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Well, happy State of the Union day! Happiness for Trump supporters for an unfiltered speech of #FAKENEWS and for detractors, who are looking forward to Stormy Daniels on Jimmy Kimmel, as well as Stephen Colbert live after the speech.
Alternatively, Chopped will be on Food Network and Shark Tank on CNBC at the same time.
It's the eve of the Big Game! Well, campaign finance-wise I mean. Tomorrow night is the deadline to file campaign finance reports for the period ending December 31. While reports have been trickling in over the last week, it's sort of like the road to the Super Bowl. The big "teams" won't file until tomorrow night.
I'll be getting the updates posted on the AroundTheCapitol.com district pages ASAP. State will come first and then federal which is a bit more laborious, but we should have a pretty good picture by Friday.
THE LANDSCAPE: Paul Mitchell looks at the landscape of the state's competitive congressional districts and how they fit in to regional favorabiility of President Trump's favorability ratings based on the ongoing polling he has done in collaboration with Capitol Weekly.
Much could change in Trump’s favorability and the generic ballot in the next nine months. A re-test of these same polling questions in late summer could be extremely telling.
Additionally, these metrics are blind to the candidate match-ups that will be presented to voters after the June primary election.
PRE-ENDORSEMENTS: The OC Register's Martin Wisckol writes up the weekend's happenings in the Orange County pre-endorsement caucuses, which cover some of the hottest congressional races in the nation.
In the CA39 (Fullerton) pre-endorsement, I wrote yesterday that the vote was "widely" split, when I probably should have said "broadly" split. Jay Chen clearly came in first, with Phil Janowicz in second.
CA10 (Stanislaus): I'm still talking to people to get a better understanding as to why two-time candidate beekeeper Michael Eggman, who had said he had no interest in getting in the race, jumped in at this late date when there are two candidates who have been fundraising for quite some time and, well, actually live in the district. The latter has been used in previous campaigns against Eggman, who lives just outside CA10, in Jim Costa's CA16.
I'm told that the DCCC has been looking to winnow down the Democratic field rather than enlarge it. With Eggman's entrance, there are now seven Democrats. While it's not an open seat and there's no risk of two Republicans advancing because of too many Democrats (as is possible in CA39 and CA49), it still raises questions as to whether supporters of these seven candidates--plus transgendered NPP candidate Terra Snover--will unify to vote for whoever joins Denham in the general.
SD32 (Whittier): I haven't been able to confirm yet whether the entrance of Montebello mayor Vanessa Delgado (D) in Tony Mendoza's district is an outright challenge to the beleaguered senator or if she is just preparing should he not run. The filing deadline for the June 5 primary is March 9, or March 14 if an incumbent doesn't run for re-election. Given that nobody knows the outcome of the ongoing investigation of harassment claims, it would be malpractice for a would-be candidate in this safe Democratic district not to be prepared. After all, Mendoza's current leave of absence is through March 25, unless the investigation is complete earlier. That's after the filing deadline.
If Senator Mendoza were to resign or be expelled, there are no special elections in the final year of a term of a legislative office, so the seat would be vacant until December. I have no knowledge of the status of the investigation or Senator Mendoza's intentions. But, it sort of paints the picture of choices of interested candidates in the district.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago reports that Judy McCarthy, wife of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, has been on the payroll of the California Republican Party for the last three years. CRP executive director Cynthia Bryant responds that the position was competitive. Judy McCarthy "has earned nearly $160,000 since mid-2014 working on the state party’s donor programs. The position requires McCarthy to contact party donors, make appointments and arrange meetings."
WITH LOVE FROM CALIFORNIA: Tom Steyer continues his impeachment campaign against the president tonight, with a new commercial running during news coverage of the State of the Union, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times.
SANCTUARY: The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa writes that Ricardo Lara's bill to require federal immigration agents to have a warrant before entering a school, courthouse, or state building to make an arrest or questions somebody passed the Senate yesterday and moves to the Assembly.
BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: The wild politics on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors continues after the board appointed supe Mark Farrell as mayor rather than allow fellow supe London Breed to continue to hold both roles as acting mayor and president of the board. Farrell's appointment required him to resign from the board and, under the charter, he gets to fill the vacancy. Now, Malia Cohen, who is running for Board of Equalization, is calling on Farrell to appoint a "caretaker" supervisor that pledges not to run for election this November.
A HAND UP: The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) was joined this morning by elected officials to announce a goal of lifting 1 million county residents out of poverty over the next ten years.
“We’ve dedicated the last 10 years to fighting for a vibrant economy in LA County that allows our residents to thrive in the workplace and our local communities,” BizFed Founding CEO Tracy Hernandez said. “Our success has proven that we can do more for those who need it most, so we are committed to lifting one million residents out of poverty over the next 10 years.”
Since 2008, the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) has amassed a powerful grassroots alliance of more than 170 associations representing 390,000 businesses employing more than 3.5 million people across Los Angeles County.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brent Perumal, Jennifer Root, Kristen Root, and Senator Jeff Stone!
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Trump To Herald Economic Progress In State Of The Union | The Sacramento Bee
JULIE PACE @ sacbee.com
President Donald Trump will herald a robust economy and push for bipartisan congressional action on immigration in Tuesday's State of the Union address, as he seeks to rally a deeply divided nation and boost his own sagging standing with Americans.
California Would Require Rules On Social Media 'bots' Under New Legislation
John Myers @ latimes.com
In the wake of intensifying criticism over the growing number of automated “bot” accounts on social media, a California assemblyman wants the state to require these accounts be easily identified and ultimately linked to a human user.
Whistleblower Protection Bill Returns To California Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
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UC President Janet Napolitano Considers Overhauling Her Office Amid Political Criticism
Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
University of California President Janet Napolitano is considering a potentially sweeping overhaul of her office in the wake of fierce political criticism over its size, cost and budget practices.
California Senate OKs Bill To Protect Immigrants At State Buildings - San Francisco Chronicle
The California senate approved a bill Monday that addresses concerns of federal immigration agents targeting schools and courthouses as part of enforcement practices.
Central Valley Candidate Is Back For Third Try At Unseating Rep. Jeff Denham
Sarah D. Wire @ latimes.com
After saying last June he wouldn’t make a third run against Rep. Jeff Denham, Central Valley beekeeper Michael Eggman will enter the race for the 10th Congressional District race on Monday.
John Chiang offers plan to create a public bank for marijuana businesses
State Treasurer John Chiang laid out a plan Tuesday to create a public bank for marijuana merchants in open defiance of what he called an âÂÂout of stepâÂÂ Trump Administration fixing to take the hose to CaliforniaâÂÂs new trade. Chiang said he and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have initiated âÂÂa methodical and disciplinedâÂÂ cost-benefit analysis to determine whether a public bank would work in California amid the threat of a federal crackdown. The move comes 30 days after CaliforniaâÂÂs recreational market officially began, creating a financial windfall for marijuana merchants and illuminating a serious problem.
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With polls showing Republicans have yet to make the sale on the tax bill, itâÂÂs not clear how much the new law will help them in November.
California Gun Sales Top 1 Million In 2016 | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
By Phillip Reese
Trump State Of The Union 2018 Address: Latest Updates & Reaction - Politico
Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote in op-eds published Monday that they hope President Donald Trump will call for a bipartisan infrastructure bill when he delivers his State of the Union Tuesday night.
Immigrant Children Aren't Entitled To Government-paid Lawyers In Deportation Hearings, Court Rules
Maura Dolan @ latimes.com
A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that minors who enter the U.S. without documentation are not entitled to paid lawyers in deportation hearings.
Californians Are Buying Fewer Guns Since Trump Took Office | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
By Phillip Reese
Amazon, Jpmorgan, Berkshire Creating New Healthcare Company
Associated Press @ latimes.com
Amazon is diving into healthcare, teaming up with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care "at a reasonable cost."
Tahoe Ski Traffic Is Congested. Will A Bus Express Lane Ease The Burden? | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
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Dumanis Sought To Protect Her Pension Before Announcing Run For County Board Of Supervisors - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @ sandiegouniontribune.com
A Feb. 2, 2017, letter from the pension system to Dumanis calculates what her salary would be as a supervisor, and how that might affect her retirement benefits.
Business Threading The Needle On Tax Issues :: Fox&hounds
ron de Arakal @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Rubio Calls Jeb Bush’s Immigration Tactics ‘legislative Malpractice’
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and a handful of immigration reform advocates who live in the Miami area began openly criticizing the Florida senator last week for not leading on the issue as he did in 2013. | AP Photo
New Impeachment Ads Funded By Tom Steyer Will Run During Trump's State Of The Union Address
Sarah D. Wire @ latimes.com
Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer plans to start airing new ads for his impeachment effort around President Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Senate Defeats Trump-backed 20-week Abortion Ban - Politico
The Senate on Monday blocked a bill, backed by President Donald Trump, to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Health Officials To Test John Burroughs Students For Tuberculosis After Possible Exposure
Andy Nguyen, Anthony Clark Carpio @ latimes.com
Anxious parents peppered county health officials with questions about the safety of their children Friday afternoon after an individual at Johns Burroughs High School was diagnosed with a possible case of tuberculosis earlier this week.
Sacramento Librarians Learn How To Respond To People In The Midst Of A Mental Crisis | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @ sacbee.com
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Epa’s Pruitt In 2016: Trump Would Be 'abusive To The Constitution' - Politico
On the Tulsa-based "The Pat Campbell Show," on Feb. 4, 2016, Scott Pruitt, who was then Oklahoma's attorney general and an adviser to presidential candidate Jeb Bush, said he wouldn't support Trump. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo