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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/18/16 @ 4:39 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 1,481,327
  • Provisional: 1,238,495
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 101,412
  • Total: 2,821,234

Happy Sunday! Hopefully you weren't duped by Kanye West at the Golden 1 Center last night. The California Democratic Party's executive board is meeting this weekend in Sandy Eggo. While still reeling from the presidential, party activists are celebrating the likely supermajorities in both legislative houses and a strong likelihood that Democrats will hold on to the governor's corner office after 2018.

LA County party chair Eric Bauman picked up the endorsement last night of the California Young Democrats for his campaign for state party chair, as did Dan Weitzman, who is running for the party's controller position.

THE CALEXIT GAME: Could California succeed if it became a nation? [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “There’s a little irony to the speculation because those talking about secession are generally the same ones who have ridiculed those in California’s northernmost, and most conservative, counties who dream of breaking away and forming a State of Jefferson with their kindred souls in Southern Oregon.”

THE WAITING GAME: This is why it takes so long to count votes in California [John Myers @ LAT] - “Lawmakers through the years have taken a decidedly pro-voter approach when enacting new election laws, none more consequential than the expanded use of absentee voting. In some states, you still need a good reason to not show up in person on election day. Permanent absentee voting, which became open to everyone in 2002, is now used by more than 52% of all California voters.”

THE SMOKING GAME: Sacramento region scrambles to regulate pot growers after passage of Prop. 64 [Ellen Garrison @ SacBee] - “Cities across the Sacramento region have been scrambling to regulate marijuana following passage this month of Proposition 64, which legalizes adult recreational use of pot in California.”

THE CREATIVE GAME: California continues to bet on public-private partnerships. Will it pay off? [Adam Ashton @ SacBee] - “That contract adds UC Merced to a small but growing list of public agencies in California that are turning to the private sector for help with projects that otherwise might wait indefinitely for state funding. The roster includes a new city hall complex in Long Beach and a tunnel off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Each likely will tie up public finances for decades.”

THE AUDITIONING GAME: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson visits Trump during Michelle Rhee’s cabinet interview [Anita Chabria @ SacBee] - “Sacramento first lady Michelle Rhee and Mayor Kevin Johnson met with President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday as Rhee is in contention for education secretary for the incoming Republican administration.”

THE SWAPPING GAME: Texas was Obama's chief antagonist. In Trump's America, California is eager for the part [Jazmine Ulloa and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - “Now, the circumstance in which California finds itself recalls that of a perennial rival: Texas playing the role of chief antagonist to President Obama. That brand of resistance — a barrage of lawsuits seeking to stymie Obama’s priorities, and an elevation of state identity over a national one — may be a model, albeit an imperfect one, for California leaders wondering where the state fits into Trump’s America. But taking a pugnacious posture would be relatively out of character for a state that in recent times has not tended to view federal power with hostility.”

NO GAME: California’s right-to-die law: Should it exclude Alzheimer’s patients? [Lindzi Wessel and Tracy Seipel @ MercNews] - “Since California’s controversial new law went into effect in the late spring, it has allowed approximately 150 state residents suffering from terminal illnesses to get physicians to prescribe a lethal prescription drug. But for many Californians who fear wasting away slowly over years, the law falls short. The reason: The law requires someone to make a competent decision to die, which patients with dementia clearly can’t do.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Bradley, Andrea JacksonClark Lee, Eduardo Martinez, Robby Sumner, Jennifer Tobkin, and Tim Yaryan!

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
  • 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
  • Jackie Speier, Member of Congress
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District of California



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Political Road Map: This Is Why It Takes So Long To Count Votes In California
John Myers @
California elections officials are still counting ballots. One reason for the long count is that California, unlike some states, makes extra effort to ensure voters can cast a ballot.

California Environmental Leaders, Lawmakers Gird For Fight Against President Trump | The Press Democrat
guy kovner @
More broadly, the environmental camp fears that landmark legislation, including laws that protect endangered species, clean air and water, are imperiled by Republican control of the House and Senate with an avid deregulation partner in the White House.

3 Bay Area Das May Be In Line For State Attorney General Job - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — As Kamala Harris prepares to take the job held by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, it’s anyone’s guess who will take Harris’ place as California’s attorney general.

Trump May Be Setting A Record For Broken Promises - Sfgate
All presidents break campaign promises, some more than others. President George H.W. Bush broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" vow, which contributed to his reelection loss in 1992. President Barack Obama kept most of his campaign pledges, with the exception of not closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, despite repeatedly saying he would.

Election 2016: A Tale Of Three Cities Reflects National Contrasts - The Orange County Register
Hillary Clinton’s stronger-than-expected sweep of California in the Nov. 8 election has been viewed by political leaders and analysts as evidence of a growing disconnect between the nation’s liberal and upscale coastal strongholds and the more rural, working-class states that helped deliver President-elect Donald Trump his historic win.

Sonoma County Law Enforcement Foresee No Local Immigration Crackdown Under Trump | The Press Democrat
Law limits cooperation

UC Merced, Caltrans Use Public-private Partnerships In California | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Michelle Rhee Meets With Donald Trump. Could His Education Secretary Be A Democrat?
Joy Resmovits @
Update on 'Donald Trump duels with cast of 'Hamilton''

California Exit From United State No Sure Success | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

The Case Against The Electoral College - San Francisco Chronicle
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., tried to assuage her young grandchildren’s post-election blues by assuring them that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump.

Prop. 58 | Fresno Unified Hopes To Boost Bilingual Education | Fresno Bee
Mackenzie Mays @
By Mackenzie Mays

Sacramento Area Cities Rush To Ban Outdoor Pot Grows After Marijuana Is Legalized | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
By Ellen Garrison

California Democratic Party Shuns Donations From 'big Oil' — For Now
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ellison to speak to California Democrats, political strategists discuss the 2016 election'

Trump Meets With Michelle Rhee, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Wells Fargo Hit With New Sanctions Following Fake-accounts Scandal
James Rufus Koren @
A top bank regulator has imposed additional restrictions on Wells Fargo in a move one former regulator called "a vote of no-confidence" in the bank's leadership.

Sf Mayor Lee Faces Tough Call On Replacing Supervisor - San Francisco Chronicle
An imminent vacancy on the Board of Supervisors presents San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with opportunity as well as danger as he seeks to solidify a moderate majority on the board while confronting the fact that two of his previous three appointments failed to retain their seats in the subsequent election.

'that Terror Is Seared Into My Memory': George Takei On Japanese Internment, Amid Concerns About Potential Discriminatory Policies Targeting Muslims
Matt Stevens @
George Takei and other Asian-American groups continue piling the criticism onto a Donald Trump supporter who appeared to reference Japanese American internment as a precedent for creating a registry.

Kanye West Ends Show After 30 Minutes, Enrages Fans In Sacramento At Golden 1 Center On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee

A Hard, Personal Look At The Twilight We're All Headed For, But Often Unprepared To Handle
Steve Lopez @
My mother follows the same path as my late father, and the family wrestles with complicated elder care issues

Pelosi, Ryan And The Generational Divide - San Francisco Chronicle
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi will not lose her job as the top Democrat in the House, but the challenge by Ohio’s Tim Ryan shows that the generational divide that surfaced in the presidential contest is going to continue.

San Diego Judge Who Mediated Trump University Case Praised As 'steady Hand'
Greg Moran @
The $25-million Trump University lawsuit settlement announced Friday came 10 days before a trial was to start and slightly more than a week after U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller stepped into the case as a mediator. Miller was asked by fellow federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Nov. 10 to try to...