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  • SD29 (Fullerton/Diamond Bar): changed from Leans Republican to Likely Republican
  • SD39 (San Diego): changed from Likely Democrat to Safe Democrat
  • SD39 (San Diego): updated analysis (available to subscribers)
  • CD49 (Carlsbad): updated analysis (available to subscribers)


Good morning! Hillary Clinton is visiting the Golden State's ATM for a couple of days, as well as to make an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Today she's in Laguna Beach before flying up to raise money in the Northern California tech/VC world.

Democratic voter ranks surge in California heading into presidential election [Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - “The California Democratic Party added about 700,000 voters between January and July of this year, a 10 percent increase that is significantly higher than the rise in registered Democrats during previous presidential elections, according to new data from the California Secretary of State.”

I hope to have the new data uploaded to AroundTheCapitol today.

FARM TO STABLE? Debate over farmworker overtime pay continues at Capitol [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “A passionate debate over farmworker overtime pay will return to the California Assembly, where it faltered earlier this year, after the state Senate on Monday advanced a revived version of the proposal.”

THE NEUTRAL ZONE: “All-gender” bathroom bill heads to Jerry Brown [Anshu Siripurapu @ SacBee] - “The day after a federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s guidelines regarding bathroom access for transgender students, a bill requiring single-user bathrooms in California to be labeled “all-gender” cleared its final legislative hurdle and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.”

PENSION POLITICS: Appellate court issues major pension reform ruling [Daniel Borenstein @ EastBayTimes] - “In a potential game-changer for pension reform advocates, the state Court of Appeal has ruled that the Legislature can trim public employee retirement benefits for workers who are still on the job.”

PARK THE POLLS? The end of polling places as we know them? After June primary problems, a measure proposes more choices [John Myers @ LAT] - “Sweeping legislation at the state Capitol would make the future of California elections dependent on a major expansion of absentee ballots, one that would give local officials the power to close thousands of neighborhood polling places.”

PART-TIMER PROTECTION: Bill would grant job protections to community college instructors [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “Assembly Bill 1690, which passed the state Senate 23-14 on Monday and advances to the governor's desk, would require community college districts to negotiate contracts with representatives for part-time faculty that include seniority rights and other job protections.”

EPIPEN PRICES: Lawmakers demand information on EpiPen price increase [Mary Claire Jalonick @ AP] - Washington “Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. EpiPens are used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost less than $60 nine years ago. The cost is now closer to $400.”

Riverside County now home to more Democrats than Republicans [Jesse Marx @ DesertSun] - “Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Riverside County, according to data released by election officials this week. The new numbers represent an historic shift in the voter rolls that has been part of a statewide trend and was evident in Coachella Valley one year ago.”

CONGRESS CASEWORK: Outside of Capital Hill, Reps. focus on casework [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - “While casework doesn’t get as much attention as floor speeches, votes or campaigning, it represents a significant part of what members do and is a part of nearly every staff member’s workload. It’s a mainstay of their district offices. The work is varied, and success and failure can be quantified in different ways, from recovered federal benefits to changes in national policy.”

BORDER BLUNDER: Trump sticks to hard line on deporting 11 million immigrants [Michael Finnegan @ LAT]  - “Donald Trump declined Monday to back down from his vow to deport 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, despite a top advisor’s signal that he might take a more moderate approach.”


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Barry Broad, Google's Rebecca Prozan, and LA Councilmember Krekoria's Karo Torossian!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Susan Rubio is a councilmember from Baldwin Park, not Baldwin Hills.



Before we bet to classifieds, it's time for puppies!





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  • Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!: The Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL is recruiting for a research position (job title: Scientific Engineering Associate). The Electricity Markets and Policy Group conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector.  Our current research seeks to inform public and private decision-making on public-interest issues related to energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, electricity resource and transmission planning, and electricity reliability.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of California seeks an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate who is passionate about advancing many of the most important – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil rights and liberties in our State Capitol. Please see job description for details.
  • California Charter Schools Association: The Legal Secretary is responsible for a variety of tasks in support of CCSA’s legal team.  The ideal candidate will have litigation secretary experience. The Legal Secretary will report to the General Counsel/Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy, along with the three attorneys making up the team.  The Legal Secretary will work in the Sacramento office, but will be assigned to attorneys who work remotely acro
A Big Question Complicating The Climate Debate: Are Current Policies Only Benefiting The Rich?
Lawmakers continue to believe that their districts, especially poor ones, don't benefit from the state's climate change program as much as they should. And the rhetoric is increasingly strong.

Democratic Voter Ranks Surge In California Heading Into Presidential Election | The Sacramento Bee
The California Democratic Party added about 700,000 voters between January and July of this year, a 10 percent increase that is significantly higher than the rise in registered Democrats during previous presidential elections, according to new data from the California Secretary of State.

Next Chancellor To Fill Several Empty Permanent Campus Leadership Positions | The Daily Californian
The new UC Berkeley chancellor is intended to be approved of by the March 15-16 Board of Regents meeting in 2017, according to a letter from University of California President Janet Napolitano to the campus Academic Senate on Wednesday.

California Senate Passes Bill Barring Employers From Asking Job Candidates To Disclose Juvenile Crimes
Update on 'Essential Politics: Drug companies spend millions to oppose price cap on prescriptions, Assembly OKs new regulations for cha...

California Court Opens Door To Changing Public Employee Pensions | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

California Polling Places As We Know Them Would Be A Thing Of The Past If This Measure Becomes Law
State lawmakers are considering a sweeping plan to push Californians to vote by mail, in part, by allowing counties to eliminate polling places and establish a smaller number of "vote centers."

Bill Would Grant Job Protections To Community College Instructors | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Audio: Santa Monica Could Reach Highest Sales Tax Rate In The Country If Measures Approved | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: Sales tax measures on the ballot this November could push some cities in Southern California to have among the highest tax rates in the country. Aranami via Flickr

California Lawmakers In The Senate Have Passed A Bill By Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez To Expand Farmworker Overtime Pay
Update on 'Essential Politics: Drug companies spend millions to oppose price cap on prescriptions, Assembly OKs new regulations for cha...

Apple's Cook Hosting Clinton Silicon Valley Fundraiser - Mercury News
Cook's event, co-hosted by Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, will raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund, which allocates money to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Party operations in 38 states.

Taxpayers Group Opposes Measure C Hotel Tax Increase |
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Concord: New Labor Agreement For Nurses At John Muir -
Under the new contract, new grad nurses will also be considered full-fledged employees and unpaid internships eliminated, which the union said would help increase opportunities for new hires. It also preserves the so-called "major wage earner" benefit that provides healthcare coverage to a worker's spouse that management was seeking to eliminate.

Judge In Texas Temporarily Blocks Obama's Transgender Rules | The Sacramento Bee
A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

How A Broken, $1 Billion State Program Leaves Californians With Cavities -
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Hillary Clinton Health Rumors Part Of Trump Campaign Rhetoric About 'weaker Sex' - Mercury News
Jill Colvin, Associated Press @
Intent on undermining his Democratic rival, Trump and GOP backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender.

Clinton Proposes Standard Tax Deduction For Small Businesses | Reuters
Amanda Becker @
LOS ANGELES Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign released additional details on Tuesday about how she would support U.S. small businesses if elected, including establishing a standard tax deduction that has previously only been available to individuals.

Trump Campaign Manager Rips 'distorted' Immigration Reports - Politico
Plaintiffs including the state's Democratic Party had claimed the burden on voters outweighs any benefit to the state.

La Aims To ‘capture’ 5 Billion Gallons Of Water Each Year With New Project
Today's high

Former U.n. Amb. Bolton Says He'd Meet With Trump About Secretary Of State - Politico
In a previous interview, Trump said his campaign was "thinking about" having Bolton as secretary of state

Making Innovative Patient Care More Precise, Accessible Through The Precision Medicine Movement |
For example, new knowledge about health and disease accumulates in research labs at an accelerating rate. Genomics explores the effects of DNA variations. Proteomics examines the roles of proteins. The microbiome, the set of microscopic creatures living on and in us, is increasingly linked to well-being. And environmental influences affect all of these other factors, for good or ill.

Letter From America: Gary Johnson Sees This Election as the Libertariansâ
The presidential candidate is hoping to have an impact, if only by hastening the rise of the Libertarian Party as a national political force.