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SPORTS PAGE: With the series tied 1-1, the Lakers seek to avenge Wednesday night's loss to the Kings tonight at 6:30 at Staples Center. The series is tied 1-1, with the final game in the series scheduled in LA for March 24. Meanwhile, the Chargers are at Mile High today at 1:15, Raiders are in Kansas City (1:25), and Niners visit the Rams (1:25).
MUST SEE TEEVEE: Jerry Brown was on Meet the Press, which dedicated its entire hour to the issue of climate change. Paraphrasing Chuck Todd "This is not going to be a political debate...climate change is real." Of course, Jerry had to bring up "raking leaves" to prevent forest fires. Politico's Quint Forgery reports on the appearance.
Happy Sunday! Brrr...it was a cold morning at farmers market and several vendors took the day off. Fortunately, I met some new farmers and discovered some produce that I didn't know was there. (fresh turmeric...mmmm!)
You have around 129,540 seconds to learn the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. Or, if you're like me, 118,740 seconds to observe EST with the Old Sac fireworks after the New Year's Eve service at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento.
NEW LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY: I don't know what you did for your Friday and Saturday nights but I was writing around 600 lines of code and updating 575 database entries. For those of you who are geeks like me, it drives us crazy to do things manually, but to turn around Thursday's Assembly committee assignments, it just comes down to that.
The legislative directory will have a public section and a Nooner Premium section. I'm still totally committed to providing things of value to everyone, but also need to provide more advanced tools for those who need them and/or are willing to support the time that ads don't pay for. Trust me, I am in no means getting rich off the 10% of readers who pay for Nooner Premium. Thank you for your understanding.
Here are my plans and status for this series of features:
Anyway, take a look at the public pages and share your feedback and any corrections that need to be made. As I wrote above, this required lots of manual input and all new coding. As it was nearing 10pm last night, I'll admit my eyes were quite bleary and I undoubtedly made mistakes. In addition to the above "to do" list, I'll continually be going through it with fresh eyes.
Also, offices are as of Friday, but are likely to change to align with new committee leadership positions. I did move Hertzberg into the Senate Majority Leader office and Monning to Hertzberg's office, but the timing of that is uncertain and Monning may move elsewhere.
And we thought all the fun work was over with the election...
More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...
FOR ALL THE NEWS THAT WE FORGOT (OR HOPED TO): The Bee's Andrew Scheeler reviews the major political stories of 2018.
"LASTING IMPACT," NOT LEGACY: KQED's Marisa Lagos looks at the impact Jerry Brown will leave on the criminal justice system. "Over the past eight years, Brown oversaw a dramatic shift in how California approaches criminal justice, including authoring a law that upended how the state treats nonviolent offenders and writing a ballot measure that rolled back the "lock 'em up" sentencing philosophy he championed in 1976."
WHAT AWAITS? For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that Gavin Newsom may face a troubled economy, at least at some point. Walters quotes Jerry Brown, "A lot of politics is timing, circumstances and luck."
CAMP FIRE: The team at the Los Angeles Times has a fascinating and very sad story about how the town of Paradise may have been destined to be a fire deathtrap without extraordinary work before it was too late. "The fate of Paradise was cast long before a windstorm last month fueled the deadliest fire in California history. The ridge settlement was doomed by its proximity to a crack in the mighty wall of the Sierra Nevada, a deep canyon that bellowed gale-force winds."
BAIL: Marisa Gerber reports in the Times about how Superior Court judges in Compton have been collaborating with UCLA law students in efforts to reduce or zero-out cash bail for some defendants who meet certain circumstances in what is a test of the efforts to eliminate money bail. Governor Brown signed such a bill statewide, but the new law is likely to be put on hold until voters have their say in November 2020 with the expected qualification of a referendum supported by bail bonds companies and the big financial industry that underwrites the surety bonds.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Mark Dierking, Tina Cannon Leahy, and Elise Moore!
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Shutdown Talks 'at A Standoff,' Warns Top Senate Appropriator - Politico
The shutdown began midnight Friday Dec. 21 after President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress failed to strike a deal over his request for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration has publicly requested roughly $5 billion in taxpayer dollars for the project, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion for a variety of border security measures.
California Governor Says He Didn't Convince Trump on Climate Change
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California Gov. Jerry Brown said he was unsuccessful in attempting to explain the perils of climate change to President Donald Trump during his November visit to the state to survey damage from devastating wildfires.
How Sen. Elizabeth Warren is courting black voters and their leaders as her expected 2020 presidential announcement nears
Warren, who has won praise and criticism, and other white presidential candidates may find their efforts complicated by the presence of multiple African American contenders.
Potential 2020 candidates confront the need for campaign cash, and fewer sources of it
Democratic activists are pressuring candidates to turn aside money from some donors.
Jeffries: Trump';s Border Wall Request A Ransom Note'
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"We are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion and wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Border Money Would Fund 'Not Just A Dumb Barrier' Says Border Chief
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McAleenan also defended the efficacy of the proposal that has plunged the government into a more-than weeklong shutdown and a bitter, partisan funding fight.
Trump politicizes deaths of two immigrant children to score points in border wall fight
The president sought to shift blame away from his administration over the governmentâÂÂs care of the Guatemalan children.
Congress unlikely to stop super PACs from hiding donors
House Democrats eyeing an ethics and campaign-finance overhaul appear focused on voting rights and Trump's taxes rather than on cracking down on super PACs.
Conservative health care experiment leads to thousands losing coverage
'I have pre-existing conditions. But all they could tell me was, 'sorry, you didn't comply,'' said one Arkansan who lost coverage.
McAuliffe Says Democrats Shouldn't 'Give An Inch'
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McAuliffe, whose home state of Virginia stands to be one of the hardest hit by the shutdown since it is where so many government workers reside, has long been a vociferous critic of Trump.
9 days in, White House still seeking a shutdown message
President Donald Trump continues trying to blame Democrats, as lawmakers in his own party urge negotiations.
Trump Blames Democrats For Deaths Of Child Migrants In U.S. Border Custody - Politico
"Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end," President Donald Trump wrote online. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Graham To Push Trump On Syria - Politico
Graham said exiting Syria would open the way to a revival of ISIS there.
POLITICO Playbook: Who will replace Mattis?
And John Kelly sits down for a lengthy exit interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Border Chief: Agents 'did Everything They Could' To Prevent Child Migrants' Deaths - Politico
Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal crossed the border with her father and a group of migrants on Dec. 6 before surrendering to border patrol personnel near Lordsburg, New Mexico. After she began experiencing seizures, Caal was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died two days later. The Washington Post reported that Caal died of dehydration.
Conway Deflects Questions About Trump’s Response On Migrant Deaths - Politico
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Alexander seeks to stay the course of bipartisanship in his final Senate stretch
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âÂÂIâÂÂm not going to be changing my tune,âÂÂ says the Tennessee Republican, who dismissed suggestions that he would become a raging anti-Trump conservative over the next two years.
A year of unprecedented deception: Trump averaged 15 false claims a day in 2018
Trump made nearly three times as many false or misleading claims in 2018 than during his first year as president
Shelby defends Fed chairman, says Trump can't fire him without cause
The Republican senator said Jerome Powell is Ã¢ÂÂdoing a good job.Ã¢ÂÂ Trump has repeatedly railed against Powell and recently asked advisers whether he has the power to fire him.
Former U.S. commander calls Trump dishonest and immoral
McChrystal also criticized Trump on foreign policy and disputed the presidentâÂÂs claim that ISIS has been defeated.
An 'atheist' empire? Trump aides rally evangelicals in China fight
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Religious freedom is a growing theme of President Donald Trump's confrontation with Beijing, and it's resonating with Christian leaders.
Mike Lee isn't tired of winning under Trump
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The Utah Republican fiercely opposed Trump in 2016. Now he's ready to endorse the president in 2020 after finding success in the Trump era.
Federal government shutdown enters second week with no resolution in sight
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Republican officials try to pin blame on Democrats, but they are not budging as GOP debates what exactly constitutes a border âÂÂwall.âÂÂ