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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

It's Monday, but for most of you it's a short week. In addition to Eric and Dan's endorsement by the California Young Democrats, Alex Rooker was endorsed for first vice-chair this weekend.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sam Helton and Don Lowrie

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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California Differs From Trump On Immigration, Health Care And More | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Could Donald Trump's Education Policy Change Schools In California And Nationwide?
Joy Resmovits @
Donald Trump said little about education on the campaign trail. This is what he can do without Congressional approval, and where California's schools could be vulnerable.

Democrat Trails Opponent By Just 187 Votes In Race For 29th State Senate District - The Orange County Register
A still-undecided Southern California state Senate race that will determine the balance of power in the California statehouse narrowed considerably over the weekend, bringing Democrats within striking distance of gaining a two-thirds legislative supermajority in Sacramento.

Trump Has Climate Change Skeptics Eager, Scientists And Green Groups Anxious - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @
In an Aug. 24, 2016 news conference at the state Capitol to praise state lawmakers for enacting sweeping new climate change legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown called out GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his "acolytes" who have doubts on the exis

Colin Kaepernick Chose Not To Vote. He Should Stop Complaining About The System
George Skelton @
America has a lot more pressing concerns than whether a mediocre quarterback for a lousy football team stands or kneels during the national anthem.

Democrats Still Rule The Roost In Sacramento - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — While Democrats question their diminishing national footprint, the party remains strong in California, with Democrats earning a second supermajority in four years in the Assembly.

Kanye West Refund: Fans Will Get Money Back For 30-minute Concert In Sacramento On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee
Chris Macias @
By Chris Macias

Trump's Choice For Top Law Enforcer Has Cannabis Proponents Fearing Future -
Nathan Rott @
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Democrats Ask Themselves: Now What? Who'll Lead The Party From The Wilderness, And How?
Mark Z. Barabak @
President Obama won the White House twice, but for the rest of the Democratic Party his years in office were pretty lousy. After losing the White House, who will lead the party from the wilderness?

The New Health Care: Letâ
The Upshot’s health policy columnists discuss the options before Congress: both the policies and the political choices.

Sf Students Find Deep Connections To Holocaust Lesson - San Francisco Chronicle
Filipa A. Ioannou @
At Francisco Middle School in San Francisco’s North Beach, more than 80 percent of the students speak a language other than English at home — and they were quick to pick up on the talk about immigration during the recent presidential debates.

San Jose ‘unity’ Rally Supports Immigrants, Decries Hate Speech – The Mercury News
Donald Trump, Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose politics

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Trump And Immigrants: Wide Fear Of Deportations In Bay Area, But How Will It Work? – East Bay Times
To achieve his goal of deporting two to three million immigrants with criminal records, President-elect Donald Trump would have to go after hundreds of thousands of people in California, including some with green cards who have minor convictions on their records, immigration and legal experts say.

The Making Of The President, 2016 - Politico Magazine
Politico Magazine @

Obama Gives Strong Support To Pelosi As She Faces Leadership Fight
Christi Parsons @
Update on '"Some aspects" of Islam are "problematic," Priebus says'

Poll: More Respondents Liked Clinton's Campaign Than Trump's - Politico
Just 30 percent of those polled gave Donald Trump an A or B grade for his campaign, while 35 percent gave him an F.

Pot Retailers Face High Hurdles In Marin, Despite Prop. 64
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Can The California Cannabis Industry Save The Labor Movement? | The Press Democrat
At River City Phoenix, the work environment could not be more different, especially as the owners are sticklers for the rules and the union contract provides protection, she said.

Wind, Solar Industries Seek Trump Empowerment
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Storm Moves Into Southern California, Bringing Scattered Showers, Possible Flooding In Burn Areas
Matt Stevens, Shelby Grad @
Rains moves into Southern California Sunday; flooding possible

Energized By Trump's Win, White Nationalists Gather To 'change The World' | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Loyalists of the self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement from around the country gathered in D.C., Saturday afternoon, enthused by the election of Donald Trump and optimistic that their controversial, offensive views such as calling for a white, Ethno-centric state were on the rise throughout the country.