

Bernie Sanders to Republicans: Stop saying I support your tax bill

The GOP latched onto the senator saying lowering middle-class taxes was good, and conservative media has portrayed him as supporting other components of the tax measure.

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How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.

Administration eyes pumping more water to Central Valley farmland
SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California’s Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the United States, in what environmental groups called a threat to protections for struggling native salmon and other endangered species. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation formally served notice it would begin looking at changing the operation of the massive California water project to maximize water deliveries. Spokeswoman Erin Curtis called it the first step in what would likely be an 18-month analysis.

Trash Dumped In Burned-out Neighborhoods Angers Santa Rosa Homeowners

Putin Voices Hope For Cooperation With U.S. In Letter To Trump - Politico

Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit on July 7 in Hamburg. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

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Senators scrap Russia trip after Kremlin snubs Shaheen

The Democratic senator backed sanctions against Russia and called for a crackdown against Kaspersky Lab.