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LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY UPDATES: The expected committee changes following Brian Maienschein's switch from R to D were announced by Assembly Speaker Rendon yesterday:

  • Appropriations: Maienschein added to committee
  • Budget: Maienschein removed from committee
  • Budget Sub 2: Brough replaces Maienschein on committee
  • Communications & Conveyance: Maienschein removed from committee 
  • Education: Maienschein removed from committee
  • Housing and Community Development: Diep replaces Maienschein as vice-chair; Maienschein stays on committee
  • Human Services: Mathis replaces Maienschein as vice-chair; Maienschein stays on committee
  • Judiciary: Gallagher replaces Maienschein as vice-chair; Maienschein stays on committee; Obernolte added to the committee
  • Rules: Maienschein appointed to committee; Diep replaces Mathis as Republican alternate

The updated committee membership and member offices and staff are online in the legislative directory and in the downloadable spreadsheets for Nooner Premium. Let me know if you catch any other updates that are needed. It's a big task to keep track of, but I've heard from many of you how useful it is.

DISTRICT UPDATES: Last night was the deadline for the first pre-election report in the two March 26 special elections. Here is net cash-on-hand (candidate debt excluded) through 02/09 + $1,000 24-hour reports since 02/09; no electronic report is required if less than $25,000 has been raised or spent. Nooner Premium will be receiving a separate email with a more detailed breakdown.

  • SD01 (Northeast Cal): 
    • Steven Baird (D): No report
    • Brian Dahle (R): $468,825 + $30,300
    • Theodore Dziuba (R): No report
    • Rex Hime (R): $14,395.24 + $7,916
    • Kevin Kiley (R): $467,320.14 + $13,400
    • Silke Pflueger (D): No report
  • SD33 (Long Beach): 
    • Thomas Jefferson Cares (D): No report
    • Denise Diaz (D): -$6,533.24 + $11,993.50
    • Cesar Flores (D): No report
    • Chris Garcia (D): No report
    • Maria Flores Gibson (R): 
    • Lena Gonzalez (D): $118,016.42 + $5,700.00
    • Jack M. Guerrero (R): No report
    • Ana Maria Quintana (D): $87,177.34 + $0
    • Ali Saleh (D): $38,459.653 + $10,900
    • José Luis Solache (D): $120,641.01 + $4,700
    • Leticia Vazquez Wilson (D): No report

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Capitol ScottHappy Friday! Ugh, just after doing committee changes and campaign finance reports, I'm ready to crawl back under that comfort and ask Alexa to sing me a lullaby. But, we've got work to do! 

CAGOP: A week from today, the California Republican Party convenes at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento for its Spring Organizing Convention. Some (including a lot in the party) would replace the word "organizing" with "regrouping." Nevertheless, the top agenda item is electing the next party chair. 

The three candidates are former assemblymember Travis Allen, conservative blogger Steve Frank, and political recruiting and training organization exec Jessica Patterson. The race is really between Allen and Patterson, with the former having the more conservative grassroots support and the latter favored by more of the electeds, institutions, and big donors.

I know it comes as a shock that I don't hang out at county Republican central committee meetings. I haven't been to any party central committee meeting in over a decade and my evenings are grateful for it. 

I mused on Twitter earlier this week whether Allen was still in the race because he hadn't tweeted. That wasn't a joke. After all, this was through the State of the State and the Twitter fight between President Trump and Governor Newsom over high-speed rail dollars. Well, as I was watching a void in his Twitter feed, he has been picking up county central committee endorsements and has the endorsement of 27 county party chairs. And, he is back this morning on Twitter with:

 

I'm watching the party race closely but have no idea how to count the votes that will be cast in that ballroom next Sunday. 

But, let's talk about Allen's tweet and the President's action declaring a national emergency today. Politico's Anita Kumar and Caitlyn Oprysko report:

"President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency on the southern border and immediately directed $8 billion to construct or repair as many as 234 miles of a border barrier.

In addition to the funds Congress has appropriated, the White House will seek to redirect $3.6 billion from a military construction fund, $600 million from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund and $2.5 billion from a Pentagon drug prevention program, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday."

Undoubtedly, plaintiffs will be in court by COB to sue. There is no definition of "national emergency" in the National Emergencies Act of 1974, as revised and it will be a fascinating legal showdown. The two issues are 1) whether the border situation constitutes a "national emergency" and, if so, 2) whether the President's use of statute violates Congress' appropriations authority under Article I of the Constitution.

Get your popcorn, legal beagles.

The good news for California congressional Republicans is that the threat to redirect Army Corps of Engineers funding for flood control projects at Folsom Lake and in the Yuba River basin apparently is not in the current plans.

As to the military construction fund, I haven't found anything on how that affects California. However, that becomes a political issue when it trickles down to home congressional districts. You might be for a wall hundreds of miles away one day, but that can easily change when the funding comes out of your district, affecting constituents and the economy.

In the Military Times, Leo Shane III writes:

"About $21 billion in unobligated military construction funds from the last five years would be available. The money is connected to a host of planned housing, medical and logistics projects — both in the United States and overseas — but has not yet been spent.

Among the potential targets: a new vehicle maintenance shop at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, drydock repairs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, F-35 hangar improvements at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, ongoing hospital construction at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and new family housing builds in South Korea, Italy and Wisconsin.


Congressional officials said White House officials have given them no indication which projects may have their funding taken. Service officials would have to lobby for new money from lawmakers in the next budget cycle to recover those losses.

Democrats promised a legal challenge if Trump takes that step."

So, nothing on California mentioned yet.  

Nevertheless, Gavin Newsom announced this morning that the state would sue to block the President's action. 

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