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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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  • Poll position
  • AD57 (Whittier)
  • AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster)
  • Cakeday and Classifieds


  • Ballots mailed: 16,044,592
  • Ballots returned: 2,596,905 (16.2% of mailed)
  • Democrats: 1,083,765 (15% of mailed)
  • NPP/Other: 532,219 (11%)
  • Republicans: 980,021 (25%)

FRIDAY! We made it!

I can't wait until after Tuesday as this home stretch has been brutal and I appreciate your readership. The campaign reports are pouring down like Yosemite Falls. Don't go chasing waterfalls... We all can use a little TLC right now.

Yes, I wish I was writing The Nooner Mexico City, but of course my Español is awful and writing on politics in Mexico is a death wish.

We're just getting started...

POLL POSITION: From our "Thank you sir, may I have another" file, Berkeley IGS has a presidential poll out today with the LA Times. I really thought we were done. It was online in English and Spanish and the results are from 3,008 likely Democratic Party March 3 primary voters. MOE +/- 2%.

KQED/Change Research
PPIC 02/07-02/17CA120/Capitol Weekly 02/06-02/09KQED/Change Research
CA120/Capitol Weekly
Bernie Sanders 34% 37% 32% 29% 30% 26% 27% 24%
Elizabeth Warren 17% 20% 13% 16% 16% 20% 23% 21%
Joe Biden 8% 12% 14% 11% 15% 15% 24% 20%
Pete Buttigieg 11% 11% 12% 14% 8% 7% 6% 11%
Michael Bloomberg 12% 6% 12% 13% 4% 6% 1% (VOL.) 6%
Amy Klobuchar 6% 5% 5% 5% 3%   4% 5%
Andrew Yang n/a 4% n/a 4% 5%   3% (VOL.) 7%
Tulsi Gabbard     1% 3% 4%     2%
Tom Steyer   3% 3% 3% 2%     2%
Others (total)   <2% 1%     6% 5%  
Undecided     8%   13% 12% 7%  

It looks as if the delegates statewide will be split 2:1 between Sanders and Warren. Of course, others will likely share at the congressional district level, although we don't have public polling on that.

The Bernie number (51%) among Latinos is astounding as is Biden's collapse. Of course, as we've talked about in this space, Biden never really built a California campaign while Bernie has more than 20 offices here.

(Full disclosure: I voted for Buttigieg. My choice was on foreign policy. That might sound strange from me, but it's always on my mind in presidentials.)

SD05 (San Joaquin): The California Apartment Association reports $50,000 to the IE committee supporting Jim Ridenour (R) in the race to succeed Cathleen Galgiani (D). It was Newsom +2.8 in 2018 and

CHAMBER (Tri-Valley): The California Chamber of Commerce is mailing bigly against Marisol Rubio (D), who is challenging Senator Steve Glazer (D) from the left and is supported by labor. The chamber is also playing in SD37 to oppose Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley (D). She is running against UC Irvine law prof Dave Min and Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R) in a Newsom+0.4 district. While we're at it, why not $37,500 in digital ads against former Assembly member Sally Lieber (D) in the hot race to succeed Jerry Hill (D) in SD13.

AD57 (Whittier): The United Nurses Association reports $45,000 in TV ads supporting Lisa Calderon (D) in her effort to succeed her son in a bitter primary against Sylvia Rubio, whose sisters Susan and Blanca serve in the State Senate and State Assembly.

AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): In the bitter race between Assembly member Tyler Diep (R) and former state senator Janet Nguyen (R), the "California Taxpayer Protection Committee" reports $14,250 in digital ads opposing Diep. I know hundreds of committee names, but this one is new to me.

Well it was formed in November. The leading funders are "Taxpayers for Ethical Government" ($45k) and Jackie Amundson of Arcadia ($20k). Amundson is the corporate secretary of a trucking company and is married to Arcadia council member Peter Asmundson. The most recent money behind Taxpayers for Ethical Government is the Building Industry Association of Southern California and the Orange County Taxpayers Association.

By the way, if you geek like me, the disclosure includes:

This report is being made in the interest of full disclosure on the basis of an unpaid, unapproved invoice for $14,250 from Media Placement Services for digital advertising in opposition to Tyler Diep for Assembly in the 72nd Assembly District. The invoice is number 10728 and it is dated today: February 27, 2020. We anticipate that the ad might begin running on Facebook before the California Taxpayer Protection Committee has actually paid the invoice.

This morning, the California Chamber of Commerce reported $25,000 in phone calls and text messages opposing Diep. Trucking companies (Amundson) hate AB 5. Diep was the only Republican to vote for the bill.

one more item after the jump...

TUESDAY: For the Times, Hailey Branson Potts puts thoughts forth ahead of Tuesday's California primary.

In the weeks leading up to what could be California’s most important primary election in decades, volunteers with Democratic groups here have been lingering around events like this, hoping to beat the odds and woo desperately needed young voters in a place that has voted for a GOP presidential candidate in every election since 1980.

“We can turn this county blue if we focus on young people,” said Rosemary Dukelow, voter outreach coordinator for the Placer County Democratic Party. The party “basically ignored them over the years. If you look at our Democratic clubs, it’s a sea of gray hairs.”

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Favel Stoda Jens, Rob Kerth, Gibran Maciel, and Zachary Yeates!



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