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Happy Saturday! It's a beautiful day for bike races. As you get your Nooner, the women will be wrapping up their Tour of California race, and an hour from now, the men will be arriving back to the Capitol (around 1:30pm) where they started for three laps around the Capitol--the most exciting thing you'll see around the statehouse today.
Hopefully, people plan ahead. As this KCRA story reports, downtown is going to be cray-cray today. In addition to Tour of California (expecting 50,000 spectators downtown), Sac State is having graduations at the Golden 1 Center, McGeorge School of Law is holding its commencement at Memorial Auditorium, and the Northern California volleyball championships are at the convention center (expecting 8,000).
Great for downtown on what would normally be a sleepy Saturday. Good day to live downtown and be able to walk.
It will be a beautiful day for bike races! And, congratulations to the UC Davis School of Law students who are graduating today, who will be hearing a commencement speech by fellow King Hall alum California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
Like me, Cantil-Sakauye had a community college->UC Davis->UC Davis Law pathway. I'm just not chief justice. But, thank you, California public higher education.
Oh, yeah, this is supposed to be about politics and policy. After the jump . . .
GOV: President Trump endorsed John Cox for governor yesterday, of course via tweet. Cox has publicly stated that he voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2016, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise. However, this is about consolidating GOP voters to ensure a Republican candidate advances to November, propelling turnout, which would help in some of the contested congressional races.
Tweet: "California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime and lowering taxes. John Cox is the man - he’ll be the best Governor you’ve ever had. I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!"
Yeah, Trump just threw Ronald Reagan and Earl Warren under the bus.
Meanwhile, the IE committee supporting Antonio Villaraigosa reports $1 million on "telephone" expenses. That's a hell of a lot of calls. I'm so glad the phone number listed on my voter registration is an old number.
TRUMPTWEET: This morning, POTUS tweeted "California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime and lowering taxes. John Cox is the man - he’ll be the best Governor you’ve ever had. I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!"
Not criticizing his endorsement. That's up to him. True, Ronald Reagan was better as a President than governor (as much as I disagree with many policies and ignoring AIDS) and Earl Warren can be criticized for his implementation of Executive Order 9066 (Japanese-American internment), but to suggest that any candidate in this field will be the "best Governor you've ever had" is just an embarassment to the office of POTUS.
Meanwhile, it's good news for Gavin Newsom, who would love for Cox to proceed to November rather than one of Newsom's Democratic opponents.
BALLOTS: Paul Mitchell tweets that more than a 528,000 ballots have been returned, an uptick from the 2014 primary. when, at the same point, saw 479,000 returned. As he notes, that's not necessarily significant, as there are 33% more vote-by-mail voters this cycle, mostly because of the counties (like the large Sacramento and San Mateo) are participating in the Voters' Choice Act, under which all voters are receiving ballots by mail. Mine is sitting next to me on the couch. ;-)
DNA AND DEATH ROW: The Chron's legal eagle Bob Egelko writes that an inmate who was hours from execution in 2004 and has been asking for DNA testing using modern techniques has gained a new ally--U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Harris opposed the DNA testing as attorney general.
Kevin Cooper has always insisted he was innocent of the fatal slashing of a man, a woman and two children in San Bernardino County in 1983. He won support in 2009 from five federal appeals court judges, who signed an opinion saying Cooper “is probably innocent of the crimes.”
AG: I don't endorse of course, but the ad for AG candidate (technically "appointed Attornery General") Xavier Becerra is pretty damn good. Let's be candid. The first name "Xavier" is a challenge in many parts of the state, as would "O'Malley" in the previous decades. That's what they are trying to overcome.
For Dave Jones, it sucks. He's been running for the seat in his ladder for years, but Brown went in a different direction. There was nowhere for Dave (who I have voted for here) to go.
Politics are like a big funnel. We take a large area (state, congressional, senate, or assembly and we push them through, looking for two to choose from). Is that the right system? Hell if I know.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vince Hall, Tim Kamermayer, Jena Price, Catherine Schneider, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!
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In Another Rebuke Of President Trump, Cities And Counties Come Out In Support Of 'sanctuary State' Law
Jazmine Ulloa @ latimes.com
Pushing back against the Trump administration, the California Senate and more than 20 cities and counties have come out in support of the state’s “sanctuary” law, which limits law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration agencies.
Congressional District 49: Sixteen Candidates Are Running To Replace Rep. Darrell Issa - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @ sandiegouniontribune.com
California Gains Nearly 40,000 Jobs, And Unemployment Falls To Record Low
Andrew Khouri @ latimes.com
California added 39,300 net new jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3% to a new record low of 4.2%, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
Local Bank Fined For Turning 'blind Eye' To Drug Traffickers, Organized Crime | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @ sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region
Cotton Upends Prison Reform Negotiations - Politico
Sen. Tom Cotton is a stalwart critic of broader criminal justice overhaul proposals but has yet to publicly come out against the narrower, prison-focused approach the president is backing. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Faced With Rallies Opposing A Temporary Shelter In His District, Council President Herb Wesson Holds His Own
Victoria Kim @ latimes.com
To a crowd of a couple hundred homeless advocates, service providers, labor groups and activists assembled on the City Hall lawn, Wesson called homelessness "the most important issue in the city of Los Angeles." He called the temporary shelters, to be built in each of the 15 council districts, a "bold and creative" solution.
Nepotism At California Tax Department Under Review | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @ sacbee.com
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
Is California Death Row Inmate Kevin Cooper Innocent? What He's Hoping Gov. Brown Will Do - The San Diego Union-tribune
Luis Gomez @ sandiegouniontribune.com
A Closer Look At The Three Finalists For LAPD Chief
Cindy Chang, James Queally @ latimes.com
Profiles of the three finalists for chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Donald Trump Endorses John Cox For California Governor | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Raid Closes Last Known Vista Pot Dispensary - The San Diego Union-tribune
Teri Figueroa @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Trump Administration Moves To Put New Restrictions On Abortion Services
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
The Trump administration is taking new steps that could bar federal funding for organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood, even if those organizations use private money to fund the services.
Are Federal Prosecutors Targeting People From Central America Who Cross The Border Illegally? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Since Sandy Hook, A Gun Has Been Fired On School Grounds Nearly Once A Week
There have been more than 180 shootings on school campuses that resulted in an injury or death in the U.S. since Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Incidents were classified as school shootings when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on campus, as documented in news accounts. This data is from to Everytown For Gun Safety, an advocacy group, and includes events that did not target students or teachers, like suicides, misfires and other activity.
Warner: Identifying FBI Source To Undermine Russia Probe Could Be A Crime - Politico
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Friday that his colleagues could be committing a crime if they obtain the identity of a secret FBI source and use it to undermine the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
300-mile Memorial Torch Relay Will Honor Fallen L.A. County Peace Officers
Javier Panzar @ latimes.com
A 300-mile-plus memorial torch run will kick off Friday to honor peace officers killed in the line of duty in Los Angeles County.
Israel and Evangelicals: New U.S. Embassy Signals a Growing Alliance
David D. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Dias and David M. Halbfinger @
The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem marks the increasing importance of conservative Christians to Israel, at the risk of upsetting American Jews.