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Jodi Hicks, a lobbyist and partner oath the women-led Sacramento firm, DBHK. As allegations of sexual harassment swirl in California's Capitol, Hicks says at least one male lawmaker said he may stop meeting with women lobbyists. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

"Part of a frequently disparaged profession, female lobbyists have emerged as especially vulnerable in legislatures and in Congress because, unlike government employees, they often have no avenue to report complaints and receive due process," the N.Y. Times' Trip Gabriel and Julie Bosman write on A1:

  • Why it matters: "Lobbyists who have been harassed are essentially powerless in their workplaces, all-dependent on access to mostly male lawmakers for meetings and influence to advance legislation and earn their living."
  • "Female lobbyists from Arizona to Virginia described statehouse cultures that were throwbacks ... Long working days flow into alcohol-fueled socializing with male lawmakers, often bunked in hotels in isolated small towns for the few months of a state legislative session."
  • "Seasoned lobbyists said that smoothly deflecting a lawmaker's physical advance was a job skill as essential as winning support for a bill."

Stranger and stranger ... "A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks [R-Ariz.] told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother."

  • The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned yesterday, bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Ryan.

P.S. L.A. Times, top of col. 1, "#METOO FELLS A SECOND STATE LEADER: Matt Dababneh says his resignation from California Assembly isn't an admission of sexual impropriety."

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Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion ban in place

Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Texas on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to keep in place a law that bans abortions after an embryo's cardiac activity is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the high court to ignore the Justice Department's emergency request that they temporarily block the law while federal courts consider its constitutionality since it "lacks standing because it has not been injured by SB 8."

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Meme stonks lose their appeal to the world of crypto

Data: Cardify; Chart: Axios Visuals

That sucking sound you hear is the outflow of meme-chasing dollars from the stock market.

Why it matters: The caravan has moved on. The dream of getting rich quick still lives, but today it's more often found in the world of crypto, NFTs or even sports betting than it is in the stock market.

Latinas who brew seek to shake craft beer industry

A server at Mujeres Brew House in San Diego rings up a customer in front of a selection of craft beers. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Independent craft brewers are popping up in cities across the country, and a small but growing number of them are Latina-owned or run by a Latina head brewer.

The big picture: Latinas are opening up independent craft breweries from California to Colorado as Latina-owned small businesses continue to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy despite a lack of venture capital.

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