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Well, that was fun. I could have used a good night's sleep last night during my short trip to DC, but the fire alarm at the hotel went off at 2:24 this morning. So, my slumber was disrupted and I got to descend 9 flights of stairs. Then, I waited probably an hour for the all clear and the process of elevators getting everyone back to their pillows. I did get to meet the team from Above the Law, a site I regularly visit to remind myself why I don't practice.

Anyway, I should now be on a Southwest bird through Denver back to Sacramento.

I just went through security at Washington Dulles and sort of forgot just how much a Giants t-shirt would draw the dismay of TSA. Fortunately, it was just a lot of good nature ribbing.


  • Vote By Mail: 1,279,021
  • Provisionals: 362,818
  • Other/Damaged: 63,442
  • Total: 1,705,281
  • Counties which haven't submitted numbers: Amador, Imperial, Lassen, San Benito, Santa Clara, Tehama, and Tuolomne. Of these, only Santa Clara would be expected to have a large number.


  • CA07 (East Sacto): Ami Bera (D-inc) v. Doug Ose (R)
  • CA16 (Fresno): Jim Costa (D-inc) v. Johnny Tacherra (R)
  • CA26 (Ventura): Julia Brownley (D-inc) v. Jeff Gorell (R)
  • CA52 (San Diego): Carl DeMaio (R) v. Scott Peters (D-inc)
  • AD39 (San Fernando Valley): Raul Bocanegra (D-inc) v. Patty Lopez (D)
  • AD44 (Ventura): Jacqui Irwin (D) v. Rob McCoy (R)

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gilbert Martinez!





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  • Capitol Weekly, UC Center and Leadership California Institute present A Post-Mortem of the Election, Nov 6 in Sacramento. Over two dozen participants, including Jim Brulte and Ace Smith.  The day concludes with a Welcome Reception for New Legislators. Click here for info or call 916-444-7665.
  • Please join us for Capitol Network's fall luncheon featuring Diane Boyer-Vine, Legislative Counsel, on Thursday, November 6 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Ms. Boyer-Vine will be sharing information about the inner workings of the Office of Legislative Counsel, the legislature's official attorney. In addition, Ms. Boyer-Vine will offer insights about her professional career and how she got to her current position. Register HERE:



UC to consider raising tuition each year for five years
Nanette Asimov @
Fees would also rise for out-of-state students and for certain professional degrees: nursing, teacher education, journalism and public policy, depending on which campus the program is offered. “Tuition should be as low as possible and as predictable as possible,” UC President Janet Napolitano and regents Chairman Bruce Varner wrote in an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee Thursday. The undergraduate tuition and fee increase would bring in $100 million each year, said Nathan Brostrom, UC’s chief financial officer, who blamed inflation — including UC’s growing pension needs and rising salaries — for the need to raise the price. Nearly a third of the increase would go to financial aid for low-income students, he said, noting that only 30 percent of undergraduates pay any tuition at all. Despite UC’s argument that measured, yearly hikes would help students by offering predictability, some student leaders, employees and politicians argued that any tuition hikes are unfair and harmful to families. “I am opposed to the threatened fee increases and will vote against them at the November meeting of the Board of Regents,” Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins — also a regent — said in a statement. “It is really unfortunate that this is being brought up,” he said, noting that UC has rejected student leaders’ alternative proposals, such as differential tuition by program — used at the University of Michigan, for example — or the idea of deferring tuition until the graduate is working. “Before you talk about raising tuition or threatening the state if it does not give you more money, get your own fiscal house in order,” said Todd Stenhouse, spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME 3299, which represents UC’s lowest-paid workers.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Students Decry Proposed UC Tuition Hikes
A University of California proposal to increase tuition by as much as 5% in each of the next five years drew sharp opposition Thursday from Gov. Jerry Brown , top state legislative leaders and student activists, ending three years of relative peace over the cost of public higher education in the state.

S.F. affordable housing advocates dig in for next battle
J.K. Dineen @
The real estate industry may have won round one of the anti-speculation battle, but affordable housing advocates are vowing to go back to the ballot with a new measure next year. On Tuesday, San Francisco voters shot down Proposition G, an initiative that would have imposed a hefty transfer tax on multi-unit investment properties sold within five years of their purchase. Quintin Mecke, campaign manager of the Yes on G campaign, said the proposition was successful in “putting the spotlight on the city’s serious housing crisis, and we will press on with the fight to stop speculation and displacement.” The anti-speculation ballot measure would have imposed a real estate transfer tax on any short-term flip — defined as a property between two and 30 units that is bought and sold within less than five years. Proponents of the tax hoped it would keep speculators from flipping apartment buildings, especially rent-controlled units that are part of the shrinking affordable housing supply in San Francisco. “We picked two units because there were two-unit buildings being Ellis Acted,” Mecke said, referring to the law that allows landlords to remove rental properties, often rent controlled, from the market.

Supreme Court To Again Decide Fate Of Obama's Healthcare Law
The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama 's healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

Chiu wins Assembly race after Campos concedes
Marisa Lagos @
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is going to Sacramento, after Supervisor David Campos, his opponent in a hard-fought Assembly race, conceded Thursday night. The race, which has overshadowed politics at City Hall for nearly a year and pitted two liberal Democrats against each other, was too close to call on election night. Let’s sharpen and articulate our vision for a just San Francisco, build with both our traditional allies and those who also question the direction this city is going and get back to the hard work.

Tim Donnelly: CaGOP Now ‘moderate Wing Of The Democrat Party’ - Politics Blog
Donnelly argues that party leaders got what they wanted in the primary, then came up short, again, in November.

Sen.-elect Hertzberg To Moonlight With Law Firm
State Sen.-elect Bob Hertzberg has accepted a second job as a government affairs attorney for the law firm Glaser Weil, but says he will not advise clients on issues that may come before state agencies or the Legislature.

This Rhode Island Governor Candidate Won 22 Percent Of The Vote. He Only Spent $35.
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Long Vote-by-mail Tallies Change The Art And Science Of Conceding
Josh Richman @
So when do you utter the political lexicon's two most difficult words? -- "I concede."

Bob Hertzberg, Elected To State Senate, Also Takes Job At Law Firm
Democrat Bob Hertzberg, who was elected to the state Senate this week, also has accepted a job as a government affairs attorney with the law firm Glaser Weil.

Campaign 2014: Final Thoughts :: Fox&hounds
However, two Latino Republicans running in same party runoffs, Rudy Mendoza, the early favorite to succeed termed out Asm. Connie Conway, and Bonnie Garcia, who ran for an open Riverside County state Senate seat, was both defeated by their white male opponents, leaving Rocky Chavez as the sole Republican Latino in the state legislature.

For first time, a federal appeals court upholds ban on gay marriage
A federal appeals court in Ohio on Thursday upheld state bans on gay marriage in the Midwest, setting the stage for the Supreme Court to finally rule on the constitutionality of same-sex unions.

UC Faces Opposition From Brown Over Tuition Increases | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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Campaign Begins To Preserve Ban On Plastic Grocery Bags
A group of politicians, environmentalists and businesses announced Thursday it is launching a campaign to fight efforts to repeal a ban on single-use plastic bags from stores that is scheduled to take effect July 1.

Turf battle continues after vote; sit-in by angry soccer parent
Greta Kaul and Michael Cabanatuan @
Turf battle continues after vote; sit-in by angry soccer parent A former soccer parent set up a camp chair before sunrise Thursday, staging a sit-in to try to stop or slow construction of the Beach Chalet athletic fields in Golden Gate Park. Crews started construction on the planned renovations, which include replacing grass fields with artificial turf and adding nighttime lights, on Wednesday — less than a day after San Francisco voters gave the go-ahead as the polls closed Tuesday night, but with more than 50,000 ballots still uncounted. The latest election results available showed Proposition H, which would prohibit the renovations, falling behind its opponent, Proposition I, which would allow them. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has held permits to begin construction for six months, but waited until election results looked promising to begin, department spokeswoman Sarah Ballard said. [...] a look at the map ( of the on-street spaces being reserved for car-sharing over the next few months, as well as those planned in the future, shows they are indeed distributed broadly, including in neighborhoods that have never housed car-sharing vehicles before.

Peters Has Slight Lead Over Demaio In Thursday's 52nd District Vote Total | Kpbs
Claire Trageser @
Democratic Congressman Scott Peters grabbed the lead over Republican Carl DeMaio in new vote totals just posted online by the San Diego County registrar of voters. The candidates are fighting for San Diego's 52nd Congressional District seat, but their race is still too close to call.

Lawsuit Calls For Quicker Executions In California
Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court asking a judge to order state corrections officials to adopt procedures for a single-drug, barbiturate-only method of execution.

UC Goes On Offensive To Sell Tuition Increase As Opposition Builds
University of California administrators went on an offensive Thursday to sell their proposal to raise tuition by as much as 5% in each of the next five years but faced opposition from Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and student activists.

Opinion: Low-voting Election Sets New Pattern | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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Supreme Court Accepts New Challenge to Health Law
The case concerns tax subsidies that are central to the operation of the law, which survived an earlier Supreme Court challenge two years ago.

Pot Proponents Look To California After Victories - Yahoo News
They are aiming to ask voters in the nation's largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping to draw on a more liberal and larger electorate during a presidential election to help them avoid a repeat of their 2010 failed pot measure.

Questions Post Election :: Fox&hounds
Votes are still being counted in the California election but the results so far raise some thoughts and questions.