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  • CA36 (Coachella Valley): added real estate broker Dan Ball (R)
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Happy beautiful but chilly Saturday! It's a great day to make chili to accompany #11 USC @ #13 Notre Dame at 4:30pm on NBC. Oregon visits UCLA at 1:00pm (PAC-12 Network) and Cal hosts Arizona at 5:00pm (PAC-12 Network). At 7:30pm, Fresno State's Bulldogs visit San Diego State's Aztecs on CBS Sports Network. 

The California Republican Party semi-annual convention got underway last night with the highlight for attendees being the red meat speech by former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chairman Stephen K. Bannon. The LAT's Seema Mehta and Phil Willon report that Bannon's mention of George W. Bush and John McCain drew boos from some members of the audience. Seema Mehta tweeted ""Hang him!" one man yelled about McCain."

Mehta/Willon write:

In California, Bush received 1.1 million more votes in the November 2004 presidential election than Trump did last November. McCain received almost 600,000 more votes in the November 2008 presidential election than Trump received in the state in 2016.

Carla Marinucci and David Siders write in Politico that Bannon took aim at "'lords of technology' whom he said are robbing U.S. citizens of jobs, wealth and opportunity."

“They want all the benefits of a free society...all the benefits of this rules-based international order,’’ including lucrative trade deals and capital markets, he said, while “we the citizens of the United States...underwrite the whole thing.”

The OCR's Martin Wisckol reports "Steve Bannon, the controversial former strategist for President Donald Trump, told California Republicans on Friday that if they don’t join together to take back the state, they’ll see a breakaway effort to create a sovereign nation."

“You are a sanctuary state,” he told a sold-out dinner crowd of about 500 gather at the Marriott Anaheim for the state GOP’s semi-annual convention. “If you do not roll this back, 10 or 15 years from now the folks in Silicon Valley and progressive Democrats are going to try to secede from the union.”

Mehta also pointed on Twitter that Bannon was dressed as trademarked--three overlapping shirts and a blazer.

Party chair Jim Brulte opened the general session of the event predicting that the GOP will do well in California in 2018 because voters are against the gas tax and "sanctuary state" bills.

The goal of the convention is clearly to motivate dispirited party activists who have felt their influence waning in the Golden State. 

The threatened protestors were much smaller than expected.

Also happening this weekend is the first debate among the four major Democratic candidates for governor at the convention of National Union of Hospital Workers. It will be livestreamed at at 9:30am tomorrow from the Sheraton Park Hotel, across the street from the GOP confab.

FIRE AFTERMATH: Education officials now have a big question--what to do with the displaced students and teachers to get Sonoma County back up and running, reports Stuart Leavenworth in the Bee.

The blazes destroyed or damaged at least three public schools and three private schools, said Herrington, but that is not the biggest obstacle the county confronts. Some 220 teachers and staff members are thought to have lost their homes, along with 329 students. Those numbers will likely double or more as individual school districts complete their assessments, said Jamie Hansen, a spokeswoman for the county education office. Locating these students, and getting them transported to classrooms, remains a logistical hurdle when many roads remain closed. 

And then there are the unburned classrooms themselves. With the exception of the northern coast, nearly all of the county’s schools experienced some degree of smoke damage. Nearly 100 have been cleaned and reopened, but many of the remainder – those located in the burn zones – require more extensive remediation to be safe for students, teachers and staff. 

US SENATE: Sacramento Darrell Steinberg endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein over his Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León successor, who he supported to succeed him writes Christopher Cadelago in the Bee. “Sen. Feinstein and Sen. de León are both close, personal friends and, in my opinion, great leaders for California,” Steinberg told The Sacramento Bee. “But Senator Feinstein is a vital national voice and she’s earned my vote for re-election.” 

US SENATE...OR...? @christophercadelago tweets: "New from inside Tom Steyer world: Kevin Mack brought on as a personal consultant to help him think through a possible run for office." This follows Steyer's announcement that he is launching a $10 million campaign to pressure members of the House to impeach President Trump. [ad]

CD39 (Fullerton): Erik Taylor, the campaign manager for Phil Janowicz, the Democrat challenging incumbent Ed Royce (R) has resigned after allegations that he engaged in sexual harassment during his time as executive director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, reports Matt Coker for OC Weekly.

CA49/CD50: Election forecasters say that Issa and Hunter are in less-than-safe seats [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT]  - "With nearly a year to go until the 2018 primary election, both Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia and the Cook Political Report say that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, is very vulnerable. Cook also says that Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, is in trouble, but not nearly as much as Issa. The area’s three House Democrats were not on either of the forecaster’s list, an indication that they are likely to be re-elected."

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) plans to introduce a bill when the Legislature returns in January to help protect workers from employers for exercising their right to free speech, reports Mina Corpuz in the Times.

"It doesn’t matter if you’re Ben Shapiro speaking at UC Berkeley, a brave female employee standing up to misogyny in her workplace through the #MeToo movement, or a Dallas Cowboy playing in California this Sunday," he said in a statement. "The Constitution does not limit speech based on value judgments so long as it doesn’t harm others." 

#CAKEDAY:  Happy birthday to Diana Coronado, Lisa Gasperoni, and Mike Jacob!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday's LAT article on sexual harrassment in the Capitol was by Melanie Mason, not Seema Mehta.



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Dianne Feinstein Faces Challenge From The Left | The Sacramento Bee
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Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Freedom Caucus Will Back Senate Budget — In Exchange For Tax Promise - Politico
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows hinted Thursday evening that he could throw his weight behind the deal if it helped cut corners for tax-writers. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

California Workers Who Exercise Right To Free Speech Could Be Protected Under Proposed Legislation
Mina Corpuz @
A California lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would help protect workers from employer retribution for exercising their rig...

Chad Mayes Considering Run For California Governor -
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California Attorney General Accuses Retailer Curacao Of Unlawful Business Practices
James F. Peltz @
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a civil suit accusing Southern California electronics retailer Curacao of several unlawful business practices that harmed consumers.

Peskin looks to dust off Willie Brown rule on city commissions
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown had a policy of kicking political candidates off city commissions the moment they entered a race. Brown, now a Chronicle columnist, recoiled at the idea that anyone would run a campaign and hold a low-level government position at the same time. His successors, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, also made a practice of asking their appointees to leave once they pulled candidate’s papers. But because the rule was never written down, it wasn’t really enforced — and eventually, candidates ignored the tradition.

Spanish Cabinet Meets To Revoke Self-government In Catalonia - Politico
Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting, Rajoy said his government had no choice after Catalonia's separatist government acted in a way that was "unilateral, contrary to the law and seeking confrontation" in holding a banned independence referendum. | Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The case that voter ID laws won Wisconsin for Trump is weaker than it looks

A new look at voter ID laws in the state may give some readers the wrong idea.

L.A. Aims To Help Disadvantaged Communities Cash In On Marijuana Legalization
Emily Alpert Reyes @
Under a draft proposal, L.A. would provide extra help to disadvantaged applicants seeking to run marijuana businesses.

I.R.S. Says It Will Reject Tax Returns that Lack Health Insurance Disclosure

The agency says it won’t accept individual tax returns that don’t meet requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Fights Nra Over Gun Control Law In Federal Court
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Appeals Court Looks For Compromise On Abortion For Undocumented Minor - Politico
The ruling stated that once the Department of Health and Human Services could find a suitable sponsor for the girl, the administration would have to allow her to follow state law to receive the abortion. | JAY WESTCOTT/POLITICO

Republicans Passed a Budget Bill. What Does That Mean for Tax Overhaul?

A breakdown of where the legislative process goes from here in an attempted overhaul of the tax code.

Kelly Might Not Be Like Trump, But He Seems Like Many Trump Voters
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U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut

The United States recorded its largest annual budget deficit in four years in fiscal 2017.

College Journalists Say Covering Bannon At GOP Convention Prepares Them For Yiannopoulos On Campus
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Editorial: States Take On Election Hacking. Washington Ignores It.

The threat to the American voting process cries out for national leadership. But don’t expect help from President Trump.

Trump credits social media for his election
The president says the question of whether his tweets hinder his legislative agenda is 'an interesting' one.

Senators say #MeToo: McCaskill, others share their stories of sexual harassment

"Meet the Press” asked all women in the U.S. Senate if they had #MeToo stories they felt comfortable sharing.

Trump Says He'll Allow The Release Of Classified Jfk Assassination Files - Politico
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