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TRIVIA ANSWER: It's former Assemblmember Steve Fox (D-AD36) that was the only Democrat fielded in a Hillary +6% district, raised and spent $0 between 4/22 and 5/19, and has had over $100,000 in payments from the state for harassment and other employment complaints, and hasn't filed the 06/30 filing statement due on Monday. And, he is an attorney.
Fox spent only $6,124 between January 1 and May 19. That was for a campaign statement ($4,000) in the ballot pamphlet, filing fee ($949), and $209 for contribution envelopes. Apparently, those envelopes are sitting in somebody's garage.
AD36 Democrats, what the hell is going on down there?
Congratulations Assemblymember Tom Lackey, you can take a vacation after session ends on August 31 through the election.
AURAL PLEASURE: On KQED's Political Beakdown podcast, Marisa Lagos and Guy Marzorati sit down with rising star Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).
Happy Friday! You made it!
What the heck is happening in baseball? First, it was Tuesday's game, when the Nats beat the Mets 25-4. Then, last night, the Dodgers beat Milwaukee 25-4 and Texas beat the Orioles 17-8. I get that it last night was the first pre-season NFL game, but that doesn't mean that baseball should start scoring accordingly.
Anyway, Giants had a 8-1 great win against the tough Diamondbacks and MadBum gets the win. Nice end to a crappy day when Johnny Cueto had Tommy John surgery and is out for 10-12 months and it was announced that Pablo "Panda" Sandoval needed surgery on his hamstring after an awkward slide into home on Monday night and is out for the rest of the season.
Last night, there was a nice going-away party for my friend Brian Micek, a consultant for the Senate Democratic Caucus. He and his wife Sydney are heading to North Carolina where she is taking a job after graduating from the famous UC Davis Vet School. Micek is the ultimate UC Davis Aggie. He was a couple of years behind me a couple of years in undergrad and I think we met at Aggie football games (at the old Toomey Field). Great guy. Best wishes for a safe trip across the country with your travel trailer Brian and Sydney!
Of course, we still have fires. The team at the LA Times has an explainer on what the Fornado ("fire tornado") in the Carr Fire was, beyond just being an ominous sign of the times.
This was not typical wildfire damage. Rather, it was strong evidence of a giant, powerful spinning vortex that accompanied the Carr fire on July 26. The tornado-like condition, lasting an hour and a half and fueled by extreme heat and intensely dry brush as California heats up to record levels, was captured in dramatic videos that have come to symbolize the destructive power of what is now California’s sixth-most destructive fire.
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The National Weather Service on Thursday said a preliminary estimate of maximum wind speeds in the vortex were in excess of 143 mph. That would make it equivalent to a twister with a rating of EF-3 out of a maximum of 5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
For those who watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you know that look when he says "Holy S***!"
I’ll take sharks, thank you.
Perhaps in context, former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger writes for Fox&Hounds that California will fight to retain its clean(er) air standards against the Trump Administration, which this week sought to block California's higher emissions standards.
CARR (Shasta/Trinity): Carr captured another infamous spot yesterday at 131,896--the 20th largest in California recorded history. That is in addition to the 6th most destructive and 13th (tied) deadliest. In continued to burn in mostly wildlands yesterday, and containment picked up 4%. Here is the evacuation and repopulation map.
MENDOCINO COMPLEX (Colusa/Lake/Mendocino): It's expected to be a rough weekend weather-wise and a Red Fire Warning was issued beginning today.
The two fires that the "complex" is comprised of have surpassed the Carr Fire in size, even though Carr started four days earlier. That makes it the 14th largest fire in recorded California history. The number of destroyed structures, including residences had a signficant increase in this morning's report, but it's unclear if these are new structures or ones destroyed earlier this week.
While many evacuation orders have been lifted, there were new ones yesterday as the fire burned through the Mendocino National Forest into Colusa County and to the east further south in the foothills above Clearlake Oaks. This morning at 10 am, Clearlake Oaks, Lucerne, and Glenhaven were added. While the fire has been burning east, there's now concern that it will also burn west down to the Clear Lake.
Things are moving so fast that residents of the new evacuations are just being told to head south on Highway 20 to Twin Pines Casino, where they will be given directions about new evacuation centers that haven't yet opened. Things are also moving fast for me to keep track of. One hour there is optimism and then things change. It has been a wild ten days.
The expected full containment date has been pushed back by a week to 08/15/18.
Stories below . . .
U.S. SENATE: Joe Mathews writes that the California Democratic Party endorsement of Kevin de León was the right move, citing that until this cycle, Dianne Feinstein has largely been at odds with the party, while de León has towed the line that the activists care about.
"Newsom collected almost $1.8 million from people who gave $500 or less and nearly half of his 21,396 separate donations through June 30 were for less than $100. CALmatters Laurel Rosenhall detailed the small donor trend in this recent story.
Cox, a wealthy businessman who is helping to fund his campaign, received 1,627 donations of less than $100 and a total of $634,646 from people who gave $500 or less.
Cox is beating Newsom in one category: donors who list their occupation as retired. He received $676,409 from 3,005 retirees compared with Newsom’s $634,540 from 769 self-identified retirees."
Meanwhile, Capitol Public Radio's Ben Adler writes that the debate over debates continues`between the candidates.
AD76 (Oceanside): Rocky Chávez filed a Statement of Intent to run to return to his current Assembly seat in 2020. The seat is a certain flip this year, as two Democrats proceeded to November under top-two. Chávez has three possible terms left in the Assembly, but ran for the open CA49 (Darrell Issa) this year instead of re-election.
BIZFED: Joel Fox writes that the star at the Los Angeles BizFed reception in Hollywood for frosh electeds was the very-non newcomer Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
GASSY: John Myers reports in the Times that backers of the gas tax repeal are short on cash. "State campaign reports filed on Tuesday show most of the $2.9 million that Proposition 6 supporters have collected this year has already been spent, leaving little for the fall campaign season. Opponents of the repeal, a coalition of transportation advocates, have raised more and spent much less."
A big assist for the qualification campaign was from GOP members of the California congressional delegation who wanted it on the ballot to drive turnout to assist endangered incumbents and candidates in the two open seats. I don't believe that the actual repeal is their top priority now that the measure is qualified. I'm not saying they don't care, but I just think the money now will be going to directly support those targeted races and not to the gas tax repeal. So to speak, that tank is empty.
Meanwhile, the fundraising since qualification has basically been Benjamins. Benjamins don't buy TV in California.
CLIMATE: Uh, there's nothing going on here. At the Scripps pier, the highest ocean water temperature was recorded in its 102-year history. Good news for surfers except for the, well, sharks.
RESISTANCE: The LAT's Mini Racker writes "California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that the state will join a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration to block the release of blueprints for 3-D-printed guns."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Phil Giarrizzo and Fiona Moore Simon!
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Backers Of California's Gas Tax Repeal Don't Have Much Campaign Cash Left In The Tank
John Myers @ latimes.com
Supporters of an effort to repeal California’s fuel tax increase are looking for someone to fill the tank of their campaign bank account as new reports show the effort to pass Proposition 6 has spent most of the money it has raised.
Supreme Court Rules San Diego Skipped Key Legal Step In Taking Pension Reform To Voters - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Trump 'cares Deeply' About Russian Election Hacking, Top Security Leaders Say - Politico
The gathering of top law enforcement and intelligence officials came less than 100 days before the midterms and amid increasing reports that Russia is continuing to meddle in the elections and U.S. politics more broadly through cyberattacks and social media disinformation campaigns.
U.S. Supreme Court Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune
Tribune Taxonomy @ sandiegouniontribune.com
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Former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn were projected to win their partiesâÂÂ nominations for Senate on Thursday.
La City Animal Shelters Are Full. Hundreds Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Could Be Euthanized: Laist
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Senate Democrats to end boycott, plan to meet with Kavanaugh later this month
Democrats plan to press the Supreme Court nominee on providing documents from his tenure as White House staff secretary and question him about health care, womenâÂÂs rights.
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