Analysis

2017: What’s in, what’s out in CA

The state Assembly in session. (Photo: Capitol Public Radio)

Okay, 2016 is now history, and many of us are saying “Good Riddance!”

But 2017 has arrived, with its attendant challenges and changes, right?  And to succeed, the smart Capitol denizen must become acquainted with 2017’s ins and outs — the land mines, the pitfalls and the Ways To Take Advantage.

To that end, Capitol Weekly kindly allowed me to provide guidelines on how to become an au courant political type for the next 12 months in Deep Blue California.  Follow them, and you won’t be caught looking like some red-state denizen who thinks “organic” has something to do with the music at funerals.

Herewith What’s In and What’s Out in 2017 California.

In
Kamala Harris

Out
Pollsters

In
The EnvironmentOut
Fracking

In
A revival of “Don’t Blame Me” bumper stickers

Out
Republicans

In
Fear over the future of Covered California and health care coverage

Out
Action to fix our potholes

In
Speculation about a Republican comeback — somehow

Out
Gasoline-powered automobiles

In
States’ rights, now a clarion call of Democrats

Out
Mandates from Washington

In
Speculation about Jerry Brown’s political future; he’s only 78, you know

Out
Announcements about forthcoming ballot initiatives to solve some statewide problem or other

In
Maneuvering among campaign management firms to secure contracts for 2018 ballot initiative campaigns to solve some statewide problem or other

Out
Calexit

In
The search for more declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates in addition to Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, Delaine Eastin and John Chiang to speculate about

Out
The search for Republican gubernatorial candidates beyond San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

In
Anguish over whether one will be included or excluded in Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100.”

Out
Red neckties hanging below the belt buckle

In
Blue neckties above the belt buckle

Out
The Electoral College

In
Tweets

Out
Facts

In
Changing the subject during interviews

Out
Policy statements of more than 250 words

In
Optimism about the end of The Drought

Out
Optimism about the possibility of major earthquakes

In
Impeachment rallies on January 20.

Out
Coronation rallies after January 20

In
Hand-wringing about economic inequality

Out

Predictions about the inevitable California recession

In
Assertions that California is losing jobs to Texas

Out
The fact that California has added roughly 600,000 more jobs than Texas has added since 2011



  • mreky

    >In

    >Speculation about Jerry Brown’s political future; he’s only 78, you know
    … is it a Jerry for pres/Bernie for vice, or vice versa?

    In (should be) but Out (too painful to think about)
    Understanding that in the event of a major earthquake California is on its own. If a FEMA even remains once Trump is done with it, he wouldn’t allow it to do anything to help Kommifornia.

    • Bob

      You should be concerned about flooding as US Army Corps of Engineers decertified most California Central Valley levees, as it happens–during the Obama Administration, and FEMA will not participate in flood disaster recovery.

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