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THE Nooner for November 3, 2016

 

 

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ELECTION COVERAGE: I'll be providing updates on Twitter @scottlay hashtag #thenooner, and perhaps an email or two--depending on how late the evening goes. For paid subscribers, I will host a webinar on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30pm. Access information to follow.

Yeah, you want politics, but we have to start with what is most important in life:

NOM NOM: Good news for lovers of California’s Dungeness crab [Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - “This year, the recreational crabbing season will open as scheduled on Saturday. The commercial season is scheduled to open Nov. 15. Fresh crab should appear at local grocers soon after.”

MY FB post: 

"For those who weren't following the story last year, fundraisers for many organizations had to break with the crab feed tradition around the holidays. Big among the Japanese-American churches (although not in Sacramento :-( ). Anyway, it was a bad year for nonprofits, and glad things are back to normal. We need to reduce this fertilizer nitrogen-rich runoff pollution that creates these toxic algae blooms in our oceans. #GoOrganic #ShopLocal"

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VOTE-BY-MAIL REPORT (through 11/2/2016) from Political Data Inc.

  • Total VBMs: 11,039,088
  • Total VBMs returned: 3,754,690
  • Percent returned: 32.1%
  • Dems share of VR/VBM share of requested/VBM share of returned: 45%/45%/46%
  • Reps: 26%/27%/32%
  • Other: 29%/28%/22%
  • Latino: 24%/22%/15%
  • Asian: 9%/10%/10%
  • 18-35: 28%/27%/12%
  • 35-54: 34%/31%/25%
  • 55+: 39%/42%/62%

NIGHT OWLS: When will this election actually end? No, really, what time might it be over Tuesday [Brian Murphy @ McClatchy] - “With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton possessing high unfavorability ratings, many Americans are ready for this election to be over. And it will be on Tuesday. Or, at least, the voting will be done Nov. 8. But what about the vote-counting? Well, it depends.”

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Why vote for both death penalty propositions? Because anything would be better than the system we have now [George Skelton @ LAT] - “The absolute worst thing would be if neither proposal passed. Then California would remain stuck with a dysfunctional capital punishment system that gobbles tons of tax dollars while coddling the worst murderers.”

PROP 51: School bonds are popular, but polls show the big one on the ballot is struggling [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “. . . Proposition 51, the $9-billion school bond measure on next week’s ballot, is struggling, according to PPIC polls from the last two months. In both polls, Proposition 51 stood below majority support, and such numbers put the measure at risk of a rare failure, said Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s president and CEO.”

PROP 61: Bernie Sanders will hold Yes on 61 (prescription drugs) rallies on Monday in Los Angeles and at the State Capitol. The capitol rally is on the West Steps (Tower Bridge side) at 1:30pm. The LA-LA Land rally is at 10am in Pershing Square.

PROP 63: California voters support gun control initiative, Proposition 63, poll says [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “California voters continue to show strong support for Proposition 63, a gun control initiative on next week’s statewide ballot, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The initiative is supported by 58% of likely voters, while 35% are opposed.”

PROP 64: Younger voters overwhelmingly favor marijuana measure, which is likely to pass, poll finds [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “A new statewide poll shows 58% of likely voters support Proposition 64 and 37% oppose it. The number who said they don’t know how they will vote dropped from 8% last month to 4% in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week.”

NO PIX: Ballot selfie ban stands in California after judge rejects ACLU lawsuit [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “Put those cameras away, because “ballot selfies” won’t be legal in California for another two months after all. A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday rejected a last-minute legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of California to allow social media users to post photos of their votes this election.

THE AG LIST: Here's the current list based on conversations with many insiders:

  • Rocky Delgadillo, former LA City Attorney
  • Katherine Feinstein, retired judge and daughter of Dianne Feinstein
  • Mike Feuer, LA City Attorney
  • Dario Frommer, former assemblymember and my fellow UCD law grad, who I later followed in his footsteps as president of the LSA
  • Leticia Perez, Kern County Supervisor and member, California Board of State and Community Corrections
  • Mike Gatto, Assemblymember (termed out)
  • Clark Kelso, professor of law at McGeorge and a Republican nominee appointed to insurance commish in 2000 when the vacancy arose after Chuck Quackenbush was compelled to resign and moved to serve as the state's chief information officer under both Davis and Schwarenegger. Easy confirmation. 
  • Nancy McFadden, executive secretary to Jerry Brown, and a key part of his inner circle
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County DA
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District of California

 

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Here are the newspaper endorsements in competitive races:

  • CA07 (East Sacto County): Sacramento Bee: Ami Bera (incumbent D over R)
  • CA10 (Modesto): Modesto Bee: Michael Eggman (D over incumbent R)
  • CA17 (Milpitas-San Joss): East Bay Times: Ro Khanna (D over incumbent D)
  • CA17 (Milpitas-San Joss): San Francisco: Ro Khanna (D over incumbent D)
  • CA17 (Milpitas-San Jose): San Jose Mercury News: Ro Khanna (D over incumbent D)
  • CA24 (Santa Barbara): San Luis Obispo Tribune: Salud Carbajal (D over R)
  • CA24 (Santa Barbara): Santa Barbara News Press: Justin Fareed (R over D)
  • CA24 (Santa Barbara): Ventura County Star: Salud Carbajal (D over R)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita): LA Daily News: Steve Knight  (R incumbent over D)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita): San Bernardino Sun: Steve Knight (R incumbent over D)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita): Santa Clarita Signal: Steve Knight (R incumbent over D)
  • CA31 (San Bernardino): LA Daily News: Pete Aguilar (D incumbent over R)
  • CA31 (San Bernardino): San Bernardino Sun: Pete Aguilar (D incumbent over R)
  • CA36 (Coachella): Deserytt Sun: Raul Ruiz (incumbent D over R)
  • CA44 (Carson): Los Angeles Times: Nanette Barragan (D over D)
  • CA44 (Carson): Daily Breeze: Nanette Barragan (D over D)
  • CA46 (Santa Ana): Orange County Register: Lou Correa (D over D)
  • CA49 (Carlsbad): Orange County Register: Darrell Issa (R incumbent over D)
  • CA49 (Carlsbad): San Diego U-T: Darrel Issa (R incumbent over D)
  • CA52 (San Diego): San Diego U-T: Scott Peters (D incumbent over R)
  • SD03 (Yolo-Solano-Napa): Daily Democrat: Bill Dodd (D over D)
  • SD03 (Yolo-Solano-Napa): East Bay Times: Bill Dodd (D over D)
  • SD03 (Yolo-Solano-Napa): Sacramento Bee: Bill Dodd (D over D)
  • SD03 (Yolo-Solano-Napa): Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Bill Dodd (D over D)
  • SD09 (East Bay): East Bay Times: Nancy Skinner (D over D)
  • SD09 (East Bay): San Francisco Chronicle: Nancy Skinner (D) (pver D)
  • SD11 (San Francisco): San Francisco Chronicle: Scott Wiener (D over D)
  • SD21 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Vly): Antelope Valley Press: Scott Wilk (R over D)
  • SD25 (Pasadena): LA Daily News: Michael Antonovich (R over D)
  • SD27 (Ventura): Malibu Times: Henry Stern (D over R)
  • SD27 (Ventura): Santa Clarita Valley Signal: Henry Stern (D over R)
  • SD27 (Ventura): Ventura County Star: Henry Stern (D over R)
  • SD27 (Ventura): Ventura County Reporter: Henry Stern (D over R)
  • SD27 (Ventura): LA Daily News: Steve Fazio (R over D)
  • SD27 (Ventura): San Bernardino Sun: Steve Fazio (R over D)
  • SD29 (Fullerton-Diamond Bar): San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Ling Ling Chang (R over D)
  • SD35 (South Bay): Daily Breeze: Steven Bradford (D over D)
  • AD14 (Concord): East Bay Times: Mae Torlakson (D over (D)
  • AD14 (Concord): San Francisco Chronicle: Tim Grayson (D over D)
  • AD24 (Palo Alto/Mountain View): San Jose Mercury News: Marc Berman (D over D)
  • AD24 (Palo Alto/Mountain View): San Jose Mercury News: Marc Berman (D over D)
  • AD27 (San Jose): San Jose Mercury News: Madison Nguyen (D over D)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): East Bay Times: Catharine Baker (R incumbent over D)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): San Francisco Chronicle: Catharine Baker (R incumbent over D)
  • AD31 (Fresno): Fresno Bee: Joaquin Arambula (D over D)
  • AD39 (East San Fernando): San Bernardino Sun: Patty Lopez (incumbent D over D)
  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo): San Luis Obispo Tribune: Dawn Ortiz-Legg (D over R)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): Ventura County Star: Christy Smith (D over R)
  • AD40 (Redlands): Riverside Press-Enterprise: Marc Steinorth (incumbent R over D)
  • AD43 (Glendale): LA Daily News: Laura Friedman (D over D)
  • AD46 (Sherman Oaks): LA Daily News: Angela Rupert (D over incumbent D)
  • AD47 (Rialto): Riverside Press Enterprise: Cheryl Brown (incumbent D over D)
  • AD47 (Rialto): San Bernardino Sun: Cheryl Brown (incumbent D over D)
  • AD60 (Corona): Riverside Press Enterprise: Eric Linder (incumbent R over D)
  • AD65 (Fullerton): Orange County Register: Young Kim (incumbent R over D)
  • AD66 (Torrance): Daily Breeze: David Hadley (incumbent R over D)

Trump supporters plan to watch California polling places [Jeff Horseman @ SacBee] - “When you head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, don’t be surprised if someone’s watching. Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have announced plans to observe Election Day voting throughout California – not exactly a battleground state in the race for the White House."

I don’t like this from either party. It’s not a presidential play, but rather down-ballot. I hope CRP chair Jim Brulte (who I greatly respect) comes out against this. California has very clean elections, and parties need to state that. I have full trust in county elections officials and the Secretary of State.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Michael Herrera!

 

CLASSIFIEDS 

  • Coming, November 10 in Sacramento: A Post-Mortem of the Election. Join former Governor Gray Davis, LAT columnist George Skelton, Asm. Matthew Harper and nearly two dozen other speakers for a day-long conference examining the results of the November 8 election. Hosted by Capitol Weekly, UC Center, Leadership California Institute and the McGeorge Capital Center for Law and Policy.  Click here, or call 916 444 7665 for details
  • Come join Sacramento's Finest Election Gurus/Nerds in dissecting the 2016 Election, hosted by the Harry S Truman Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento.  Join the Truman Club on November 17 for our final luncheon of the year where we break bread and break down the 2016 election.  Carol Dahmen-Eckery, Scott Lay, and Roger Salazar will help us understand just what the hell happened in the United States, California, and the Sacramento region this Election Cycle.  Hug therapist will be on call (we jest). No host bar (we don't jest). Thursday, November 17 at 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the Sterling Hotel.  For tickets, visit: trumanclub.com
  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration is now accepting applications for graduate studies in Public Policy & Administration and Urban Land Development. Highly affordable, we offer a rigorous education in a political context with more than 400 alumni working in California State and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Priority deadline is December 1; final deadline is March 1 for Fall 2017 admissions. www.csus.edu/ppa     ppa-01@csus.edu
  • SACRAMENTO-BASED THRILLER wins national honors for Best First Novel, Best Political Thriller & Best Female PI/Sleuth. "Entertaining whodunnit told with humor and intellect" ONE MURDER MORE by Kris Calvin features a woman lobbyist as the amateur sleuth, while the cast of suspects includes two CA Governors (one past, one present) & a Senate Fellow! Order now from Amazon or your favorite bookstore at www.kriscalvin.com  $13.99 trade paper $1.99 ebook!
  • Oakland based public relations, public affairs and Democratic political consulting firm, with a portfolio of high-profile clients seeks an experienced and talented communicator to join our team. Should have at least two years of experience. This is not a campaign job but campaign experience is valued. Resumes, .pdf preferred, to oaklandprsearch@gmail.com
  • Oakland based public relations, public affairs and Democratic political consulting firm, with a portfolio of high-profile clients seeks an experienced and talented communicator to join our team. Should have at least two years of experience. This is not a campaign job but campaign experience is valued. Resumes, .pdf preferred, to oaklandprsearch@gmail.com
  • Office Space for Rent: Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

 

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) Elena Adams (Support) $900 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
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) Rick Shea (Support) $1,851 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
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) Mark Wyland (Oppose) $1,851 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
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) Elena Adams (Support) $805 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
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) Elena Adams (Support) $1,166 10/28/2016 10/31/2016
Associated Builders And Contractors Central California Chapter Pac (abc-pac) Ryan Nance (Oppose) $2,310 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Cheryl Cook Kallio (Oppose) $38,302 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Sharon Quirk-silva (Oppose) $21,682 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Ling Ling Chang (Support) $25,051 10/28/2016 10/31/2016
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Ling Ling Chang (Oppose) $37,754 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Raul Bocanegra (Support) $8,367 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Raul Bocanegra (Support) $8,367 11/03/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Hector Sanchez (Support) $120 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Cigarette Tax To Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prev (Support) $2,347 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Terri Zuniga (Support) $120 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Criminal Sentences, Juvenile Criminal Proceedings (Support) $2,502 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Genevieve Flores-haro (Support) $2,318 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Carla Castilla (Support) $220 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Friends Of Cause Action Fund Tax Extension To Fund Education And Healthcare (Support) $2,412 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Kim For Senate 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Families, Nurses, Health Care, Service, Hotel And Electrical Workers; Working Families For Jane Jane Kim (Support) $89,292 10/28/2016 10/31/2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation Referendum To Overturn Ban On Single-use Plastic B (Support) $12,465 09/07/2016 10/31/2016
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Native American Rights Fund Anna Caballero (Support) $10,000 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Native American Rights Fund Frank Bigelow (Support) $15,019 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Native American Rights Fund Warren Furutani (Support) $25,593 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Orange County Victory Fund Mark A. Lopez (Oppose) $5,238 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Patagonia, Inc. Initiative To Dedicate Revenue From Disposable Bag (Oppose) $650 10/11/2016 10/31/2016
Patagonia, Inc. Referendum To Overturn Ban On Single-use Plastic B (Support) $3,751 09/07/2016 10/31/2016
Patagonia, Inc. Initiative To Dedicate Revenue From Disposable Bag (Oppose) $375 10/08/2016 10/31/2016
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Of The Pacific Southwest Pac Sabrina Cervantes (Support) $1,474 09/25/2016 10/31/2016
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Of The Pacific Southwest Pac Sabrina Cervantes (Support) $1,063 10/06/2016 10/31/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Cheryl Brown (Oppose) $8,701 10/18/2016 10/31/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Eloise Reyes (Support) $12,837 10/04/2016 10/31/2016
San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Scott Wiener (Support) $3,333 10/29/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) Tax Extension To Fund Education And Healthcare. In (Support) $177 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) Rick Merrifield (Support) $1,080 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) School Bond, Repair And Update Critical Campus Inf (Support) $900 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) Rick Merrifield (Support) $143 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) School Bond, Repair And Update Critical Campus Inf (Support) $145 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) Sharon Rose (Support) $900 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee (sbcdcc) Sharon Rose (Support) $143 10/30/2016 10/31/2016
Tenet Healthcare Corporation Proposition 56 (Support) $8,237 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Tenet Healthcare Corporation Travis Allen (Support) $4,101 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Tenet Healthcare Corporation Proposition 52 (Support) $12,338 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Unite Here Tip State And Local Fund (ny Id# A01199) David Hadley (Oppose) $20,134 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Unite Here Tip State And Local Fund (ny Id# A01199) Young Kim (Oppose) $16,815 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
United Teachers Los Angeles-political Action Council Of Educators (pace) Issues The Childrens Education And Healthcare Protection (Support) $1,350 10/26/2016 10/31/2016
United Teachers Los Angeles-political Action Council Of Educators (pace) Issues The Childrens Education And Healthcare Protection (Support) $1,375 10/27/2016 10/31/2016
United Teachers Los Angeles-political Action Council Of Educators (pace) Issues The Childrens Education And Healthcare Protection (Support) $1,946 10/28/2016 10/31/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Marc Berman (Support) $15,647 10/27/2016 10/30/2016
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Proposition 51 Bond Measure Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
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California voters have a decision to make on the general election ballot: approve $9 billion in bonds for school and community college construction projects and modernization, or reject it to avoid adding to the state debt.

Lt. Gov. Newsom's Gun Control Initiative Qualifies For November California Ballot
latimes.com
An initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms, including background checks for bullet purchasers has qualified for the November ballot.

Fluke In Federal Law Forces Bay Area Official To End Election Bid - San Francisco Chronicle
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The federal law that has taken front and center in FBI Director James Comey’s publicizing of the renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails is also coming into play here in the Bay Area, in a very unusual way — it just cost one officeholder her re-election bid.

Catholic Parish's Bulletin Says Democratic Voters Are Doomed To Hell, Clinton Is Satanic - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Between requests for prayers for the sick and a notice for an upcoming chastity luncheon, a newsletter from a Catholic church in Old Town that doubles as an election-day polling site included a flier that told parishioners they’ll go to hell if they vote for Democrats.

UC Regent Recorded Asking Actress If He Could Hold Her Breasts - San Francisco Chronicle
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Months after the University of California Board of Regents revoked tenure from a professor who violated UC’s sexual harassment policy, a UC regent has been recorded asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts.

Before Proposition 64, Simple Possession Of Marijuana Was Already Decriminalized
latimes.com
When California changed simple possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction five years ago, the number of residents charged with a crime for low-level pot offenses

Democratic Party In O.C. Blames Donald Trump For Fear Politics Seen In Newport Beach - The Orange County Register
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County Democratic Party officials said Donald Trump’s candidacy has lent legitimacy to the use of fear tactics in this election, like those seen in Newport Beach, where a City Council candidate’s Persian heritage was used to alienate voters.

Why Political Party Matters So Much In A Nonpartisan Race To Replace A County Supervisor
latimes.com
Election preview for the race to fill L.A. Supervisor Mike Antonovich's seat. Race is between his chief of staff, Kathryn Barger, and newcomer Darrell Park.

California Officials Say State Has Clean Elections Process - The Orange County Register
JANIE HAR @
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SAN FRANCISCO – California officials are sending a message: The state has a clean elections process with few confirmed instances of voter fraud.

Federal Judge Retains State Ban On Ballot-box Selfies - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
Justin Timberlake recently found out that it's not necessarily legal to snap a selfie in a voting booth. While the pop star didn't get fined, it's possible any ordinary citizen could, so take a look at this list of states where a voting booth selfie is illegal before you cast your ballot. Alabama Alaska Florida Georgia Illinois Kansas Mississippi Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina South Carolina South Dakota Wisconsin Colorado

Kaine: Comey Is Not Trying To Influence The Election - Politico
politico.com
POLITICO hosts cocktails, conversation and a live viewing of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.

O.C. Forecast: Sunny With More Jobs Ahead, So Long As Contentious Election Doesn't Hamper Rebound - The Orange County Register
MARGOT ROOSEVELT @
ocregister.com
Over the next two years, Orange County’s economy will hum along, with payrolls expanding, incomes lifting and home prices rising, according to Cal State Fullerton’s annual forecast.

UC Regent Apologizes For 'inappropriate' Comments About Women's Breasts
latimes.com
Norm Pattiz, a University of California regent, is being accused of making sexually inappropriate remark to several former employees and has apologized to one of them.

San Jose: Mayor, Council Members Solicited Nearly $1 Million To Support Political Causes – The Mercury News
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Mayor Sam Liccardo, Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose politics

Feds Dropping Effort To Shut Down Berkeley Marijuana Dispensary - Sfgate
sfgate.com
The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to drop a three-year legal fight to shut down a prominent Berkeley medical marijuana business, the latest signal that the federal government is backing away from challenging dispensaries allowed to operate under California law.

2016 Flashback: The election's comic relief
politico.com
They teased Jeb’s exclamation point. Donald’s hair. Hillary’s emails. And aside from the occasional groaners (we get it, Bernie's of an advanced age!), their jokes brought levity to a heavy and dark political process. As the 2016 election winds down, POLITICO takes a look back at some of the photos that caught our eye during the campaign season. Today offers a look at late-night hosts and the comic relief they shared. Coming tomorrow: The surrogates and family members who stood up for the candidates.