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- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators went to Concord Thursday to tout their transportation package, which they unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol.
- Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León amended his "sanctuary state" bill Thursday morning to allow law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials about the release of violent felons.
- Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted a community forum on immigration Tuesday, where the guest speaker was the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
National Nurses United, which includes the powerful California Nurses Assn., announced it is backing former Bernie Sanders aide Arturo Carmona in the race for the 34th Congressional District.
Carmona, who served as Sanders' deputy political director during the presidential primary, is running on a platform similar to the senator's, including lowering the burden of student debt and ridding politics of money.
The endorsement comes two days after Danny Glover, another major Sanders surrogate, backed Carmona.
Carmona is one of 23 candidates running to replace Xavier Becerra in the April 4 special election. The top two vote-getters from that contest are expected to face each other in a June 6 runoff.