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It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Republicans At State Party Gathering Would Rather Talk About The Gas Tax Than Keeping The House
latimes.com
At their state party convention in San Diego over the weekend, the GOP activists talked about who to endorse in the governor's race. They talked about blaming Democrats for a whole host of ills, including income inequality and increased crime. They talked about the need to condemn a neo-Nazi candidate for U.S. Senate who showed up unannounced and was escorted away by security guards.

Elk Grove Lawmaker Called Out For Accepting Tobacco Money | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
sacbee.com
"We want people to know that he broke his promise not only to cancer advocates, but to voters in his district," said

Gavin Newsom Says He Was 'the First' To Take On The Nra And Win. Not Quite
George Skelton @
latimes.com
Maybe nothing goes through it. Maybe he doesn't recognize the falsehood and it's not an intentional lie.

Gavin Newsom Gets A Pass As A Candidate For California Governor | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
Connecting the dots on issues, people and news in the Sacramento region

L.A. Unified School Bus Drivers And Teacher Assistants Are Planning A Daylong Strike
Alene Tchekmedyian @
latimes.com
After more than a year of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to agree on a contract for unionized school bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, teacher assistants, health aides and cafeteria workers. Union leaders said that while negotiations were underway, the district "made unilateral changes to working conditions" outside of collective bargaining.

Proposed Heightening Of Shasta Dam Stirs Water Controversy In California | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
By Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst Jabs At L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti And Promotes President Trump As She Speaks To California Republicans
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst took a jab at California politicians, notably Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as she addressed the state GOP convention on Saturday night.

GOP Candidates Cox, Allen Could Both Miss Ca Governor Runoff | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Defends Cia Pick Haspel: 'democrats Want Out Because She Is Too Tough On Terror' - Politico

President Donald Trump issued an online vote of confidence Monday for Gina Haspel, his pick to be the next director of the CIA, and chided Democrats who have been critical of her for her role in waterboarding terrorism suspects at a secret agency prison.

In The Golden State Killer's Path, Terror Still Runs Deep
latimes.com
How Golden State Killer's rampage reverberated across the state; wave of rapes sparked terror, while murders appeared random.

California Bill Would Overhaul Coroner's Offices | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
sacbee.com
"In this situation there was a second autopsy and there might be honest differences in opinion," Pan said. "The real challenge is when you have a situation where the person who is providing the only autopsy report is an employee of someone who may have a vested interest in a particular outcome."

Fact-checking President Trump's claims on immigration

It wasn't "immigration month" but the president's remarks make it seem otherwise.

John Cox For Governor, California Republican Activists Say | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

UCSF workers walk off job, medical appointments canceled

Thousands of medical appointments were postponed this week at UCSF’s Mission Bay and Parnassus Avenue campuses as health-care workers across the University of California system walked off the job Monday amid an impasse over wage negotiations. By sunrise, picket lines were in full effect at the Parnassus Avenue medical center, consisting of hundreds from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents about 25,000 medical and service workers systemwide. “Our only option again is to strike,” said Kathryn Lybarger, president of AFSCME Local 3299. “We are holding the line on some of the last middle-class jobs in California.

Top Contributors To Races For District Attorney, Sheriff And City Council In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
sacbee.com
By Phillip Reese

Immigration Courts Are Deeply Split On Who Can Claim Asylum Over Violence In Home Countries
David G. Savage @
latimes.com
Winning an asylum claim often turns on drawing the right judge.

Trump Spending Cut Proposal Now Expected At $15b - Politico

The White House is expected to scale up its spending cuts proposal to $15 billion, according to multiple Republicans familiar with the request.