Good morning from the state capital. I'm Sacramento bureau chief John Myers, and while we've got a lot going on up here, let's just stipulate that the political world has its eyes firmly fixed on the dozen states that, by day's end, may permanently set the stage for the most unusual
Yes, it's Super Tuesday.
Is this the night
(Wyoming, while holding caucuses, will not be awarding delegates on Tuesday.)
TUSSLE AT TRUMP RALLY
Trump, who also mixed it up verbally with a protester at the rally, told the crowd that half of the press is "absolute sleaze."
A PRESIDENTIAL PRE-PRIMARY DAY ROUNDUP
Meantime, an Iowa political group has taken aim at the legacy of what was called Trump University. Joseph Tanfani reports American Future Fund is unveiling a series of first-person ads that Trump is threatening to challenge in court.
And Lisa Mascaro writes on how those backing the New York real estate mogul don't neatly organize themselves around tried-and-true GOP demands for smaller government. More simply, they identify mostly with the idea that the country has gone "downhill."
On the other side of the presidential race, Evan Halper reports that Clinton took notice of the GOP front-runner on Monday and his temperament for the nation's top job.
While Clinton is expected to do well tonight, she's not the choice of Rep.
HEALTHCARE TAX ON ITS WAY TO GOV. BROWN
Here in Sacramento, Gov.
"Democrats and Republicans came together today to do what's best for California," said Brown in a written statement after Monday's bipartisan vote in both houses of the Legislature.
A STATEWIDE VOTER DATABASE, AT LAST
In this year of presidential passions running high, roll the clock back to the contentious campaign of 2000 and consider that there were promises of reform in the wake of the recount that ended with the election of President George W. Bush.
More than 15 years later, California finally joins the rest of the nation in implementing one of the mandated reforms: an electronic, statewide voter registration database.
My story this morning finds that the final two counties flipped the switch on Monday to log in to the database, which will be fully certified in June. In all, it cost some $98 million to get up and running. And it's being counted on for other election changes, including automated registration at the DMV and Election Day voter registration as soon as this fall.
— Sarah Wire writes that Rep.
— Patrick McGreevy reports actor Rob Lowe is threatening legal action over his allegation that state Board of Equalization member
— How much do you remember from last week in politics? Test your knowledge with this quiz from Colleen Shalby.
— Memoli explains why Sen.
— Our entertainment staff wrote about John Oliver's must-see attack on Trump, which ends with the comedian attempting to start a campaign using what might be the GOP candidate's ancestral surname, "Drumpf."
— Is Trump's stance on immigration softer than he says publicly? That's what his rival campaigns are trying to find out.
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