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February 10, 2014
Dan Wolk nabs Democratic endorsement for Assembly seat

wolk.jpgCalifornia Democrats running for state and congressional offices moved closer to securing coveted state party endorsements at meetings of grassroots officials this weekend.

In the Sacramento area, Democratic Assembly candidate Dan Wolk exceeded the threshold to receive a pro-forma endorsement vote at the state party convention next month. Wolk, a Davis city councilman and the son of Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, is running to succeed Democrat Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Wolk received the recommendation over a trio of Democrats.

"As a lifelong Democrat, I have always been dedicated to our party's ideals of justice, equality and opportunity," he said in an email. "These are the values that I work for every day - and the values I will take with me to Sacramento. The endorsement also means a lot for our campaign in terms of local support, grassroots activism and resources."

Others running in the 4th Assembly District are Napa Supervisor Bill Dodd, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and Napa Planning Commissioner Matt Pope. All are Democrats.

While there was no immediate recommendation in the 7th Assembly District, Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty remains a contender for the endorsement at the state convention. Also in the race are Democratic Sacramento Councilman Steve Cohn and West Sacramento Councilman Mark Johannessen, the son of former GOP Sen. Maurice Johannessen.

In the 6th Senate District being vacated by Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg, neither Assemblyman Roger Dickinson nor Assemblyman Richard Pan, as predicted, were able to gather enough party unity to manage a primary endorsement recommendation. The fight moves to the convention.

In other notable actions from across California:

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, was recommended for the party's endorsement in the closely-watched contest to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman of Beverly Hills. A representatives for former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, said the delegate vote was motivated by a network at the state Capitol.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will get the party's endorsement. DeSaulnier is running to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. George Miller of Martinez.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett , D-Hayward, mustered enough support to block an endorsement recommendation for freshman Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. Swalwell, formerly of the Dublin City Council, did get enough votes to possibly gain the party's backing at the state convention. (Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who is challenging for Corbett's Senate seat, easily picked up the votes for an endorsement.)

Despite repeatedly being outraised, Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, seems to have nabbed the party's support over intraparty challenger Ro Khanna. Khanna, a former Obama administration official, is looking to extend the 17th district race to November under the state's new top-two primary system.

PHOTO: Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk. Wolk for Assembly

April 5, 2013
GOP candidates head to campaign school for the weekend

Two dozen Republicans considering a run for state Legislature are spending the weekend in campaign class.

Trailblazers, a candidate recruitment and training program started by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway and GOP Senate leader Bob Huff ahead of the 2012 election, is holding its first candidate bootcamp of the 2014 cycle Saturday.

The daylong program in Sacramento will bring together 24 potential legislative candidates from districts across the state for what Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson called a "nuts and bolts" training session. Top GOP strategists will cover topics like how to put together a campaign team and budget, conducing effective field operations and making a long-term communication plan.

"What we really want to do is make sure the candidates know what they're supposed to be doing from beginning to end," Patterson said.

Participants will be eligible for future workshops, which will take closer looks at essentials like fundraising and communicating with Latinos and other voter demographic groups as the campaign picks up. Strong candidates are recognized for reaching different levels of the program, which is modeled after House Republicans' recruitment efforts.

Many of the possible candidates were introduced to the program through outreach by Trailblazers and its partner organizations, including GROW Elect, an effort aimed at electing Latinos to public office.

"We've been out there since December working on the recruitment sides of things, in particular the strong-leaning Republican districts and the toss-up districts," Patterson said. "We want to find good candidates that can make those districts competitive."

With the primary election 14 months away, that recruitment work isn't done. Patterson said the group plans to hold at least one additional "nuts and bolts" overview session later in the year in hope of attracting a wide range of candidates to run in open GOP seats or against Democrats next year.

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December 17, 2012
Could Howard Berman finally become Assembly speaker?

Could Howard Berman finally become the speaker of the state Assembly three decades after he lost a bruising intraparty battle for the position?

Douglas Jeffe, a veteran Los Angeles political advisor and commentator, raises the intriguing possibility in a posting on the Fox & Hounds political website.

Berman lost his San Fernando Valley congressional seat this year in an expensive battle with fellow Democrat Brad Sherman, but as it happens, the local assemblyman, Bob Blumenfield, is seeking a seat on the Los Angeles City Council next spring, and if he gets it, a special election would fill his Assembly seat. Blumenfield is a former Berman aide.

Berman, Jeffe expostulates, could run for the Assembly and if elected, could succeed John A. Pérez because Pérez will be forced out of the Assembly in two years.

There's no word on whether Berman would be interested in returning to the Assembly, where he served in the 1970s and early 1980s, leaving for Congress in 1982. His departure followed a year-long battle with the late Leo McCarthy for the speakership culminated in the election of Willie Brown, who went on to become the longest serving speaker in state history.

Were Berman to run for the Assembly, he'd have the support of fellow septuagenarian Jerry Brown. Berman was one of Brown's closest allies in the Legislature during the governor's first stint, and Brown endorsed him during the duel with Sherman this year.

December 30, 2011
California legislative races to watch: Shootout in San Gabriel Valley

portantino.jpgWith just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up.

While candidates weren't able to begin the formal process of filing for office until today, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.

The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.

Capitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.

You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to tvanoot@sacbee.com.

Read installment five -- on Senate District 25 and Senate District 31 -- after the jump. You'll find previous installments at this link.

December 30, 2011
California legislative races to watch: The return of Hertzberg?

JO ASSEMBLY HERTZBERG LAUGH.JPGWith just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up.

While candidates haven't been able to begin the formal process of filing for office until today, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.

The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.

Capitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.

You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to tvanoot@sacbee.com.

Read installment four -- on Senate District 27 and Assembly District 50 -- after the jump. You'll find previous installments at this link.

December 29, 2011
California legislative races to watch: Part 3

hannabethjackson.jpgWith just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up. While candidates can't begin the formal process of filing for office until Friday, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.

The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.

bobdutton.jpgCapitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.

You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to tvanoot@sacbee.com.

Read installment three -- on Senate District 19 and Assembly District 40 -- after the jump. You'll find previous installments at this link.

December 28, 2011
California legislative races to watch: Part 2

With just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up.

While candidates can't begin the formal process of filing for office until Friday, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.

The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.

Capitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.

You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to tvanoot@sacbee.com.

Read installment two -- on Senate District 9 and Assembly District 39 -- after the jump. You'll find previous installments at this link.

December 27, 2011
California legislative races to watch: Part 1

With just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up.

While candidates can't begin the formal process of filing for office until Friday, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.

The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.

Capitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.

You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to tvanoot@sacbee.com.

Read installment one -- on Senate District 5 and Assembly District 8 -- after the jump:



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Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. achance@sacbee.com. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee. smith@sacbee.com. Twitter: @DanielSnowSmith

Jim Miller Jim Miller covers California policy and politics and edits Capitol Alert. jmiller@sacbee.com. Twitter: @jimmiller2

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. dsiders@sacbee.com. Twitter: @davidsiders

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. ccadelago@sacbee.com. Twitter: @ccadelago

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. lrosenhall@sacbee.com. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers the Legislature. jwhite@sacbee.com. Twitter: @capitolalert

Koseff Alexei Koseff edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. akoseff@sacbee.com. Twitter: @akoseff

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. dwalters@sacbee.com. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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