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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)

The Nooner for Thursday, March 5, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Coronavirus
  • Uncounted ballots
  • LA-LA land
  • CA43 (Inglewood)
  • AD36 (Palmdale)
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

Well, it's Thursday and I still haven't slept more than a couple of hours. It is what it is and for like the 50th time, they are jackhammering and using cement saws in the alley creating ear-deafening noise. Last year it was the water meters. I have no clue what they are doing now. And I thought Mexico City was loud...

Tomorrow, tomorrow, the sun comes out tomorrowl Meanwhile, there is a 60% chance of rain in Sacramento on Saturday!

Actually, county results aren't due to be reported to the state until April 3, but we'll know most well before then.

CORONAVIRUS: The latest from the California Department of Public Health:

As of March 4, 2020, as of 10 a.m. Pacific Time, there are a total of 53 positive cases and one death in California: 24 are from repatriation flights. The other 29 confirmed cases include 12 that are travel related, seven due to person-to-person exposure from family contact, three due to person-to-person exposure in a health care facility, four community acquired and three from unknown sources.

UNCOUNTED BALLOTS: For Politico, Jeremy B. White looks at how uncounted ballots in California could change Tuesday's election results.

America’s most populous state has sought to augment turnout by dramatically expanding the number of mail ballots to more than 16 million, allowing Election Day voter registration and accepting ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day.

That means that there are likely millions of votes left to be tallied. While history suggests the late-arriving ballots will skew left, the fact that many Democratic primary voters may have waited to vote until the last possible moment in a fluid presidential primary injects extra uncertainty.

We'll likely get the first unprocessed ballots report from the Secretary of State's office this afternoon or tomorrow as counties were required to provide an estimate by today.

This tweet from San Mateo County is a good reminder about why it takes so long for the count.

LA-LA LAND: I believe Dean Logan, the chief elections official in LA County, is one of the best in the state. However, the astounding clusterf* in the county on Election Day is amazing. The team at the LAT report:

Inadequate staffing, poor communications and balky technology turned election day in Los Angeles County into an anxious quagmire for many voters, whose complaints triggered calls Wednesday by one member of the Board of Supervisors for a “forensic autopsy” on what went wrong.

Voters reported waiting four hours and longer in some locations to cast their ballots. Some bounced from one polling place to the next, searching in vain for shorter lines. At one polling station, a worker said she wept in frustration while desperate voters scratched out their choices on write-in ballots — written in languages they did not speak.

“This is a disgrace,” one voter, who did not leave a name, complained to The Times. He added that the electronic check-in system was “nothing but an unholy mess.”

The messy outcome was a painful comedown for the county supervisors and elections chief Dean Logan, who invested $300 million in the effort after prior elections left votes uncounted and voters missing from the official rolls.

Officials had pledged that the electronic Voting Solutions for All People, or VSAP, system would be easier, more transparent and more secure. They expressed no serious reservations before Tuesday’s election, which included state and local races and the presidential primary.

LA County used a mixture of the Voters Choice Act used successfully in many counties including Sacramento and traditional polling places with new technology. It was called a "New Voting Experience." It was an absolute disaster and could have affected several races.

KQED's Scott Shafer tweeted a letter from Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Dean Logan advising mailing all voters a ballot in November after this week's disaster.

more after the jump...

CA43 (Inglewood): So far, 9,007 voters have voted for Rep. Maxine Waters's return challenger and grifter extraordinaire Omar Navarro (R). Omar couldn't vote for himself because he's still in San Francisco County jail on violation of retraining order charges. He was booked December 12 and is back in court tomorrow. His grifter ex-girlfriend who has the restraining order against him challenged Nancy Pelosi.

You can't make this stuff up.

AD36 (Palmdale): Once again, Democratic voters have once again advanced former Assembly member Steve Fox (D) to November. He raises no money and the state paid $100,000 over his employment harassment when he was in the Legislature.

I just don't understand.


cakedays and classifieds after the jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dave Lara and Pamela Wu!



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