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EAR TICKLER: For the KQED Political Breakdown Podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos chat about Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye's departure from the GOP and Nancy Pelosi's deal to hold on to the Speaker's gavel before sitting down with Amy Brown to talk about lobbying in the State Capitol.
Congratulations to The Nooner Election Contest Winners!
They topped the field of 709 participants. The total possible number of points were 298. LizBiz and MarkR. each got 28 picks right, although not all the same races. Dale Parkinson picked 27 correctly, as did Alfredo. As those who participated know, different races had different point values reflecting the perceived competitiveness. Second and third came down to different picks between an Assembly district and a State Senate district, with each getting of of the two right, but one worth 7 points and one worth 10 points.
Here is the scoreboard of the Top 25.
I sent the individual results out to each participant. Note that while I give ranking numbers, I didn't have time when writing the script to adjust for ties. So, if you saw my scoresheet, I'm really not 146th. Also, remember my excuse that I didn't adjust my answers from the day I wrote and tested the script. So, my answers don't match up with what I was writing down the stretch. Yeah, excuses, excuses...
Happy Monday! After the good soaking in Sac last night, it should be dry throughout California this week, so your "holly jolly" in over long "lunches" this week.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Adam Schiff was on Meet the Press. In fact, another Californian was on the Sunday shows--Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller. His appearance on Face the Nation to defend the Presiden't call for a border wall has blown up the internet as it appears he used spray-on hair that didn't match what he has left. Well, there are now memes galore on social media.
Everyone has been asking "What will ______________ do?" about the 13 state and federal California legislators who lost re-election. (Two seats that flipped were "retirements"--Issa and Royce.) Well, the one landing spot most widely rumored is of Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). With Ryan Zinke out as Secretary of the Interior, there is a lot of chatter about Denham getting a seat at the Cabinet table.
CA49 (S. OC/N. SD): Charles T. Clark writes up in the SDUT the legacy of Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who is leaving Congress after nine years in the House. Issa has been nominated by President Trump to be Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency.
CA50 (East San Diego): In the Union-Tribune, Morgan Cook and Charles T. Clark report that House Republicans have formally adopted rules for the next Congress that forbids members of its conference who under indictment from participation on committees. This applies to Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), who was re-elected last month but is awaiting trial on charges of using campaign funds for personal purposes. Hunter had voluntarily stepped down from committee assignments at the request of Speaker Paul Ryan.
AD38 (Santa Clarita): The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week nominated ousted Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R) to be an appointed director of district 36 of the county water agency (Val Verde). Acosta will likely seek to reclaim the Assembly seat in 2020 and with the appointment gains a strong ballot designation.
THE TAKEAWAYS: Following up on the Public Policy Institute of California statewide survey and certification of the election results, PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare writes up takeaways from the general election.
ALL POLITICS WAS LOCAL: In the Times, Mark Z. Barabak reports that the election results didn't just hurt Republicans at the state and federal levels. Using data from GrassrootsLab, the firm run by Robb Korinke and Mike Madrid, Barabak writes "The party lost ground not just in the uber-Democratic San Francisco Bay Area, where elected Republicans are an extremely endangered life form, but also in one-time GOP strongholds such as Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura counties. All told, newly elected Democrats outnumber freshly chosen Republicans by nearly 2-to-1."
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: Regarding 2020, George Skelton writes "Everyone should take a deep breath and accept reality: No Californian has much chance of being elected president."
More after the jump...
NEW LAWS: Kids meals: For Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols looks at the new law that takes effect January 1 that requires advertisements for children's meals to include water or milk as a default choice.
SACTOWN: In the Bee, Michael Finch II reports on the audit of Sacramento City Unified School District, which also cautions of a state takeover if the ship isn't righted. "An independent fiscal manager warned late Thursday that if the district fails to plug a $30 million budget hole, it could trigger a takeover by the state in six months."
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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says he won’t run for reelection in 2020
Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has been in the Senate since 2003 and previously served as governor of Tennessee and U.S. secretary of education. He twice ran for president. âÂÂThe people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than [âÂ¦]
Reports For Senate Intel Detail Sweep Of Russian Interference On Social Media - Politico
The two reports, one by New Knowledge and another by the University of Oxford and Graphika, shed light on the sweep of Russian meddling efforts, which included content posted on Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube, Facebook-owned Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr and Pinterest, among other popular online platforms.
Coons: Trump Sounds 'more Like A Mob Boss Than President' With Cohen Attacks - Politico
Spokespeople for the president did not immediately return an email seeking a response to Coons's remarks.
Trump suggests a Supreme Court ruling invalidating the Affordable Care Act would lead to better health care
In morning tweets, the president also weighed on border wall funding and an upcoming Federal Reserve interest rate decision.
A Shutdown Looms. Can the G.O.P. Get Lawmakers to Show Up to Vote?
Vanquished and retiring members have been skipping votes, and House Republican leaders are unsure whether they will ever return.
On Politics: Republicans in Congress Have a Shutdown Problem
As the deadline to avert a partial shutdown approaches, many lawmakers have been skipping votes since House Republicans were swept from power.
Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans
Two reports commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee take a deeper look at the fake social media accounts used by Russia in the American election.
Four key takeaways from Taiwan’s recent election surprises
TaiwanâÂÂs midterm elections got a surprising amount of international coverage this November. President Tsai Ing-wenâÂÂs Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered heavy losses against the opposition Kuomintang Party (KMT), winning only six of 22 districts âÂÂ and losing nine districts it previously held. Tsai resigned as DPP chairperson and announced a âÂÂmajor reshuffleâÂÂ for the party. [âÂ¦]
How Trump Could Get Away With It
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Time is on the presidentâÂÂs side, despite strong evidence that he broke campaign law. But not if Congress and the special counsel decide to act.
Lamar Alexander Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
Mr. Alexander, a United States senator since 2003 and former Tennessee governor, said that âÂÂnow it is time for someone else to have that privilege.âÂÂ
Flynn Business Associates Charged With Illegally Lobbying For Turkish Government - Politico
Michael Flynn's former business partners allegedly lobbied on behalf of Turkey illegally. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Saudis Reject Senate Resolutions On Khashoggi, Yemen - Politico
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Sen. Lamar Alexander announces he wonâ
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The Tennessee Republican previously served as his stateâÂÂs governor and U.S. secretary of education.
The Daily 202: Russian efforts to manipulate African Americans show sophistication of disinformation campaign
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A draft report prepared for the Senate highlights how the Internet Research Agency used every major platform to misinform and polarize people of color.
James Comey returns to Capitol Hill for second part of House probe interview
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The former FBI director testified earlier this month in defense of his decisions during probes of Hillary ClintonâÂÂs emails and the Trump campaignâÂÂs ties to Russia.
Trump Says He Would Work With Democrats On 'great' Replacement If Obamacare Is Scrapped - Politico
The controversial ruling, which fell right before the final day for open enrollment for coverage under the law, is expected to swiftly draw appeals that could take the case up to the Supreme Court, where some legal experts say it could be overturned.
New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operationâ
The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Trailer: A Texas judge calls the 2020 campaign to order
In this edition: A Texas judge blows up the 2020 race, Tom Perez scraps with Democrats who don't want a new data operation, and an Iowa poll gives us a little clarity on the next primary.
Trump To Review Case Of Ex-commando Facing Murder Charge - Politico
President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that he would review the case of a former Army Special Forces officer facing a murder charge, apparently after he watched a segment about the ex-commando on Fox News.
Sen. Lamar Alexander Will Not Run For Reelection - Politico
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The Technology 202: Major tech companies could be battered by ACA ruling if it's upheld
Many Uber and Lyft contractors rely on the exchanges for health care.
Poll: Klobuchar Rising In Iowa - Politico
Earlier this month, Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at the Iowa Farmers Union state convention and is a frequent visitor to the state. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
POLITICO Playbook PM: The shutdown puzzle pieces
And Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announces he wonâÂÂt run for re-election.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg moves toward Democratic presidential primary run
Buttigieg announced he will not seek a third term, a decision seen as opening the door to a national campaign
Google To Invest $1b In Newly Unveiled New York City Campus - Politico
Google today is announcing plans to invest over $1 billion in capital improvements to create a new 1.7-million-square-foot campus in Lower Manhattan, dubbed "Google Hudson Square."