What is The Nooner?

I was a co-founder of The Roundup, which I stopped doing when I got too busy with my work for community colleges. However, I found that I was still waking up early and would fire off e-mails of my thoughts on the news to friends. The Nooner basically is me sharing those thoughts with anybody who is interested. It shouldn't have a partisan bent, except bending away from a particular view, as I'm no Kool-Aid drinker.

What you read as my opinion in The Nooner is the stuff you'd hear at a local Capitol watering hole, or see in an SMS message if you stole an insider's smartphone. If there is a conventional wisdom to be popped, that's perfect Nooner content.

The Nooner relies on tips, which are usually verified, but always kept confidential unless a source wants the recognition.

The Nooner is free and ad-supported, but the coolest people pay $4.99/month or $49.99/year for Premium, which includes election analysis, enhanced legislative profiles, and additional downloadable content.

Who runs AroundTheCapitol.com?

The headlines portion of the site basically runs itself. The badly composed code was written by me, who was the President/CEO of the Community College League of California for eight years and has worked in various capacities with the Legislature and California elections for 22 years. I have a bachelor's degree in political science-public service and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis. Most of the code was written originally to help me keep up with the news and legislation I track as a community college advocate.

Here is a 1994 story from the Los Angeles Times about my early days of writing online as a college kid, before the World Wide Web.

Is there a partisan bent?

While I am a former Democratic activist, past president of California College Democrats, and a county party chair, I am no longer active. I no longer contribute to candidates for partisan office or participate in campaigns.

I am not a journalist. I do however follow basic journalistic ethics and disclose any conflicts I have when I write The Nooner or election analysis. I also work to be as balanced as possible, although welcome your criticism if you think I bend too far one way. I frequently offer corrections or confessions that I was biased.