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  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Paul Mitchell on the primary election (2020-02-13)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Buffy Wicks and her husband, Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler, as they discuss their efforts to prevent gun violence in California and nationwide, and how this work brought them together. (2020-02-13)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (2020-02-11)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer @ KQED): episode five of the eight-part series on Jerry Brown (2020-02-09)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): New Hampshire primary and data guru Paul Mitchell on the California primary (2020-02-06)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Granite State native Steve Maviglio on the New Hampshire primary (2020-02-06)



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The Nooner for Sunday, February 23, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

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  • Ballots mailed: 16,101,316
  • Ballots returned: 1,838,066 (11.4% of mailed)
  • Democrats: 732,296 (10% of mailed)
  • NPP/Other: 381,409 (8%)
  • Republicans: 724,361 (18%)

If you haven't played with PDI's tracker, you can dive down by districts and geography. Again, expect Dem/NPP return rates to be slower than the GOP for the three reasons I've previously written about. Particularly this year, mail-in ballots will be disproportionately GOP, white, and older. That's not unusual, but also punctuated because of the growth of Voters Choice Act counties.

Well, hello there. It's Sunday, meaning a bit of Mexíco comes to the neighborhood of The Nooner Global HQ. In a few hours, menudo, street tacos, esquite/eloté, dogs of all types, y mangonadas will be a within two blocks of me. Of course, it will never taste the same after being in Mexico City. However, I know the vendors want to hear my stories of Mexico City and my love for the Mexican people. I am a proud and loving American and Sacramentan as are they, but it's okay to say that you have fallen in love with another country.

I'll be short today. After all, I need to think about quince de Septiembré en CDMX. Actually, I'm doing a lot of work on the election with friends--not for a candidate but rather how we figure out what the hell is going on. I will always disclose to you if I receive a dime from anyone. This morning, I was being a grammar geek for Paul Mitchell. Most of you know that we go back to when he was barefoot with hair resempling a Nelson bro. Those of us who have known us for the 28 years know how much we have weathered and why there is a geek bond to this day.

I also went to farmers market late (around 10), only to find that my favorite braising mix from Riverdog was done and my goat cheese is exhausted for a couple of months. It was also the last day for Satsuma mandarins. ¡Estoy muy triste!

I'm also short today because I have dozens of hours of programming to sort out the Democratic presidential delegate results in California. If you read regularly, you know I've written a lot about. I will be screaming at my tv after March 3 when candidates claim victory and pundits criticize the slow California vote. If you know me, I call people out for BS regardless of party or position. Calculating the 15% threshold at 54 different levels will take awhile, particularly because California busts her ass to make sure that any eligible person can vote and every eligible person votes only once. That's VBM->Election Day->"late VBM->Conditional->Provisional. If you don't understand that, don't be a critic. I'm working on a pretty chart to ensure the national media doesn't do what they like to against California.

I want every Republican to have their ballot counted. I want every independent voter to have their ballot counted. If they want to vote in the Dem primary, all can with a signature. As for the CA GOP that refuses to allow NPP votes, it is what it is and my GOP buddy Mike Madrid has had plentiful words about the decline of his party. To be clear, I absolutely believe that parties have a First Amendment right to decide who can vote in their tent. (see CDP v. Jones)

So, it's up to the parties and you can complain to them. My job is to look at law and try to explain it to you.

more after the jump...

I'm short today because all the vendors at farmers market wanted to hear about Mexico City. Vendors, both Mexicanos y Americanos have been to Mexíco. Everyone wanted to know about CDMX. I confirmed what they heard--the capital city is one of the best places on the planet. I did nothing fancy. I stayed in a one-bedroom Airbnb, I went on three tours booked through Airbnb, and basically ate on the street for about $2 per meal including generous propinas para la gente. I can't wait to go back in Septiembré.

Hopefully by then my conversational Spanish is far better. As of now, I'm a miserable gringo who can understand written Spanish from my college/current life, but can't put together a sentence or understand that spoken to me.


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Anna Alvarado (amazing person who helped me when I didn't want help), my community college policy geek I disliked Alan Crane, the great comms strategist Katie Lucas, and of course Roger "Rog-Rog" Salazar. Everything about the last is under an NDA.



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