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E-190 - Monday, August 26, 2019

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UPDATED: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.


  • Saturday, August 24
    • Trade war
    • Do you recall?
    • Cannabis
    • beJUULed
    • Black gold
    • Devin Nunes
    • Mayes and GOP
    • Do as I say, not as I do - poor doggie.


  • Don't touch my Brough
  • From the Desk of the Dean: Taxing matters
  • Cannabis
  • Why not buy Nevada?
  • Paul Mitchell on electability in 2020
  • "Faithless electors"
  • Classifieds

SacTown Talks by The Nooner¡Feliz Lunes! What are you going to do now that you've eaten every Popeye's chicken sandwich in the nation? I really don't get the fascination, but then again I haven't had one. I read that it's a "tender all-white meat chicken breast fillet."

I get it America, you can't resist fried breasts. Feel free to send me your legs, thighs, and innards and I'll try to make a miến gà (glass/bean thread noodles with chicken and young eggs soup) and bánh ướt lòng gà (rice noodles with chicken and young eggs) like I had Saturday from an outstanding home chef. Highly recommend for those in Sacramento area. Each week's preparation is announced around Wednesday and quantities are limited. It's a great way to learn Vietnamese dishes you might have been curious about but didn't know how to order.

Meanwhile, for Nooner Premium, I hope to tackle the open State Senate seats of SD13 (San Mateo/Hill) and SD15 (San José/Beall) in the next few days. Send me your thoughts, spin, and whatever may be helpful in these cray-cray multi-Dem fields.

The Assembly Floor recognition for Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson, who is retiring at the end of next month, will be held on Thursday Wilson is retiring after 40 years of service in the State Assembly, which started as an Assembly Fellow in 1979 and went on to be Chief of Staff for Willie L. Brown, Jr. before being elected Chief Clerk. Wilson has served in the role for 27 years, which is the longest continuous service in that position.

Note that access to the Assembly Gallery on Thursday during the recognition may be limited to passholders.

Speaking of Capitol institutions, will we be saying au revior to the fountain that sits in the circle just west of the Capitol in between the Library and Courts Building and the Jesse Unruh Building?

Event for this evening: My buddy Jay Hansen wanted to let you know that the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, of which he is President/CEO, is having its 40th Anniversary and Sacramento Office Opening Celebration today from 5:30-7:30pm. Office Address: 920 11th Street, near the corner of J Street.

For Premium readers, you got a bit of unintended humor yesterday when my fingers switched from "Donnelly" to "Dymally" while writing up the possible CA08 race. Just a small difference...

It's going to be a fun week leading up to the the clearings of the Appropriations suspense files in the two houses at the end of the week. Lobbyist Chris Micheli tallies the work ahead "[T]he Senate Appropriations Committee has 429 ABs on file to consider this Friday, while the Assembly Appropriations Committee has 222 SBs on file to consider."

Micheli continues with the digits to make your head spin:

"In the meantime, the Senate Appropriations Committee meets Monday morning to consider 12 measures. The Senate Budget Committee has 12 measures most likely to be heard on Friday morning (although they are also listed for Tuesday afternoon). Other Senate committees are considering 7 measures this week.

Pending on the Senate Floor are 241 measures for Monday, including a dozen concurrence items, 4 bills on consent, and 222 measures on 3rd Reading.

429 + 31 + 241 = 701 measures pending in the Senate

In the meantime, the Assembly Appropriations Committee meets Wednesday morning to consider 11 measures. Other Assembly committees are considering 7 measures this week.

Pending on the Assembly Floor are 136 measures for Monday, including 20 concurrence items, 17 bills on consent, and 99 measures on 3rd Reading.

222 + 18 + 136 = 376 measures pending in the Assembly

1,077 total measures pending"

Whew! Let's get ready to rumble!

DON'T TOUCH MY BROUGH: Michelle Brough, wife of Assemblymember Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), writes a letter describing the tie between the Transportation Corridor Authorities (toll roads) and the sexual harassment complaint by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett on page 19 of this local publication.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: TAXING MATTERS: In the LAT, George Skelton looks at last week's failure of ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry), which would have allowed voters to amend the constitution to lower the local vote threshold from two-thirds to 55% for certain housing and public infrastructure. Skelton notes the skittishness of many Democratic legislators about voting for anything that can characterized to be a tax increase. ACA 1 needed 54 but received only 44 votes, with 5 Democrats voting no and 12 Democrats ducking the vote.

CANNABIS: James Queally reports for the Times that counterfeit products are showing up in unlicensed cannabis dispensaries, often imitating approved edibles. "Fake vape pens and other knockoffs flooding the state are also raising safety issues: Like all products sold outside licensed dispensaries, counterfeit items are not tested for pesticides and other contaminants, leaving some concerned the items could pose health risks."

WHY NOT BUY NEVADA? Putting together the stories of Trump musing about buying Greenland and the request from some Assembly Democrats for a negotiation with Nevada's legislative speaker over gun laws, Joel Fox writes that it's not so far afield to think about a California that includes Nevada. After all, it's been done before.

ELECTABILITY IN 2020: For Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell looks at the outsized focus on "electability" in the 2020 election and what that word means. Of course, it depends.

FAITHLESS ELECTORS: Supreme Court guru Lyle Denniston looks at the Tenth Circuit decision that held presidential electors were not bound to the candidate to whom they are elected to the Electoral College following defections in 2016 that did not affect the outcome. Denniston writes:

"A deep split over whether those 2016 electors acted illegally, or whether they had a constitutional right to do what they did, has now developed in lower courts. A split like that often enhances the prospect that the Justices will feel a duty to step in and provide a definite answer.

Over the nation’s more than two centuries of constitutional history, only a total of 67 presidential electors voted against their party’s nominee. Their refusal to go along is so unusual that no presidential election has ever been changed because of such maverick voters. That may not hold true in a future election in this deeply divided nation. The risk is at least as great as it was in i2000, when a switch of four votes would have taken away George W. Bush's victory and put Al Gore in the White House..

The electors’ lockstep following of instructions throughout history has been the source of much criticism of the Electoral College, the most peculiar of all of America’s governing institutions – and actually one of the least truly representative of the nation’s people."

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

Probolsky Research


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Regina Marton, Nathan Mintz, Barbara O'Connor, and Steve Samuelian!


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You’re invited: A night with your local Planned Parenthood affiliate (Sacramento)

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – your local Planned Parenthood affiliate and the largest in the nation – invites you to the Capital Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, September 26 from 7-9pm in Sacramento.

The event will honor California Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Crystal Harding-Jenkins, our 2019 Ally of the Year Award winners. Entertainment will be provided by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus.

With reproductive health care under constant attack, it is your support that keeps our doors open. Every cent raised helps tens of thousands of people across California and Northern Nevada, including 45,000 right here in the Sacramento area. Please join us in protecting and expanding health care for anyone who needs it – no matter what.

For tickets, sponsorships and more information, please visit You can also contact us directly at 916-325-1705 or

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 (Los Angeles and San Francisco, 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

Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy, California Housing Partnership (Sacramento)

The Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy works in close coordination with California Housing Partnership’s CEO and senior leadership team to advance California state legislation and regulations and to a lesser extent, federal housing legislation and funding in Washington, D.C., that further our mission. The position provides a focal point for legislative and regulatory policy work internally and also coordinates positions and efforts with our external allies in California and D.C. This is a full time, exempt position located in Sacramento, and reports to the CEO.

To apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume to Amanda Isbell ( with the subject line “Application for Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy – [YOUR LAST NAME]” by Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Planned Parenthood; President & CEO (Sacramento)
The President and CEO is responsible for directing the statewide public policy efforts in partnership with the seven Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout California. Develops, implements and manages state and federal legislative, lobbying, advocacy, fundraising, organizing and electoral strategies and programs that advance the mission of California Affiliates. Requirements: BA/BS in public policy/government relations or related area and 7 years demonstrated leadership experience in public policy environment. Master’s Degree in law or public health desired. Frequent travel required. Email resume to
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 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 foundation in statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to governance. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol: or

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: