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Happy Election Day!

The most oft-stated thing today will be "The only poll that counts is the polls on Election Day."

What a primary cycle this has been, and there are lots of races that are very much up in the air tonight, both because of exceptionally low turnout and the dynamics of the top-two primary. The races that I find most particularly suspenseful as the polls open are CONCA31CA33, SD26, SD28AD16, and AD44.

I will also be watching SD34 and AD65 carefully, not for the outcomes that have essentially already been determined, but rather the behavior of Asian voters. Asian voters were strongly Democratic in 2012, and will decide whether the Democrats hold these two seats. And, Republicans have a Vietnamese candidate (Janet Nguyen) in SD34, and a Korean candidate in AD65 (Young Kim). Do Asian voters cross over ethnic groups, stay party loyal, or a mix? We probably won't know much after tonight and will need to do precinct analysis over the summer to understand that voting behavior.

It'll be a long day for me, as I'm flying out of Sacramento to the ONT, driving to Barstow in the mighty AD33 (home to the campaign of this and this). Then I'll be heading south to Blythe in the hot--politically and electorally--CA36. While tonight won't be too suspensful with Raul Ruiz (D) and Brian Nestande (R) proceeding to November, Republicans are counting on this pick-up in the Coachella Valley east to enhance their majority going into the 114th Congress.

LIVE ELECTION NIGHT BLOG: The election night live blog will be at Guests include Jennifer Fearing, Jon Fleischman, Jennifer Kerns, Steve Maviglio, Mike Madrid, Paul Mitchell, and others, and of course your questions and comments will drive the conversation. Expect things to get underway as the polls close at 8pm, although we won't start seeing results for a little while. 

LIVE ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS: Results will be posted live to the individual district pages, as well on the all-in one page Anticipate the first update from the Secretary of State close to 8:30 p.m. Remember that the first results will be absentee ballots received leading up to Election Day.

$$$: Perhaps just to tweak Republicans, the California Democratic Party gave Jerry Brown $550,000 yesterday. Why? Because they can.

The guv picked up another $242,000 on the eve of Election Day.


AD16 (Tri-Valley): Here are the amazing IE numbers in the costliest "Democratic primary" through Monday. Will the fight continue to November? Unlikely. 


Independent Expenditure Totals in AD16



Paul Mitchell writes a final Election Day update and plays with some more fun graphics.


Returned Ballots as of June 1, 2014
Percent of ballots returned 11.5% 15.9% 8.7% 12.0%
Share of votes cast 41.6% 38.0% 20.4% 100%
Source: Political Data Inc.





  • California Craft Brewers Association seeks candidates for Events Coordinator position. The Events Coordinator will be responsible for the creation, planning and follow through of all CCBA meetings and events. Candidate must also have extensive knowledge of traditional and social media channels to administer social media, and email marketing related to events. Business Administration, Event Coordination and Media experience required. This is a full-time, in-office position located in Sacramento, CA. Please contact Scott Marks for a full description of this position.

  • SPECIAL BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE OFFER FROM CAPITOL SEMINARS. Register for "Lobbying 101" seminar at $250 and attend "Lobbying 201" free. June 5-6 only. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov takes you through the legislative process and the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Offer limited to first 10 registrants. Call 916-442-5009 or click and enter BOGO SPECIAL in "Comments" field.
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Region. Direct ACS CAN government relations program in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties. Based in Los Angeles. Manage relationships with local, state & federal elected officials. Build coalitions. Serve as spokesperson. Some fundraising. 5-7 years policy & political experience. Spanish speaker preferred. Min. Salary: $77K. Info & application online:, Job ID: 17114.
  • Attorney or near-attorney interested in lobbying, developing public policies to protect the First Amendment, the public’s right to know and a fair and equitable California business environment.  More fun than a truck o’ monkeys.  Benefits.  EOE. Cover letter and Resume to
  • Executive Director - The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is in its 28 year serving the community located in the heart of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood. As the chief executive officer, the ED leads the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and fulfillment of its mission.  Center’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
  • The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is pleased to invite policy makers, staff, and members of the Capitol Community to a free screening of the Ivory Tower on June 16 at 6:00 PM at the beautiful Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. This groundbreaking documentary focuses on the issues surrounding higher education affordability in light of rapidly rising tuition and national student debt, which has now surpassed $1.2 trillion. The screening will be followed by an informative discussion with director Andrew Rossi and leading higher education advocates. RSVP @ Please contact Sergio Rosas, 626.396.7071, or Reid Milburn at,, 916.969.6171, for more information.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Capitol Network is hosting its 26th annual charitable golf tournament and wine and olive oil tasting Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. For more information visit
  • California Medical Association seeks experienced Executive Assistant/Scheduler to support the Chief Operating Officer. Strong organizational, communication and technical skills required. Competitive salary/full benefits. More info here:
  • Zan Media (415-897-8393) provides one stop shopping for campaigns, issues, measures. Media pros with 34 year track record - TV/radio ads, PSA’s and persuasive web videos, video news releases.
    "Working with Zan Media always helps me get the message across. Chris and Don Scioli have fun, creative concepts that they make even better when translated to video. Zan Media’s work really works for me!”"
  • 7th Annual Assembly Veteran of the Year Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th (Sacramento Convention Center). Corporate & individual sponsorships are available. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Pérez, Quirk-Silva & Chávez. All Assemblymembers select a veteran to honor from their district. For more information contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550,



Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $112 05/30/2014 06/02/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Alicia Munoz (Support) $266 05/31/2014 06/02/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Doug Perkins (Support) $1,500 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $7,500 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Steve Glazer (Support) $652 05/21/2014 06/02/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Steve Glazer (Support) $63,000 05/27/2014 06/02/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Marshall Tuck (Support) $15,000 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Chiu For Assembly 2014, San Franciscans For Effective Government To Support David David Chiu (Support) $3,045 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $4,436 05/29/2014 06/02/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Mario De La Piedra (Support) $9,000 05/30/2014 06/02/2014
Miller For State Senate 2014, Coachella Valley Businesses For Glenn Glenn Miller (Support) $21,422 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee Rick Jennings (Support) $808 05/28/2014 06/02/2014
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee Rick Jennings (Support) $677 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong John A. Perez (Support) $41,925 05/09/2014 06/02/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $20,636 05/16/2014 06/02/2014
Solorio; Honor At Home, A Ballot Measure Committee Chaired By Community College Trustee Jose Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of (Support) $1,875 05/31/2014 06/02/2014
Solorio; Honor At Home, A Ballot Measure Committee Chaired By Community College Trustee Jose Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of (Support) $2,082 06/02/2014 06/02/2014


Tight district races outshine ho-hum state contests
John Wildermuth @
Bay Area voters may be more interested in the bottom of Tuesday's primary election ballot than the top, as hotly fought races for local congressional and legislative seats look to outshine a number of ho-hum statewide contests.

Tim Donnelly On Governor's Race: 'This Whole Thing Is Up For Grabs'
Melanie Mason @
Donnelly appeared at the Capitol on Monday to call for an audit examining accessibility issues for disabled people using state websites. But with election day fast approaching, talk quickly turned to the prospects for Donnelly's gubernatorial bid.

Feinstein Asks Va To Review Wait Times At California Facilities
Curtis Tate @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Monday asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to review wait times at VA facilities in California amid a veterans health care scandal that led to the resignation last week of the agency's chief.

Pro-Kashkari Robocall By Romney Hits GOP Households On Eve Of Election
Seema Mehta @
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, recorded a message supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari that was “robo”-dialed Monday to hundreds of thousands of Republicans who had not yet voted on the eve of the primary election.

California lawmakers: State-employee transfer scam a ‘serious issue,’ deserves legislative action
Jon Ortiz @
Senate budget leaders from both sides of the political aisle said Monday they’re concerned with The Sacramento Bee’s report that departments have illegally transferred state workers to keep vacant positions on the books – and to hang on to the tens of millions of dollars budgeted for the unfilled jobs each year.

Sacramento County Businesses Erroneously Charging City Of Sacramento Taxes
Bob Moffitt @
If you've made a major purchase or registered a vehicle within the past 14 months, you should probably check your receipt.  The City of Sacramento has collected $33 million in Measure U transaction-and-use taxes from the State Board of Equalization since April of last year.

Election 2014: Kashkari's $1 Million Leads State's Self-funded Candidates | Represent! | 89.3 Kpcc
Sharon McNary @
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.

San Jose Dispensaries Offer Free Marijuana To Card-Carrying Voters
Veronica Rocha @
Cannabis clubs in San Jose are offering free pot and discounts to patients who go to the polls Tuesday and vote in several contested races.

California Veterans Bond Gets Some Help
Jim Miller @
There's no organized opposition to Prop. 41, the measure on Tuesday's ballot that would authorize $600 million in bonds to build apartments and other multifamily housing for low-income and homeless veterans.

Marchers Against 'big Money' Politics Reach Tulare On Way To Sacramento | Local News |
Lewis Griswold @
Learn about the candidates in the June 3 primary and where they stand on issues.

Primaries in 8 states for Senate, House, governor
Voters go to the polls in primary elections in eight states Tuesday, with nominations for the Senate on the ballot in Alabama, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Mississippi in a year in which Republicans need to gain six seats to win a majority.

Alameda County jail's pregnancy test policy focus of suit
The suit, filed in Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three women, contends the compulsory tests violate privacy rights under the state and U.S. constitutions, and a California law that allows inmates to refuse nonemergency medical care. The legal filing included a December 2010 letter from Sheriff Greg Ahern to an ACLU lawyer, saying all women brought to the Glenn Dyer jail are tested "so that we can provide the essential medical necessities needed by pregnant women in our care and custody." The proper approach, the ACLU said, is to offer voluntary pregnancy tests as part of an inmate's health care, a policy followed by some California counties, including San Francisco. Another plaintiff, Susan Harman, a veteran political activist, was arrested at a July 2010 protest over the manslaughter verdict for a BART police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant.

California state workers: Have you been transferred and didn’t know it?
Jon Ortiz @
Our weekend story in fiber/cyber editions of the Sacramento Bee explain how state government officials hold on to vacant job positions – and the budgeted money tied to them – by moving employees in and out of vacancies. State law requires positions be abolished if unfilled for six months, and moving employees to circumvent that statute is illegal.

Muni sickout continues for 2nd day
A memo e-mailed to employees and posted in yards warned workers who had called in sick that they will need doctors' notes to get paid. "Operators claiming to be sick today, or in connection with any future 'sickout,' will be required to submit adequate verification from their health care provider in order to be eligible to receive paid sick leave," said a memo from Alicia John-Baptiste, the Municipal Transportation Agency's chief of staff. Officials with Local 250-A did not take a position on the tentative agreement, which was reached with the assistance of a mediator, but called the MTA's offer unfair and unreasonable. Under a law approved by voters in 2010, if the union rejects the contract, the two sides go before an arbitrator who cannot rule against Muni management's proposals unless the union proves its interests outweigh "the public interest in efficient and reliable transit."

Prop. 41, California's Veterans Housing Measure, Is Not Free
Often, things aren't quite what they seem on the ballot. Sometimes there's a bait and switch.

Election preview video: Races to watch in Sacramento, California
Bee political editor Amy Chance previews races to watch in the June 2014 primary election in California.

Judge Grants Class Action Status To Inmates' Solitary Confinement Case
A federal judge in Oakland has granted inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison class action status in their claims of unconstitutional treatment.

Judging Judges On Election Day :: Fox&hounds
Judicial candidates can advertise of course. Judge campaign posters can be seen around the county. Judges are on mailers and one candidate paid for a biography in the Sample Ballot booklet.

Learning a second language at any age may slow the brain's decline
Bilingual education in schools has long been a political hot potato -- it was banned in California by a 1998 ballot measure, which the state Senate is now asking voters to repeal. But politics aside, there's an increasing amount of scientific support for the benefits of knowing (at least) two...

‘Save or spend’ is the main issue in budget negotiations
Dan Walters @
As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators write the final version of the state budget, the biggest issue is whether to spend the extra cash or save it.

Donald Sterling Accused Of Racist, Sexist Remarks In New Lawsuit
A woman who said she worked for Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner fired her after she refused to have sex with him and repeatedly made racist and sexist remarks in her presence.

Oakland mayoral hopeful Joe Tuman touts specific police plan
Another candidate, Dan Siegel, an Oakland attorney and onetime adviser to Quan, has said the Oakland Police Department can provide adequate police services with around 700 officers. Among the wide field of candidates, only Joe Tuman has come up with a detailed plan designed to hire and maintain a police force of 900 officers. Tuman has determined that the Police Department's attrition rate of around 60 officers a year and two police academies, which produce about 70 police officers a year, yields an annual net gain of 10 officers a year. In addition to hiring more officers, Tuman said his plan addresses the underlying causes of crime and calls for workable police policies and strategies, special crime initiatives and leadership from the top down. Tuman said that instead of going to taxpayers and asking for more money, it's an elected leader's responsibility to first determine where costs can be trimmed and government expenditures can be reined in.