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  • Chasing Justice (SF DA Chesa Boudin and Rachel Marshall): Professor Angela Davis on the modern civil rights movement (also available on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, and others)
  • Chasing Justice (SF DA Chesa Boudin and Rachel Marshall): Professor James Forman, Jr. on race, policing, and protest
  • Cap•Impact Podcast (McGeorge School of Law): Lobbyist and adjunct professor Chris Micheli talks about California’s Balanced Budget Requirement. (2020-06-19)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarski and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe): The protests, LAPD, Garcetti, and the budget (2020-06-19)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Former Assembly Speaker and UC Regents chair John Pérez on a Historic Week at the Supreme Court and the Push to Bring Back Affirmative Action in California (2020-06-18)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast: (John Howard and Tim Foster): Joe Rodota discusses his new podcast The Oppo File, where he looks at the history of opposition research (2020-06-18)

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  • Budget (but I'll likely be back with more today)
  • Cakeday and classifieds


¡Feliz viernes! Whatever that means these days. In my favorite power vinyasa yoga class I used to go to in Davis, Wendy would always say when pushing us hard "You can do it! Remember, child's pose is always a breath away." It was a great motivation.

Of course, the last few months has been way too much fetal position and nothing near Wendy's promise. This week has proven nothing different and I need a child's pose.

I'll be short today because after a 16-hour day yesterday and likely at least that today given the Assembly's schedule, I am pooped. If there was a pooper scooper big enough to haul me to bed, I might just order from that app.

I may be back if the Assembly wraps the budget and ballot measures tonight or I'll just wait until tomorrow.

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States "put a ring on it" by requiring states and territories of our great country to recognize same-sex marriages. The deciding vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was by Anthony Kennedy, who was born in Sacramento.

Twelve years ago this November, California voters prohibited same-sex marriage in the state on a 52.3%-47.7% vote because a wacky San Francisco mayor was handing out licenses. Of course, most of us know same-sex couples who are now married and receiving the same benefits and liabilities that comes with that. Oh, and wacky SF mayor is now governor.

At the same election in 2008, 61.1% of California voters punched the Obama-Biden ticket. Lots of Dem-leaning voters voted for Obama and also for the ban on same-sex marriage with 52.3% of the vote and a huge margin to ban same-sex marriage among the African-Community voters. That was largely fueled by churches and a cultural stigma.

Now, same-sex marriage would likely poll like a state constitutional amendment to proclaim the second Monday in March as Mother's Day. Things change dramatically in politics and culture in our lifetimes.

This morning, Vice President Mike Pence called out California as one of the states of national concern. As you are receiving this, Governor Gavin Newsom is holding another NewsomAtNoon press conference. Yesterday was totally strange as Newsom held an 11am early presser (likely to avoid 12pm Sac Press Club Facebook Live with Dr. Fauci that had around 1,000 live viewers). The presser was predominantly on the release of state date and tools to app developers. As you know, I'm a total geek and I was watching Monday's Apple WWDC virtual developers conference, but even I was lost in yesterday's Newsom presser.

Anyway, I'm going to watch the governor and hope we get some great news as well as many other stories and I'll likely have a Nooner Nightcap tonight.

BUDGET: The State Senate approved the budget plan compromise between the governor and the Democratic leaders of the two legislative houses last night. Yes, I broke my diet and ordered a pizza to get through it and even then, I was pretty bleary-eyed to keep track of everything. Of course, I relied on many others on Twitter and email to keep track.

The vote on the main bill -- AB 89 (technically "Budget Bill Jr." amending the plan of legislative Democrats in SB 74 passed on July 15) was on partisan lines as expected with zero deviations, 29-11. Unlike the days I grew up with in California legislative politics with the "Big 5" of the governor and party leaders from both houses, Republicans had zero input in either SB 74 or AB 89 that amended it. There were cursory public hearing, but to use Capitol parlance, it was done telephonically for Kabuki theater. Democrats needed only a majority vote following Proposition 25 in 2010 and Republicans have zero reason for casting "aye" votes on the budget when they are not invited to the table.

The trailer bills weren't all on partisan lines. For example, first-term senator from the southern Central Valley district Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) voted against the public safety trailer bill. Democrats have more than two-thirds of the seats in both houses, so it's fine for legislators in tough districts to "take a walk," evading an issue that could haunt them come re-election. The same is true on the Republican side with three members facing tough reelections this November (Chang, Moorlach, and Wilk).

The fun continues when the Assembly returns at 1pm. With 61 Democrats to 19 Republicans, there will be lots of debate but the result is already known. After all, these bills only need a simple majority of 41 votes.

The State Senate approved the Budget Bill Jr. and all of the trailer bills except the education omnibus last night. The education omnibus wasn't eligible for a vote in either house until this afternoon under the 72-hour rule. So, while the Assembly is expected to give final approval on ABs sent over from the Senate today, it is likely they will approve the version of the identical education omnibus currently in their possession, which is SB 98 and is eligible to be voted on at 4:08pm.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Janet Chin, Tony GonzalezMary Gutierrez, Michelle Jeung, Angela Manetti, and Dan Okenfuss!


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