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  • CA04 (Foothills): changed from Toss-up to Leans Republican (vote-by-mail ballot returns)
  • CA45 (Irvine): changed from Toss-up to Leans Republican (vote-by-mail ballot returns)
  • CA49 (Oceanside): changed from Toss-up to Leans Democrat (voter registration trend)
  • CA50 (East San Diego County): changed from Toss-up to Leans Republican (vote-by-mail ballot returns)

This is it! Legislators, lobbyists, and staffers are happy that the "house of origin" deadline has arrived (technically tomorrow). This means that bills introduced in one house have to be approved in today's final sessions or they meet their maker. Since it's the second year of the two-year session, bills that don't pass truly meet the Grim Reaper. 

Tonight, the Warriors face the Cavaliers for the fourth time in game 1 of the NBA finals at 6pm. Go Warriors!

Lobbyist Chris Micheli, who thankully tracks these data, reports on what's on the chopping block:

  • Senate: 33 Senate bills 
  • Assembly: 132 Assembly bills (only 40 are considered still in the mix)

Congrats to staffers who get their bills across the building, and there is always next year for those who didn't. For home-gamers, legislative staff, particularly junior staff, take their bills very personally and that first loss is very difficult. While I've never been in that position, I've watched it many times. It's the same thing as a district attorney or public defender on their first trial. 

We have next year!

POLL POSITION: And, we have another poll. This one, from Berkeley IGS. 

  • Travis Allen: 12%
  • John Chiang: 7%
  • John Cox: 20%
  • Delaine Eastin: 4%
  • Gavin Newsom: 33%
  • Antonio Villaraigosa: 13%
  • All others: 4%
  • Undecided: 7%

 [n=2,106 likely voters; English/Spanish; online via email invite from voter rolls; May 22-28; +/- 3.5%]

Although I have been critical of online polls, with the "jungle" top-two primary resulting in 27 candidates for governor, it's the only way it can be practically done without limiting respondents' choices. 

That said, it's pretty clear considering all the polls we've been looking at. Gavin Newsom will be on the November 6 ballot. I'd give an 80% chance that Republican John Cox will appear next to him on that ballot. Newsom is occupying enough of the Democratic universe and Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, and Delaine Eastin are splitting up enough of the other Democrat-leaning voters to keep the door open for a Republican. Most voters at this point have decided, albeit all of the candidate and independent spending on teevee that continues.

I usually don't watch local news, where most of this advertising is taking place. As I ate dinner at the local Chinese joint last night, I was amazed to see all the ads. As I like to talk about, voter communication has become a real challenge. People vote over multiple weeks, walk from the mailbox to the recycle bin, targeting is across the entire universe (including some automatically registered who will never vote), and the attention of voters is spread across TV (sometimes recorded and commercials are fast-forwarded through) and the Internet.

The best candidates are shoe-leather candidates, but you can't do that for governor. Although, Antonio Villaraigosa is trying. He is holding a 24-hour string of campaign events in Los Angeles today and tomorrow and the agenda is making me really hungry. I would ask why he's doing it in Los Angeles, but the only other city you could practically pull it off in is San Francisco, and LA allows Villaraigosa to highlight his time as mayor. And, with some of the biggest LA businessman running an independent expenditure campaign for him and with the largest region of votes, it makes sense. 

CA39 (Fullerton): Holy crap! Samantha Bee's Full Frontal had a segment on CA39 (Fullerton), where I grew up and Dad will be voting next week. Yeah, Bee went over the top in another segment, but praise for the segment on Northern Orange County.


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
  • Job: Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert (advocate)
  • 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: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels   





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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sandra Chong, Brian Cooley, Claudia Perez Figueroa, Cortez Quinn, Dan Smith!



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Ca Governor Candidates Discuss Coastal-inland Divide | The Sacramento Bee
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, frustrated by stalled efforts in Congress, is moving ahead with a plan to overhaul the system through her regulatory powers.

Ca Governor's Race: Gavin Newsom, John Cox Lead In Poll | The Sacramento Bee
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Teachers Find Public Support as Pay Campaign Goes to Voters
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In a survey, nearly three in four American adults said teachers’ salaries were too low. The sentiment crossed party lines, even if raises meant higher taxes.