FILE PHOTO -- Air National Guard C-130 Hercules equipped with modular airborne firefighting systems, similar to this one, are dropping thousands of gallons of retardant on the wildfires in Southern California. The fires have destroyed more than 830 homes and burned out more than 500,000 acres. California officials said the fires are responsible for at least 15 deaths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl McKamey)

In summary

Newsom pulls border troops, an ‘un-American’ transgender ban, the next big fire, a possible oil tax, Felicia Marcus may be out, and the State of the State.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.