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E-273 - Tuesday, June 4, 2019


  • Gimme Shelter Podcast (Matt Levin of CALmatters and Liam Dillon of LAT): the housing bill bloodbath with Dan Dunmoyer and Cesar Diaz (06/04/19)
  • Political Breakdown Podcast (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos at KQED): Identity politics with Tonya Mosley, host of new KQED podcast Truth be Told (05/23/19)
  • The California Nation Podcast (Bryan Anderson and Hannah Wiley @ SacBee): ‘Be ambitious': California Democrats see Gavin Newsom as a sign to move further left (05/23/19)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! (05/18/19) [Simplecast | iTunes] - YouTube coming around 05/30

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  • CA04 (Foothills): added teacher Julianne Benzel (R) - likely Rep - challenge to Tom McClintock (R)

Ben who renewed this morning--email me with your address as I can't find your account!

Happy Election Day! Today is the runoffs in SD01 (Northeast Cal.) and SD33 (Long Beach) as well as the Los Angeles City Council special election in district 12 (Englander's seat) and the Measure EE parcel tax for LAUSD. 

For the AP, Don Thompson reports on the contentious SD01 race. Brian Dahle (R) is considered the favorite among the Sacramento crowd, but most here couldn't locate Susanville on a map. Hint--drive to Reno and make a left turn and drive and drive and drive north. It's actually a beautiful district, such as Quincy. While conservative dominate the district overall, there are some funky spots of folks who fled the Bay Area to be true hippies and away from it all.

PAGING GUNROCK: Holy cow. A bear was spotted on the UC Davis campus near the arboretum, perhaps it was a scout as Davis kicks off its football season at Cal on August 31. It wasn't Bacteria Bear, as Schwarzenegger's grizzly is still happily residing outside of the governor's office to be groped by visiting schoolchildren. While it used to be a joke, the bear's nickname has taken on a new livelihood with the vaccination bills. Of course, viral bear just doesn't have the same ring to it, but I still avoid it like the plague.

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: For CapRadio, Ben Adler writes that although fourteen presidential candidates were in The Golden State over the weekend to speak at the CDP convention and raise money, they largely stayed away from California issues.

CA50 (East San Diego): Just because he can't find ways of getting more bad publicity, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter said that his unit probably killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq, reports Felicia Sonmez in WaPo. I guess that's a better story than lying about campaign funds masqueraded as goods for wounded warriors when they were really just personal. That court case is in September.

QUACK ATTACK: Around 100 animal rights activists were arrested yesterday after attempting to blockade a duck farm yesterday in Petaluma. Liberty Duck Farms was quick to say "not us" on their web site "Please note that the current press regarding a duck farm in Petaluma is not associated with Liberty Ducks. We are a separate farm. For more questions, please email Thank you."

Joe Vasquez reports for CBS San Francisco that at the protest at Reichart Duck Farm led to "one of [Direct Action Everywhere] members was hurt when he put his head on a conveyor belt."

You likely know that I love food and also care deeply about animals. I was a veggie for ten years--all through undergrad and law school. But, I also learned in law school that when you put your head on a conveyor belt, injury is completely forseeable. Liberty is a very ethical company, but I'm partial to PT Ranch in Ione. You can get their poultry at the Sunday farmers market in Sacramento. 



CAKEDAY after the jump...


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Frank Russo, Rebecca Suter, and Marie Kit Swenson!




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