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Governor Newsom Taps Laphonza Butler to Fill Dianne Feinstein's Senate Seat

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: Emily's List President Laphonza Butler address a Biden-Harris campaign rally on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson decision which struck down a federal right to abortion at the Mayflower Hotel on June 23, 2023 in Washington, DC. The campaign event was organized by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and EMILY's List. (Photo by: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Newsom Fills Feinstein Senate Seat 

Longtime labor leader and Democratic strategist Laphonza Butler will be California’s new U.S. Senator. News of Butler’s appointment — confirmed by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office Sunday night — comes days after the death of Dianne Feinstein, which left the Senate seat vacant.
Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED

CARE Court System Launches In Some California Counties

This week, seven California counties launch CARE Courts. They’re the new mental health courts required by the state that have the authority to mandate people with severe mental illness to receive treatment. The implementation of CARE Court will be under particular scrutiny in San Francisco, as the city wrestles with both  mental health and homelessness crises.
Guest: Rafael Mandelman, San Francisco Supervisor

Republicans Bash California At GOP State Convention  

When presidential candidates travel to places like Iowa and New Hampshire, they usually spend time praising the state they’re in. But that is not what Republicans making the pilgrimage to California are saying about the Golden State.
Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED 


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