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Toni Atkins Prepares To Be First Woman To Have Held The Top Job In Both The California State Senate And Assembly
John Myers @
She is poised to do what few legislators have ever done in Sacramento: master the political insider contest that results in being elected leader of both the Assembly and now the state Senate.

Sheriff Jones Tells Trump Of "spectacular Failures Every Single Day" In California | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones traveled to the White House Tuesday and told President Donald Trump that California is full of "spectacular failures" where dangerous criminal immigrants are released from jail every single day. The visit came amid increased tension between the administration and California municipalities on sanctuary city policies.

Garcetti Edges Toward Presidential Run With Trip To Iowa - Politico

The Los Angeles mayor and expected 2020 candidate is making a two-day swing through Iowa April 13-14, with stops in Des Moines, Altoona, Davenport and Waterloo, hitting a union event, a political fundraiser and local tours along the way.

Republicans Crowd The Field In 49th Congressional Race | Kpbs
Alison St John @
Eight Republicans are now running for the 49th Congressional seat currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. The candidates face a challenge to stand out in a crowded field. They are each fighting to be one of the top two vote-getters in the June primary election and go on to a November run-off.

Senators Warn About Russian Election Meddling and Call for Paper Ballots

The Senate Intelligence Committee offered recommendations for securing elections and implied that the Trump administration needed to take a harder line against foreign meddling.

2 Sacramento Hospital Groups Reach Settlements With Labor Unions | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
By Cathie Anderson

Federal election officials failed to enforce campaign finance requirements on outside group in 2010, judge rules

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a government watchdog group alleging donor disclosure violations against the conservative-leaning American Action Network in the 2010 elections.

Trump Election Sparks Worries About Public Access To Information | Mcclatchy Washington Bureau
Stuart Leavenworth and Adam Ashton @
By Stuart Leavenworth and Adam Ashton

Police Fired 20 Times At South Sacramento Man Fatally Shot While Holding A Cellphone | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez, Benjy Egel And Anita Chabria @
"This is the moment that I think a lot of us have been expecting," said Accius. "This is definitely where transparency, accountability and justice are really going to be put in full display with this new regime of policing. I think a lot of us in the community have been told there will be a whole other way of how the police in Sacramento police the community, especially black and brown people, and this will be the test."

San Diego Paying Out $1m In Another Sidewalk Injury Settlement - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

How Many People Have Been Killed In Police Altercations In Sacramento County Since January 2016? | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Pico Rivera Teacher Who Bashed Military Fired By School Board, President Says
Alene Tchekmedyian @
A Pico Rivera teacher whose anti-military rant was caught on video and drew widespread condemnation has been terminated from his post, the school board president said.

Senators Reject Effort to Cut U.S. Support for Saudi-led Campaign in Yemen

Both Democrats and Republicans declined to back a rare legislative attempt to limit the president’s war powers.

Was Cambridge Analytica A Digital Svengali Or Snake-oil Salesman?
Evan Halper @
Whether Cambridge Analytica was the digital mastermind it marketed itself as is very much in doubt. The firm, though, was a magnet for politicians seeking to endear themselves to its billionaire backer, Robert Mercer.