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BALLOT UPDATE as of November 30, 2018 (neither San Diego nor Los Angeles counties updated after yesterday's results)

  • Vote-by-mail: 125,174
  • Provisional: 222,324
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 16,083
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 20,105
  • Total: 383,686

TURNOUT as of November 30, 2018

  • Eligible to register: 25,200,451
  • Registered voters as of 10/22: 19,696,371
  • Ballots tallied: 12,465,464
  • Turnout of eligible: 49.47%
  • Turnout of registered: 63.29% 


(as of 11/30/18)
  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
7 Republicans

60 Democrats
20 Republicans

29 Democrats
11 Republicans 


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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: Wharton School of Business: Executive MBA Informational Reception: Thursday, December 6
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: Disability Rights California: senior legislative advocate
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Reed and Davidson: Associate Attorney (Los Angeles)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Job: Victor Valley Community College Community College District: Vice President of Human Resources (Victorville)
  • Lobbying: The California Rental Housing Association: lobbying RFP
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: December 13-14, February 7-8, April 4-5
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 


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  • CCST Expert Briefing on California’s Pathways to Carbon Neutrality: Monday, December 17th, Noon-1:00pm in Capitol Room 126. Join us for a briefing with experts from NASA Ames, DOE’s Joint Bioenergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “Pathways to Carbon Neutrality: Perspectives from California’s Federal Laboratories.” Panelists will discuss emissions monitoring, biomass, and soil carbon capture. To receive a to-go lunch box following the briefing, RSVP by Noon on December 14 to Puneet Bhullar at 
  • Disability Rights California
    We are seeking a Senior or Experienced Legislative Advocate for an aggressive disability rights organization. Join a lobbying team to advocate on issues that impact Californians with disabilities. Experience in special education and housing accessibility issues a plus. Salary based on experience. Apply here. Deadline is 12/7/2018.
  • 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]

    This positions will plan, organize, direct and supervise a comprehensive human resources program, including recruitment and selection, classification and pay, employee-employer relations, benefits, unemployment and record keeping; may provide general supervision for the district’s campus police and safety program; promote, direct, and implement programs to ensure equal employment opportunity, tolerance, and cultural awareness; assure compliance with applicable district policies and procedures, state and federal laws, codes and regulations; serve as chief negotiator.

  • Looking to make a real difference?  The California Hospital Association is seeking a full-time Legislative Advocate.  This position will be responsible for representing and advocating the interests, policies and issues of CHA on state legislation, including high priority and complex state legislation. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Learn how you can earn the top ranked Wharton MBA right here on the West Coast, without putting your career on hold. Join Admissions Director Barbara Craft for an Information Reception on Thursday, December 6and learn what it takes to earn the Wharton MBA while continuing to live and work in Sacramento. Barbara will be joined by local students and alumni who will share their perspectives on why Wharton is worth the commute. This event will provide an overview of the admissions process and discuss what makes the Wharton program unique, followed by time to network and ask additional questions while enjoying light refreshments. Register for the event here.

    The California Rental Housing Association (fresh off a win on Proposition 10) is looking for a lobbyist. For details please contact Russell Lowery at or call 916-710-2872. CalRHA represents 22,000 people who provide 500,000 homes for families across California. Are you interested in working with the Governor and Legislature on real solutions? Contact us today. [full description]

    NorCal Cannabis has been developing and shaping the legal cannabis industry since 2016. We are looking for spirited and motivated individual who will ensure NorCal Cannabis Company is engaged and strategic in its current regulations and future legislative changes affecting the company at the state and local level.


    • Legislative and regulatory tracking and strategy for California cannabis opportunities on a local and state level.
    • Support government relations and public affairs at the local and state level.
    • Follow and examine the legislation and regulations and provide detailed reports about how the legislation will influence the organization's activities.

      Please go to our website for the complete posting at or email with your resume and cover letter. 
  • WHY DOES CAPITOL SEMINARS DRAW PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER CALIFORNIA? Because we offer comprehensive, cost-effective advocacy training you can put to immediate use. Our moderator, 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, and guest faculty are current practitioners in governmental advocacy or state government, and provide unique inside insights you won't find anywhere else. We're the No.1 advocacy training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, government entities and trade associations. Professionals in government relations, public affairs, public policy, public administration and allied fields know that our training helps advocates, support staff, and execs who hire and manage lobbyists work together more effectively. Next dates: December 13-14, February 7-8, April 4-5. Learn more / register at or 916-442-5009.
  • The University of California Office of the President is looking for an Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its Sacramento Office. The position serves as a key member of the office’s management team, facilitates issue management across legislative, budgetary and advocacy portfolios, produces briefings, memos, reports and presentations on a variety of matters affecting the University, and directs special projects. Job requires strong knowledge of UC, the executive and legislative branches of California government and higher education policy. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy-related fields and 7 years of related experience is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
    To apply, visit:
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation seeks a full-time program manager in Los Angeles. The program manager will reach out to, educate, and involve key constituencies, including state and local elected officials, leaders of community groups, and their respective constituencies. A full job description can be found at Email cover letter and resume to
  • Small, downtown Los Angeles boutique law firm is looking for an associate attorney with a demonstrated interest and/or experience in political, election, and nonprofit organization law, as well as a broader interest and/or experience in business law and civil litigation. [full job description]
    Email resumes to Ana Simeonova, Office Manager, 
  • Director of Communications & Public Affairs – California Medical Association (Sacramento)
    Reporting directly to the VP of Strategic Communications, this position will develop/execute earned media and public affairs strategies in support of physician-focused health care advocacy. Seeking an assertive and tactful self-starter with the ability to effectively generate and shape media coverage. Must be driven with the ability to adapt to evolving priorities and deadlines. On-the-record experience required; health care or political experience strongly desired. Great culture and amazing benefits with 401k match. $85-100k DOE. View the full description and apply at:

  • The Council of State Governments is seeking a Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator in Sacramento, CA.
    Position 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.

    • Provides administrative, logistical and communications support to policy committees and programs staff.
    • Conducts entry-level policy research, follow-up activities, and provides information to members.
    • Maintains communication, conducts outreach and establishes rapport with committee staff, legislators, representatives of the private sector, and with federal, state and local government officials.

    View full posting at CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at
  • 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:
Stacey Abrams Eyeing Senate, Governor Campaigns - Politico

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. | John Amis/AP Photo

Judge Greenlights Subpoenas In Trump Hotel Lawsuit - Politico

A federal judge on Monday said lawyers for Maryland and Washington, D.C., can begin issuing subpoenas in a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of using his luxury hotel in Washington to unconstitutionally profit from his political office.

North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate

The state elections board, which subpoenaed Republican Mark Harris’s campaign Monday, has collected information suggesting that high-level officials may have been aware of the activities, according to people familiar with the probe.

Avenatti announces that he will not run for president in 2020

The celebrity lawyer says his family has requested that he not mount a presidential campaign against Donald Trump.

How Bush Changed Politics With a Racially Charged Ad

An attack ad made by George Bush’s supporters for his 1988 presidential campaign is infamous for stoking racial fears. The ad served as a precursor to the racially charged politics of today.

Here's What Will Be Closed Wednesday For George H. W. Bush's Funeral - Politico

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush lies in state at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Graham On Senate Rebuke Of Saudi Arabia: 'someone's Got To Do It' - Politico

Sen. Lindsey Graham, in his op-ed, agreed with the president that Saudi Arabia is an invaluable ally in the region, but called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "a wrecking ball to U.S.-Saudi relations." | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Cia Chief Will Brief Senators On Khashoggi Killing - Politico

CIA Director Gina Haspel will meet with top leaders of three Senate committees, according to a source familiar with the matter. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

Giles Perkins, Architect Of Jones Senate Win In Alabama, Dies At 51 - Politico

Sen. Doug Jones described Giles Perkins as playing a calming, disciplined role on the campaign, comparing him to Yoda, the wise Jedi master in the "Star Wars" movies. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Brenda Snipes, Broward County Elections Chief, Rescinds Resignation in Latest Fight With Governor

In their latest back-and-forth, Dr. Snipes said she would no longer step away from office after Gov. Rick Scott, now a senator-elect, suspended her without pay.

Pence’s Remarks At President George H.w. Bush Capitol Ceremony - Politico

Hoyer: House Could Refuse To Seat N.c. Republican Until Fraud Probe Is Settled - Politico

Mark Harris faces allegations of election tampering in the N.C. House race where he leads by 900 votes. | Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Protesters Rally Against â

Protesters gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to oppose Republican legislation that would diminish the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

Incoming majority leader says House should consider not seating North Carolina Republican amid election-fraud investigation
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Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters on Tuesday that there is a “substantial question” about the election in the 9th Congressional District, where GOP candidate Mark Harris held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready. State investigators are examining the work of a local operative in a growing fraud investigation that has delayed certification […]

Trump 'looking Forward' To Meeting With Bush Family - Politico

President Donald Trump on Monday made a surprise visit to see former President George H.W. Bush's remains, which are lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. | Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images

How might recent confrontations with Hamas influence Israeli elections?
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Amid a polarized Israeli electorate, Netanyahu faces political risk in the next election.

In the Age of Trump, Can Scandal Still Sink a Politician?

President Trump has defied the old conventions around troublesome pasts and political careers. But it’s unclear whether the same rules apply to the Democrats running to unseat him.

Watch Live: Ceremony for George Bush at U.S. Capitol

Former President George Bush will be honored by members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state until Wednesday morning.

Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to President Bush

Among those visiting the Capitol were a group of disabled people, accompanied by Sully, Mr. Bush’s service dog, and mourners from across the country.

President George H.W. Bush lies in state in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Crowds gathered to pay their respects to the 41st president ahead of a national day of mourning on Wednesday.

Biden: 'i'm The Most Qualified Person In The Country To Be President' - Politico

Former Vice President Joe Biden said his family would be the deciding factor in his decision about whether to pursue a 2020 bid for the White House. | Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

Grassley says criminal justice bill would pass â

The Judiciary Committee chairman voiced frustration that the legislation, which is backed by President Trump, has yet to be considered on the Senate floor.

Shutdown Fight Over Wall Is Likely to Be Delayed Until Just Before Christmas

Lawmakers were close to an agreement that would ensure the government remains fully funded as the nation mourns President George Bush. But the wall fight still looms.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Another Immigration Crackdown Attempt - Politico

A girl who has been traveling in a caravan of Central American migrants is helped to climb the metal barrier separating Mexico and the U.S. on Monday. | Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

Full Text: Pence’s Speech About George H.w. Bush - Politico

"While he was known as the "quiet man," it was not for lack of nerve or daring," Vice President Mike Pence said of George H.W. Bush. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO