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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!

  • First Place: MarkR. and Lindsay Wolff - 268 (tie)
  • Second Place: Dale Parkinson - 264
  • Third Place: Alfredo Arredondo - 261

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...

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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: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Fresno)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 

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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  • 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 12/31/2018.

  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Fresno, CA)
    The Political/Community Regional Organizer is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
    This position is a 6-month assignment to start and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure, engage our members and workers to be a powerful force at their worksites while participating in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record and experience with Arizona politics/legislation is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol.  One well-furnished executive office & assistant station.  Great views of Capitol.  Use of in-suite 10-person conference room, kitchen, closet, & color printer/copier.  $1,250/mo.  Contact Michael Daft @ 916.448.3075 or
  • 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
  • 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. Book now for February 7-8 or April 4-5 dates (December 13-14 are sold out). 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
  • 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:
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. “The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than […]

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

Taiwan’s midterm elections got a surprising amount of international coverage this November. President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered heavy losses against the opposition Kuomintang Party (KMT), winning only six of 22 districts — and losing nine districts it previously held. Tsai resigned as DPP chairperson and announced a “major reshuffle” for the party. […]

How Trump Could Get Away With It

Time is on the president’s 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 “now it is time for someone else to have that privilege.”

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 state’s 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 Clinton’s emails and the Trump campaign’s 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 won’t 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."