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FIRES: The number of unaccounted for individuals in the Camp Fire now stands at 203, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. This was mostly from cleaning up of the list. No morning update was issued this morning.

  • Camp Fire: 88 fatalities, 13,672 single-family residences, 282 multi-family residences, 514 commercial destroyed; 153,336 acres; 100% contained


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 88 deaths (November 2018)
#4 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 22 deaths (October 2017)
#11 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 9 deaths (October 2017)
#14 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 7 deaths (July 2018)
#15 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 6 deaths (October 2017)

(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/24/18) 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 14,500 structures destroyed (November 2018)
#2 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 5,636 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#7 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 1,604 structures destroyed (July 2018)
#8 Woosley Fire (Los Angeles/Ventura): 1,500 structures destroyed (November 2018)
#9 Nuns Fire (Sonoma): 1,353 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#10 Thomas Fire (Ventura/Santa Barbara): 1,063 structures destroyed (December 2017)
#14 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 783 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#20 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 546 structures destroyed (October 2017)

(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/24/18)

THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):

  • Fatalities: 125
  • Structures: 26,985 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns) 

Hello, there, Noonerific people. Forty years ago today, Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, and KQED's Scott Shafer reports for NPR. Mark Leno pens a perspective on Milk.

Meanwhile, Katie Hill flipped a Republican district, CA25 (Santa Clarita/Palmdale), one of several LGBTQ candidates across the country who were victorious this month. And, nobody can forget what launched  Dianne Feinstein's statewide political career.

Today is "Giving Tuesday," which I surmise is like confession after a Vegas bachelor/bachelorette party. Anyway, here is my list of media-related nonprofits to support, and most have a doubling of gifts from matching donors today. When giving, I encourage you to write something like "For great state government and political coverage." It's not a restricted contribution, but send a message about the great work we are seeing from these great journalists. Each of these are tax deductible.

CA DEM UPDATE: Following allegations of sexual harassment and the launch of an independent investigation, California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman has taken a leave of absence.

THE BLUE WAVE IN ORANGE COUNTY: Yesterday, Gavin Newsom took the lead over Republican John Cox in votes for governor in Orange County. Contrast that with 2014, Neel Kashkari (R) beat Jerry Brown (D) in his re-election bid by 11.2%, and Brown didn't have "San Francisco liberal" hanging around his neck.

The GOP consultants and insiders I have been talking to acknowledge that they got their asses kicked on the ground by Democrats. The question is whether those lessons will be remembered and acted on. Both parties have been "great" at acknowledging problems while going back to old playbooks. Democrats played it differently this year, largely led by a crew of political newbie congressional candidates who raised incredible amounts of money, which was wisely deployed. 

Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA10) was on CNN this morning and suggested California needed to look at the validity of provisional votes. It's worth noting that, of the 7 flips by Democrats, only CA21 did so on provisional ballots. The other six, including Denham's seat, did so with the combination of polling place voters and vote-by-mail ballots--not new "conditional voters." 

I laid out the order in which ballots are counted a week ago Saturday. It's methodical and done according to law. There are observers on the ground from both parties and campaigns watching the count and at this point, I have seen no formal objection despite widespread allegations on social media and, yes, CNN.

Please don't take this as partisan, as Democrats have raised the voter fraud in other states in cases with varying veracity. I only speak about California because, well, y'all give me plenty to keep my hands full.

A DIVERSE DELEGATION: If current results hold:

  • Seven GOP seats flip--2 by retirement and 5 by defeat. They were six white males and 1 white female.
  • The seven new members are five men and two women.
  • 2 Latino men, 1 Asian-American (Filipino, Chinese and white), 1 LGBTQ, and 1 single mother

It's also a very highly educated group of political newcomers--three Ivies, Duke, and other great schools, and I'm talking about you CSUN Matadors! Don't dismiss Cisneros as an empty suit who won the lottery. He has an MBA from Brown. 

THE NOONER ELECTION CONTEST! I re-ran The Nooner Election Contest this morning and the likely flip in CA21 has changed the scores of several people. CA21 was a 7-point question. If CA21 holds, that leaves only AD77 (N. San Diego), which is a ten-point question that could move someone into the top three!

I sent out the updated individual scoresheet links this morning to participants. If you didn't receive yours, email me.

Nooner Election Contest Scoreboard
before CA21 after CA21
Contest scoreboard before update Contest scoreboard after update


BALLOT UPDATE as of November 26, 2018

  • Vote-by-mail: 175,562
  • Provisional: 460,782
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 34,230
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 27,277
  • Total: 697,851

TURNOUT as of November 26, 2018

  • Eligible to register: 25,200,451
  • Registered voters as of 10/22: 19,696,371
  • Ballots tallied: 12,095,565
  • Turnout of eligible: 47.50%
  • Turnout of registered: 61.41% 
(as of 11/26/18)
  U.S. House of Representatives State Assembly State Senate
As of Nov. 6, 2018 39 Democrats
14 Republicans
55 Democrats
25 Republicans
26 Democrats
14 Republicans
After Nov. 6, 2018 46 Democrats (CA21)
7 Republicans
60 Democrats
19 Republicans
1 Toss-up (AD77)
29 Democrats
11 Republicans 

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO... Last night, CA21 flipped and is on a trend to stay that way. Congressman David Valadao was scheduled to host a fundraiser today for recount costs, but it was abruptly canceled after the latest results came out. Meanwhile AD77 got closer. San Diego's next update will be Friday afternoon.

Here is my current projection on AD77, based on last night's results and San Diego's projected number of remaining ballots:

AD77 projection

  • CA21 (Kings): TJ Cox (D) 55,672 (50.2%), *David Valadao (R) 55,236 (49.8%)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): *Brian Maienschein (R)  98,205 (50.2%), Sunday Gover (D) 97,341 (49.8%) 

As I mentioned yesterday, I have updated voter registration data on AroundTheCapitol. Here are the changes between 2012 and 2018 for statewide races and Board of Equalization. 

 Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
Statewide 1,450,401 -0.21% -5.32% 6.85% -1.32%
BOE1 452,581 -1.26% -5.61% 6.94% -0.09%
BOE2 353,567 -0.37% -3.71% 5.26% -1.18%
BOE3 442,732 -0.78% -4.88% 9.49% -3.83%
BOE4 201,521 1.29% -7.06% 5.85% -0.09%


Today, let's look at the top ten "best" changes each for Democrats and Republicans among State Senate districts. The full spreadsheet for all districts is available in the Nooner Premum subscriber section. Not surprisingly, it's much the same as we saw with congressional districts, which is not a good picture for the GOP in 2020. Even in the "best" districts, Republicans are losing "market share" to NPP. This doesn't mean that districts are likely to flip. We've already have talked about that and will certainly have a lot more time to discuss.


 State Senate Districts - Best Democratic Registration Performance
Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
Santa Cruz-SLO
-28,606 7.24% -14.02% 7.79% -1.00%
22,471 2.55% -10.45% 7.89% 0.00%
3,633 2.29% -6.78% 4.51% -0.02%
Fullerton-Diamond Bar
-30,259 2.17% -6.33% 5.44% -1.29%
-36,255 2.10% -6.69% 5.02% -0.43%
San Diego
42,980 1.35% -5.71% 4.51% -0.16%
Westminster-Santa Ana
-37,638 1.17% -6.77% 6.29% -0.69%
Santa Barbara/Ventura
31,654 1.09% -5.98% 5.31% -0.42%
32,304 0.96% -6.11% 8.66% -3.51%
44,808 0.95% -6.25% 5.20% 0.10%
Bolded rows are up in 2020.


 State Senate Districts - Best Republican Registration Performance
Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
Culver City
77,554 -4.61% -2.08% 11.24% -4.55%
San Francisco
8,488 0.72% -2.10% 2.45% -1.07%
53,502 -0.46% -2.45% 7.67% -4.77%
LA South Bay
52,200 -4.66% -2.75% 10.85% -3.43%
North Coast
11,409 0.68% -3.17% 3.14% -0.65%
East Los Angeles
80,236 -1.12% -3.54% 10.04% -5.37%
Hywd-Frmnt-Snta Clra
35,799 -1.64% -3.74% 8.62% -3.25%
44,843 -1.24% -3.90% 5.10% 0.05%
Northeast Cal
40,396 -0.57% -3.90% 2.16% 2.30%
North Coast
47,857   -2.45% -3.96%  11.00%  -4.58% 
Bolded rows are up in 2020.


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  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Political, Legislative and Regulatory Strategist/Analyst
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  • Lobbying: The California Rental Housing Association: lobbying RFP
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LITE GOV-ELECT: Capitol Weekly's Lisa Renner looks at what's ahead for the newly elected lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis.  

HISTORIC DOMINANCE: For the Sacramento Bee, Bryan Anderson writes that Democrats have not had this many seats in the State Senate (29) since 1962 and not in the State Assembly (60) since 1883. Of course, Vassar is there for the quote. “Voters gave Democrats an advantage in the Legislature that is unprecedented in modern times,” said Alex Vassar, legislative historian for the California State Library.

MONEY MATTERS: Ben Christopher looks at spending per vote on the ballot measures for CALmatters.

FOLLOW THE DOUGH: For Capitol Weekly, Jessica Hice looks at a new site that tries to connect campaign money with legislative activity. 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to John Hanna, Reyya Del Haro and Luis Marquez!



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  • The Victor Valley Community College District is currently recruiting for the position of Vice President of Human Resources. First date of review is scheduled for December 20, 2018. [full job description and application]

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POLITICO Playbook PM: Sneak peek: DCCC chair, exec director will take a victory lap tonight

And Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn says a bill to protect Robert Mueller's investigation could see a vote.

Trump, in Mississippi, Seeks to Shore Up Senate Candidate Engulfed in Controversy

The president offered an unabashed endorsement of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is under fire over comments that seemed to embrace the state’s racist history.

Senate plans vote on revoking U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen
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The vote is expected to come on the heels of a briefing by two Cabinet members this week. House lawmakers say they are being denied a similar briefing.

Democrats push to mobilize black Mississippi voters in racially charged Senate runoff

Republicans are nervous after stumbles by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, but Democratic candidate Mike Espy still faces steep odds in Tuesday’s election.

Someone hung nooses at the Mississippi Capitol on eve of ra CIA lly charged U.S. Senate runoff

It was an 11th-hour infusion of a potent racial symbol a day before a runoff that features a black candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Contradicting Border Chief, Trump Claims 3 Officers ‘very Badly Hurt’ By Migrants - Politico

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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: A Choice for Mississippi

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Google Wants Its Donation Back From Hyde-smith Campaign - Politico

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House Republicans Unveil Giant Tax Package - Politico

House Republicans on Monday evening unexpectedly released a 297-page tax bill they hope to move during the lame-duck session of Congress.

White House: Trump Wants Trade Concessions From China At Xi Meeting - Politico

President Donald Trump on Monday told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that he expects to move forward with plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Democrats Try to Derail Judicial Nominee They Call a Vote Suppressor

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Trump Claims 'heroes' Will Emerge From Mueller's Russia Probe - Politico

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to rail against Robert Mueller, attempting to sow doubt about the special counsel and his team, and suggesting that "heroes" will emerge from the investigation into Russian election meddling.

Mississippi Senate Runoff: Hereâ

The state’s voters will decide between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy as their next senator.

Trump Judicial Pick Is One Defection Away From Failure - Politico

GOP leaders said they were working overtime to hold together the 50 of 51 GOP senators they will need without Sen. Jeff Flake's vote. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

'You have to vote': Trump drags Hyde-Smith across the finish line

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Fact Check of the Day: Does the Ninth Circuit Have the Highest Reversal Rate in the Country?

This claim about the federal appeals court circuit, made by President Trump, a Republican senator and conservative pundits, is false by one metric and true by another.

Trump Says He Will Proceed With Chinese Tariff Escalation - Politico

The U.S. bought more than $522 billion worth of goods from China in 2017, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Trump has targeted China over allegations of intellectual property theft and accusations that Beijing forces companies to hand over technology to do business.

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Gillum, Abrams speak out against controversial judicial nominee from North Carolina

The gubernatorial candidates from Florida and Georgia added their voices to civil rights groups opposing President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr.

Mueller protection bill could get Senate vote

The move would pave the way to confirming more of Trump’s judges.

'i Don't Believe It': Trump Dismisses Grim Government Report On Climate Change - Politico

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Freshman Dems Demand More Power From Pelosi - Politico

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Trump Warnings On Migrant Caravans Have 'come True,' Conway Says - Politico

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Google joins list of companies seeking refund of campaign donation to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith after â

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