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 Nancy Pelosi Kevin McCarthy
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco)
Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)


Happy Thursday! It's like the week just started. Well, not really. There's the adage that, like sausage, you don't want to see laws being made. That's also true of The Nooner and the web-side stuff. Many of you got a glimpse of that yesterday in receiving the email target at Premium subscribers vs. readers and vice-versa. There was no hack, no database compromise, no fancy-dancy excuse. I had no intern to fire over it. I just commented out the wrong query in about 20 different ones that are in the script I use to email users.  

Obviously, since Nancy Pelosi was the first Speaker of the House of Representatives from California when handed the gavel on January 4, 2007, today also marks the first time that The Golden State has held the top position in both major parties in the House. Kevin McCarthy takes over with the top spot in the GOP from Paul Ryan, who has retired from Congress. 

Tony Bennett was in the House Chamber for Pelosi's election and swearing in. "Alexa, play I Left My Heart in San Francisco." 

As part of a deal to capture the support of members of the Democratic caucus who had been withholding, Pelosi has agreed to leadership term limits that would keep her from being re-elected in 2022. If Democrats hold on to the House in 2020, most expect Pelosi would take the victory lap and announce her retirement for mid-2021, when she will be 81 and she can hand the gavel over to a fellow Dem before the 2022 election outcomes are known.

That timing is key for would be candidates of the current CA12. Will 2022 will be after redistricting, it's extraordinarily unlikely that the Citizens Commission will significantly change the district. While certainly in a housing affordability crisis, San Francisco has largely kept pace with state population change since the 2010 Census through the robust high-end construction association with the technology boom. And, there's no place in California where the political science argument of a community of interest exists justifying (requiring?) that the City and County be kept together to the extent possible.

I know it's uncouth to talk about Pelosi successors on the day that she regains the gavel, but this is The Nooner after all. Names in the mix to run upon her retirement are San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting, Supervisor Jane Kim, former State Senator Mark Leno, State Senator Scott Wiener. Obviously, timing is a BIG issue for two reasons.

If it's in 2021, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will have until August 15, 2021 to certify its maps and forward them to the Secretary of State. The maps are subject to referendum in the same manner as other laws, which allows challengers 90 days to file. There is also a process for a direct legal challenge for a writ of mandate as to the legality of the maps. While the language of Proposition 11 was silent on the effective date, it would be fair to say that they are treated like an urgency statute, taking effect 90 days after certification by the commission and transmittal to the Secretary of State.

As I said, I think the district will likely be the same anyway, so the redistricting analysis is likely moot.

However, there's another consideration if there is a vacancy in 2021. If there is a vacancy within 180 days of the next statewide election (or a scheduled election that includes 50% of the voters of the district), the special election may be consolidated with the regularly scheduled election in variance to the normal 126-140 day rule, at the discretion of the governor. The 2022 statewide primary is scheduled for June 7, as it is not a presidential year, so any vacancy before December 9, 2021 would lead to a special, whereas after that date would likely be consolidated.

Why is this particularly important to think about? Nancy Pelosi will want to pick her successor. She was hand-picked in 1987 as a death-bed wish by Sala Burton, the wife of Phillip Burton who succeeded him after his 1983 death. That seat is one of the biggest California political legacies, and Pelosi knows that. Willie L. Brown, Jr. was made by the machine. Brown is the second-most legendary Speaker in California history behind Jesse Unruh. So was John Burton, former Assemblymember, Congressman, Senate President Pro Tem, and chair of the California Democratic Party. Brown is the second-most legendary Speaker in California history behind Jesse Unruh

While it may be uncouth to talk about it today, make no doubt that succession on two fronts is already on Nancy's mind, that of Speaker and that of her congressional seat. And, she would have a lot more control if both happened if she stepped down in 2021 than simply retiring at the end of session.

Whether 2021 or 2022, it would be a free ride for Wiener. 2022 would be the sixth-and-final election for Ting. Chiu can serve through 2026. Kim is leaving office next week under term limits.

I don't know who Pelosi would have in mind. There is a strong argument that she would prefer Leno, a progressive who would be the first openly gay Member of Congress from the city largely credited for the LGBTQ rights gained today. He's also a loyal foot-soldier, which he showed as chair of the Senate Budget Committee. However, he will be 69 in 2021 and may not desire starting a new political career then.

If the current political climate extends into 2021-2022, which is a political lifetime away, there will be a huge battle between establishment and those to the left thereof. That's always the case in San Francisco. Pelosi is going to be blasted by those to the left of her for the next couple of years. For this kid from Orange County, that's like standing for a picture at the edge of the Grand Canyon and being asked by the photographer "take a step back...and another...and another." Pelosi is a pragmatic progressive, and she's going to want to see someone in a similar vein. 

Someone that is smarter on SF politics can tell me whether the better odds are a 2021 or early 2022 special, or a regular primary election in June 2022. Make no doubt it, the political tactician in Pelosi is way ahead of all of us.

For McCarthy, it is a bittersweet day. He had hoped to be elected Speaker in 2015, however, his bid was upended by alleged personal transgressions floated by the House Freedom Caucus that had just brought down John Boehner. Thus, Paul Ryan got the job, although he would have been content staying as chair of House Ways and Means. So, McCarthy decided to wait and essentially had the nod from Ryan to be next. McCarthy has spent the last two years building a close relationship with President Trump.

That came with a cost. Not only does he return for the 116th Congress in the minority, but with 40 fewer seats, 7 of which are from California. Many of the losses are attributed to the votes to repeal Obamacare/Affordable Care Act and the tax cut, which did away with the state and local taxes (SALT) deduction. The President's hard-line on immigration also became a big problem in the Central Valley. While the losing members there supported the DREAM Act, the President's push is at least in part attributable to the surge in turnout.

McCarthy repeated told his California members that they needed to stand in line and vote for the health care repeal and the tax cut and not be too critical of the President. One-half of them followed his lead and fell on the sword.

McCarthy is 53 and has time. He is a very smart guy (I've known him since his community college trustee days) and he knows he's going to need that time. I don't think FiveThirtyEight has posted probabilities yet for a house flip back to Republicans in 2020, but they are extremely slim. Simply in California, none of the 7 seats are not likely to be competitive until 2022, a mid-term after redistricting.

As I've said before, purely from House Republicans that are thinking only about prospects of a majority, the best hope would be a Democratic President is elected for the GOP to have someone to run against. That's how House flips happen...Newt Gingrich...Nancy Pelosi...John Boener...

To Speaker and Leader McCarthy, we are proud of you. We may not always (or, may rarely) agree with you, but we know that you are representing your districts first and have been elected by your respective caucuses to serve our nation in a higher role.


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  • 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
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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.
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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.
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      • 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.

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      • 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
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Dianne Feinstein’s 2020 Pick: Joe Biden - Politico

The Democratic senator, fresh off reelection to a fifth term, told a pair of reporters on Thursday morning that the former vice president and Delaware senator is the ideal choice to run against President Donald Trump. This despite the fact that more than a half-dozen Senate Democrats, including Harris, are considering running for president in 2020.

Trump: Shutdown Is Democrats' Attempt To Take The Presidency - Politico

Large portions of the government have been shut down for nearly two weeks after President Donald Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill failed to compromise over spending on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Democrat Threatens To Block Trump Administration Invite To Sanctioned Russian Official - Politico

It is not clear whether Republicans, who control the Senate, would be willing to intervene to block the proposed visit. Enforcing sanctions on Russia has been a rare point of bipartisan cooperation in Congress.

GOP congressional candidate says he will ask N.C. court to certify his victory as election offi CIA ls delay fraud hearing

Mark Harris, who leads his Democratic opponent by 905 votes in unofficial returns, said his campaign will go to court Thursday.

For Bernie Sanders, Claims of Sexism in 2016 Campaign Hang Over 2020 Bid

Complaints of sexual harassment and pay disparity by former campaign staffers, which have gone unaddressed by the Vermont senator, could hinder a second presidential run.

GOP Lawmaker Blesses Democratic Rules Package - Politico

A Republican lawmaker is planning to support a slew of changes to House rules authored by Democrats, becoming the first member to break ranks for a full rules proposal in 18 years.

Senate Judiciary Panel Sets January Date For Barr Confirmation Hearings - Politico

Then-Attorney General nominee William Barr in 1991. | AP

Trump Takes Fresh Dig At Warren's Claims Of Native Ancestry - Politico

President Donald Trump claimed the Democratic senator has less indigenous blood than he does, "and I have none," he said on Fox News in October. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Mcdaniel: 'i Love My Uncle' Romney, But GOP Should Unite Behind Trump - Politico

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she loves her uncle, Mitt Romney, and her rebuke of his criticism of the president was just part of her job. "I would have done this any freshman incoming senator." | Michael Conroy/Getty Images

Bernie Sanders apologizes to women who felt mistreated during 2016 campaign
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The Democratic presidential candidate said he was not aware at the time of allegations of sexual harassment and pay disparities.

On Politics: Trump Rejects Shutdown Compromise

President Trump told Democratic leaders he would look “foolish” if he agreed to reopen the government while the two sides iron out their differences.

Justice Department Won’t Take Arpaio Fight To Scotus - Politico

President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio as he was awaiting sentencing, a few weeks after the verdict that the longtime immigration hardliner defied a court order in a suit involving profiling of Latinos. | Matt York, File/AP Photo

Romney Says He Won't Run Against Trump In 2020 - Politico

Mitt Romney, the failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee who will be sworn in as a senator from Utah on Thursday, penned a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday ripping the president. | George Frey/Getty Images

Trump Blames Court Ruling For Preventing Daca Deal - Politico

The president, in a Cabinet meeting at the White House, said he'd been nearing a deal with Democrats in November to protect DACA legislatively in exchange for heightened border security. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Unpacking The Government Shutdown - Politico

POLITICO Illustration/John Shinkle/POLITICO

The new Congress: Pelosi poised to retake gavel as shutdown continues
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By the end of the day, the Democrat-controlled House plans to push through legislation to reopen the federal government. It has been declared dead on arrival in the GOP-led Senate.

Senate Judiciary Committee sets confirmation hearing for Trump attorney general pick William Barr

The committee will hold a hearing on Jan. 15 and 16, it announced Wednesday.

Blackburn, Ernst Become First GOP Women To Serve On Senate Judi CIA ry - Politico

The additions of Sen. Joni Ernst and Sen. Marsha Blackburn solve a longstanding optics problem for Republicans. | Mark Humphrey/AP Photo

Incoming Democratic Tax Chairman Won't Make Quick Grab For Trump's Returns - Politico

Pulling the legal trigger may not come until February at the earliest.

POLITICO Playbook PM: Speaker Nancy Pelosi

And the partial government shutdown bleeds into the new Congress.

Democratic States Appeal Ruling That Would Kill Obamacare - Politico

California and the other Democratic-led states intervened in the lawsuit to defend Obamacare. | David McNew/Getty Images

Live Briefing: New Congress Updates: Nancy Pelosi Calls Indictment of Sitting President an â

The 116th Congress is gaveled into order at noon, with Democrats in charge of the House and an election to choose the next speaker decided by 2 p.m.

Pelosi: 'open Discussion' On Whether Trump Could Be Indicted In Office - Politico

House Democrats are expected to scrutinize President Donald Trump's administration with the full force of their oversight powers, which include the ability to issue subpoenas. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Irrational Allergy To The Wall - Politico Magazine

The partial government shutdown is fueled by a clash of visions over, ultimately, the legitimacy of borders and, proximately, physical barriers to make our southern border more secure.

Warren Hires Top Iowa Talent - Politico

Unlike other potential 2020 contenders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren skipped visiting Iowa during the midterm elections while she sought reelection back home. | Elise Amendola/AP Photo