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The Capitol holiday tree will be lit at 5pm today on the West Steps. Anthony Williams has been named as legislative secretary for Gavin Newsom. Go Ags!

Former Assemblymember Travis Allen, who is running for chair of the California Republican Party in February, is calling for the recall of Gavin Newsom, who hasn't even taken the governor's office yet.

CAGOP: Adam Nagourney looks at the fate of the party for the New York Times. 

“I have been preaching that guys, you can’t just have a message to white voters,” said Jim Brulte, the state Republican Party chairman. “Because the demographics are rapidly changing.”

“The losses in the congressional seats continue a trend that began in 1996,” he said. “In 1994, we had 25 Republican Congress members. A decade later we had 20. A decade later we had 14. And now we are going to end up with seven or six.”

I don't think Brulte will be supporting Travis. Hadley had a column for Fox&Hounds earlier this week.

CA43 (Inglwood): For the Daily Breeze, Kevin Modesti looks at the strange case of Omar Navarro, who paid himself with campaign funds while running in a hopeless race against Maxine Waters. "Among the five biggest recipients of expenditures by the Omar Navarro for Congress committee was … Omar Navarro."

FIRE: In the Merc News, Matthias Gafni and Thomas Peele report that CAL FIRE investigators have removed a cross bar from the PG&E tower suspected in the start of the disasterous Camp Fire.

WATER WARS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters reports that a new water package is anything but a certainty.

PENSIONS: Also for CALmatters, Judy Lin looks at the public employee pensions case before the California Supreme Court. Pension guru Ed Mendel also gives his take, as does Joel Fox.

HOUSING: For CALmatters, Matt Levin writes that Senator Scott Wiener has teamed up with California YIMBY on a revival of his controversial housing bill that seeks more housing near public transit.

Meanwhile, the LAT's Liam Dillon looks at the impact of the wildfires on the state's housing crisis.


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  • 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:
North Carolina GOP ‘fully’ Supports New Election If Inquiry Shows Fraud - Politico

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris leads by 905 votes in the current ballot count, but the state board of elections has declined to certify the results and has instead opened an investigation into absentee ballot irregularities. | AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File

Poll: Majority Of Voters Worried About Climate Change - Politico

President Donald Trump's stance on climate change conflicts with the opinion of the majority of American voters, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. | Peter Dejong/AP Photo

House Democrat calls for emergency hearing into alleged election fraud in North Carolina

Rep. Gerald Connolly made the request as state election officials investigate allegations that a political operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris oversaw an illegal effort to collect mail-in ballots.

Tester backpedals on statement that Montana governor will run for Senate in 2020

The Montana senator’s office said he misheard a question and meant to say that Gov. Steve Bullock will run for president.

Trump Hotel Feud Erupts Between Lewandowski And Florida Senators

Three others who witnessed the contretemps and two others who had spoken to the senators also confirmed the surprising public disagreement and relayed the events to POLITICO. All described Lewandowski as needlessly confrontational and disrespectful to the senators who were caught off guard by the former campaign manager, now a reliable cable news defender and promoter of his former boss. The witnesses and confidants of the senators spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive moment.

Trump Blames Mueller Probe For Low Approval Rating, Calling It 'presidential Harassment' - Politico

Presidential Trump is blaming special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe for his relatively low approval ratings, adding that he believes it's "presidential harassment."

On Politics: A Nation Remembers President Bush

George H.W. Bush’s funeral at Washington National Cathedral drew five living presidents, family, friends and dignitaries from around the world.

North Carolina Republicans Targeted Voter Fraud. Did They Look at the Wrong Kind?

North Carolina passed one of the nation’s toughest voter I.D. laws. But the fraud investigation going on now is focused on absentee ballots, which the state made easier to file.

Senate confirms Kathy Kraninger as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; she is expected to curtail agency’s powers

Kraninger takes over a body that was established during the global financial crisis to police the way U.S. financial firms manage mortgages, credit cards and other products. The nomination of Kraninger, who was the associate director of general government at the Office of Management and Budget, took many in Washington by surprise. She has decades […]

Pelosi, Schumer To Meet With Trump Next Week Over Wall Funding - Politico

President Donald Trump will meet with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at the White House next Tuesday to try to avoid a Christmastime shutdown over border wall funding, two congressional sources confirmed to POLITICO.

Deval Patrick takes himself out of the running for president in 2020

The decision by the former two-term Massachusetts governor comes as many other Democrats are sizing up a possible challenge to President Trump.

Sessions hints he's done with politics

The deposed attorney general says he's not missing the Senate, amid speculation that he might mount a bid for his old job.

Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan push to curb power of newly-elected Democrats

In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers passed a measure that would weaken the state’s governor and attorney general, both Democrats.

Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trumpâ
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Those bookings have fueled a pair of federal lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.

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Bill Gardner fended off a challenge amid a wave of anger among state legislators over his participation in President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission.

George H. W. Bush's Friends And Family Have Intimate Memorial In Houston - Politico

Friends and family of President George H. W. Bush gathered for a more intimate memorial service in Houston on Thursday, where former Secretary of State James Baker and Bush's grandson George P. Bush remembered the late president for his self-restraint and moral fortitude.

Citing 'cruelty Of Our Elections Process,' Patrick Officially Backs Out Of 2020 Bid - Politico

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick left public life in 2015 -- and isn't returning. | Elise Amendola/AP photo

Lawmakers Re-elect Guardian Of New Hampshire Primary - Politico

Holly Ramer/AP Photo

Trump's Epa Set To Loosen Coal Rules Despite Climate Warnings - Politico

The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency comes amid dire warnings from scientists about the massive costs and devastating impacts of global warming, and as the U.S. and nearly 200 other nations meet this week for a climate conference in Poland.

Are Rural Voters the â

A last-minute power grab by state lawmakers draws on an argument as old as the nation.

Longtime aide to Sen. Kamala D. Harris resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

The California Democrat, who is eyeing a 2020 presidential bid, said she was unaware of the issue.

POLITICO Playbook: The December lull â

And President Donald Trump's slow-motion staff 'shakeup' stunts 2019 planning.

Hill Veteran Poling Tapped As Nrcc Executive Director - Politico

Parker Poling quickly gained a reputation as one of the most capable House GOP leadership aides, praise that extended to both sides of the aisle. | POLITICO

Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents, but still stands alone

The emotional tribute to the 41st president’s character and compassion draws implicit contrasts with the 45th.