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  • Ballot measures
  • California Legislature
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
  • California Democrats
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A state gas tax increase of 12 cents per gallon kicks in today, and while the immediate impact will mean less money in motorists’ wallets, the long-term political fallout could roll into next year, when the higher levies are expected to be an issue in elections across California.

The tax and a new vehicle fee are part of a transportation package approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April. Republicans are rallying to try to attack the new law — two possible ballot initiatives aim to repeal the new tax. 

Here are five things you should know about the tax increases taking effect today:

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  • California in Congress
President Trump has nominated McGregor W. Scott to return to the post of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California
President Trump has nominated McGregor W. Scott to return to the post of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

President Trump on Wednesday nominated McGregor W. Scott to be the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California.

Scott is currently a partner in the Sacramento office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where his focus is white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.

If confirmed by the Senate, it would be Scott's second stint in the position, which he previously held from 2003 to 2009.

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  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
  • 2018 U.S. Senate race
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U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León mischaracterized Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s environmental record on Tuesday in a fundraising plea to supporters.

In the email, De León wrote that he was “so disappointed” that Feinstein was not among 19 senators who sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency last week opposing the repeal of a federal policy that sought to reduce power plant emissions.

"California needs two senators who will stand up to the Trump administration and protect our environment and values. Will you help make that happen?" he wrote.