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Essential Politics: Prison leadership, presidential pranks

Good morning from a state capital. I’m Sacramento business arch John Myers, today’s Essential Politics host. The countdown is on to 2016, though a domestic universe already seems prepped and prepared to go, both opposite a nation and in California.

And that includes a new personality to tackle one of state government’s biggest jobs, a male tapped for a purpose on Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

BROWN PICKS NEW PRISONS CHIEF

Few jobs in state organisation are as formidable and daunting as using California’s $12.6-billion jail system, that competence explain because Brown is branch to a seasoned palm to lead a way.

Paige St. John reports that Brown has comparison Scott Kernan to be his new secretary for a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a inheritor to retiring Secretary Jeffrey Beard.

Kernan is steeped in state jail operations, from roles as a corrections officer to a jail supervisor and beyond. That’s in contrariety to Beard, who arrived 3 years ago with a inhabitant repute after heading a state jail complement in Pennsylvania.

The pursuit competence be somewhat easier for Kernan than it was Beard — who presided over California’s prisons during a tense showdown with sovereign judges on overcrowding — though it will nonetheless sojourn a challenge, given jail medical stays underneath a organisation of a sovereign courts. Then there’s a legal dilapidation of a genocide chastisement in California, and a slow impact from 2011’s diversion of some-more felons to internal jails.

THE QUIET HELP OF OBAMA TAX BREAKS

Not widely beheld in a new sovereign bill understanding was a preference to make permanent a cut in sovereign taxes for low-income Americans, what Noam Levey writes is “the largest expansion of organisation amicable programs in half a century.”

But a bipartisan movement on a array of taxation breaks doesn’t utterly taunt with a tongue of a GOP presidential hopefuls, many of whom are austere that a sovereign organisation rein in a charity of “free stuff.”

TRUMP FIGHTS, CLINTON CAMPAIGNS

And vocalization of a presidential campaign, there are copiousness of domestic morsels in our Trail Guide coverage, including Donald Trump’s dispute with New Hampshire’s many successful journal and former President Bill Clinton prepping to strike a debate route in a Granite State for his wife, Hillary Clinton, subsequent week.

CALTRANS FOR TRUMP?

Yes, we review that title right. Well, arrange of. Sarah Parvini reports that Southern California drivers perceived an astonishing sip of presidential politics by a side of a highway on Christmas: a Caltrans highway pointer that was apparently hacked to read, “Vote Donald Trump.”

The pointer shone brightly on a side of Interstate 15, though it’s misleading who pulled off a domestic prank. Of course, a pointer has given been fixed.

TODAY’S ESSENTIALS

– Evan Halper writes that a murky disaster of sovereign and state law per medical pot isn’t expected to be privileged adult anytime soon. It’s a conflict, he writes, secure in deciphering a disproportion between “healers and drug dealers.”

– With a year-end fundraising deadline usually days away, Christine Mai-Duc reports that a California Legislature’s African American leaders are perplexing to underscore what’s during interest in 2016 in Senate District 35. In an email sent to supporters Monday, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), chair of a Legislative Black Caucus, speedy donors to behind former Assemblyman Steve Bradford. The email records that Bradford is a usually African American using to reinstate state Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton), another member of a congress who is using for Congress. The competition could underline during slightest 3 other Democrats and is expected to outcome in an intraparty runoff subsequent Nov underneath a state’s top-two rules.

– Want an insider’s perspective of what Christmas cooking with Gov. Jerry Brown looks like? Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown hosted about 30 friends and family on Christmas. The Sacramento Bee has photos and a 360-degree video of a mansion. Brown is a initial administrator to occupy a downtown Sacramento palace given 1967, when Ronald Reagan was governor. The Browns changed in after renovations were finished progressing this year.

– Two Californians done CNN’s list of “9 politicians to watch in 2016.” Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who is using for U.S. Senate, a network says, is “poised to deliver” in 2016 after lifting her inhabitant form for years. CNN predicts she’ll be highlighted during a Democratic inhabitant gathering in Philadelphia subsequent summer. Harris’ associate Democratic contender for a Senate seat, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), competence take emanate with that.

Also on a list is state Controller Betty Yee, who progressing this year proposed taxation reforms that would leave California relying reduction on a wealthy.

– David Savage takes a demeanour during a year brazen for a U.S. Supreme Court, anticipating that upcoming decisions on a array of politically charged cases, from termination to a energy open worker unions, are doubtful to solve extreme battles being waged in a halls of Congress, a state Capitol or a debate trail.

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