US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez to take "several months" to decide on whether to run for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is picking up a significant endorsement daily and raising dough. [Loretta Sanchez sets timeline for U.S. Senate decision [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]
While the drop in oil prices has been great at the pump (of course, just as I get an electric vehicle), it's putting pressure on Kern County and we'll see that hit the state budget as school property taxes drop and the requirement for additional general fund dollars under Proposition 98.
Coincidentally, as John Hrabe pointed out in an email, this is the first election to be affected by a new law that took effect January 1. That law allows vote by mail ballots to be counted if postmarked by election day and received within three days after the election. Previously, ballots had to be received by election day. Typically, those late ballots would lean heavily Democratic. The author of that new law, none other than Lou Correa.