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4,362,087 unprocessed ballots have been reported to the Secretary of State.

CROWDED HOUSE: He’s in: Antonio Villaraigosa formally running for California governor [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who mused that he would love to be governor and then spent more than a year devising a return, formally announced his candidacy for the office Thursday, pledging to rebuild the middle class by investing in schools, repairing infrastructure and drawing a sharp contrast with Republican President-elect Donald Trump.” 

CA49 (N. SD and S. Orange counties): Darrell Issa claims win over Applegate, but many ballots still to be counted [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is claiming victory in his hotly contested reelection bid, but Democratic opponent Doug Applegate says the numbers are too close to call while there are still 1 million ballots left to count in Orange and San Diego counties. The congressional district straddles the two counties' border.”

SUPER?  California Democrats’ supermajority quest hinges on close races [Jonathan J. Cooper @ AP] - “Democrats were within striking distance of a supermajority in the California Assembly Wednesday, and liberal groups were successful in their bid to throw out a moderate Democratic Assemblywoman who has opposed labor and environmental regulations.”

SENATOR HARRIS: Newly elected Kamala Harris vows to defy Trump on immigration [Phil Willon @ LAT] — “Kamala Harris said Thursday that in her new role as California’s U.S. senator she will to do everything in her power to protect immigrants, both legal and those who entered the country illegally, and criticized Donald Trump’s demands for mass deportations and a giant border wall as “absolutely unrealistic.””

U.S. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris to LA’s immigrants: ‘We’ve got your back’ [Susan Abram @ LADN] - “Saying they want to calm fears after President elect Donald Trump’s victory, state and local officials reached out to Los Angeles’ immigrant community Thursday to assure them, and especially those who are undocumented, that they will work hard to fight for and protect them.”

DEFENSE: California ‘will protect the precious rights of our people,’ Jerry Brown says [Christoper Cadelago @ SacBee] - “California Gov. Jerry Brown, who earlier this year mused about building a wall around the state should Republican Donald Trump be elected, pledged Thursday to do his part to find common ground with the president elect. But Brown also put Trump on notice that “as Californians, we will also stay true to our basic principles. We will protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time – devastating climate change.””

PROP 62/66: In California, death penalty abolitionists pledge to keep fighting [Jazmine Ulloa @ LAT]  - “As executions have declined and public opinion of the death penalty has hit a record low nationwide, many looked to California as a test of whether the public — not courts or governments — was ready to overturn the practice. But California voters on Tuesday defeated a measure to repeal capital punishment and, as of Thursday, were on course to narrowly approve a dueling proposition that aims to amend and expedite it.”

PROP 67: Californians say farewell to the plastic bag [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] — “Voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags, 52 percent to 48 percent.” 

What now for true-blue California? Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “California voters reinforced the state’s image in a big way, favoring Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a nearly 2-to-1 margin and passing ballot measures to tax the rich, regulate ammunition sales, soften criminal punishment, ban plastic bags, lift the ban on bilingual education and legalize marijuana.”

SACTOWN: Sacramento Mayor-elect Steinberg names chief of staff, senior team [Anita Chabria @ SacBee]:

Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg has picked his right-hand man: Mike McKeever, the well-known transportation and urban-growth guru. McKeever, 61, will be Steinberg’s chief of staff, bringing heft to the new mayor’s pursuit of power beyond city borders with his years of contacts and clout.”

McKeever will likely only serve for a year to help the mayor get his agenda up and running, Steinberg said. He also announced that Crystal Strait, Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief of staff, will remain at City Hall as one of his senior team members.

Steinberg also said that Kelly Rivas, who headed Steinberg’s campaign for mayor, will also head to City Hall as a senior adviser.

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

  • Joe Cotchett, attorney
  • 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
  • Ann Ravel, FEC commissioner 
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District of California

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jenny Kao and Ron Varasteh!



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Clinton On Track To Win California By Widest Margin In Last 80 Years Of Presidential Elections | The Sacramento Bee
The polls got California wrong, too: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by a lot more than they predicted.

Smokers And Shops Prepare For New Tobacco Tax After Passage Of Prop. 56 - The Orange County Register
For the first time, Californians who vape will be subject to tobacco taxes, with the passage of Prop. 56.

Jerry Brown Says California Will Protect Rights Amid Trump Rule | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Clinton Campaign Email: Comey Letters Threw The Election To Trump - Politico
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Why Were The Polls Wrong About The 2016 Presidential Race? | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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How Trump Could Help Villaraigosa In California’s Race For Governor
Donald Trump, right, applauds next to then Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the Miss Universe 2006 pageant on July 2006, in Los Angeles. | AP Photo/Benjamin Sklar

State Legislators Fear Fate Of Progressive Agenda Under Trump - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — California Democrats began bracing for an assault on their signature progressive agenda on Wednesday, the day after American voters gave Republicans majority control of Congress and elected Donald Trump president.

Unions Investigate Their Poor Showing For Clinton - Politico
Organized labor is searching for answers after union households failed to turn out for Hillary Clinton despite a massive voter mobilization effort -- a sharp departure from decades of union support for Democratic presidential candidates.

Kamala Harris Plans To Keep Her Day Job Until She Begins U.S. Senate Term
Update on 'Essential Politics: Issa, Bera lead returns in their districts but races remain uncalled'

Kamala Harris Wins Us Senate Seat Over Loretta Sanchez
Today's high

Trump On Twitter Taking On Protesters: 'very Unfair!' - Sfgate
President-elect Donald Trump is back on Twitter, taking on the protesters who have gathered in cities across the nation since his election.

A Primer On Executive Power: Trump Can't End Same-sex Marriages, But He Could Speed Up Deportations - The San Diego Union-tribune
Starting Tuesday night, as Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election started coming into focus, anguished questions flooded social media:

Yes, Trump Can Boost Deportations And Gut The Dreamer Program For Young Immigrants
Donald Trump is expected to move swiftly to gut President Obama’s signature immigration policies.

Darrell Issa Claims Win Over Applegate, But Many Ballots Still To Be Counted - The Orange County Register
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is claiming victory in his hotly contested reelection bid, but Democratic opponent Doug Applegate says the numbers are too close to call while there are still 1 million ballots left to count in Orange and San Diego counties. The congressional district straddles the two counties' border.

Woman Wearing Hijab Attacked At San Jose State
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There Will Be Fewer Women In California's Legislature In 2017, But Number Of Latina Members Grows
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No Affordable Care Act? Health Insurers Werenâ
With Donald Trump’s election, insurers and hospitals were caught without a strategy to forestall a financial shock from repeal of much of the health care law.