Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box

THE Nooner for November 27, 2016



Subscribe to The Nooner to access exclusive election analysis | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner

If the subscription price is a bit steep for you and you don't need the election analysis, help support independent coverage of California politics and policy by chipping in whatever you can afford. Thank you to have contributed!



UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/23/16 @ 3:20 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 495,979
  • Provisional: 905,859
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 64,470
  • Total: 1,466,308

TOP-TWO: Revamped primaries changed California politics, but not like everyone thought [John Myers @ LAT] - “California has now conducted 469 regularly scheduled races under the top-two primary — elections for governor, Congress and every seat in the Legislature. The bottom line: changes, yes, but likely only on the margins.”

THE BLUE STATE: How California became a very blue state [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “California’s political evolution over the last four decades, from a mostly red state to a purple state and finally to a very blue state, corresponds to its powerful demographic trends, driven largely by equally powerful economic forces.”

CALEXIT: ‘Calexit’: Just some flaky California dreamin’? [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “We’ve got more people than Canada, a bigger economy than France, and enough farms to feed half the world and leave the other half stoned out of their minds. So could California really go it alone? Or is this independence “Calexit” thing just its latest pipe dream?”

CALEXIT: Meet the founders of California’s separatist movement [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “After a Manhattan billionaire led a wave of working-class discontent to the White House, perhaps it’s fitting that the two men steering a left-leaning movement to get California out of Donald Trump’s America lack liberal bona fides.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Reyna Del Haro, Christopher Guerrero, John Hanna, and Luis Marquez!

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



  • The Office of Assemblymember Elect Phillip Chen is looking to hire talented and dedicated individuals to join its Capitol and District team in Brea, CA. The following positions are looking to be filled -- District Director, Scheduler, Legislative Assistant, Field Representative/Caseworker. For more information, please visit
  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS 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 your success. December 8-9, $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.
  • 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.


Political Road Map: Revamped Primaries Changed California Politics, But Not Like Everyone Thought
John Myers @
California voters were told they could ease partisan gridlock by changing the rules of political primaries. Six years later, the evidence is less than definitive.

Jerry Brown Finds Himself At Forefront Of Climate-change Battle - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — One strange effect of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency has been to vault California Gov. Jerry Brown, one of America’s most fervent climate warriors and a failed presidential candidate himself, to national leadership on what he calls “the existential threat of our time.”

How Nancy Pelosi's Daughter And Dianne Feinstein's Granddaugther Became Part Of The Electoral College
Liam Dillon @
When she was first picked to vote in the electoral college, Francine Busby was beyond excited. The San Diego Democratic Party chairwoman believed she was going

Demographic Shifts Made California A Blue State | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Flirts With Secession After Trump's Triumph
Interest in a previously anonymous California independence movement surged following Donald Trump's election, but leaving the union is not a realistic option

Lincoln Says Plastic Bags Are Allowed In Businesses Despite Prop 67 | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
By Ellen Garrison

Concord Family Jarred By Pro-trump Vandalism At Home
Hartlove said her family is not shy about their liberal political leanings and assumed it was a strange prank from a more conservative neighbor after they saw a figure leaving their yard and disappear at neighboring house.

Only Likely Winner In Recount Effort Is Jill Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
As much as it may feel good to demand a recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, Michigan or Pennsylvania, the odds are that nothing will change.

Number Of International Students In U.S. Colleges At An All-time High, And California Is Their Top Destination
Rosanna Xia @
A record high of more than 1 million foreign students came to America for higher education in last year, with four of the top 20 host institutions located in California, according to a new report

Falwell Says Trump Offered Him Education Secretary Job - Politico
On this day in 1911, Elizabeth Jaffray, the White House housekeeper, wrote in her diary about a talk she had with William Howard Taft, the nation' s 27th...

“oswald’s Been Shot” – A Tale Of Two Photos « Calbuzz
That conclusion emerges from recalling how two local news photographers performed in the white-hot spotlight of history 50 years ago, when strip club owner Jack Ruby gunned down alleged presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the underground parking garage of the Dallas Police Department.

U.S. Statement on Reliability of Election Results
A senior administration official responded to The Times’s questions about the federal government’s investigation into the integrity Nov. 8 presidential election.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Trump: Wisconsin Recount Is A "scam" - Politico
Clinton leads the president-elect by 2.2 million votes in the popular vote, as of Saturday morning.

A Year After Attack, San Bernardino Struggles To Be More Than Symbol Of Terror
Today's high