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Wednesday
Jul112018

SACRAMENTO: AB 84, "More campaign money could flow to California legislative leaders under new bill"; "What happenes to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase?"; "Hate crimes increase again by double digits in California"; also, "Are Criminal Justice Reforms Making California Safer Today?" ....

Wednesday
Jul112018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): "S.F. Mayor-elect London Breed says she wants to move quickly, look to future"; "Cohen's goal for S.F. Board of Supervisors' presidency -- a sense of stability"; "Supervisor moves to strengthen renter protections in San Francisco"; also, "Protests, recall effort for Dixon vice mayor who called for July to be 'straight pride' month" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and/or around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. Mayor-elect London Breed says she wants to move quickly, look to future"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Cohen's goal for S.F. Board of Supervisors' presidency -- a sense of stability"

* San Francisco:  "Supervisor moves to strengthen renter protections in San Francisco"

***ALSO:

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Protests, recall effort for Dixon vice mayor who called for July to be 'straight pride' month"

Wednesday
Jul112018

SACRAMENTO: Proposed ballot measure, "Stop the undocumented from getting California driver's licenses? California plan would reverse law"; commentary (Dan Walters), "A Democratic supermajority that hinges on one seat"; commentary (George Skelton), "Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle -- but it's no longer doing any good" .... 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Stop the undocumented from getting California driver's licenses? California plan would reverse law"

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "A Democratic supermajority that hinges on one seat"

* Los Angeles Times (George Skelton):  "Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle -- but it's no longer doing any good"

Wednesday
Jul112018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani: "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney"; "Rudy Giuiani advises foreign clients while working for Trump"; "Giuliani worked for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney" ....

***President Donald Trump, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani....

* Washington Post (Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger, Ashley Parker): "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney"

* CNN:  "Rudy Giuliani advises foreign clients while working for Trump"

* The Hill:  "Giuliani worked for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney: report"

Wednesday
Jul112018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, selection process, administrative law judges: "Trump tightens control over regulatory judges" ....

***President Donald Trump, selection process, administrative law judges....

* POLITICO (Andrew Hanna):  "Trump tightens control over regulatory judges" - From POLITICO:

President Donald Trump moved to tighten control over the in-house judges that implement much of the federal government’s regulatory agenda — his latest step to consolidate political power throughout the sprawling bureaucracy.

An executive order signed Tuesday gives agency heads greater discretion over the selection of so-called administrative law judges. These judges, typically promoted out of the federal civil service, make legal rulings that drive regulatory actions across the federal government.

The federal government employs 2,000 administrative law judges, with the greatest number in the Social Security Administration. They also adjudicate regulatory disputes in HHS, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NLRB and the SEC. Their rulings can be, and often are, challenged in federal court.

The executive order, which follows on a June ruling by the Supreme Court, opens a new front in the Trump administration's war on the regulatory state. An earlier executive order in January 2017 required two deregulatory actions for every new major regulation enacted. Although that hasn't occurred, the pace of new major regulations has slowed to a crawl.

The White House also moved recently, in three executive orders, to reduce the power of the civil service by limiting federal unions' ability to process whistleblower and other worker complaints; by ordering previous federal union agreements to be renegotiated; and by making it easier to fire federal employees.

The new executive order, in putting future selection of administrative law judges more directly in the hands of political appointees, will make it easier for the Trump White House to compel regulatory judges to follow its anti-regulatory policies ....................