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EAR TICKLER: "Alexa, play KQED's Political Breakdown podcast."  Well, what do we have hear? Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with former Schwarzenegger press secretary Aaron McLear. McLear talks about leaving the GOP, working for Arnold, working with Uber, and much more. McClear: "I left the Party the day after it nominated Donald Trump." Asked about how he voted in 2016: "I wrote in David Crane."

Happy Friday! You made it! Okay, yes, it was a 5k and not a marathon, pero es Viernes!

Tickets are available for the Gavin Newsom inauguration celebration concert on Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Doors open at 6pm and general admission bowl seating is available for $25, with proceeds going to the California Fire Foundation to help the victims of California's wildfires and other efforts, such as the firefighter memorial. (more info on the ticket page). There are many performers, including Pitbull, Common, the X Ambassadors.

I need to learn songs pronto as these are generally not in my wheelhouse. "Alexa, play Pitbull."

Oh, hey, I know this "Timber" song! I'm a kiddo again. Now, do I have anything to wear??? 

Seriously, any politician that hosts a fun, affordable event at Golden 1 down the street can count on me as a guest. And, yes, I paid the $25 for the cause.

CDP: Kevin de León tells CALmatters that he is indeed considering a bid for chair the California Democratic Party. Ben Christopher reports: “'My phone has been blowing up,' he said. He declined to say who has been calling and texting without first getting their permission to share that information."

KDL captured the party's endorsement in his bid against U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Not only is she more moderate than the delegates who crowd conventions, but she's never been particularly cozy with the party. KDL has the reddest meat of blue politics to energize the rank and file, but...

...the most active #METOO leaders despise him. They allege that he was slow to act on sexual harassment complaints as Senate President Pro Tem and point to the fact that he was roommates with Tony Mendoza, who was forced out over complaints.

With the current field that includes Orange County attorney Lenore Albert and Oakland activist and former Emerge California head Kimberly Ellis, de León can likely win the race, peeling off many of the folks on the left who voted for Ellis against Eric Bauman in a very close race in 2017.

The general thinking is that Christine Pelosi will hold her ambitions for either a bid for Congress upon her mother's retirement or a bid for party chair in 2021 if Nancy announces her retirement and, if de León becomes chair this year and doesn't run for 2021 re-election to focus on a run for Los Angeles mayor. Are you following the chess pieces? 

The big question for de León is how significant of a showing #METOO critics will make at the convention when the election occurs, which is May 31-June 2 in San Francisco. Serving as CDP chair fits in to his goal of being mayor of Los Angeles in 2022, perhaps even better than a short stint as a city councilmember. However, photos and video of women protesting his candidacy at the party's convention does not. I have to imagine that is what is going through KDL's head as he decides.

TRANSITIONS: For CALmatters, Dan Morain writes that Michael Martinez, who Ricardo Lara has as a leader for his transition to the office of Insurance Commissioner and who is expected to have a significant staff role, was a contract lobbyist for Gilead Sciences until December. Gilead is subject to an investigation for marketing and reimbursement practices by the California Department of Insurance and several other states. Martinez previously worked at the Department of Insurance and for Jerry Brown.

THE OTHER CAPITOL: First, it was beautiful to watch the peaceful transfer of power in the House yesterday. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) handed the gavel to Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), not an easy task for McCarthy who aspired for the Speakership. Pelosi has previously both received and handed over the gavel. Both were gracious. In Pelosi's remarks, she cited George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, but made no remarks about the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania.

With changes yesterday, the following happens at the committee level affecting Californians:

  • Committee on Financial Services: Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) -> Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs: Ed Royce* (R-Fullerton) -> Eliot Engel (D-NY)
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats: Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) -> Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  • Committee on Intelligence: Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) -> Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
  • Committee on Oversight and Reform: Darrell Issa* (R-Vista) -> Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland)
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Phil Roe (R-TN) -> Mark Takano (D-Riverside)

* Retired

I think that's it. Of course, Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) is also gaining the role of vice-chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, which makes committee assignments.

CA'S TOP COP: The AP's Don Thompson looks at the challenges Xavier Becerra is ready to wage to President Trump in 2019. "Heading into 2019, he may turn up the heat even more, buoyed by his overwhelming endorsement from voters, a Democratic U.S. House and a more aggressive governor who takes office Monday."

Becerra won 61.3% of the vote over Republican retired judge Steven Bailey in November. Included in the June top-two pack was Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D), who garnered 15.4% to Becerra's 45.8%.

THE VOTE: Did non-citizens vote in 2018? For the Bee, Bryan Anderson writes that state officials still don't know:

The snag comes from a voter eligibility questionnaire that lumps five separate characteristics, such as age and citizenship status, into one prompt that people see at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they try to get or renew a driver’s license.

Investigators can see that people marked themselves as ineligible to vote or declined to answer eligibility questions, but they can’t tell why.

“We can’t assume why they declined to answer eligibility questions or why they said they were not eligible,” the Secretary of State’s Office wrote in an internal memo on Oct. 8, 2018.

LA-LA LAND, FEINSTEIN'S PICK FOR 2020? and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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2020: Cornered in an elevator yesterday, California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was asked who she liked for President in 2020. Politico's Burgess Everett reports:

“Joe [Biden] was chairman of the Judiciary [Committee] when he came to this place. I’ve watched him as vice president, I’ve seen him operate, I’ve seen him perform,” Feinstein said. “He brings a level of experience and seniority which I think is really important.”

Feinstein said she hasn’t spoken to Biden about running in 2020.

“That’s just my view,” she said. 

There is something that tells me that Kamala doesn't mind running against a meme of "Young'ns, get off my lawn."

LA-LA LAND: The LAT's Emily Alpert Reyes looks at who is lining up to fill the seat of councilmember Mitchell Englander, who has stepped down. "As of the middle of this week, only a handful had actually filed paperwork with the city to raise money for a special election in June, with a likely runoff in August. But more than a dozen candidates say they plan to run — and even more are likely to emerge in the coming weeks.

Englander is the only Republican serving on the council, and many Democrats are hoping to change that in the non-partisan seat. Alpert Reyes looks at the candidates who are looking at making a bid for the northwest San Fernando Valley seat. 




Probolsky Research


 #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Maria Arias, Phyllis Chow, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and John Van Winkle! Belated greetings to Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (yesterday)!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: D'oh! Unlike the last time we experimented with a March primary, primaries in both presidential and gubernatorial years will be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. As to the analysis of Nancy Pelosi's district, it accelerates the "180-day" consolidation provision for a special to September 9, 2021. If Pelosi were to choose to retire before then, there would be a special election on a date preceding the Tuesday, March 8, 2022 statewide primary. If she chose to retire after then and before the end of the term, either the the special primary or special general would be consolidated with the statewide primary.

Thank you to Secretary of State Press Secretary Sam Mahood for catching my idiocy.  



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Sen. Pat Roberts announces he won’t seek reelection in 2020 in another departure of a GOP senator known for bipartisanship
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The blunt-speaking Kansan was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and has served as chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Roberts recently shepherded a new farm bill into law that every Senate Democrat voted for, a rare occurrence in a fractious Congress. Roberts, 82, barely survived a primary challenge in 2014 and won reelection after […]

House Democrats vote to reopen government and deny Trump wall money, defying veto threat

The White House issues a veto threat against the legislation set to pass the House, but key Senate Republicans signal they want to bring the shutdown to a close.

Pelosi Invites Trump To Give State Of The Union On Jan. 29 - Politico

President Donald Trump gestures during the State of the Union address on Jan. 30. | Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images

Ocasio-cortez Floats 70 Percent Tax On The Super Wealthy To Fund Green New Deal - Politico

Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that in a progressive tax rate system, not all income for a high earner is taxed at such a high rate. Rather, rates increase on each additional level of income, with dramatic increases on especially high earnings, such as $10 million.

Jim Webb Emerges As Candidate For Defense Secretary - Politico

Former Sen. Jim Webb's views on foreign policy and military affairs align with President Donald Trump in key respects. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Trump threatened to keep government shut down for â

Pence called about a half-dozen House Republicans late Thursday to urge them to vote against measures that would reopen the government without new wall funding.

Economy Added 312,000 Jobs In December - Politico

The economy added 312,000 jobs in December, the government reported Friday, signaling that Wall Street volatility and President Donald Trump's trade war with China have yet to pinch booming job creation.

Unease of Senate Republicans Over 2020 Races Puts Pressure on McConnell to Engage on Shutdown

By absenting himself, the Senate majority leader had hoped to push the blame for a prolonged shutdown onto Democrats while protecting Republicans running for re-election next year — including himself.

Trump proves an enigmatic negotiator as government shutdown continues with no end in sight

Despite Trump’s unpredictability, lawmakers are wary of negotiating with any of his aides because they believe only Trump speaks for Trump.

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Elizabeth Warren Isnâ

In the On Politics newsletter, the outdated ways we talk about candidates, and women in particular; plus, recapping a busy day in Congress.

William C. Thompson, Pioneering Black Legislator and Judge, Dies at 94

Mr. Thompson was Brooklyn’s first black state senator, an appeals court justice and a politician who urged a larger role for black Democrats in New York.

Trump Makes Surprise Appearance In Briefing Room To Defend The Shutdown - Politico

President Donald Trump's demands for a border wall have prevented lawmakers from reaching a compromise on a spending bill. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Democrats Lay Out Their Agenda as Shutdown Fight Casts Shadow

House Democrats were expected to detail an ambitious bill — including changes to ethics, campaign finance and voting laws — on Friday. But a meeting on the shutdown could deflect attention.

House Democrats begin scrutiny of Trump with a bill to protect the special counsel
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The measure faces difficult odds in the Senate but is a sign of how influential Robert Mueller’s probe will be for House lawmakers as the Democrats use their new majority to launch various probes of the president.

House Democrats Unveil Bill To Obtain Trump's Tax Returns, Put Checks On White House - Politico

Flanked by other House Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as Rep. Elijah Cummings listens during a news conference to introduce H.R.1, the "For the People Act." | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Israel’s upcoming election could produce even more political parties. Here’s why.

An allegedly temporary electoral system has proved long-lasting.

Pelosi seeks a return to normalcy, but an unpredictable president may not comply
Wednesday, Pelosi faced a rebellion on her left. A few prominent liberals opposed a budgetary proposal, arguing that it would @

Pelosi’s office looks almost exactly as it did 12 years ago when she first took charge during another Republican presidency. Even her allies know this time, with Trump, is different.

These female politicians from a new generation donâ

Washington's new crop of female lawmakers aren't afraid to say what they think.

Democrats to Visit Trump Again, Searching for a Path to End the Government Shutdown

Congressional leaders will head to the White House Friday for a midday meeting with President Trump, trying to find a way around an impasse over funding a wall at the Mexican border.

Deal to end shutdown still out of reach as lawmakers meet with Trump

A divided Congress and Trump's insistence on more border money is pushing a solution to reopen the government further away.

House Democrats unveil bill targeting Trump on tax returns and transparency
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others are set to unveil the ‘For the People Act’ on Capitol Hill Friday.

U.S. to Investigate Discrimination Against Native Students on Montana Reservation

After a New York Times-ProPublica investigation, the Education Department said it would examine whether the Wolf Point School District discriminates against Native students.

On Politics: Democrats Take Over the House

Representative Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the speaker’s gavel, and the new majority passed bills to end the government shutdown, though they were likely to go nowhere for now.

New Democratic kingmaker: Ratings surge positions Maddow to boost favorite candidates

“Rachel has a [direct] line to the base,” said a Democratic consultant involved in a 2020 campaign.

Just because government is now divided doesnâ

Over the past 45 years, the link between control of Washington and new legislation isn't that robust.