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EAR TICKLER: For KQED's Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos revisit their interview with Gavin Newsom, which took place during the campaign. This was a fantastic, enlightening interview. It was very personal and worth a listen. I've heard or read so much about Gavin being an empty suit who was handed a fortune. That's simply not the case. If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend doing so.

Wow, what a great Kings-Lakers game last night. Although neither team is at its heyday, the rivalry is still there. If you missed the game, Kings were down by 15 before coming back and winning at the buzzer with a three-pointer by second-year Bogdan Bogdanovic.

This morning I was working on the legislator offices and committee membership databases for the new year for Nooner Premium. My biggest takeaway? The Assembly uses the Oxford comma in committee names, while the Senate does not. I may go to the Capitol this afternoon to see if that is true on the committee office signage as well. 

CA52 (San Diego): I hear that Sara Jacobs, a former policy advisor for Hillary Clinton and now a scholar in residence at the Univ. of San Diego, comes from a wealthy family could be a candidate if Congressman Scott Peters does decide to run for mayor. Jacobs was a candidate in the CA49 (S. OC/N. SD coast), where she came in a strong third behind Diane Harkey (R) and congressmember-elect Mike Levin (D). Jacobs is from Del Mar and moved to Encinitas for the CA49 race, just north of CA52, and she could easily establish a residence in the CA52, although it is not required to run for Congress. She spent $2.7 million in the primary ($2.1 million of her own), which makes her very attractive to the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee, which was very active in candidate recruitment this year.

AG: Yesterday, I wrote about the question of whether Attorney General Xavier Becerra could run again in 2022. I spent a fair amount of time researching it, including searching AG legal opinions and reading the constitution. However the "more than half" of the term for appointments or special elections is tucked in Article XX - Miscellaneous Subjects, Section 7. It was put there with Proposition 140 in 1990 instead of repeating the same language in both Articles IV and V for each the executive and legislative sections. Of course, the Proposition 28 term limits change for legislators is a cap of 12 years rather than terms. Only those elected to the Legislature in special elections with prior legislative service before 2012 would be subject to Article XX, Section 7's "more than half" rule.

Because Becerra was sworn in January 2017, his service prior to his swearing in on January 7 does not contribute to the term limits, and he's set to run in 2022 and would be widely expected to be re-elected. 

Thank you to Ethan Jones, Chief Consultant of Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee, who set me straight. My bad!

I'M DREAMING OF A HIGH SPEED CHOO-CHOO... In the Times, Ralph Vartabedian writes of one of the biggest decisions awaiting Gavin Newsom: "delay indefinitely the goal of a statewide bullet train system and salvage something useful out of the billions of dollars already spent, or stick with the original vision and find at least $50 billion in new money to keep it going."

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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)
  • Job: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • 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 

HUT...HUT...HIKE! For the Times, Melody Gutierrez reports on Assemblymember Jim Cooper's bill to limit full-tackle football in youth sports. The bill is supported by youth football leagues and is an attempt to head off more serious limits on the sport. It will be interesting to see if other bills are introduced that are more critical of the sport.

LA-LA LAND: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that if United Teachers Los Angeles strike on January 10 as threatened, don't expect the strike to be limited to the City of Angeles. Meanwhile, LAUSD has hired hundreds of substitutes in case a strike takes place, reports Ariella Plachta for the Daily News.

PUBLIC BANKING: KQED's Felicia Mallo and Ben Christopher look at the call for bank chartered by the state government, which Gavin Newsom endorsed during the campaign and that Controller John Chiang, Newsom's competitor in the primary has pushed. "If California had a bank controlled by the government rather than profit-hungry shareholders, public banking advocates argue, the state could fund social goods that often get the cold shoulder from commercial institutions: infrastructure projects, low-interest student loans and affordable housing."

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  • Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
    Experience working in governmental affairs office, working knowledge of the legislative process, calendaring, arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word, outstanding communication skills. Salary BOE. Please send your resume to Joelle (1/15)a

  • 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:
N. Carolina Governor Reshapes Board Amid Congressional Probe - Politico

Republican Mark Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign. | Chuck Burton/AP photo

New Jersey Is The Latest Battleground In National Redistricting Fight

Partisans and good-government groups alike are using the ballot-initiative process to reduce how far the parties can go in redrawing the lines. | Getty Images

Trump Pushes Border Wall Following Death Of California Police Officer - Politico

President Donald Trump Trump has said that he will not sign legislation to fund the government if it does not include $5 billion for a border wall. | Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images

North Carolina Elections Board Dissolves, Adding New Chaos in House Race

The dissolution came two weeks before the board’s much-anticipated hearing to consider evidence of possible absentee ballot fraud in a November election.

Trump threatens to shut down southern border as government funding stalemate drags on

In a morning tweet, the president also vowed to halt aid to several Latin American countries. The partial government shutdown is nearing its second week, with little progress expected until after the new year.

Michael Cohen Denies Report Alleging His Cellphone Was Traced Near Prague In 2016 - Politico

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, has denied the Steele dossier's claims that he was in Prague in 2016 for a secret meeting with Russian officials. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The 11 most consequential political trends of 2018

2018 politics again were dominated by President Trump, but the year was also noteworthy for what happened, what didn't happen and what it could mean for 2019.

POLITICO Playbook: Attn. Mr. President: 6 days until Speaker Pelosi

And New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' stock rises as a potential Pelosi successor.

Barack Obama Calls Wife's Memoir 'Obviously My Favorite' Book Of 2018

Former President Barack Obama's 23-song playlist of favorites included tracks from artists such as Beyonce and Jay Z, Cardi B, H.E.R., J. Cole and Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Trump Threatens To Close Border, Cut Off Aid To Central American Countries - Politico

President Donald Trump has issued threats to close the southern border with Mexico and cut off aid before but has so far not carried them out. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trump Crossed Political Line in Visit to Troops, Critics Say

The president’s comments and his encouragement of supporters in the crowd in Iraq and Germany shattered norms even as he upheld the convention of visiting soldiers abroad during the holidays.

Dems' New Year's resolution: Stiff Trump on the wall and re-open the government

Democratic leaders think the president is playing a losing hand and will be under pressure to relent.

With No Votes Scheduled, a Shutdown Will Greet the Democratic House

The federal government will be partly shut down into the new year, Republicans announced, and the new Democratic leadership will have to get money flowing again.

Trump Threatens to Close Border if Congress Won't Fund Wall
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The president'™s tweets were the latest indication that he was digging in for a protracted partial government shutdown.

Father Of Dead Guatemalan Boy Heard Rumors They Could Cross - Politico

Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her home in Yalambojoch, Guatemala. He died in U.S. custody at a New Mexico hospital on Christmas Eve. | Catarina Gomez via AP


The call was the first move in a looming scramble for control of Syria’s east since President Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops.

Pelosi Taps Castor To Head New Climate Committee
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The pick comes after weeks of wrangling among Democrats over the power, purpose and membership of the panel that has been a top priority for some of the party's newly elected progressive members, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Heartwarming Bipartisan Moments In A Polarizing 2018 - Politico

Here are just a few that stood out.

New York City Transformer Explosion Lights Up Sky, Social Media - Politico

This photo shows blue light over New York, as seen from Manhattan Borough, on Dec. 27. | Jay Reeves/AP Photo

The nationâ

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

Trump threatens to shut down the border â

Here are a few reasons why closing the border is nearly impossible.


The dynamics between Trump and Congress are about to significantly change.

Indicted Russian firm says Mueller has collected 'nude selfie' in probe

Could the manner in which he [Mueller] collected a nude selfie really threaten the national security of the United States?” reads a Thursday court filing by the firm, Concord Management and Consulting.

E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Limit Pollution Control for Years to Come

The plan would roll back restrictions on some of the most hazardous pollutants emitted by coal plants and could also limit the E.P.A.’s ability to write new regulations in the future.


An aviation enthusiast saw something shiny out of his kitchen window. Public data, and a community of online sleuths, did the rest.