• Presidential Race Analysis

    While California’s brief moment of super-relevance may be over, there’s still plenty to talk about in this year’s presidential race. The Sacramento Press Club had a fascinating analysis of the race to date, and what could happen next. We were joined by former Sacramento-area Congressman Doug Ose, a supporter of Donald Trump, Rob Stutzman, founder of the #NeverTrump group, Ben Tulchin, the San Francisco-based pollster for Bernie Sanders, and Buffy Wicks, Hillary Clinton’s director for California.

    Rob Stutzman is founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications and crisis management. Stutzman was coordinating #NeverTrump, an independent effort to defeat Donald Trump in the California primary with fellow Republican consultant Ray McNally. Over 20 years, he has been at the center of some of California’s most epic policy and political events, including the last five governor’s races and numerous statewide ballot measures. Stutzman served as deputy chief of staff for communications to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Ben Tulchin, pollster for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, is the founder and president of Tulchin Research. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients nationally, including government agencies, candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations and foundations. He has directed polling operations for candidates at all levels. His clients have included former DNC Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Gov. Gray Davis, LG Gavin Newsom and the California Assembly Democratic Caucus.

    Buffy Wicks is state director of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. She was one of the first hires of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, where she spearheaded innovative strategies for grassroots mobilization. She ran state operations for the President’s 2008 campaign in California, Texas and Missouri. Wicks later worked as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and was the campaign director for Common Sense Kids Action’s California Kids Campaign. She has roots in the Sacramento area, was born in nearby Forest Hill and is a graduate of Placer High School.

    This was also our annual scholarship luncheon, where the Sacramento Press Club awarded $34,000 in scholarships to aspiring journalists.

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  • A Big Day of Giving message from KCRA’s Edie Lambert

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    As journalists, many of us will be covering the BIG Day of Giving, an event supporting non-profits throughout this region.

    As public relations professionals, many of us will be promoting the BIG Day of Giving.

    As members of the Sacramento Press Club, we are also urging you to become a part of the story.

    Many of you know I am a longtime member of the Sacramento Press Club, and as a former board member I ran the scholarship program. I had the pleasure of meeting the next generation of journalists, students who believe deeply in the value of good journalism despite the uncertain job market they face after graduating. This year, our goals are to engage 100 donors and raise $8,000 on May 3rd. That is enough money to fund a full scholarship.

    The BIG Day of Giving is fast approaching!

    How you can help in just two weeks, on May 3rd:

    1) Starting at 12:00 midnight, visit https://bigdayofgiving.org/npo/sacramento-press-club and make a tax-deductible gift of as little as $25 or as much as you’re able to contribute. You will have 24 hours to make your donation; all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. the same day.

    2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

    Please use these tags:

    · Facebook: BIG Day of Giving, SRCF
    · Twitter: @SacPressClub, @Bigdayofgiving, @sacregcf
    · Hashtag: #SacPressClub, #BIGDoG2016

    I am truly grateful for some wonderful opportunities and generous mentors during college and early in my career. I consider my work with SPC’s scholarship program part of my way to pay it forward. I hope you’ll join me on May 3rd. Together, we can make a BIG impact on journalism students who are smart, motivated and inspiring.

    Edie Lambert

    Sacramento Press Club


    24 hours to Give!

    Midnight, 12:00am, on May 3rd


  • Join SPC for the Big Day of Giving on May 3rd

    The Sacramento Press Club is thrilled to participate in this year’s Big Day of Giving for the first time and we need your help. On Tuesday, May 3, we need you to donate to The Sacramento Press Club.

    Your support is essential to continue our important mission. We’re committed to investing in the next generation of news reporting by giving scholarships to promising journalists while continuing to offer California’s capital community a leading forum for opinion leaders, policymakers and newsmakers. However, we cannot do it alone. We need your help.

    Last year, the BIG Day of Giving made history in the Sacramento region, raising over $5.6M and engaging over 23,000 donors in one day of giving. Well, this year we’re joining the fun, and you can help us make an even BIGGER impact. Support the Sacramento Press Club during the 24 hour-long BIG Day of Giving drive. Together, we can continue to provide aspiring reporters with the support they need to reach their full potential and to enter a profession that benefits us all.


    Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $8,000 and at least 100 donors. You can help us win additional dollars by competing in prize challenges, so stay tuned for more information over the next several weeks.

    Save the Date
    On May 3, starting at 12:00 midnight, visit www.bigdayofgiving.org and make a tax-deductible gift of as little as $25 or as much as you’re able to contribute. You will have 24 hours to make your donation; all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. the same day.

    Promote your support for the Sacramento Press Club
    Giving challenges like these are only successful when you can reach and fully engage your online audiences and encourage your networks to also show their support. Please notify your network about this challenge and ask your friends and coworkers to do the same. Leverage your pledge of support for the club by posting on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media platforms over the next few weeks. Please use these links:

    · Facebook: BIG Day of Giving, SRCF
    · Twitter: @SacPressClub, @Bigdayofgiving, @sacregcf
    · Hashtag: #SacPressClub, #BIGDoG2016

    Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!

  • Women in California Politics

    April’s Sacramento Press Club lunch featured political powerhouses Nancy McFadden, Cassandra Pye, Angie Tate and Sabrina Lockhart. Whether working for governors or for party leaders on both sides of the aisle, each has a unique insider perspective on the inner-workings of California’s government and political system. While they may not always agree on political issues, all of these women support the #WinLikeAGirl movement hatched here in Sacramento to ensure that more female political experts are quoted in news stories and featured on panels. This panel featured a discussion of the most current campaign and political issues from highly quotable sources.

    For more than 30 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. In January 2015, she founded 3.14 Communications, LLC, a strategic partner to businesses, trade associations, non-profits and individuals seeking to influence stakeholders – linking modern communications tools with the well-written word. Pye has gained notoriety as an effective strategic facilitator, crisis counselor and executive trainer. Prior to launching 3.14 Communications, she was senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, a global strategic communication consultancy. In 2003, Pye was appointed deputy chief of staff to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served on his historic post-recall election transition team. She is former vice president of corporate affairs and political director for the California Chamber of Commerce, director of public affairs for the California Retailers Association, director of governmental relations for the California Grocers Association and state relations manager for the Food Marketing Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. An award-winning writer, Pye is a regular contributor to CA Grocer magazine. She’s been a longtime advocate for women’s leadership in the public and private sectors and now serves as State Board President for California Women Lead, the only statewide, non-partisan organization committed to providing women the training and support they need to be successful in the political arena. She is member of the Board of Directors for Street Soccer USA (Sacramento), a member of the Leadership California’s Executive Advisory Council, a trustee for the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism Foundation and a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF).

    Angie Tate has served as Chief Finance Officer for the California Democratic Party during three of the most successful election cycles in the Party’s history (2010, 2012, 2014). Under Angie’s leadership, the State Party underwent a financial reorganization designed to place the Party on stronger fiscal footing by employing a more sustainable organizational model. As part of the reorganization, Angie helped raise the capital that allowed the Party to purchase a newly built, state of the art, LEED certified building: The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in midtown Sacramento. During the 2014 election cycle, Angie helped the Democratic Party and its elected partners raise more than 25 million dollars, no doubt contributing to the second statewide Democratic sweep in a row and allowing the Party to expand activist resources. Angie has spent the last 18 years working for Chairman John Burton in some capacity, including his Senate pro tem office in the State Capitol.

    Sabrina Demayo Lockhart currently serves as communications director for the California Independent Petroleum Association. Sabrina has more than 15 years of media and public relations strategy experience. She is a former television journalist and spent a decade working in the State Capitol serving in senior roles for former elected leaders including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, then-Assembly Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Dave Cogdill and then-Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. Sabrina has also consulted a wide variety of clients ranging from political campaigns to parent-led education reforms. In 2007, she was nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Working in the high-stress world of politics while juggling the demands of a family led Sabrina to a dedicated yoga practice and she is now a certified yoga teacher. She volunteer teaches veterans and medical staff at the Sacramento VA Hospital and volunteers for Yoga Moves Us, a non-profit that provides free weekly yoga classes in 5 Sacramento-area parks.

    Details for the lunch:

    Date: Tuesday, April 12
    Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building and Construction Trades Council Conference Center, 1231 I Street

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  • Anthony Rendon-California Assembly Speaker

    Speaker Anthony Rendon took over the Assembly chamber in March 2016 with a unique leadership approach: He’s pledging to let members of his caucus take the credit and push through their own legislation for his first year at the helm. Rendon can afford to spend a little time getting accustomed to his new role, as the first Assembly Speaker since voters agreed to extend term limits to 12 years, he could be in the post for a while. Rendon first drew widespread attention for authoring Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond that voters approved in 2014.

    But he also has pledged to pursue an unabashedly liberal agenda focusing on funding for education and social service programs. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Rendon directed a Head Start program, headed the California League of Conservation Voters and taught in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton.

    Anthony Rendon joined the Sacramento Press Club on March 31, 2016 and shared his interesting background and his plans for the future.

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  • Jodi Remke, chairwoman of the FPPC

    In an effort to shine more light on the money that influences California politics, Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Jodi Remke recently announced a proposal to expand the definition of lobbying to include so-called “payments to influence” – like the millions of dollars poured into a campaign last year against proposed legislation that would have cut oil use in the state. Remke says payments to influence have exploded in recent years, growing to $24.5 million in 2014.

    Remke, a member of the bar since 1992, was appointed to the head of the campaign finance watchdog agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 and reappointed to a full term last year. She is responsible for overseeing California’s campaign finance, governmental ethics and lobbying rules, which is no small feat in an election year.

    She previously served as presiding judge of the State Bar Court, the first in the nation dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. She also previously served as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee and practiced real estate law. Jodi Remke joined the Sacramento Press Club on Monday, February 29th and shared her plans to oversee campaign spending and enforcement in this election year.

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  • CNPA Government Affairs Day

    The Sacramento Press Club has contracted with the CNPA Services Inc. to manage the organization. CSI takes over for longtime Executive Director Kathy Beasley, who is happily retiring the post after 30+ years as an active member of the Press Club. The new partnership gives the Press Club a permanent office location and access to a staff that provide event planning, membership, communications and legal support.

    As part of this collaboration, the Press Club co-sponsored the California Newspaper Publishers Association Government Affairs Day on February 3, along with the California Black Media and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown were invited to speak at the event, which was followed by a cocktail reception that was open to all GA Day attendees, who got a chance to mingle with the state’s legislators and constitutional officers.

  • Now Accepting 2016 Journalism Scholarship Applications

    The Sacramento Press Club is now accepting online applications for the 2016 Journalism Scholarship Awards! Seven scholarships totaling $34,000 will be awarded, including two new scholarships honoring Bob Schmidt and Doug Willis! If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the field of Journalism, you are encouraged to apply. For more information about the scholarships available and eligibility requirements, visit http://sacpressclub.org/scholarships/

    The deadline is March 31, 2016.

  • SPC Holiday Mixer at KBAR

  • Catching up with Leah Horner, SPC’s 2015 Jerry Gillam Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    “Leah Horner here, recipient of the Jerry Gillam scholarship this year. I wanted to share some updates in my life!

    I just finished my internship on the east coast at WBOC in Salisbury, MD. It was everything I’d hoped it would be. I was able to go out with reporters every day for four days a week and report on anything from murders to fishing. I had the chance to sit in on a three day long court case about human trafficking, and I have to say it was a very educational three days. I can honestly say I find court fascinating and love covering cases. I also went to multiple crime scenes, which I found intense but exciting. There were a surprising amount of gun related murders this summer, and I was able to go to every crime scene. As hard as it was, I loved every minute of it.

    There were, of course, happy days as well. I helped cover an event where professional surfers from around the world came to Ocean City to teach kids with autism how to surf. I loved this story so much that I decided to write and edit my own version of it! Here’s a link if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LReRFUxx75Q

    I think they realized how much I love what I do because within just a few weeks, they were sending me out to shoot my own stories. I had to have a photographer with me for liability reasons, but I would get to put together my own stories that would air in their evening broadcasts. It was such an honor! By the end of my time, they had unofficially offered me a job. The managers would tell me if I dropped out of school and didn’t study abroad this fall, they’d hire me on the spot. It felt good to be so appreciated.

    I obviously couldn’t do that, so they told me they look forward to hiring me when I’m done with school. I definitely could see myself moving to east coast to work at WBOC in a few years.

    I’m currently in Brighton, England. I’ve only been here a few days, but it’s so different! I love it. I will be writing a study abroad column for my school, Cal Poly, while I am here. It’ll be nice to get more writing experience under my belt.

    Everything is chaotic and busy but it’s worth it! I want to thank everyone at SPC one more time for awarding me with such a generous scholarship. I can’t express how much it has helped me, especially through an unpaid internship and an expensive semester abroad.”

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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