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Happy humpday! The good poliitical news is that West Virginia US Senate candidate Don Blankenship lost in third place in the GOP primary yesterday. Blankenship openly attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hinting that he was corrupt because his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was born in Taiwan.

GOV: The Bee's Angela Hart fact checks the candidates on last night's gubernatorial debate in San Jose that was moderatd by Chuck Todd. On the California Politics Podcast, the LAT's John Myers had a great conversation with Todd leading up to the debate. Myers writes today that the candidates generally kept things civil..Assemblyman Travis Allen got the most airtime. Myers writes that most of the divides were over personalities and policy. 

Basically, a good night for Gavin, even though he was the subject of the attacks that did occur. He just needs to have no unforced errors as most of the votes will be in happening the next week as vote-by-mail ballots land in our mailboxes. As I wrote before, I predict 75-80% of ballots for June 5 will be cast in the next 10 days. Yeah, GOTV is not what it used to be.



SB 1159 (Moorlach): In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports on a bill that would allow inactive certied public accountants sitting as legislators or members of Congress to call themselves CPAs. The bill would only benefit Senator John Moorlach and Congressman Brad Sherman

In California, someone whose active status has lapsed because they did not fulfill continuing education requirements must include the term "inactive" or "retired" immediately after their CPA designation. Sen. John Moorlach, a Costa Mesa Republican and inactive CPA, said that's too complicated.

"Neither Brad or I put the CPA behind the names because it's really difficult to explain to people what the retired means or the inactive means," he said.

Bad slippery slope in my mind. You legally can't use "former" in a ballot designation, so if you don'd do continuing education and pay the annual license fee, you shouldn't be able to claim yourself as such. I passed the bar exam but never joined the bar because I wanted to be a lobbyist and not a lawyer. Thus, I never refer myself as such. We can certainly debate the State Bar of California--total fair game. 

You of course can use "Retired" in the first word of a ballot designation along with your last occupation, but it can't be abbreviated.


Classifieds below:

  • Education: Pepperdine Masters of Public Policy (GRE waived for legislative staffers)
  • Education: UOP/McGeorge School of Law: MPP/MPA (full-time or part-time, 3 miles from the Capitol)
  • Education: Capitol Seminars - learn how to lobby effectively
  • Event: California Council on Science and Technology policy briefing
  • Job: Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert (advocate)
  • Job: Aaron Read and Associates - Legislative Assistant
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: Randle Communications 
  • Job: The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: Probolsky Research - Research Analyst - Public Opinion (Orange County)
  • Job: Save the Bay Political Director
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland, Los Angeles or Sacramento)
  • Job: CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representatives (Bay Area, LA North East, Orange, San Bernardino, San Joaquin North)
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels   



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DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: I totally screwed up yesterday. In SD29, if the recall succeeds, there is no runoff. The top vote recipient is elected. And, of course, there is no regular election for that seat this year as it's an odd-numbered seat. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Patrick Donahoe, Joshua Englander, and Bob Stern!

#FAREWELL: Former Governor George Deukmejian (1928-2018)



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  • Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager to work across multiple teams providing management, coordination, and support needed to execute programs and initiatives. Ideal candidate is a self-starter, good writer, client service oriented, has an eye for detail, and believes in California’s local health plans’ mission. Salary BOE. Details.
  • CCST Expert Briefing: “From Drips of Data to Pools of Information: Designing an Open Water Data Platform That Works for California” Thursday, May 17th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in Capitol Room 115. Hosted by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). What is an open water data platform? How can it be used to inform California policy? Join us for a conversation with experts from UC Water, the Water Foundation, and the Dept. of Water Resources to discuss the implementation, use cases, and timeline of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, AB 1755 (Dodd, 2016). Organized in partnership with the office of Senator Dodd and moderated by Dr. Susan Hubbard, CCST Council Member and Associate Laboratory Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To receive a to-go lunch box following the briefing, RSVP by Noon on May 16th to Puneet at
  • Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert in areas such as civil law, criminal law, public rights and law enforcement. The Advocate represents the Department of Justice on legislative matters before the State Legislature. The job can be viewed here.
  • Imprenta Communications Group Seeks Account Coordinator to Join Our Sacramento Office. Successful candidate will have 1-3 years previous experience working at a public relations agency, on political campaigns, political staff, or corporate marketing. The ideal candidate is a hard-working, professional, and dedicated individual seeking to empower communities of color. Spanish or Asian language fluency preferred. Full job description can be viewed here. Submit resume and cover letter to Ken Tiratira at for consideration.

  • Randle Communications is seeking a highly-motivated communications professional to support the firm’s growing public affairs practice. Ideal candidate has three – five years legislative/campaign experience, strong communication skills, is detail-oriented and a self-starter. Salary BOE.  E-mail resume, references, cover letter:
  • Save The Bay seeks a Political Director to lead strategic advocacy campaigns that protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Supervise policy team, mobilize our grassroots network, build partnerships with diverse interests and communities, and integrate advocacy objectives throughout the organization. Save The Bay is the largest organization working to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife, with more than 50 years of accomplishments. Our downtown Oakland office is a great work environment with excellent transit access. This position reports to the Executive Director and serves on the senior management team. Full description at
  • Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator – The Council of State Governments, West (Sacramento, CA)
    The Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support, as well as providing support of the organization's international engagement efforts, particularly between CSG West members and policy stakeholders in Mexico and Canada. Individual must be bilingual (English/Spanish), with a high proficiency to read, write and speak in both languages. CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS IS JUST A COUPLE OF CLICKS AWAY. Capitol Seminars offers you a cost-effective, comprehensive overview of what it takes to be more successful at lobbying in California. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, these invaluable seminars cover the processes, touch points and best practices of Legislative, Budget and Regulatory advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. You'll learn how state government "really works" from an insider's perspective. Next dates are June 7-8 and July 26-27 at McGeorge School of Law and Policy. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009. Note: If you tried to register between March 24-30 and could not access our site, please try again. The bug has been squashed!

  • GRE waived for qualifying government & legislative staffers to apply to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy program, considered the most unique policy graduate program in the country. Specialization tracks, including State & Local Policy, allow students to personalize their policy studies. Current State & Local Policy courses include, “Advanced Topics in Politics and Budgeting,” “Public Policy for Criminal Justice, Cannabis, and other Drugs,” “Permissions Development and the Environment,” and “Leadership through Public Engagement.” Find out more about this Top 10 in the West/Top 5 in California MPP program located in Malibu:
  • The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), was founded in 2004 as a trade organization representing the theme, amusement and water park industry in California. The sole CAPA employee is the Executive Director, whose efforts are focused on forming political coalitions, leveraging the legal, political and operational talent of its members, and supporting or opposing relevant legislation and regulation. Minimum 8 years serving on legislative staff, as a Capitol lobbyist, in-house government relations professional or equivalent experience. Resumes must be submitted to CAPA Chairperson Kris Reyes at no later than Friday, April 27. View full job description here.

  • BREATHE LA is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy to manage the organization’s legislative and government affairs, as well as advocacy campaigns and community outreach.  This position is full-time and based in Los Angeles. Salary DOE. Details here:
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
    This position is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland or Sacramento)
    This position will develop the union’s technological and human capacity to use the phone bank to contact and build relationships with hundreds of thousands of voters, healthcare workers and patients to win 2018 candidate races, ballot initiatives, political pressure, organizing and bargaining campaigns. Your work will contribute to the growth of our member leadership, our union, and the labor movement. It will transform the resistance into the revolution. The Healthcare Justice Phone and Digital Campaign Coordinator works closely with the political, data, technology and field teams but reports directly to the Healthcare Justice Campaign Director. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at

  • Aaron Read and Associates
    2+ years of experience working in governmental affairs office; outstanding communication skills, working knowledge of legislative process, calendaring/arranging tra

Ca Candidates For Governor Debate Housing, Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Will Recall Election Be A Harbinger For Gas Tax Repeal? :: Fox&hounds
rhonda Lyons @

Marijuana Tax Cut Could Be In Jeopardy As Revenue Lags Behind Budget Projections
Patrick McGreevy @
Money collected through California’s marijuana taxes may fall short of the $175 million budgeted for the first six months of this year. The less-than-expected haul could force the Legislature to shelve a bill that would reduce the excise tax on pot from 15% to 11%, state officials warned Tuesday.

Newsom Gets Pummeled In California Governor Debate - Politico

Throughout the evening, Gavin Newsom portrayed himself as a leader who would battle President Donald Trump on key areas including immigration, the budget, and other governmental priorities. | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

Sutter Health Employees Testify They Were Denied Breaks | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
By Cathie Anderson

George Deukmejian, ‘iron Duke’ Governor Of California, Dies - Politico

As governor from 1983 to 1991, Deukmejian ran a law-and-order administration expanding the state prison system, bringing the left-leaning California Supreme Court to the center and supporting tough, anti-crime legislation.

UC Strike Day 2: Nurses March With Strikers At UC Davis Medical Center | The Sacramento Bee
Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson @
By Molly Sullivan And Cathie Anderson

Santa Clarita May Join Other Cities In Opposing California's 'sanctuary' Law
Nina Agrawal @
The Santa Clarita City Council is expected to take up a resolution Tuesday to oppose SB 54, known as the California Values Act, and to file a brief in support of the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state. Officials believe it would be the first L.A. County city to oppose the law.

California Governor Hopefuls Face Off In Crucial Primary Debate -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

L.A. Lawmakers Reject Warehouse Agreement Over Worker Concerns
Emily Alpert Reyes @
The Los Angeles City Council rejected a proposed agreement Tuesday for a trucking and logistics company to continue using a warehouse near the Port of Los Angeles, saying that space should not be provided to a company accused of flouting labor laws.

Russia Tried to Undermine Confidence in Voting Systems, Senators Say

The Senate Intelligence Committee identified around 20 states where Russian hackers surveilled election systems in 2016, but said it found no evidence that vote tallies were changed.

Congressional Leaders Mixed On Trump Withdrawal Of Iran Deal | The Sacramento Bee
Congressional leaders are split, but not neatly along party lines, over President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Some welcomed the pullout, believing the 2015 accord was unsound, but others worried the U.S. was now in the position of reneging on an international commitment and without a backup plan.

California Has Slow Start To Marijuana Tax Collections -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Cordray, Dewine Advance To Ohio Gubernatorial Election - Politico

Democrat Richard Cordray won the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio Tuesday night, setting up a November race against Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Noah Phillips Has $295,000. Schubert Has $564,000 In Da Race | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith @
Noah Phillips has launched a

California Hospitals, Officials Take Careful Steps To Minimize Patient Impact During UC Labor Strikes -
Sammy Caiola @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Renegade Republicans challenge Paul Ryan, file discharge petition to force immigration votes

Seven Republicans filed a discharge petition Wednesday morning that, if signed by a majority of House members, would force votes on a series of immigration bills under a so-called “queen of the hill” rule.

John Cox Says He Led The Effort To Oust Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Here's What Happened
Liam Dillon @
At Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate, GOP businessman John Cox said he led the recall effort against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in 2013 under a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.