Index
Tuesday
Jan052016

AFTERNOON MEMOS: LAUSD, search for new superintendent, "L.A. Unified school board still struggling to name leader"; L.A. politics, "Political Players to Watch in 2016"; national politics, "A Third Party in 2016?"; education, "California's list of poor schools posted again" ....  

***Various items this afternoon from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. Unified school board still struggling to name leader"

* Downtown News (Jon Regardie):  "Political Players to Watch in 2016" - "Elected Officials and Others Who Will Be at the Center of Attention"

* Fox & Hounds (Tony Quinn):  "A Third Party in 2016?"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California's list of poor schools posted again"

Tuesday
Jan052016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: "G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging"; commentary (Richard Cohen), "'McCarthyism' may soon be replaced by 'Trumpism'"; "Cruz surges to top in California GOP poll"; "The Bill and Hillary show hits the road"; "Bernie Sanders Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Fundraising Haul" ....

***2016 presidential election....

* Washington Post (Richard Cohen):  "'McCarthyism' may soon be replaced by 'Trumpism'"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Cruz surges to top in California GOP poll"

* New York Times:  "G.O.P. Presidential Hopefuls Gird for a Month of Mud-Flinging"

* POLITICO:  "The Bill and Hillary show hits the road" - "The former president, not the potential future one, soaked up most of the attention Monday."

* Wall Street Journal:  "Bernie Sanders Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Fundraising Haul" - "Presidential candidate's $33 million falls just shy of total posted by Democratic fron-trunner Hillary Clinton"

Tuesday
Jan052016

POLITICS (Nationa; State; Local): White House, "Obama's vanishing administration"; Sacramento, California budget, commentary (Dan Walters), "California's budget windfall could be flashpoint"; Oregon, "How Oregon ranchers unwittingly sparked an armed standoff"; San Diego/Tijuana, "Fire at U.S. Consulate in Tijuana appears deliberately set" ....

***Various items from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy -- national/state/local....

* POLITICO:  "Obama's vanishing administration" - "Why are so many crucial jobs empty? A POLITICO investigation"

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California's budget windfall could be flashpoint"

* Los Angeles Times:  "How Oregon ranchers unwittingly sparked an armed standoff"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "Fire at U.S. Consulate in Tijuana appears deliberately set"  - U.S. and Mexican authorities collaborating in investigation"

Tuesday
Jan052016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, report/analysis: "Trump and Cruz send shivers down GOP spines" ....

* Politico:  "Trump and Cruz send shivers down GOP spines" - "The prospect of either man as the Republican nominee is setting off alarm bells among officials and operatives across the country." - From Politico:

With only weeks before GOP primary voters first cast their ballots, the level of alarm among establishment Republicans about the enduring dominance of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is reaching new heights.

In private conversations with several former aides, Mitt Romney, who in March will keynote the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual fundraising dinner, has expressed rising frustration about Trump’s prolonged lead in polls and has argued that the real-estate mogul could inflict lasting damage on the party’s brand.

In Washington and elsewhere, meanwhile, Republicans are on the hunt for a political entity that can be used to stop Trump. In recent weeks, Alex Castellanos, a veteran TV ad man who was a top adviser to George W. Bush and Romney, has been meeting with top GOP operatives and donors to gauge interest in launching an anti-Trump vehicle that would pummel the Manhattan businessman on the television airwaves.

Those who’ve met with Castellanos say he’s offered detailed presentations on how such an offensive would play out. Castellanos has said that an anti-Trump ad campaign, which would be designed to cast him as a flawed strongman, would cost well into the millions. It was unclear, the sources said, whether Castellanos, who did not respond to a request for comment, would ultimately go through with the effort.

One growing worry about Trump or Cruz, top party officials, donors, and operatives across the country say, is that nominating either man would imperil lawmakers in down-ballot races, especially those residing in moderate states and districts. “At some point, we have to deal with the fact that there are at least two candidates who could utterly destroy the Republican bench for a generation if they became the nominee,” said Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We’d be hard-pressed to elect a Republican dogcatcher north of the Mason-Dixon or west of the Mississippi.” ..................

Tuesday
Jan052016

MORNING MEMOS: Southern California Gas Co., Porter Ranch, "Utility is installing screens to contain oily mist at leaking well near Porter Ranch"; media, "Former L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers' jury award is cut by $2.1 million"; new economy, "Uber sued by drivers excluded from class-action lawsuit" ....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics, public policy, media....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Utility is installing screens to contain oily mist at leaking well near Porter Ranch"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Uber sued by drivers excluded from class-action lawsuit"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Former L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers' jury award is cut by $2.1 million"