In case you missed it:
Please welcome, Caitlin Chen, The Bee's summer intern in the Capitol Bureau. She and Emily Cadei show why abortion and gay rights advocates feel threatened by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. Kellen Browning, who is also interning with The Bee, shares what people are saying on social media about Justice Kennedy's retirement.
From Washington, D.C. today, Cadei and Michael Doyle report how Justice Kennedy played an unexpectedly pivotal role at the Supreme Court.
Bryan Anderson previews an important vote taking place in the Legislature tomorrow over consumer privacy.
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Sam Stanton and Darrell Smith write that Justice Kennedy loves Sacramento, but his friends doubt he'll retire in his hometown.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state's $201 billion budget today, Adam Ashton reports.
Research finds Prop. 47 has reduced racial disparities in drug arrest, Adesuwa Agbonile writes.
Dan Schnur reports on the latest conversation over housing in our Influencer series.
California Democrats are pursuing the biggest Assembly advantage in 40 years.
Soda tax supporters ask Gov. Brown to have dinner together, Alexei Koseff writes.
From the opinion pages:
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, argues that the budget Brown just signed is a victory for California.
Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, says the Janus v. AFSCME decision is "unjust," but won’t stop unions from fighting for all working people.
William Swaim, president of the California Policy Center, disagrees with Pulaski, saying California public employees are now free from union shakedowns.
According to the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, Justice Kennedy's retirement ends era of Central California values on the Supreme Court.
The Board also writes that the Supreme Court is muting California unions, while giving billionaires a megaphone.