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Happy New Year's Eve!

Thank you all for the many interesting conversations throughout the year. I know many of you in real-life, but wish I knew you all. I take feedback equally regardless of party, stature, Premium subscription or not.

Okay, I might open messages from constitutional officers a little bit faster, but that's about it. Usually, that's because of an "oh s***" moment thinking I have pissed someone off, but more often than not it is additional great insight or kudos. 

Have a safe and pleasant evening. I look forward to ringing the Kansho at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento tonight to close out the year in serenity before starting anew.

I'm going to be quite short this morning as I need to spend time on programming, you really don't care to be reading news today and many of you are rooting for or against Stanford at this hour. Really, I need to keep on programming and other preparations for the legislative year ahead. If you missed yesterday, here's my planned scope and timeline for the legislative directory. Thank you to those who have provided feedback!

2018: For CALmatters, Matt Levin looks back on the year closing the books through the eyes of, what else, Twitter.

2019: THE DEFINITELY NOT OFF "OFF-YEAR:" Meanwhile, also for CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at what's ahead in the year that starts at midnight. 

More, #CAKEDAY, and a VERY SPECIAL RETIREMENT 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)
  • 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 


PENSIONS: Ed Mendel looks at what Jerry Brown was and wasn't able to do on ensuring pensions are fully funded, as well as what remains up in the air as he leaves office.  

Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rocky Fernandez, Nathan Fletcher, Christian Griffith, and Myles White!

#CONGRATULATIONS! Friday was the retirement day for Capitol institution Phyllis Chow. I can't say it better than legislative historian Alex Vassar tweeted:

"Capitol institution Phyllis Chow (most recently of @MarcLevine's office) has retired after 36 yrs. Which means, for a little perspective, that she overlapped with 617 legislators (the first of whom was elected in 1938 and the latest who won't term out until 2030."

Thank you Phyllis for your longtime service to our great state. 


Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

  • 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:
A Look Back: Reporting Sexual Assault In Washington - Politico

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, sexual misconduct allegations were not new to Washington. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, a surge of such allegations affected Capitol Hill. Including Kavanaugh, 19 lawmakers, judges, candidates, staffers and governors were accused of sexual misconduct in 2018. But what came out of the Kavanaugh hearings was a fresh conversation about reporting sexual assault and harassment.

House Democrats prepare bills to end government shutdown, deny Trump wall money and pressure Senate to go along

Democrats’ plan, which they aim to pass upon taking control of the House on Thursday, includes a stopgap spending bill to fund the Homeland Security Department through Feb. 8. The bill would continue existing levels of border funding without giving President Trump the new wall money he is seeking. The measure would also reopen the […]

Trump Returns To Border Wall Fight: 'democrats, Come Back From Vacation Now' - Politico

President Donald Trump on Monday demanded Democrats come back to Washington early to approve funding for a wall at the border with Mexico, as a government shutdown over the issue threatens to stretch well into January.

Trump Digs In On 'slowly' Withdrawing Troops From Syria - Politico

President Donald Trump argued that his Syria decision amounted to him making good on one of his campaign promises. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Elizabeth Warren Announces She Is Running for President

Senator Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said she was forming a presidential exploratory committee, which allows her to raise money and hire staff before a formal kickoff.

Texas Judge Puts Obamacare Ruling On Hold While Appeal Proceeds - Politico

The federal judge in Texas who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional said today that the law can stand while his judgment is being appealed.

How Early Do Presidential Campaigns Start? Earlier Than You May Think

It’s nearly two years until Election Day 2020, but Elizabeth Warren is forming her exploratory committee right on schedule, if recent history is any guide.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will seek the presidency in 2020

The Massachusetts Democrat made her candidacy official by emphasizing the economic populism that has propelled two Senate victories.

U.S. Citizen Arrested In Russia On Spying Charges - Politico

The arrest comes as Russia-U.S. ties have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. | AP Photo/Denis Tyrin

Democrats Agree on Plan to End Government Shutdown Without Wall Funding

The spending measures are expected to pass the House, but there is no guarantee the shutdown will soon end given the Senate is still firmly controlled by Republicans.

Trump Hits Back At Kelly Over Border Wall: It Was 'never Abandoned' - Politico

The president's long-promised border wall has taken center stage over the holiday season. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

POLITICO Playbook: 6 smart thoughts on the stupid shutdown

And alumni of Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign seek a meeting to address ‘sexual violence’ on the 2016 campaign.

Republicans are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Trump tax cuts. They shouldnâ

Republicans have been celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Trump tax cuts with all the pomp, circumstance and fake movie trailers — seriously, they’ve made a few of those — that you’d expect of...

Warren battles the ghosts of Hillary

In interviews with POLITICO, advisers and allies project confidence that perceptions of her as cold or aloof will fade once people see her campaign.

Elizabeth Warren vs. Donald Trump: A Blow-by-Blow History

The Massachusetts senator is the most prominent Democrat to have announced a run against President Trump in 2020. The two already have a long history of trading barbs, and it’s likely to get even nastier.

2 of New Yorkâ

Under a quirk of law, Corey Johnson will be both Council speaker and the city’s public advocate until a special election is held to replace Letitia James.

Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown

The president has repeatedly called allies, reassuring them that he will not yield on his wall demands. But he has not reached out to Democrats, whose votes he needs for a deal.

Mattis Urges Pentagon Ranks To 'keep The Faith' In Farewell Message - Politico

"Our Department's leadership, civilian and military, remains in the best possible hands," Jim Mattis said in his farewell message. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

Suspect’s Twitter Messages Played Role In Nsa Hacking-tools Leak Probe - Politico

Messages that the former NSA computer security specialist, Hal Martin, sent via Twitter appear to have led to an FBI raid on his Maryland home and to his arrest on charges of retaining a vast trove of classified information there without permission, according to a newly released court ruling.

Trump says U.S. troops are â

Earlier this month, the president’s plans for a quick military withdrawal drew widespread criticism.

These were our top 10 most popular posts of 2018

Happy new year to all! As always, TMC presents our 10 most-read posts of the year — our way of looking back at what political science most concerned you, dear readers, in 2018. In what we can safely call a very full news year, a few issues rose to the top. You were quite interested […]

The Day Trump Never Stopped Tweeting

In late August, the president reached his peak performance in 2018.

Trump's Twitter year of outrage and braggadocio

The president spent the year addressing his 55.6 million Twitter followers cataloging his accomplishments and assailing his foes.


Letitia James has been unusually forthright in her desire to use her office to pursue President Trump and his family.

Lindsey Graham Suggests Syrian Troop Drawdown Will Take Longer Than 30 Days

Mr. Graham, a prominent Republican critic of President Trump’s decision to withdraw, said he felt “a lot better” about the plan after meeting with Mr. Trump.