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EAR TICKLER: On the KQED Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with Governor Jerry Brown.

I listened to the podcast on my morning walk and it's definitely worth your ear time. Jerry talks about his remaining campaign war chest, his great staff and, well, goats. By the way, if you're still looking at charitable contributions as the year draws to a close, remember KQED, Capital Public RadioOpen California (Capitol Weekly), and CALmatters. Write in the memo section or email separately that you support state government reporting.

THE GOV-ELECT: Gavin Newsom  plans to put his business interests in a blind trust and will release his tax returns, reports Sophia Bollag for the Bee. Of course, he can always look here.

“It’s a big deal,” said Jessica Levinson, a government ethics expert and professor at Loyola Law School. “This is much more than a symbolic gesture.”

Newsom’s decision also hints at the Democratic governor-elect’s political ambitions, she said.

“I think he’s saying, No. 1, I’m not Donald Trump and, No. 2, I have aspirations for higher office,” she said.

THE PARTY: Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler tweets out the menu of sponsorship options for Gavin's inauguration events.


CAKEDAY after 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: 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 



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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Gray, Senator John Moorlach (fijne verjaardag), Lisa Ellman Pinto, and Alfonso Sanchez!



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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.

    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:
Stay Issued In Lawsuit Over Trump Hotel - Politico

A federal appeals court halted efforts to use a lawsuit to obtain confidential information about how President Donald Trump may be profiting from his Washington hotel by foreign governments. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Trump Warns Of Shutdown That Could Last For 'a Very Long Time' - Politico

Trump pushed the government to the precipice of a partial shutdown on Thursday, insisting in a meeting with lawmakers that he would not sign legislation to keep the government open unless it included $5 billion for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump Pans O'rourke 2020 Talk: 'i Thought You Were Supposed To Win Before You Run For President' - Politico

President Donald Trump spoke Friday at a bill signing for recently passed criminal justice reform legislation, a rare bipartisan victory for his administration. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Mcconnell ‘distressed’ Over Mattis’ Resignation - Politico

"It is regrettable that the president must now choose a new Secretary of Defense," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Trump stuffs political grenades in Washington's Christmas stocking

The president's moves on a border wall and military operations stun the political establishment, cost him a defense secretary — and trigger 'one of the most chaotic weeks that we’ve ever seen in American government.'

Government Shutdown 2018: Latest Updates & Reaction - Politico

Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House

Trump leans on McConnell to pass spending bill with border funding in Senate

In morning tweets, the president also sought to pin blame on Democrats for a potential government shutdown, even though he said a week ago that he would proudly own one.

Ethics Panel Expands Probe Into Arizona Rep. Schweikert - Politico

The Ethics Committee will look into whether Rep. David Schweikert "may have used official resources to benefit his campaign or pressured congressional staff to perform political activity." | Matt York/AP Photo

Ex-Senate aide gets 2 months in prison for lying to FBI

James Wolfe admitted to misleading investigators about his interactions with journalists.

Acting Attorney General Whitaker Wonâ

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who has been overseeing the investigation while Matthew G. Whitaker spoke with ethics lawyers, will continue to manage the inquiry day to day.

Senate at standstill on spending bill

And President Donald Trump’s Syria pullout could harm millions dependent on aid.

Russians Tried, but Were Unable to Compromise Midterm Elections, U.S. Says

Russian efforts meant to polarize American voters continued during the midterms, says the director of national intelligence.

N.C. election officials sounded alarm about alleged election fraud to federal prosecutors in January 2017

The referral by the state elections board to the U.S. attorney in North Carolina raises new questions about what actions federal investigators took to scrutinize the complaints.

Trump Claims To Be Tough On Russia After Mattis Resignation - Politico

President Donald Trump's friendliness with Russia's president has come back to haunt him throughout his presidency. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House: Mattis Did The 'honorable Thing' By Resigning - Politico

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis did the "right thing and honorable thing" by announcing his resignation this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday, praising the outgoing Pentagon chief for stepping down over his disagreements with President Donald Trump.

Senators trudge back to Washington with no shutdown solution in sight

The president is pushing McConnell to ditch the filibuster. But McConnell has repeatedly said no.

President Trump has made 7,546 false or misleading claims over 700 days

Just on one day before the midterm elections, Nov. 5, Trump made 139 false or misleading claims

Gallup retreats from political polling again under new leadership

The well-known polling firm is adopting a 'more global perspective' that de-emphasizes U.S. politics.

Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills

The residents of Harlan County, Ky., depend heavily on federal assistance. That hasn’t deterred, and may explain, their swing to Republican voting.

On Politics: Mattis Resigns Over Syria Plan, While Putin Praises It

Mr. Mattis, the retired four-star Marine general, resigned as defense secretary in protest of President Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

Trump Signs Law Punishing Chinese Officials Who Restrict Access to Tibet

Lawmakers hope to force China to lift the travel restrictions, which they say are meant to conceal abuses of Tibetans’ human rights.

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Is This the Future of the Left?

Three new progressive leaders talk about where they think the Democratic Party should be headed; plus, the story behind President Trump’s feud with the Fed.

Climate Team, and Its Boss, Just Got Harder to Find at Top Health Agency

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had folded its Climate and Health Program into a branch that studies asthma.


During an Oval Office event, the president highlighted the Texas Democrat’s loss in his Senate race last month.

News Analysis: After Mattisâ

If there was a common thread in President Trump’s actions this week, it was his unswerving conviction that his political survival depends on securing his conservative base.