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  • SD33 (Long Beach): added Long Beach councilman Roberto Uranga (D) - 2019 special (Ricardo Lara's seat) likely called by Newsom in January; Lara is in the Senate until January 7

EAR TICKLERS: On the California Politics Podcast, John Myers and Melanie Mason talk about the abrupt resignation of CADem chairman Eric Bauman and look at what issues will be tackled by Gavin Newsom and the Legislature. On the Capitol Weekly podcast, John Howard and Tim Foster talk to GOP consultants Luis Alvarado and Mike Madrid about what's next for the California GOP. On that note, Twitter has been precious this week.

On the SacTown Talks Podcast, Gibran Maciel hosts Tom Armstrong, the author of the Sacramento Homeless blog and spent 10 years homeless in Sacramento. 

Happy Friday! You made it!

Ugh, I haven't had problems with asthma for a long time, but apparently many of us are having a delayed reaction to the smoke. No fun.

TWEET DU JOUR: @PoliticsReid - "Overlooked: Dianne Feinstein won her race by a slimmer margin than Cindy Hyde-Smith, Bob Menendez, Marsha Blackburn & Kevin Cramer won theirs."

CAGOP: The names currently floated for CAGOP chair are:

  • Travis Allen
  • John Cox
  • Steve Frank
  • Andy Vidak
  • Mimi Walters

There will likely be more after this weekend's executive board in San Diego.

Politico's Carla Marinucci writes up the story  of the California Republican Party with an interview with party chair Jim Brulte

Brulte told POLITICO he categorically rejects the notion that voting irregularities may be the source of the party’s historic beating in the 2018 midterms in California, where Democrats flipped seven House seats and left the party with just seven members in the congressional delegation, the lowest number since the 1940s. He said Republicans were repeatedly informed of ways that Democrats were marshaling new and effective ways to get out the vote — but campaigns failed to take action.

“We personally briefed the candidates, the congressional delegation, the legislators,’’ and even staff inside the White House in 2017 on the upcoming changes in California laws that might affect turnout,’ said Brulte, who lead his party for decades in the legislature.

For CALmatters, Dan Morain reports on what the numbers look like for Travis Allen's hope to recall Gavin Newsom. Yeah, not going to happen.

Some numbers:

  • 658,798: Allen’s votes in the June primary.
  • 7 million: Newsom’s votes in November
  • 24,800: Allen’s twitter followers.
  • 4 million: Newsom’s Twitter following.
  • $2,000: The amount Allen reports raising into his political action committee.

CA21 (Kings): FiveThirtyEight looks at former Congressman David Valadao's 98.9% voting record with President Trump. "Here's some analysis, though: David Valadao should probably not have voted with Trump 99% of the time in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton by 15 points. That was a really dumb move." 

SD34 (Westminster-Santa Ana): The OC Registrar of Voters will be recounting votes next week in the race between Janet Nguyen (R) and Tom Umberg (D). Umberg has a 3,089-vote lead and was sworn in on Monday.

AD77 (N. San Diego): The count is complete. Assemblyman Brian Maienschein defeats Sunday Gover by 607 votes. Nothing is likely to change.

THE GOOD AND THE NOT-SO GOOD: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the ambitious agenda that Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and the stronger Democratic legislative majorities are ready to tackle, and the prioritization that will need to take place to keep the budget in check. "The situation is reminiscent of what happened in 1999, when Democrat Gray Davis became governor after 16 years of Republican governorships. Labor unions, social welfare advocates and education groups, whose agendas had been frustrated by GOP governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, ramped up pressure on Davis to deliver and he largely complied."

Capital and Main also gives the "what's ahead?" treatment.

GAME ON! CW's Chuck McFadden reports that with California's March 3, 2020 election increasing the state's influence on the primary process, it's starts much earlier and is a lot more expensive. “People in California are voting on the morning of the Iowa caucuses,” added campaign strategist Ace Smith."

THE OC: For the Times, Robin Abcarian looks at how Orange County turned blue through the eyes of a voter.

CA50 (E. San Diego): In the UTSD, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar  pens an op-ed about his unsuccessful campaign to unseat Duncan Hunter. "The final count — 48.3 percent versus 51.7 percent. After running for two long years in a district President Donald Trump won by 15 points, my first election ended with a loss to Duncan D. Hunter, who won by 28 percent in 2016 and is facing federal charges for misusing campaign funds."

INAUGURATION: Monday, January 7 at 11am, West Steps. The night before, Gavin Newsom and his First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will host a fundraiser at the Golden 1 Center to raise money for fire victims.

SAFE LANDING: Former SEIU president Laphonza Butler  is joining the political consulting firm of Ace Smith, Sean Clegg, and Juan Rodriguez, which will now be known as SCRB Strategies, reports Melanie Mason for the Times."Their clients include Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a frequent subject of speculation in her own right about 2020 presidential ambitions."

CAL FACTS: The Legislative Analyst's Office has released its annual facts publication.

HOUSING: For Capitol Public Radio, Randal White reports on the revival of the contentious housing bill with SB 50, now authored by a diverse array of members.

PARKING: Joshua Sabatini reports for the SF Examiner that municipalities are getting rid of parking set-asides in housing developments. San Francisco is likely to approve such a proposal as more people go carless and concerns about housing units as opposed to parking spaces.

EDUCATION: While the Sacramento City Unified School district looks at slashing health benefits, San Francisco Unified has a surplus. The latter is seeing soaring tax revenues amid declining enrollment.

ED DATA: For Capital Public Radio, Nadine Sebai looks at why the state doesn't have a K-university longitudinal data plan, even though it's a priority for Gavin Newsom. In short, it's politically.

UTILITY REGULATION: For the Chron, J.D. Morris writes that state regulators are looking at utility shutoff procedures in light of the Camp Fire. PG&E didn't shut off the power in the high wind situation, allegedly triggering the deadliest fire in California history.

VOTING: Joel Fox writes that state needs to find a way to better count ballots. Meanwhile, the Sacramento Bee has sued under the Public Records act for Secretary of State email records to figure out what went wrong with the implementation of Motor Voter earlier this year. Bryan Anderson reports.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: For Politico, Abby Livingston writes that was seen as a political year of the woman turned out not to be, particularly among operatives. "Over and over in interviews, they portrayed an enraging, often futile struggle to be taken seriously by colleagues and candidates alike—including by candidates who are themselves women.

CRABBY: KQED's Peter Aruni looks at the slow start to the Dungeness season north of San Francisco which, while domoic acid has subsided, fisherman are fighting with the oil industry over greenhouse gas emissions.

BILLS: This time of year, I love reviewing the first bills introduced by legislators. It tells you a lot about priorities.

  • AB 1 (Cooper): youth football safety
  • AB 2 (Santiago, Bonta, McCarty, and Chiu): "free" community college
  • AB 3 (Cooper): sale of cannibis to minors - spot bill
  • AB 4 (Arambula, Bonta, and Chiu): Medi-Cal eligibility for undocumented residents 
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher): intent bill to codify Dynamex independent contractor ruling
  • AB 6 (Reyes and McCarthy): Office of Early Childhood Education
  • AB 7 (Chu, Gonzalez, and Obernolte): daylight savings time
  • AB 8 (Chu): schools, mental health services
  • AB 9 (Reyes, Friedman, and Waldron): employment discrimination: limitation of actions.
  • AB 10 (Chiu, Bonta, Maienschein, Reyes, and Wicks): low-income housing tax credits: farmworker housing
  • SB 1 (Atkins, Portantino, and Stern): "sanctuary" bill for environment and workers' rights
  • SB 2 (Glazer and Allen): longitudinal statewide student database
  • SB 3 (Allen and Glazer): Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance
  • SB 4 (McGuire and Beall): housing spot bill
  • SB 5 (Beall and McGuire): Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program
  • SB 6 (Beall and McGuire): housing spot bill
  • SB 7 (Portantino): State Highway Route 710
  • SB 8 (Glazer): state parks and beaches smoking ban
  • SB 9 (Beall): low-income state housing credits (sunset removal)
  • SB 10 (Beall): Medi-Cal mental health services

I'm too lazy to link them all for you, but you can find them here.


More below the jump... 

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: Equality California: legislative manageer
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • 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 


Probolsky Research

Come to the Political Collectibles & Pop Culture Show and Sale in Sacramento on Sunday, December 9.

New button collectors, political junkies, armchair historians, and curiosity seekers will be flocking to Sacramento for the political memorabilia and pop culture collectibles show hosted by the Northern California American Political Items Collectors (APIC).
Look for CURTIS HALL at the Sierra 2 Center (2791 24th Street) in Sacramento
Buy, sell, and trade campaign buttons, political posters, advertising pinbacks, and other pop culture memorabilia.


Sunday, December 9
10 AM-2 PM

Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Curtis Hall, Sacramento

Admission: $3; children and students are admitted for free.

  • Hundreds of political buttons, badges, posters for sale
  • Great exhibits of vintage political campaign buttons.
  • FREE appraisals of your memorabilia
  • FREE admission to kids and students

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Odysseus Bostick, Mary Jackson, Sarah Bachez CamposKassy Edgington Perry, and John Simmons!



Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

  • Pruitt Consulting LLC, seeks a part-time Fundraising Associate in Sacramento.
    Pruitt Consulting is a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising for Democratic members of the California State Legislature, Constitutional officers, nonprofits, and political action committees.The Political Fundraising Associate assists the Political Fundraising Director and Chief Executive Officers in identifying donors, planning and attending fundraising events, and other business operations. This position requires analyzing political contributions, improving fundraising database, and assisting in various office duties.
    Email your resume to Gabriel Castellanos Jr, or call at 916-400-4044.
  • Equality California, California's statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, is seeking a full-time Legislative Manager. The Legislative Manager will have the opportunity to spearhead Equality California’s legislative advocacy both substantively and administratively, as well as participate in electoral work for pro-LGBTQ candidates and community engagement throughout California. For more information and to apply, visit


  • 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:
McConnell tells White House little chance of Senate vote on criminal justice bill

President Trump favors the bipartisan legislation, but McConnell has signaled that funding the government, the farm bill and confirming judges are higher priorities.

Dem Candidate In Contested North Carolina Race Decries 'incredible, Shameful, Criminal Activity' - Politico

The North Carolina Board of Elections unanimously declined to certify the results of November's election in the 9th Congressional District between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, citing irregularities on absentee ballots in several counties in the district.

Hawley dismisses allegations as political as Missouri official launches inquiry
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The office of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, is investigating whether the GOP senator-elect misused public funds to aid his campaign.

With at least 16 members running, Congress will be another staging ground for 2020 presidential race

Capitol Hill will be a staging ground for presidential politics.

Trump ally who served on voter integrity panel expresses concern about fraud in North Carolina
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Other Republicans have remained silent as state officials investigate whether an operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris illegally collected incomplete ballots from voters.

Feinstein: ‘we Won’t Get $9 Billion’ For Wildfire Recovery - Politico

A flag flies amidst the remains of Jerry and Joyce McLean's home on Dec. 5 in Paradise Calif. Some residents of a California town devastated by a catastrophic wildfire nearly a month ago were finally allowed to return home to sift through the charred remains in search of precious family heirlooms, photos and other possessions. | Don Thompson/AP Photo

Trump confirms he will nominate William Barr as attorney general, Heather Nauert as U.N. ambassador
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The president spoke to reporters as he left the White House Friday. Barr previously held the same position under President George H.W. Bush. Nauert is currently the State Department spokeswoman. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  

'it Violates The Law': Tillerson Vents About Having To Repeatedly Push Back Against Trump - Politico

Former Secretary of Sate Rex Tillerson was replaced in March by then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is more in line with the president on a host of issues. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Trump Says His Lawyers Are Drafting Response To Mueller Report - Politico

President Donald Trump throughout Friday morning has lashed out at Mueller's investigation, claiming that the special counsel has "big time" conflicts of interest. | Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Trump to split reelection campaign between New York and D.C.

Headquarters will be in Trump Tower, with a pair of offices on Capitol Hill and Rosslyn, Virginia.

The Daily 202: This week foreshadows the continuing escalation of the voting wars

Heated fights in N.C., N.H., Mich. and Wis. show the administration of elections is becoming more politicized.

How to enact policies that are effective in slowing climate change

Delegating policymaking to voters or legislators can increase political support, but it opens the door to lobbyists. Delegating policy to bureaucrats can in principle make the policy more effective, but it comes at the cost of broad political buy-in.

Trump advisers fear 2020 nightmare: A recession

Recent market volatility is one of several signs that an economic boom may be petering out, potentially dealing a severe blow to the president's reelection chances.

North Carolina Republican Owes $34,310 for Disputed Absentee Ballot and Turnout Work, Records Show

The campaign of Mark Harris, the G.O.P. nominee in a House race mired in voter fraud allegations, owes the money to a consulting group that used a controversial operative.

D.C. Dems Funded Super Pac That Attacked Ted Cruz - Politico

But because Texas Forever launched in the days just before the midterms, it was able to avoid naming its donors until a month after the vote, a tactic that became increasingly popular with super PACs this year. Senate Majority PAC declined to comment.

11th-Hour Effort to Press McConnell to Allow a Criminal Justice Vote

Senators and outside groups have all but accused Republican leaders of underrepresenting a bill’s support to justify not allowing a vote before Congress adjourns.

Tom Steyer becomes latest potential White House hopeful to oppose Sen. Joe Manchin for Senate Energy spot

The billionaire Democratic donor said Thursday that Senate Democrats ‘owe it to their constituents to . . . do what’s right.’


New filings show more than a dozen super PACs launched or paid for political ads in a way that allowed them to withhold who was spending money to influence voters until after the November elections.

Democrat Dan McCready withdraws his concession in North Carolina congressional race roiled by accusations of fraud

In an interview with Charlotte-area TV station WSOC, McCready also called on Republican rival Mark Harris “to tell the American people exactly what he knew and when he knew it.” North Carolina election officials are investigating whether an operative working on behalf of Harris illegally collected incomplete ballots from voters in the state’s 9th Congressional […]

Trump To Nominate William Barr As Attorney General - Politico

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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Win or Lose, It Pays to Run

There are lots of incentives to a presidential bid, and not all of them involve winning; plus, an update on the voter fraud story in North Carolina.

Growth of Health Care Spending Slowed Last Year

The 3.9 percent growth was the lowest since before big increases linked to the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Pruitt Legal Fund Got $50,000 Donation From Wisconsin Billionaire - Politico

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt started a legal defense fund to raise money in the months before his departure. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump Will Nominate William P. Barr as Attorney General

The president’s chief of staff John F. Kelly may also leave his post in coming days, administration officials said.

Former Mcconnell Staffer Joins Definers Public Affairs - Politico

Antonia Ferrier, a former staffer for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has joined Definers Public Affairs as a partner.