Essential Politics: Trump’s Texas moment of truth

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The size and seriousness of a natural disaster can change the trajectory of political debate. But what’s happening in flood-ravaged Texas is extraordinary and would test even the most even-keeled presidential administration.

That’s not what most have seen in the first seven months from .

Good morning from the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief , and as California rescue officials head to the Lone Star state lend a hand, it’s far from clear just how much worse things will get there before they get better.

And into the region on Tuesday flew the president.

TRUMP’S LOOK AT TEXAS

Our colleague Hailey Branson-Potts had a great line in her coverage of Trump’s trip to Corpus Christi — that he was .”

For a president who’s rarely skipped an opportunity to take a victory lap, his tone in was more subdued.

“We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is promising up to in response to Harvey’s aftermath.

As always, we’ll keep track of the latest political implications of the storm’s aftermath on our .

And of course, helping those in need tops everything else. Here’s .

WEDNESDAY’S POLITICAL ROUNDUP

— “,” said the president, after North Korea launched a missile that flew over the northernmost region of Japan.

— Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is taking some heat for a vote he took four years ago .

— Trump offered for former Arizona Sheriff during an event with the president of Finland.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday said President Trump .

— The man now embroiled in the Trump-Russia investigation .

Hillary Clinton’s book tour will bring her . Oh, and this time she’s also going to Wisconsin.

2018 BALLOT: ALL EGGS CAGE-FREE?

While it’s been awfully quiet for most of the summer when it comes to groups eyeing a California ballot measure next fall, a high-profile effort was introduced on Tuesday.

And this one is all about your grocery store shelves: a measure to require, among other things, “

The initiative’s language, drafted by the Humane Society of the United States, addresses the group’s concerns that 2008’s Proposition 2 — which required hens to have more room in their habitats — did not achieve the right conditions for farm animals, including pigs and calves.

LEGISLATURE INCHES TOWARD A HOUSING DEAL

As the clock ticks toward the final day of this year’s legislative session in Sacramento, no issue is bigger or more closely watched than the handful of bills designed to take a first stab at California’s housing crisis.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders for the 2018 ballot.

On Tuesday morning, key legislation was amended . But some in the Assembly whose votes are needed to pass that bill .

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor at the state Capitol later today to press for action.

FROM THE COURT FILES

There have been two notable court rulings this week that could have major impact on local politics across the Golden State.

In Sacramento, a judge nixed a law that would have allowed in California.

Elsewhere, to those who believe tax increases to finance school, transit, road and other specific improvements must be approved on local ballots by a supermajority of voters. Though the effect of the ruling is unclear, legislative Republicans are expected later today to roll out a plan to revamp the law.

TODAY’S ESSENTIALS

— A survey commissioned by a UC Davis research institute said 61% of voters.

— The University of California is headlined by conservative activist Milo Yiannopolous after recent violence on and around the Berkeley campus.

— Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for backing cap-and-trade legislation championed by Democrats.

— A state Senate committee to treat violent acts by white supremacist groups as terror attacks.

— The violent approach of “antifa” groups sparks some .

— With roughly $1.4 billion in cap-and-trade funding up for grabs this year, a group of state senators said Tuesday much of the money should be to phase out diesel trucks, buses and other vehicles. “It’s time to ditch diesel,” said Berkeley state Sen. .

— The , rolling back the rule in the face of legal threats from gun rights groups.

— In what they called a civil act of disobedience, immigrant advocates in the governor’s office to support “sanctuary state” legislation.

— The future of national healthcare policy has inspired for Rep. . Small business owner Virginia Madueño and Sue Zwahlen each have announced bids for the state’s 10th Congressional District.

— A new endorsement in the race for governor, as in next year’s contest.

LOGISTICS

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