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DISTRICT UPDATES:

Lambert lives in Dana Point so, while allowable under the Constitution's requirements for members of Congress, it's worlds away from the district covering Anaheim, Orange and Santa Ana. That said, the district is home to Fantasyland.

Note: Some readers report that their font has gotten larger or, in some increases, gets progressively larger through the newsletter. I haven't made any changes, and can't replicate it on my end. If you have this problem, let me know and tell me what email reader you are using. As always, you can get the newsletter online at about 12:15.

 

Happy Friday! You made it! And, here in SacTown it's going to be in the 70s this weekend. Not good for the snowpack, but it sure felt good getting my walk in yesterday wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. 

Great jobs news this morning. Not great news for the markets, which are fearing rising wages leading to inflation and interest rate hikes. Dow is down 550 (> -2%) as I update this graf at 11:50am. Someone book an appointment for Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke in the Oval. Talking and twittering points need to change. 

CA10 (Stanislaus): I don't like to write this, but three-time congressional candidate Michael Eggman has a problem. He may be counting on the support of the Red-to-Blue PAC that he founded for his hopes to challenge Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). However, Eggman took consulting payments from the PAC for "general strategic consulting" and his picture and listing is on the PAC's website as of this writing labeling him as "Founder a President."

There is nothing illegal about this, but in an uphill race already, it just raises questions. For example, for every email he sends out will raise the question as to whether he bought a new list or happened to walk away from one crafted/purchased by the PAC. 

Remember, I don't endorse or contribute to the state and congressional races that I cover and have no relationships with any of the candidates.

Below the jump, we have year-end campaigning finance reports for some of the most closely watched State Senate and Assembly races. Nooner premium subscribers will be getting the entire list this afternoon. One nice thing about all these reports--the long hours looking at these data have resulted in much better sleep!

The FEC's hamsters are still converting many filings from the raw to processed format. I'll probably be able to provide the key nine congressionals over the weekend. 

 

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Here we go. Same caveats as yesterday. Some of these races are jockeying for the top two primary, while others are looking at the status for a November face-off.

By "major candidates, generally it's candidates with over $50,000 cash on hand. An exception is AD76, as Congressman Darrell Issa didn't retire until January 10, leading AD76 incumbent Rocky Chávez to move to that race. Thus, the two Republicans with committees hadn't started their campaigns until after the year-end reporting close.

AD76, which stretches along the northern San Diego coast from Encinitas to just below San Clemente, is a district unexpectedly in play for the Democrats. Chávez is a moderate Republican who had won re-election easily in a district that matched him well.

Hillary Clinton won the district by 12.7% in 2016, while Republican Neel Kashkari beat Jerry Brown there in 2014. Of course, Kashkari lived in Laguna Beach at the time (he now is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), so that probably helped him in the district just south. 

AD76 is now the best pick-up opportunity for Assembly Democrats in 2018. 

 

Senate District 12 (Stanislaus)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Anna Cabellero (D) $253,329 $77,772 $301,314 $1,636
Robert Poythress (R) $268,840 $11,862 $251,987 $100,016
Johnny Tacherra (R) $46,171 $32,557 $18,829 $0
         

Senate District 22 (San Gabriel Valley)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17 

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Mike Eng (D) $260,551 $137,182 $1,156,241 $95,073
Susan Rubio (D) $199,385 $28,739 $306,208 $0
         

Assembly District 15 (Berkeley)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Judy Appel (D) $163,873 $47,237 $118,145 $16,509
Ben Bartlett (D) $106,608 $47,951 $83,312 $24,656
Jovanka Beckles (D) $33,169 $79,084 $4,280 $18,184
Dan Kalb (D) $84,528 $40,510 $119,833 $42,838
Andy Katz (D) $77,225 $1,684 $125,565 $50,000
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto (D) $100,629 $10,442 $96,145 $6,958
Buffy Wicks (D) $310,810 $121,511 $384,357 $0
         

Assembly District 16 (Tri-Valley)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Catherine Baker (R) $531,681 $180,030 $621,279 $10,817
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) $56,795 $26,047 $44,625 $13,877
Tom Tarantino (D) $55,318 $21,848 $33,470 $0
         

Assembly District 38 (Santa Clarita)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Danta Acosta (R) $157,729 $198,797 $159,326 $13,376
Christy Smith (D) $79,400 $57,344 $75,859 $1,003
         

Assembly District 66 (Torrance)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

Al Muratsuchi (D) $192,534 $116,398 $399,574 $11,580
Frank Scotto (R) $242,585 $29,516 $217,859 $4,790
         

Assembly District 72 (Seal Beach)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Tyler Diep (R) $455,210 $19,268 $436,291 $350
Josh Lowenthal (D) $313,247 $48,104 $272,043 $6,900
Greg Haskin (R) $123,071 $22,626 $100,446 $100,000
         

Assembly District 76 (Oceanside)

Major candidate activity between 07/01/17 - 12/31/17

  Receipts Expenditures Cash on Hand Debt
Phil Graham (R) No report      
Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) $54,913 $15,496 $41,997 $1,500
Thomas Krouse (R) No report      
Elizabeth Warren (D) $18,285 $23,118 $5,756 $12,164

 

The fundraising headlines don't provide happy news to the GOP today, but there are a few highlights for Republicans:

  • CA10 (Stanislaus - Clinton+5.2%/Kashkari+13.6%) Jeff Denham (R) raised $413,228 in the fourth quarter and has $1,897,892 on hand. His three biggest rivals (pre-Eggman's entrance) had a combined fourth quarter haul of $466,906 and a combined year-end cash on hand of $1,069,499.
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita - Clinton+3%/Brown+3.4%) - Dante Acosta (R) raised nearly twice as much as challenger Christy Smith (D).
  • The GOP has possible flag-bearers who can self fund a respectable, albeit not competitive on the teevee, campaign should they make it to November. It's important to have something at the top of the ticket, but they still need a beating heart for U.S. Senate.

    The GOP gubernatorial candidates, other than Travis Allen, free up money to play defense and maybe make a play for CA07 (Bera).

RED ALERT: GOP alarm? Dem challengers outraise seven California House Republicans  [Casey Tolan @ MercNews]:

Democratic challengers outraised seven Republican members of Congress in California over the last three months of 2017, the latest sign of a flood of support for Democrats as they try to take control of the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections.

The GOP’s lackluster fundraising totals showed up in more than half of the races here in which Republican incumbents are running for re-election, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

GUBER: Latest California Governor Campaign Fundraising Reports Are Out, And Gavin Newsom Is Lapping The Field [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad]

THE OC:  By the numbers, Democrats look strong in Orange County congressional races they must win to flip the House [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT]:

Incumbents in all four Orange County districts held by Republicans raised less money than some of their challengers in the last quarter of 2017. The reports cover fundraising through Dec. 31, before Reps. Ed Royce of Fullerton and Darrell Issa of Vista announced they were bowing out. Their seats are two of the likeliest to flip to Democrats in November. 

Rep. Mimi Walters of Irvine raised $253,722, less than two Democratic challengers. Brian Forde, a former policy advisor to President Obama, raised $403,829 last quarter. Law professor Katie Porter also beat Walters with $266,669, and her UC Irvine colleague Dave Min came in a close third with $212,575. Walters still has a considerable cash advantage and had more than $1.5 million in the bank. 

Believe it or not, there are non-fundraising stories...after the jump.

 

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HARASSMENT: The State Senate yesterday passed Assemblywoman Melissa Melendezs AB 403 to provide whistleblower protections for legislative employees, and the bill is now back in the Assembly on concurrence. The vote on the amended bill, which has failed the last two sessions, passed on a 38-0 vote.

MO' MONEY MO' PROBLEMS: In the Bee, Adam Ashton writes that cash is coming in too fast and the state's Rainy Day Fund may exceed the constitutional cap of 10% of general fund spending before the new budget commences July 1.

He mentions four options in the mix (the pros/cons are mine, not those necessarily in Ashton's article):

  • REBATE: Provide taxpayers with a one-time rebate on their current year taxes.
     - PRO: Politically popular, one-time spending.
     - CON: Sets a precedent of returning funds even if the Gann Limit isn't reached.
  • SAVE IN OTHER LOCKBOXES: Funds could be put in the Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties, which pays for things like disaster response.
    - PRO: One-time spending.
    - CON: The fund is already proposed to be $2.3 billion in the 2018-19 that is a pretty good buffer even in a disastrous year like 2017.
  • PAY DOWN PENSIONS/RETIREE HEALTH CARE: While the state and local governments are meeting the legal requirement in funding pensions, even with growth in the stock market, CalPERS and CalSTRS are still significantly underfunded, let alone retiree health benefits.
    - PRO: One-time spending.
    - CON: Stock market are high and real estate has rebounded--big investment areas of the pension funds. Now might not be a good time to buy. Having the state spend more without asking employees to share the pain is a bad precedent. (I write this as someone with 18 years in CalPERS). 
  • BUILD AND REPAIR: The state could move quickly and tackle the many infrastructure projects on the state's needs list.
    - PRO: Building/repairing addresses infrastructure needs and creates jobs and stimulates economies where employees work. 
    - CON: There is so much building (including high-speed rail and Oroville Dam) that labor and materials = are quite expensive right now. As I was on my walk down R Street yesterday, it's amazing how much building has happened in the last year and there's more forthcoming.

    Additionally, the threats on immigration are crippling many builders (and farmers), who were having a hard time before the rhetoric began. Many immigrants--unlawful and otherwise--went back to their home countries during the recession to healthier economies than they had known and without California's high cost of living. In particular, those skilled in construction jobs haven't been returning to the U.S.
  • SPEND: Legislators have lots of ideas on how to spend billions. Ashton writes "Lawmakers might choose to go in another direction, perhaps by following through on pledges to extend health care coverage to undocumented immigrants, extending tax credits to lower-income residents, expanding access to preschool or by setting aside money to spur more affordable housing projects.
    - PRO: The state's high cost of living and social needs are numerous and there is an opportunity to invest now and save on social services costs later.
    - CON: These are ongoing investments and could put the state in a bind when the next recession hits. 


 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dave Broker, Wanda Jong , and Don Nielsen!

 

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
The Cost Of Healthcare For California Government Workers When They Retire Rises Sharply To $91.5 Billion
John Myers @
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California taxpayers are on the hook for more than $91.5 billion to provide health and dental benefits to state government workers when they retire, according to a report issued Wednesday by the state controller’s office.

State Treasurer John Chiang, Running For Governor, Outlines Vision For State
sfchronicle.com
State Treasurer John Chiang may be running for governor, but 20 years on the financial side of government leaves a mark that isn’t going away.

Latest California Governor Campaign Fundraising Reports Are Out, And Gavin Newsom Is Lapping The Field - Capradio.org
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Gavin Newsom Can't Stop Using This Jerry Garcia Quote
Christopher Cadelago @
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When Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom extolled Jerry Brown ahead of the governor’s final State of the State last month, he reached for a quote from another San Franciscan who shares a first name with the governor: Jerry Garcia.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Has Big Lead In Campaign Fundraising Over Challengers
Patrick McGreevy @
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State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra maintained his large political fundraising lead over five possible challengers in the June 2018 primary, with the incumbent reporting he brought in $4 million last year, according to campaign disclosure reports filed Wednesday.

U.S. Immigration Agency Demands Documents From Dozens Of Northern California Employers
Anita Chabria And Ryan Lillis @
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Homeland Security agents this week hit dozens of Northern California businesses with a demand they turn over records proving employees are legally entitled to work, putting state employers in the middle of the escalating immigration battle between the state and the federal government.

State Senate Passes Long-stalled Whistle-blower Protection For Capitol Workers
Melody Gutierrez @
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Republicans took a rare victory lap in the Senate chambers Thursday after lawmakers unanimously approved whistle-blower protections for legislative employees, many of whom have come forward in recent months to say they fear reporting sexual harassment and abuse because of retaliation.

Facing Term Limits, State Sen. Joel Anderson Has Filed Paperwork To Run For Tax Board - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Ca Marijuana Crimes Easier To Clear From Records Under Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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County Moving Forward With Criminal-record Reductions In Prop. 64 Marijuana Cases - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Rep. David Valadao Again Out-raises His 2018 Democratic Opponent, In A District Clinton Won
latimes.com
Republican Rep. David Valadao of Hanford, Calif., raised 10 times as much as his Democratic opponent last quarter, despite representing a district that backed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and where Democrats have a voter registration advantage.

SF District 2 Candidate Sues To Move Election Up From November To June
Lizzie Johnson @
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A candidate running to succeed Mayor Mark Farrell in the race for District Two supervisor is suing to move the election from the Nov. 6 ballot to the June 5 ballot.

Fact Check: Democratic Responses to Trumpâ
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Democrats mislead and leave out context about trade, health care and taxes in criticizing President Trump’s State of the Union speech.

California State Senate Republicans Pass Whistleblower Protection Bill to Protect Capitol Staff
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Today all state Senate Republicans voted for

Mccain Rebukes Republicans: Attacking FBI Serves Only Putin'
Elana Schor @

The statement from McCain, who is away from Washington undergoing treatment for brain cancer, came minutes after Trump signed off on the release of the memo crafted by Republicans on the House intelligence committee. McCain directly connected his fellow Republicans' campaign to undercut the FBI with Russian President Vladimir Putin's meddling in the 2016 election.

Breed raises a pile of money in race for SF mayor, but Leno still on top
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Just 22 days after announcing her candidacy in the San Francisco mayor’s race, Board of Supervisors President London Breed has raised over $320,000 in campaign contributions, putting her within striking distance of Mark Leno, who leads the field of candidates in fundraising. According to campaign finance documents filed late Wednesday with the city’s Ethics Commission, Leno raised more than $417,000 in 2017, and, after expenses, has $338,267.72 in cash. Leno, a former supervisor who also served in the state Legislature,had a substantial head start in raising money because last May he was the first to announce his intent to run for mayor. The Ethics Commission’s filings report money raised in 2017.

Federal Agents Demand Documents From 77 Northern California Businesses In Immigration Sweep
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latimes.com
Federal agents this week ordered dozens of Northern California businesses to prove that their employees are authorized to work, heightening tensions between state and federal officials over immigration policies.

How Long Will A $1 Million Retirement Last In Sacramento? | The Sacramento Bee
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sacbee.com
By Mark Glover

By The Numbers, Democrats Look Strong In Orange County Congressional Races They Must Win To Flip The House
latimes.com
Democrats have a few problems to sweat over in this year’s midterms: winnowing their vast fields of candidates and navigating California’s top-two primary system, to name a couple.