10/10/2017 09:15 AM EDT
By David Siders (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Carla Marinucci (email@example.com) with Candice Norwood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE BUZZ: Dianne Feinstein is running for reelection, while Kevin de León appears increasingly likely to get in. It will be a tall hill for any challenger to climb: Feinstein's public approval ratings remain relatively high. She has money, and top Democrats immediately closed ranks around her Monday, with Kamala Harris, Barbara Boxer and Gavin Newsom all endorsing her. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will host a fundraiser for Feinstein in Beverly Hills tonight.
-- "From everything I've seen, she is in good shape, but certainly this is not a race that she could take for granted going in," said Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist who managed Feinstein's 1990 gubernatorial primary campaign. "But the latest insider buzz that somehow she's damaged goods is not supported by the facts." Story by POLITICO's David Siders
-- BUT/THEN -- "Hours after Dianne Feinstein announced she will run for reelection next year, a prominent California Democratic representative urged primary challengers to unseat the four-term senator. Arguing it's time for Democrats 'to move on' and better represent the progressive grassroots, freshman House Democrat Ro Khanna of Silicon Valley on Monday said he has contacted Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of Congress, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to urge them to challenge Feinstein's reelection in 2018." Story by POLITICO's Carla Marinucci
-- De León is little-known statewide. But he can point to a year of progressive legislation in an effort to rally support, including on single-payer health care and protections for undocumented immigrants. He could factor if Latino turnout runs higher than expectations, or if Feinstein stumbles.
-- And what of Tom Steyer? He said in a prepared statement, "The whole political establishment in Washington has failed. As always, I'm committed to moving California forward. I am still looking at all options and will make an announcement about my intentions very soon."
BUENOS DÍAS, good Tuesday morning. Hillary Clinton has a warning for Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, while Mike Pence assured Jerry Brown of federal help responding to deadly fires in Northern California. Harvey Weinstein begged Hollywood executives to help him save his job.
Where's Jerry? No public schedule.
PAIN THRESHOLD: "Clinton warns Harris, Warren would face 'double standard' in 2020," by POLITICO's Carla Marinucci in Oakland: "Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in California as part of her 16-city book tour, said Monday that Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren will need 'a high pain threshold' if they run for president in 2020 because of the way women candidates are treated.
-- "When asked if she were advising Harris or Warren on a run for president, Clinton said she would counsel that 'you have to have a high pain threshold, because the double standard is alive and well...this is endemic to our political system, to business, to the media, to every part of society. So don't be afraid to talk about it and take it on.'" Story
-- "During stop in suburban Sacramento, Pence says Trump's tax plan will pass this year," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "Vice President Mike Pence toured an industrial machine shop in a Sacramento suburb on Monday evening to pitch President Trump's tax reform plan. 'President Donald Trump is committed to work with the Congress and pass the largest cut in American history,' Pence told a gathering at Stroppini Enterprises in Rancho Cordova. 'And we're going to do it this year.'" Story
NORTHERN CA FIRES: "At least 10 dead in Northern California fires and blocks of homes destroyed in Santa Rosa," by SacBee's Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan and Ellen Garrison: "Wildfires driven by powerful winds tore through Northern California's famed wine country Monday, killing at least 10, leveling neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residents to grab what they could and flee from fast-moving walls of flames. Two huge fires in Sonoma and Napa counties were part of a series of blazes that raged across the north state, from Yuba and Nevada counties in the east to Mendocino and Lake counties in the west. Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said bone-dry conditions and high winds combined to whip sparks into firestorms." Story
-- "VP Pence pledges 'any and all assistance' in Wine Country fire disaster," by SFChronicle's Melody Gutierrez: "Vice President Mike Pence said the federal government 'stands ready to provide any and all assistance' to California as firefighters battle blazes throughout the state. 'We just learned today of 10 people having lost their lives,' Pence said during an appearance outside Sacramento to raise support for the Trump administration's tax proposals. 'The fires are going to continue. I spoke to Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon. The dryness of the climate, the strength of the winds, you all in California know much better than this Midwesterner does.'" Story
-- "Where Wine Country fires rank among California's all-time worst," by BANG's Paul Rogers: "... But 1,500 homes burning in one day ranks at least in the top five most destructive fire events in state history." Story
DRUG BILL SIGNED: "California's new drug law could serve as template for other states," by POLITICO's Victoria Colliver: "California's new prescription drug law could spur more states to pursue pharmaceutical pricing legislation - or at least that's what supporters hope and opponents fear. Gov. Jerry Brown, in a rare bill-signing ceremony on Monday, approved drug legislation that doesn't directly affect prices but is designed to keep costs in check by requiring drug manufacturers to give purchasers advance notice when they significantly raise prices and making them justify the hike.
-- "Advocates see Senate Bill 17 not just as a rare blow to the pharmaceutical industry, but also as a pushback by the country's most populous state against inaction in Washington D.C. and against inequities fueled by special-interest groups and powerful lobbying entities." Story
TWEET OF THE DAY: Seema Mehta @LATSeema -- "Top CADem leader says KDL sought advice re challenging DiFi & replied despite all his leg wins 'most ppl don't know who the hell he is'"
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Political parties don't come with on-off switches. They have dimmer knobs." -- Dan Schnur, a political analyst who worked in Republican Gov. Pete Wilson's administration, on increasing pressure from progressive activists within the Democratic Party
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THE TRUMP ERA:
-- Brown vs. Trump -- Gov. Jerry Brown ripped into President Donald Trump on Monday after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he will sign a proposal to withdraw the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.
-- "Scrapping the Clean Power Plan ignores sound science and the extreme cost of climate change," Brown said in a prepared statement. "California will, in fact, exceed the goals of the Clean Power Plan. We will push ahead and work with states that share our belief in science and the imperative to combat global warming."
-- "Despite assurances to nervous immigrants, Sheriff's Department gave ICE assistance in jails," by LATimes' Joel Rubin: "... Instead of keeping immigration officers at an arm's length, Sheriff's Department jail officials granted them access to the department's inmate processing facility, allowing them to set up an office with computers that provided 'a constant flow of information regarding prisoners who were soon to be released,' according to a report released Monday by the independent watchdog that oversees the Sheriff's Department." Story
-- "29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think," by LATimes' Evan Halper: "The 85 words almost seemed an afterthought when Congress hurriedly crammed them into a massive budget bill late in the Obama administration, as if lawmakers wanted to acknowledge America's outlook on marijuana had changed, but not make a big deal of it. Almost three years later, a multibillion-dollar industry and the freedom of millions to openly partake in its products without fear of federal prosecution hinge on that obscure budget clause. But now, Congress may throw it overboard amid pressure from an attorney general who views marijuana as a dangerous menace." Story
-- "Where Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock bought his guns; it was all legal," by BANG's Matthias Gafni: "Federal investigators have traced Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's rifles and handguns to at least eight gun shops in California and Nevada, the Bay Area News Group has learned." Story
CALIFORNIA AND THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR:
-- "Once again, Southern California could make or break a major California water project," by SacBee's Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow: "In 1960, the water barons of Los Angeles stood between Gov. Pat Brown and his dream of building a network of dams and canals to make the southern half of California bloom. He beat them - just barely, after weeks of public arm-twisting - and the State Water Project was born. Now Brown's son, the current Gov. Jerry Brown, is calling on Southern California to support another massive water project - the Delta tunnels, a controversial plan aimed at fixing the system his father helped build." Story
-- "Big Oil pulls Democratic lawmakers through the revolving door," by CALmatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "Inside the California Assembly chamber on the night of June 1, the presiding officer urged lawmakers to recognize former members in their midst, 'the honorable Henry Perea and Felipe Fuentes.' In a familiar Capitol ritual, the former assemblymen waved from the balcony as applause rang out from their one-time colleagues. But the two weren't just retired lawmakers-they were now lobbyists being paid by oil companies to kill a bill that would soon meet its fate on the Assembly floor below." Story
-- "California could ban gasoline cars - if automakers don't beat state to it," by Kate Galbraith in SFChronicle: "In January, when the California Legislature reconvenes, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce a bill that would ban new vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel after 2040. Automakers may not be too far behind. Last week, Ford said it would reduce spending on internal combustion engines by a third, as it introduces 13 new electric and hybrid models in the next five years. General Motors promised at least 20 new electric models by 2023; Executive Vice President Mark Reuss said GM 'believes in an all-electric future.'" Story
-- "Political Road Map: How California went from worst to first in drawing fair political maps," by LATimes' John Myers: "As the U.S. Supreme Court considers its role in forcing states to draw fair political maps, Californians know well how the process can be manipulated. They saw it happen over and over again, for decades. But an argument can be made that California rocketed from worst to first in making redistricting fairer." Story
CAMPAIGNS 2018 AND BEYOND:
-- "Dianne Feinstein confronts a race for a sixth U.S. Senate term - and her party's shift to the left," by LATimes' Cathleen Decker: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein's decision to seek a sixth term in theory leaves her open to a fierce challenge from someone closer to the ascendant and most vocal voters in a party that has moved sharply to the left and begun a generational shift." Story
-- "De León tangles with Feinstein over her signature issue - gun control," by SacBee's Christopher Cadelago: "Tangling with Sen. Dianne Feinstein over one of her signature issues, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Sunday that the United States can prevent mass killings like the one last week in Las Vegas by 'getting weapons designed for the battlefield out of our neighborhoods.'" Story
-- "California Republicans spot political opportunity in fight for repeal of new gas tax," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy and Christine Mai-Duc: "Just weeks before it takes effect, California's new gas tax increase is again under attack, with Republicans mounting a growing campaign against the higher levies. Celebrated by Democrats as a victory for Californians weary of traveling the state's distressed roads and highways, the law now faces repeal in two possible ballot initiatives floated by its opponents. Several of California's Republican members of Congress endorsed that effort this week, all but ensuring the tax hikes will be a major issue in the 2018 election." Story
-- "Who's behind that political ad? Voters will know more in 2018," by SacBee's Taryn Luna: "Amid debate among California campaign officials over whether it would hinder their accountability work, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure aimed at providing voters with more information about deep-pocketed groups that pay for political advertisements." Story
-- "De La Fuente to challenge Schaaf for Oakland mayor in 2018," by Matier & Ross in SFChronicle: Story
-- "FCC lets Alphabet try to use balloons to restore cell service to Puerto Ricans," by LATimes' Andrew Khouri: Story
-- "Russians in Silicon Valley Can't Shake Hacking's Shadow," by NYT's Nellie Bowles: Story
-- "A prison newsroom mourns its former editor in chief, recently released and then killed in a crash," by LATimes' Esmeralda Bermudez: Story
-- "Kaepernick tells CBS he'll stand during national anthem," via AP: Story
-- "Gloria Allred has no problem with her daughter advising Harvey Weinstein," by Elina Shatkin on KPCC: Story
-- "Google reportedly finds Russian-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, more," by the Merc's Levi Sumagaysay: "Facebook, Twitter and now Google. Amid growing revelations that the companies that many Americans rely on as news sources were exploited by a Russian disinformation campaign surrounding the U.S. presidential election, there's a new report that 'Russian agents' spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on Google properties such as its search engine, YouTube, Gmail and more." Story
-- "Turn crank, pop into politics - a Silicon Valley startup story," by BANG's Louis Hansen: Story
-- "Harvey Weinstein Solicited Top Hollywood Execs Before Firing: 'I Am Desperate for Your Help,'" by The Hollywood Reporter's Gregg Kilday: "As the board of The Weinstein Co. moved to fire Harvey Weinstein as its co-chairman over the weekend, he sent a private email to a number of high-level Hollywood executives at the studios, networks and talent agencies, begging for their aid in helping him save his job. 'I am desperate for your help,' Weinstein said as he asked others in the industry for a letter that he could present to the TWC board 'stating your opposition to the board firing me.'" Story
-- SIEBEL NEWSOM on WEINSTEIN: "Very similar things happened to me" -- "Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets," by Jennifer Siebel Newsom in HuffPost: "Based on my years in the industry and unfortunately, my own personal experience with Harvey Weinstein, I can tell you that I believe every single word that was written in the extremely disturbing, but not all that shocking, New York Times piece published yesterday. Not all that shocking because very similar things happened to me." Story
MOVES: Jim Miller, the SacBee Capitol bureau's go-to budget and data reporter, is leaving The Bee: Jim Miller @jimmiller2 -- "Some personal news: I'm leaving @sacbee_news & terrific Capitol Bureau crew. Excited to join Dept. of Finance Demographic Research Unit."
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