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John Cox for Governor

 

Three stupid mistakes...case of the Mondays. 

 

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Happy Monday! Has Bruno Mars's purple glitter-fest left the stage yet?

Point of personal privilege: I'm back to a paleo diet after eating crap for a few months, so for my fellow Instant Pot users, what are your favorite recipes? I usually rely on Michelle and Henry at Nom Nom Paleo, but can always use more!

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Upward Mobility at Cal State LA

 

DEMOCRATIC PRE-ENDORSEMENT CAUCUSES: Here is the complete list of the results of the caucuses over the weekend.

Eyebrows were raised in SD34 SD32 Whittier), where Senator Tony Mendoza, who is on a paid leave of absence during an investigation of allegations of harassment, received 58% of the vote in Saturday's caucus. It actually makes perfect sense and it comes down to party rules. Had it been below 50%, there was no chance he could be endorsed, even if completely exonerated (which I doubt will happen).

However, that's a pretty bad vote for local party leaders to cast during an investigation. Had he received over 60%, he would have been on the consent calendar for an endorsement. The vote was carefully orchestrated--Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon didn't vote--to ensure it was in this middle ground that allows for the investigation to take another month before the final endorsement vote will take place February 23-25 at the Democratic convention in San Diego. 

If the investigation comes back exonerating him, he's placed on the consent calendar. If it criticizes him at all, the district would be "no endorsement," but he'd likely be suspended or removed from office at that point anyway. If it's inconclusive and the results aren't apparent (they are protected by attorney-client privilege, with the client being Senate Rules committee, who knows, but I would bet "no endorsement." It takes 60% to make the endorsement at the caucus at the convention.

I know many folks were unhappy to see the 58% number in the Twitterverse, but it makes perfect sense for local caucus-goers who were knowingly walking a fine line and buying a month for due process. 

Also, in the DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: CA39 (Fullerton) will stick as a "no endorsement" and not move to convention, since no candidate received over 50% at Saturday's pre-endorsement conference.

CA10 (Stanislaus): As noted above, I've rewritten the analysis in the challenge for Jeff Denham's congressional seat given the entrance this morning of two-time candidate Michael Eggman, whose sister is Assemblywoman Susan Talamentes Eggman. While I need to save something for paid subscribers, I'll just offer to you "why now"? Less than 24 hours after the pre-endorsement conference and two days before the current candidates take off their campaign finance year-end clothes. Josh Harder had nearly $675,000 as of December 31, without any candidate loans.

If the DCCC is behind getting Eggman in, something weird is happening. Am I missing something or is Eggman considering phone calls he got a year ago when it was a candidate desert?

CA43 (Inglewood): From the All in the Family files, Rob Pyers and I noticed something as Congresswoman Maxine Waters filed her year-end report. As he writes: "A little under a quarter of Maxine Waters' Q4 campaign operating expenditures were payments to her daughter for her continuing services in the area of 'Slate Mailer Management'."

The contact for Bob Huff's campaign for CA39 has been listed on press announcements as his wife, Mei Mei Huff. She is a partner in Huff Strateges. We won't know if she is getting paid with campaign funds on the year-end report, since Ed Royce didn't announce his retirement until January 3. It's not illegal as long as demonstration of compensable work is being performed, and former Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon regularly had his wife on the campaign payroll, but it always raised eyebrows.

 

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HARASSMENT: Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez's (R-Elsinore)'s AB 403 to provide whistleblower protections to legislative employees is expected to get a Senate floor vote today Thursday reports Taryn Luna in the Bee. The bill had been parked on the "suspense file" in Senate Appropriations in September but, in a bit of legislative gymnastics demonstrating the political urgency of the issue, the bill was withdrawn from that committee by Senate Rules, amendments were inserted, and the bill was sent to the floor. 

Check out the changes in the authors, principle co-authors, and co-authors on the bill:

 

Introduced by Assembly Member Melendez Members Melendez, Dahle, Cristina Garcia, and Friedman
(Principal coauthor: Senator Portantino coauthors: Senators Portantino and Vidak)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Acosta, Travis Allen, Arambula, Baker, Berman, Bigelow, Bonta, Brough, Cervantes, Chau, Chávez, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Flora, Fong, Gallagher, Gray, Harper, Irwin, Kiley, Lackey, Levine, Limón, Maienschein, Mayes, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Patterson, Quirk, Rodriguez, Steinorth, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, and Wood)
(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Bradford, Cannella, Dodd, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Hill, Leyva, McGuire, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Roth, Stone, Wiener, and Wilk)

 

The last time we have seen this level of tectonic shift in the Capitol was during the implementation of Proposition 140. We usually think about Prop. 140 as "the term-limits law," it also slashed legislative spending by 38%. 

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton looks at the governor's State of the State in the context of the Brown governorships, which account for 40% of the time in the corner office over the last 60 years.

Brown spoke for half an hour, probably his longest such speech ever. Afterward, he lingered at the podium for 20 minutes, graciously chatting with lawmakers, posing for pictures, signing autographs and soaking it up.

It was in sharp contrast to Brown's first gubernatorial address, in 1975, when the Legislature gave him only a polite reception and he spoke for just seven minutes.

It has been a remarkable journey.

TRONC'D': "In another dramatic shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, Chicago journalist Jim Kirk will be named editor in chief of the newspaper, replacing Lewis D'Vorkin, who will move to a position within the parent company," reports Meg James in the Times.

The move — which is expected to be announced Monday— follows two weeks of turmoil at The Times, including a unionization vote by newsroom employees and accelerating hostilities between D'Vorkin and his staff.

Kirk, who previously served as publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, joined The Times' parent company, Tronc, in August. He was named interim editor of The Times on Aug. 21 after a sweeping shake-up of top editors, but Kirk stepped aside after D'Vorkin joined The Times in early November.

This time around, Kirk, 52, is being named the permanent editor to lead The Times' newsroom, said Marisa Kollias, spokesperson for Tronc.

The shake-up comes after years of staff cutbacks and management changes at the newspaper. Kirk becomes the third top editor at the Times in less than six months.

Daniel Hernandez at L.A. Taco has an open letter to the Times.

I haven't talked to my friends from the Times about it yet, so it'll be interesting to hear how the newsroom responds since he is a known quantity. I'm guessing they're happy that he's a known quantity, but having decisions made by the leading paper in the 3rd largest city in America for that of the 2nd largest city in America will never be accepted. 

TWO-MINUTE WARNING: The governor's two major public works projects--high-speed rail and the twin tunnels--are foundering, writes Dan Walters for CALmatters. "Brown insists that he’s not in legacy mode these days. However, he often refers to his father’s legacy of public works, and striking out on his two big projects would be a bitter pill to swallow."

 

 

Probolsky Research

 

HOLY REDESIGN BATMAN! The governor's website has been redesigned into a much cleaner interface. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Roth!

#FAREWELL: Bakersfield campaign consultant Mark Abernathy. In addition to local politicians, he helped create the path that led to Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to the second highest post in the House of Representatives.

 

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