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Good morning! For many of you, it's welcome back to the office day, while for the lucky ones, that doesn't come until Monday. It's been a busy time here preparing for the session that gets rolling on Monday. Fortunately, the hamsters have been running in synch and the Pepper Peddler coffee has been flowing.

For those also doing Whole30 this month, email me!

Those who have read the last few days know I've been building out the legislative directory for the new session, with a public version and a Nooner Premium version for those who need a little more. I want to say "thank you" to the Nooner reader who sent me an Amazon gift card over the holiday. You'll be glad to know that you are omnipresent during writing as I used it to buy an Amazon Echo Dot. You likely have annoyed your fellow readers as there will now be more song references as I can now summon music as I write without changing windows. 

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN: So, things get serious today as tourists find the Smithsonian Museums and National Zoos closed and next Friday's payday for furloughed employees (and those working without appropriations authority) coming onto the radar. The "Big Five" (since that term is no longer the same in California, we'll use it for Trump, McConnell, Schumer, Ryan, and Pelosi are meeting at this hour. Before anyone sends hate mail about the ordering, remember that the House leadership doesn't change until Monday.

Things have gotten really crappy in the national parks, which could be a significant blow to non-government employees who rely on visitor traffic. This ranges from small monuments to Yosemite. So, while some government employees who are furloughed are counting on an eventual paycheck for the furloughed time, the family-owned grocery that relies on employees and visitors going to/from the parks are permanently screwed for the downtime. And, it's not like there is a Walmart down the street from Manzanar to pick up a shift.

Meanwhile, you can watch Smithsonian panda Bei Bei play in the snow back in November. It's the best thing you'll see all day.

Time for California politics. "Alexa, play Going Back to Cali by LL Cool J."

CATCH UP: The Bee's Amy Chance and Adam Ashton provide a rundown of the political stories that ran through the holidays. You can also catch up on past Nooners.

EUREKA! With the state's reserves exceeding constitutional minimums and billions more expected to be set aside this year, the first and likely largest budget proposal by Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is out--$1.8 billion for early education and child-care programs. The LAT's John Myers reports:

"The spending would boost programs designed to ensure children enter kindergarten prepared to learn, closing what some researchers have called the “readiness gap” that exists based on a family’s income. It would also phase in an expansion of prekindergarten, and offer money to help school districts that don’t have facilities for full-day kindergarten.


A broad overview document reviewed by The Times shows that most of the outlay under the plan — $1.5 billion — would be a one-time expense in the budget year that begins July 1. Those dollars would be a single infusion of cash, an approach favored by Gov. Jerry Brown in recent years.

Most of the money would be spent on efforts to expand childcare services and kindergarten classes. By law, a governor must submit a full budget to the Legislature no later than Jan. 10. Lawmakers will spend the winter and spring reviewing the proposal and must send a final budget plan to Newsom by June 15.:

Particularly in good years, "highlights" are leaked for several news cycles in advance of the spending plan's release for a steady flow of stories rather than one big budget release. Expect that in particular this year the governor's budget is released by the constitutionally required Thursday, January 10, which is not a great day of the week to drop big news.

The hungry hippos are rushing to the trough. 

"Alexa, play Money by Pink Floyd."

"Alexa, play Mo Money, Mo Problems by Notorious B.I.G."

Sorry, Kanye, you don't get a Gold Digger play. Love the song, but that Oval Office stunt was cringeworthy for everybody in politics, including POTUS.

HEALTH CARE: In the Bee, Sophia Bollag looks at the Governor-elect's early hires that signal that he has big ambitions on health care

"Incoming chief of staff Ann O’Leary helped develop the Children’s Health Insurance Program when she worked in the Bill Clinton White House.

His cabinet secretary — typically the second-highest-ranking cabinet member — Ana Matosantos helped lead negotiations to expand health insurance access under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

And several other key appointees in the new administration have spent years advocating to make health care more affordable and expand immigrants’ access to insurance."

As Bollag notes, don't expect a quick run to single-payer, but rather a patchwork to close gaps and the above players have experience in exactly that. Remember, the health care industry opponents to SB 562--e.g. insurers, hospitals, physicians--welcome universal coverage as long as it doesn't immediately significantly disrupt the cost/payment structure of those already covered. That's true both in California and nationally. 

FROM ACROSS THE POND: The Brits are taking notice of California's law that took effect yesterday that limits pet shops to selling only rescued dogs, cats, and rabbits. John Gabbatiss reports in the Independent:

The law, which takes effect from 1 January, was conceived as a way to crack down on so-called “kitten factories” and “puppy mills”.

Such “high volume” operations that breed animals for profit have been associated with inhumane conditions and long-term health problems for the animals.

Known as AB 485, the bill means pet shops will have to provide records of each animal’s origin or face a $500 (£391) penalty. 

LAW SCHOOL FLASHBACK: For the legal beagle readers, why does a British story about dogs immediately bring me back 21 years to Pierson v. Post? Pierson is a foundational case in property law relating to the hunting dogs chasing a fox. One of the first cases read, assigned before the first class, with a paranoia of the reputation of the brutal Socratic style of Professor Dobris. Dobris, an amazing professor emeritus, used index cards with photos to call on people. While students frequently took a break from aggressively studying the cases for the next class after being called upon, he took joy in starting a class mid-semester with a shuffle of the cards at the beginning of the class.

CALI BY THE NUMBERS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the new California population numbers from the Department of Finance and U.S. Census Bureau.

"The Census Bureau estimated California’s population, as of July 1, at 39.6 million, while the Department of Finance tabbed it at 39.8 million."


Since the 2010 census, which found 37.3 million Californians, the state has added just 2.3 million people, the Census Bureau data confirm, for an overall growth of 6.1 percent. That’s virtually identical to the nation’s, 5.96 percent, and puts California in some danger of losing one of its 53 congressional seats, which will be redistributed after the 2020 census.

“If the next census does a poor job of reaching traditionally hard-to-count populations and immigrant communities, more than 1.6 million Californians could be missed and the state could easily lose a seat,” the Public Policy Institute of California says in a recent report. “This scenario assumes a generally inaccurate count, similar to the 1990 Census, and a 10 percent undercount among households with one or more undocumented immigrants."

If California loses a congressional seat, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission would likely be faced with eliminating a seat in either Los Angeles or the Bay Area. I don't see a scenario where a Republican loses a seat after redistricting, particularly after losing seven on November 6. A loss would only likely hit a Democrat in an urban area.

In Los Angeles, the politics were ugly in 2011 as the African-American community sought to protect three "African-American" seats. One has now flipped and is currently held by Nanette Barragán, which reflects the emergence of Latino majorities in not just population but citizen voting age population in many communities in south Los Angeles. There will be a big focus in 2021 with hopes of holding on to the other two, currently held by Karen Bass and Maxine Waters. Neither have had a serious challenge thus far, but lines will be very important if the general region is slated to lose a seat. To the east who could be affected is Linda Sanchez

If there is a Bay Area shift with the loss of one congressional seat, look to the East Bay. The three affected would be CA11 (Mark DeSaulnier), CA13 (Barbara Lee), and CA15 (Eric Swalwell). I need not tell you of the political pressure to protect Lee's seat as the only African-American member of Congress in Northern California (and one of three in California--all women) who is also in Democratic leadership. 

Here's a map of those districts. I'll get to LA tomorrow as I'm out of time!

95814->37188 HOPES, MUSIC STYLE: "Alexa, play California Über Alles by the Dead Kennedys." For those who haven't read the lyrics lately (or ever), it's pretty fun. It was the band's first single, written in 1979 during the second presidential election. Of course, the song was remade by the Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrisy. Again, the lyrics are fun to read in the context of California political history.

Will there be a remake about the incoming governor? Time will tell...

SANDY EGGO and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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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 (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 

SANDY EGGO: This morning, Councilmember Barbara Bry announced her candidacy for San Diego mayor. Bry is a high-tech entrepreneur and has a Master’s Degree in Business from Harvard. She is the first candidate to announce and is expected to be joined in the race by Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Congressman Scott Peters. With the above all being Democrats, councilmembers Chris Cate and Mark Kersey are Republicans rumored in the mix.

The city is currently 40.6% D, 21.4% %, and 32.7% NPP. That said, it's also the city that produced Governor Pete Wilson. The independents are truly independent and the race is non-partisan, at least as it appears on the ballot. Of course, a March 3 primary is likely to be very strong for Democratic turnout with the presidential primary likely still quite competitive and few top-of-the-ticket interests for GOP voters. The race proceeds to November with the top two, even if a candidate gets over 50%.


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Roxanne Gould and Jay Hansen!

DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: Yes, the Legislature was sworn in December 3 and reconvenes January 7. When asked, Alexa told me that Gavin is being sworn in January 7, as well as who the heck the guy is. 



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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
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        • Legislative and regulatory tracking and strategy for California cannabis opportunities on a local and state level.
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          Please go to our website for the complete posting at or email with your resume and cover letter. 
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      • 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:
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      • 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.
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Changes May Be Ahead For Criticized Georgia Election System - Politico

Stacy Abrams and her allies accused Brian Kemp of suppressing minority votes and mismanaging the election. Kemp, now Georgia's governor-elect, has vehemently denied those allegations. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Voting Issues and Gerrymanders Are Now Key Political Battlegrounds

The fairness of elections and voting have become political flash points in key states like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump Says He Was Lonely Over The Holidays - Politico

President Donald Trump decided not to leave town as the federal government entered a shutdown thanks to an impasse over his demands for border wall funding. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

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The president kept tweeting during the government shutdown, but his claims were often suspect.

In Newly Divided Government, Priorities of Trump and Democrats Diverge

As Democrats take control of the House, they will push an anti-corruption agenda while President Trump tries to keep the focus on immigration controls.

Rnc Chair Mcdaniel Sides With Trump Over Uncle Mitt Romney - Politico

Ronna Romney McDaniel has long sought to minimize intra-party disputes while remaining a loyal soldier for President Donald Trump and the GOP. | AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Nadler: Trump Administration 'Apparently Willing' To Have Migrant Kids Die
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Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler blasted the Trump administration Wednesday for the recent deaths of two migrant children in government custody, placing the blame squarely on the White House and its policies.

Five Ways Elizabeth Warren (and Other 2020 Hopefuls) Will Campaign When Thereâ

Democrats will move quickly to try to build grass-roots support and raise money: two prerequisites for any candidate hoping to break out of what is likely to be a congested pack of contenders.

Harry Reid: Trump is â

The former Senate majority leader also told New York Times Magazine that President Trump is “amoral” and “oblivious.”

Trump aims to jump-start shutdown talks in meeting with congressional leaders

Wednesday’s meeting is the first between the president and top lawmakers since the shutdown started before Christmas.

Trump urges Romney to be a team player hours after scathing op-ed

The president responded in a tweet to a piece in which the incoming senator said Trump has not risen to the job.

Why Trump has spared Pelosi from his personal vitriol -- so far
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The president genuinely respects the incoming speaker, and needs her if he's going to get anything done in the next two years. But the government shutdown is about to test his restraint.

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The Utah senator-elect criticized the president in an op-ed essay in The Washington Post days before he enters Congress, raising speculation that he could try to challenge Mr. Trump in 2020.


A new lawsuit was filed against the Trump administration over the government shutdown, alleging it's illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.

Romney savages Trump's leadership in Washington Post op-ed

The president 'has not risen to the mantle of the office,' writes the incoming Utah senator.

Pompeo 'Hopeful' For Consular Access To Detained American In Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday expressed hope that U.S. officials in Russia would get consular access to an American citizen who has been detained in Moscow on charges of spying.

Rand Paul Rips Romney For Criticizing Trump - Politico

Sen. Rand Paul is spending much of his time on Wednesday pushing back against Mitt Romney, tweeting a defense in the morning, then holding the conference call and also planning to appear on national TV. | Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

'You don't hire an airline pilot who has never flown a plane': Andrew Cuomo talks up a Joe Biden presidential bid
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The governor of New York said in a radio interview that the former vice president has “the best case” among Democrats for the nomination.

Trump Hits Back At Romney: 'I Won Big, And He Didn't
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Donald Trump and Mitt Romney have long had an uneasy relationship. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Pelosi Critic Says Dems 'Absolutely' United Behind Her Now
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Rep. Tim Ryan had been among Nancy Pelosi's most prominent critics, mounting a bid to unseat her as Democratic leader in 2017. | AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

U.S. Fires Tear Gas Across Mexico Border To Stop Migrants - Politico

A migrant runs from tear gas thrown by U.S. Border Protection officers to the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana on Jan. 1. The agents were trying to repel about 150 migrants trying to breach the border fence. | Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP photo

House Dems feuding before new Congress even begins

Progressives are slamming Nancy Pelosi's rules package to govern the House.

Liberal revolt threatens to derail House Democrats on their first day in charge
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Two prominent liberals say they will oppose the leadership-proposed rules package over the inclusion of fiscal rules.

Cuomo: 'Biden Has The Best Case' Among Potential 2020 Contenders

So which potential candidates does he like?

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In a tweet Wednesday, the party chairwoman criticized her own uncle for criticizing the president.