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THE Nooner for January 31, 2017


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Happy Tuesday! It's going to be another fascinating day in politics in both Capitols. We'll start with a quick federal subsidy and then we'll hit state. 

This may be a day when you get a second nooner, depending on what happens.


  • The SCOTUS pick will be announced tonight at 5pm PST. It's down to 2, both and both Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman will be at the White House. One will hear "You're Hired," and the other will hear "You're Fired." A rose will be given to the winner.
  • Acting Attorney General Sally Yates did not receive a rose. She was fired by President Trump late yesterday for stating that she wouldn't defend the travel executive order.
  • Assuming Rex Tillerson is confirmed as Secretary of State, he's going to find a lot of empty offices, as the entire top management team--most are career diplomats who have served under both Dem and GOP presidents--quite a few days ago.
  • CNN's Jake Tapper hosts Nancy Pelosi at 6pm PST
  • The LAT's Mark Z. Barabak asks the question "A Californian for president in 2020?" He answers that it is possible, with Kamala Harris or the successor to Jerry Brown.
  • Democrats are boycotting the committee votes for HHS nominee, which keeps the committees from acting.
  • While Betsy DeVos got out of committee today, it looks like she will be 50-50 at best (Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)), requiring VP Pence to go up to Capitol Hill to break a tie. Assuming those to vote "no" or don't vote, one more GOP defection would kill the nomination.
  • Barack Obama showed he's not out of the game, issuing a release yesterday against President Trump's executive order of the travel ban.
  • White House aides who wrote Trump's travel ban see it as just the start [Brian Bennett and Noah Bierman @ LAT] 
  • The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned [Josh Rogin @ WaPo]
  • Trump fires acting attorney general who refused to defend immigration ban [Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz and Mark Berman @ WaPo]
  • Senator Jeff Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General, was passed out of Senate Judiciary this morning. He has promised to defend the travel ban.
  • Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump's immigration order [Rachael Bade, Jake Sherman and Josh Dawsey @ Politico]
  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: "As a New Yorker I am a Muslim. As a New Yorker, I am Jewish. As a New Yorker, I am black, I am gay, I am disabled, I am a woman seeking to control her health and choices,” Cuomo said Sunday"
  • Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, at the protest at Sac Int'l Airport said: “I am an American Jew. I read a lot of history,” the mayor said. “When people are targeted and treated as different, the worst thing – worse than the acts themselves – are people who don’t speak up and speak out.”

The LAT's Sarah D. Wire is keeping track of what every member of the California congressional delegation has said about the travel ban. She labels the following members' statements as "*unclear" or "**critical of rollout":

  • Paul Cook*
  • Jeff Denham*
  • Darrell Issa*
  • Steve Knight*
  • Kevin McCarthy*
  • Ed Royce**
  • Dana Rohrabacher*
  • David Valadao*
  • Mimi Walters*

All of these are members in what could be competitive districts, with the exception of McCarthy (who likely would support the ban, but just hasn't said anything) and Walters, if Democrats have a wave on November 6, 2018.



Tonight is the state filing deadline for semi-annual campaign finance reports. Here are the links for the major gubernatorial candidates:

I'll be running the ElectionTrack scripts tonight as these reports come in. You can also see all of the ones filed today here.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary committee today will be considering SB 6 (legal aid for immigrants) and SB 31 (ban on state and local agencies from sharing information of religious beliefs of immigrants to the feds) at 1:30pm. [Webcast]

Yesterday, Senate Democrats introduced and fast-tracked a resolution against President Trump's executive order on immigration, which was approved on a party-line vote. Senator Janet Nguyen did not vote (district has 50% of eligible voters of color), nor did Anthony Cannella, whose district has lots of agriculture.

The action drew a response from GOP state party chair Jim Brulte, reports the Bee's Christopher Cadelago:

“These Democrats in the Legislature who are crying crocodile tears over this were deafeningly silent when Barack Obama did a temporary ban for people coming from Iraq because he was concerned about the vetting process,” Brulte, a longtime former GOP legislative leader said in an interview with The Bee. “This is politics, and this is what makes voters apathetic.”

“Rather than focusing on needless resolutions, the Democrats might want to fix the California budget deficit that they themselves created,” Brulte added in the interview, accusing the party’s leaders of misplaced priorities.

Today, San Francisco sued President Trump over his executive orders on sanctuary cities and the travel ban from seven countries.

Dan Walters writes that the business community is back and plans to be more aggressive given that both houses have Democratic supermajorities.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kelly Calkin, Andrea Jones, and Joshua Walters!



There are 30 new members or legislative seat changes this session – will you recognize them in the hall or around town?

What does Josh Newman look like when he isn’t in a bear suit?

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  • Equality California’s 2017 Fair Share for Equality Convening. Join EQCA, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus, policymakers, and community leaders in discussing the priorities for the LGBT community in light of the new political climate. Panel topics include healthcare, HIV/AIDS, immigration, youth, seniors, family and relationship recognition, transgender rights, criminal justice, and more. Complimentary lunch. February 1. Convening from 9am-5pm. Reception from 5pm-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center. RSVP & more details at
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  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
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Caltrans Union Approves Long-stalled Contract | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Two GOP senators say they can't commit to voting for Betsy DeVos

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said they couldn't commit to voting for President Trump's education secretary pick Betsy DeVos on the Senate floor Tuesday.

California State Senate Passes Resolution Condemning President Trump's Refugee Ban
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lofgren demands meeting with Homeland Security secretary, California politicians speak out against Trum...

Trump Immigration Order: Chaos, Confusion In California Economy | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

On Immigration, Gore Walks Line Between Trump, Sacramento - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @

Rep. Zoe Lofgren And Other Ranking Democrats Demand Emergency Meeting On Refugee Ban
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of th...

Arcade Creek Water Level Approaches Flood Stage | The Sacramento Bee

Escalating Tax Wars :: Fox&hounds
Is it telling that President Trump chose to place a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office?

Trump Update: Feinstein To Vote No On Sessions Nomination - Sfgate
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, said on Tuesday morning that she will be voting no on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

Senate Finance Democrats Boycott Mnuchin, Price Votes - Politico
Sen. Ron Wyden led Senate Democrats to boycott the committee confirmation votes for Steven Mnuchin and Tom Price. | Getty

Senator from Berkeley demands release of Melania Trump's immigration documents
California state senator Nancy Skinner is asking the White House to release First Lady Melania Trump's immigration documents in light of the president's recent executive order on immigration.

San Diego's Catholic Bishop Condemns Trump's Immigration Order - The San Diego Union-tribune
Peter Rowe @

SF sues over Trumpâ
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday morning, calling the administration’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities unconstitutional. Trump’s executive order blocks federal grants to sanctuary cities and revives Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s controversial Secure Communities program phased out under President Obama. Herrera cited the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the lawsuit that limits the federal government from interfering on powers reserved to states.

First 100 Days Briefing: Justice Dept. Turmoil Raises Pressure on Senators to Confirm Jeff Sessions
The firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates for refusing to defend President Trump’s immigration order may give senators leverage in Mr. Sessions’s confirmation.

Community Leaders Gather In Anaheim To Speak Out Against Trump's Immigration Order - The Orange County Register
A day after massive weekend protests erupted in the nation’s busiest airports, community leaders in Southern California slammed what they called President Donald Trump’s “unjust, un-American, unconstitutional ban” on refugees and certain nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

California Congressional Democrats Protest Against Trump's Travel Ban From Steps Of Supreme Court
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lofgren demands meeting with Homeland Security secretary, California politicians speak out against Trum...

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His Work, Family | Kpbs
David Wagner @
A San Diego scientist says President Trump's immigration orders will affect his ability to travel for work and research. And he warns the actions could have a chilling effect on science in the United States.

Acting Justice Department Chief Won't Defend Trump Immigration Order - Politico
The Obama administration official serving as acting chief of the Justice Department has instructed lawyers there not to defend President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration in the name of national security.