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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.
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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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to John Connelly, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, Stuart Waldman!
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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 senatorâÂÂs 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. BushâÂÂs 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 nationâÂÂs 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 [âÂ¦]
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 stateâÂÂs 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.
Bill Gardner fended off a challenge amid a wave of anger among state legislators over his participation in President TrumpâÂÂs controversial voter fraud commission.
George H. W. Bush's Friends And Family Have Intimate Memorial In Houston - Politico
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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
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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 presidentâÂÂs character and compassion draws implicit contrasts with the 45th.