Judge Brett Kavanaugh. File courtesy of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, via Creative Commons

In summary

California’s stake in the Kavanaugh nomination, Gavin Newsom’s lead over John Cox in polls and among donors, a predatory lending probe, climate change warrior farmers, a PPIC poll, housing starts and the governor signs bills.

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