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THE LONGEST DAY: Politico has an amazing chronicle of the day around the President and the activities about Air Force one, through interviews with prominent people. It's a long read, but you won't regret it. 



US SENATE: Issa endorsements of Sanchez, Trump bring political jiu jitsu to House race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]:

In the department of strange bedfellows, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, has endorsed both GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, the Democratic congresswoman from Orange.

Issa finds himself in an unexpectedly competitive race against San Clemente Democrat Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel, in a district that straddles the border of San Diego and Orange counties. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been trying to help Applegate with a steady stream of press releases pointing out Issa’s support of Trump.

CA24 (Santa Barbara): How a congressional race in Santa Barbara became one of the most expensive in the country [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - “It is an especially tough task in California’s 24th Congressional District due to the sheer magnitude of the spending: Only five Congressional races in the country so far this election cycle have seen more money from outside groups, according to rankings by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics that tracks spending in federal races.” 

MONEY MATTERS: Political Paradox? Prop. 59 asks Californians to condemn a big-money system long used here [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “The issue is getting extra attention in California because of Proposition 59, which asks if voters want the state’s elected officials to take steps to try to reverse Citizens United and related cases. It’s an attempt to rein in the influence of lucrative super-PACS on elections. Undoing Citizens United would require either amending the U.S. Constitution or a lawsuit that causes the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse itself. As an advisory measure, Prop. 59 is essentially an opinion poll that lacks authority to directly change the law.”




IN THE RED: California’s unfunded pension debts may be larger than acknowledged [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “The “unfunded liabilities” of state and local pension funds are California’s biggest unresolved political issue – at least in financial terms.” 

Despite dire OB-GYN shortage, lawmakers won’t expand role of nurse-midwives [Minerva Canto @ CALmatters] - “Certified nurse-midwives, who help ease the load, have been arguing that they could do more. But they are restrained by the fact that California is one of just six states requiring them to work only under a physician’s supervision. A bill that would have expanded their reach by permitting nurse-midwives to work independently almost cleared the Legislature, but failed in the waning hours of the legislative session, after fierce last-minute opposition from the doctors’ lobby.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to AD61 candidate Hector Diaz, Fairvote California's Jenn Pae, and pollster Ben Tulchin! Belated greetings to Beverly Hills Weekly's Josh Gross, who blew out his candles yesterday.




  • The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy presents “Executive Training on Negotiating Legislation & Policy: Skills & Strategy for Success on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to Noon, at McGeorge (3200 Fifth Ave, Sacramento). Instructors: McGeorge Professor Jeffry Proske, and Fredericka McGee, '91, VP of California Government Affairs & Operations, American Beverage Association. Intended audience includes lawyers, and non-lawyers with responsibilities in legislation & policy. Participants will learn negotiation skills through an interactive presentation with simulated real-world exercises. MCLE. Breakfast Buffet at 8:30 a.m.. Cost: $50-General; $25-Gov’t/Alumni. Students and prospective students are free. Register at

  • The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m.(State Capitol Room 2040):  The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m. (State Capitol Room 2040):

  • Emerge California is seeking a new Executive Director.  Are you a fierce advocate for growing the ranks of Democratic women in elected and appointed office? Are you dedicated to changing the face of politics by making our representation look as diverse as California?
    Consider applying today! Find the full job description here and send your resume and cover letter to the Search Committee at Join the Emerge team, and help advance our mission of identifying, training and encouraging women to run for local public office, get elected and seek higher office!
  • STATE TREASURER JOHN CHIANG discusses his career and run for Governor in this exclusive interview:
  • Research Associate position with EdInsights, through University Enterprises, Inc. on the Sac State Campus
    The Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is an entirely self-supporting unit of the California State University, Sacramento. EdInsights works to inform and improve policymaking and practice for K-12 education, community colleges, and public universities. The Research Associate position is responsible for conducting evaluation research in support of the California Community Colleges Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) evaluation. This will involve qualitative and quantitative data and will require fieldwork, interviews, policy analysis, case studies, advanced statistical analysis of large and small data sets, and other analytical approaches. Apply by 9/2/2016 to be considered.

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS STARTS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to helping you succeed. Sept. 22-23, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy; Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Relations. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff; organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists; newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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 across California. Salary: DOE.

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Thousands Rally Against Gay Marriage In Tijuana: 'we Have The Right To Defend Our Values'
Thousands rally against gay marriage in Tijuana

Clinton Scare Shakes Up The Race - Politico
Physical weakness caught on camera turns health conspiracy into a legitimate campaign concern.

Atwater Village Pay-what-you-want Sandwich Program Aims To Cut Food Waste | 89.3 Kpcc
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Dune, a Mediterranean restaurant in Atwater Village, is using its day-old ciabatta bread to make sandwiches, which customers can take for free or make a donation of their choice. Dune

Report Probes Saudi Links Of San Diego's 9/11 Hijackers |
Linda Lester, center, fights back tears during a speech by 911 survivor Stanley Smagala Saturday during the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb with some 1,300 participants at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. — Bill Wechter

Hillary Clinton's health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign

Clinton's episode at a 9/11 memorial service makes a conversation about her health unavoidable.

Buyers Squeezed As Sacramento-area Homes Prices Surge | The Sacramento Bee
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By Richard Chang

Prop. 58 Would Help English Learners Retain Native Language - San Francisco Chronicle
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Antelope Valley Residents Air Grievances About How L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Treat Minorities
Community groups talk about their experiences with law enforcement at a forum in the Antelope Valley, where the Department of Justice found evidence of racial profiling by sheriff's deputies.

SF swimmer calls off solo swim from Sacramento to Tiburon
SF swimmer calls off solo swim from Sacramento to Tiburon Facing stiff headwinds after nearly 24 hours in the water, long-distance swimmer Kim Chambers on Saturday called off her attempt at a record 93-mile solo swim down the from Sacramento to Tiburon. “30 knot winds for 8 hours made my swim unsafe to continue,” Chambers, a native of New Zealand who now lives in San Francisco, wrote Saturday afternoon on Twitter.

9/11: The Day The World Changed - San Francisco Chronicle
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9/11 Changed Everything, Right? Depends On Whom You Ask - The Orange County Register
There is an easy answer, the one we knew in our hearts the instant we saw the planes and the buildings and the death. If somebody asks what changed after 9/11, the word we’re supposed to use is this: Everything.

First Two West Nile Virus Deaths Reported This Year In Los Angeles County
The deaths of two San Fernando Valley men were confirmed as the first two West Nile virus deaths in Los Angeles County this ye

The 9/11 attacks made the victims' families and neighbors more politically active â

More likely to vote, donate to candidates and be Republican.

Senate Democrats urge Clinton to step up
As the presidential contender narrows her focus to battlegrounds she needs to win, Reid and Schumer urge her to not forget their push for Senate control.

Kaine predicts Catholic church will change its teaching on gay marriage

Kaine, a Catholic, acknowledged his support for same-sex marriage is at odds with the teachings of his church, but said he believe the church will change.

One Hanjin Ship Begins Unloading In Long Beach, While Others Are Still Anchored Offshore
After days of delay, one of three Hanjin ships idled off the Southern California coast was allowed to dock and begin unloading cargo Saturday.

Clinton And Trump Polar Opposites On Global Warming And Energy - San Francisco Chronicle
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The Clinton campaign's bad damage control just made the health story even worse

The bigger issue is the secretive manner in which Clinton's campaign handled the overheating incident.

Audio: In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A mountain yellow-legged frog returns to the wild in the Desolation Wilderness, south of Lake Tahoe in California. Josh Cassidy/KQED