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. Remember, however, that I write between 4:30-6:30am before going to work for my true passion, so don't think you're going to make it into The Nooner by dropping something in my lap at 11:50 a.m.

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.

Is there a partisan bent?

Stories are ranked algorithmically, and there's nothing in that algorithm that favors a partisan bent (i.e. The Majority Report (D) and FlashReport (R) get equal treatment). Any partisan bent on the legislative bill pages comes from the site's users themselves by reading stories. I rarely opine on bills, although when I do, it's always under comments and always under my real name.

I am a former Democratic activist and a regular donor to candidates of both parties that I think will be good on higher education or who are my local representatives. I'm at foremost a Californian who loves this state and wants information to be available to interested citizens, in the way I felt when I got my hands on those copies of California Journal in the good old days.

While I am not a journalist, I follow basic journalistic ethics and disclose any conflicts I have when I write The Nooner. 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.