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FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton gives Jerry Brown an easy A for his last two terms as governor. "It’s time to grade Gov. Jerry Brown, who’s packing his thousands of books and leaving the Capitol campus for good. No need to think twice. He earned an A for his final two terms as governor."

NEW LAWS: Capital Public Radio writes up the new laws taking effect January 1.

CLEMENCY: In the Bee, Sophia Bollag reports that the Supreme Court of California has blocked clemency to six prisoners issued by Jerry Brown. "The rejections mark the first time the court has blocked a governor’s clemency requests in at least half a century, according to the state’s Judicial Council. The court reviews clemency actions for inmates who have been convicted of more than one felony."


#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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  • Voices for Progress (V4P) -- Advocacy Assistant (Santa Monica, CA)
    V4P is looking for a passionate individual with an interest in progressive advocacy and public policy to join the V4P team in Santa Monica. V4P is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who are dedicated to advocating to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. This full time position will work to engage V4P members in advocacy with CA state and federal elected officials and assist in enlisting new members and raising needed funds. More details/can apply here.

  • 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:
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As the partial government shutdown bled into Christmas, lawmakers from both parties lamented that the legislative branch had ceded so much power to the executive branch.

Crowd of Democrats jockey over Arizona Senate special

Four candidates are laying groundwork for campaigns, and two are already sparring, which could signal a long and difficult primary in 2020.

8-year-old From Guatemala Dies In Immigration Custody - Politico

Migrants from Central America look through a border wall as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer stands on the other side. | Gregory Bull/AP poto

Trump vows not to reopen federal government until wall funding is secured

About 25 percent of the government is shut down for the fourth straight day.

U.S. Judge Orders North Korea To Pay $500m In Student’s Death - Politico

A sign on the front lawn of Lauren Wadds Wyoming, Ohio home read, "#Justice For Otto" as the the town of prepared for the funeral of Otto Warmbier on June 21, 2017. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

First Christmases in the White House: From Kennedy to Trump

Fifty-seven years ago, in her husband’s first year as president, Jacqueline Kennedy introduced the tradition of giving the White House Christmas trees a theme. She chose “The Nutcracker” for 1961 and decked a tree in the Blue Room with ornaments modeled after the Tchaikovsky ballet. In 2017, when first lady Melania Trump unveiled the Christmas décor – along with the theme “time-honored traditions” – there was a hat-tip (intentional or un) to that first year, as the theme given to the Christmas trees in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall was “The Nutcracker.” POLITICO takes a look back at the first Christmases of first families from the Kennedys to the present.

President Trump asked a child whether he still believed in Santa: â

Trump is an attention-generating machine. Case in point: his Christmas Eve phone call with a 7-year-old who wanted to find Santa.

Trump Keeps Up Drumbeat For Border Wall - Politico

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Asian Markets Fall After U.S. Losses - Politico

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Pope’s Christmas Wish: World Fraternity Despite Differences - Politico

His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among peoples came as nationalism and a suspicion of migrants are gaining traction across much of the globe.


Since the partial government shutdown began, the president has fired off roughly three dozen tweets — including 10 in three hours Monday that sounded like a running list of grievances.

On Christmas, Trump Again Lobbies for Border Wall

With funding lapsing for nine departments and numerous federal agencies, the president remained in Washington. On Twitter, he stewed over criticism and his perceived enemies.

The 12 Days of Donald Trump, in Photos

For the holidays, we present a dozen views of our president. Enjoy!

Legal weed is everywhere â

The push to legalize marijuana may overtake research on medical benefits.

Kids, Please Do Not Read This Article on What Trump Said About Santa Claus

If you’re under 8 years old or so, please stay away. For everyone else: The president made some interesting comments.

Trump invited to visit Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played a role in recent American foreign policy controversies.

'Hunker down like a jackass': Shutdown could drag on for weeks

The president spends Christmas Eve 'all alone in the White House,' complaining about Democrats with no end to the closure in sight.

Christmas at the White House

Christmas at the White House is most often a seriously festive affair. Here’s a look back at past Christmas celebrations at the President’s home.

Maine Republican Drops Challenge to Stateâ

Bruce Poliquin, the only Republican House member from New England, dropped his challenge to Maine’s ranked-choice voting system and conceded to the Democrat Jared Golden.

Merry Christmas

And Trump tells boy that believing in Santa Claus at 7 is ‘marginal’

Why We Should Worry about the Cult of RBG

The new Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic will galvanize her fans. They should consider whether that makes them part of the problem.

How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?

The question is at the heart of investigations by Congress and federal agencies into whether an American gun manufacturer is entangled in the shadowy world of arms smuggling and wildlife poaching.

Brexit puts penguins in peril

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Patrick M. Shanahan, the White House pick for acting defense secretary, used his experience at Boeing to navigate, and battle, the Pentagon.

Impact of Border Deployments Is Felt by Troops at Home and Away

Units that have not been sent to the border must pick up the routine duties for those who have, and those that are deployed are not conducting the training needed to “fight tonight,” officials said.