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- Gov. Jerry Brown told the Times Wednesday that a decision by President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Accord on climate change would be "tragic."
- Legislators at the state Capitol will winnow down the hundreds of bills pending by Friday afternoon, quietly killing some of them which have been sitting in what's called the "suspense file."
- African Americans in the California Democratic Party want an apology made to Rep. Maxine Water (D-Los Angeles) after her microphone was cut off at last weekend's convention.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's recent vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act is the centerpiece of a new online ad from one of his 2018 opponents, Laguna Beach real estate businessman and attorney Harley Rouda.
The minute-long ad will run on Facebook for the next few weeks, Rouda's campaign said.
"This new ad articulates these two sharply contrasting visions for where to take our healthcare system in the months and years ahead," Rouda said in a statement.
It's the second ad from Rouda. Democrats have targeted Rohrabacher and six other Republicans who represent districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Rohrabacher won reelection to his seat by a 16.6% margin in November. Two other Democrats have also announced plans to challenge him in 2018.