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- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he intends to open a satellite attorney general's office in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to fight the Trump administration.
- The results from California's latest cap-and-trade auction are in, and revenue from the sale of pollution credits was weak.
- A bill that would set up a state-funded legal aid system for immigrants will be amended by its author to allow those with criminal records to apply for assistance.
Two-thirds of Californians disapprove of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven predominately Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days, according to a new Survey Monkey poll.
Opposition to the order is much stronger in left-leaning California than in the rest of the nation.
Overall, 47% of those polled nationwide said they approved of Trump’s order, and 51% disapproved. Opinion was split along partisan lines, with nearly 9 out of 10 Republicans supporting the ban and almost an identical number of Democrats and independents disapproving of the policy.
When asked to assess Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 59% of Californians who took part in the poll said they disapproved of the choice, and 37% approved.
That also deviated from opinion nationwide, with 53% approving of Trump’s choice and 42% disapproving.