Good Sunday morning, Noonerific people. It was a beautiful morning as I woke up naturally, got out of bed, enjoying the overnight cool-down that dissipated yesterday's heat, and flipped on the coffee pot. The hour of 6am having arrived, I flipped on the boob tube, and Chuck Todd's head had exploded into a bunch of GoBots driving around Monaco. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.*
*subject to preemption by some European sporting event.
Some readers might have felt my rant yesterday against Donald Trump was a rant against his candidacy, which I keep out of The Nooner (but you might find on Facebook). Rather, it was for saying something stupid about California, and if Clinton or Sanders did the same, a policy takedown would ensue.
Well, mail boxes are being filled with mail by groups seeking to influence the June 7 top-two primary. The vast majority of independent expenditures are seeking to buoy Democrats, in some cases primarily to prop up a candidate to avoid a Dem-on-Dem general in November.
The largest fights are between charter school and education reform groups (Charter Schools Association and EdVoice) and education labor groups.
The biggest single has been EdVoice's $1.4 million in support of Bill Dodd's campaign to replace Lois Wolk in SD03. Dodd is facing off against former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada in the Napa-Solano-Yolo district. Dodd, elected in 2014 to the Assembly is seen as one of the most conservative Assembly Democrats. Yamada was termed out of the lower house in 2014. Unlike in other races, labor has provided only minimal independent support to Yamada's campaign.
Meanwhile, charter school advocates also top the list. The Charter School A . . .