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State of Affairs: Chad Mayes gets flack, Harris and Paul team up, could Trump take tips from Brown?

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O'Neals, talks with Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, of Yucca Valley, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Mayes has received criticism from some GOP members for his support of a cap-and-trade bill backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Rich Pedroncelli/AP

This week, on State of Affairs:

  • Republican Assembly leader Chad Mayes crossed party lines this week, lending his vote to Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade extension — but activists in his party aren't taking kindly to the break in ranks.
  • Some CA members of the House GOP are in a rock and a hard place this week after the health bill they kicked to the Senate gets stuck there. 
  • California Democrats scored another win with cap-and-trade, but could it be one victory too far for those in swing districts?
  • Also: She's a liberal Democrat from California; he's from Kentucky and a Libertarian Republican. Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul are teaming up to reform the nation's bail system. Maybe bipartisanship isn't dead after all.


  • Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
  • Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC
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