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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:
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.
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.
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.
I'm too lazy to link them all for you, but you can find them here.
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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).
Sunday, December 9
Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Curtis Hall, Sacramento
Admission: $3; children and students are admitted for free.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Odysseus Bostick, Mary Jackson, Sarah Bachez Campos, Kassy Edgington Perry, and John Simmons!
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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
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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. Â
'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 billâÂÂs 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 âÂÂowe it to their constituents to .âÂÂ.âÂÂ. do whatâÂÂs right.âÂÂ
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 âÂÂto tell the American people exactly what he knew and when he knew it.âÂÂ North Carolina election officials are investigating whether an operative working on behalf of Harris illegally collected incomplete ballots from voters in the stateâÂÂs 9th Congressional [âÂ¦]
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 presidentâÂÂs 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.