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THE NOONER for August 9, 2011
BETTER SHOP AROUND: So, which is it, Linda? While most incumbents have settled on a district, Linda Sanchez apparently hasn't made up her mind yet. Like David Dreier, everywhere she looks, there are bears in the forest, although her problem is fellow Democrats. She lives in the district in which Grace Napolitano is running. The neighboring seat to the north has been picked by Lucille Roybal-Allard, and the nearest open majority Latino seat is CD32, which her cousin Norma Macias is running for (along with Assemblymember Roger Hernandez and, maybe, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino). The latest we hear is that she's looking to the west to CD47, the Long Beach seat. This is the seat Senator Alan Lowenthal is running for, which may or may not attract Laura Richardson, who might flee the Janice Hahn/Isadore Hall smackdown. At 20% Latino CVAP, it's a relatively small Latino population, although she would have a strong shot at the general in a top-two scenario.
NOT JUST HER HOUSE: Speaking of Laura Richardson, she finds herself in a real pickle. Her chances of reelection are falling fast, but she desparately needs to run to have any hopes of paying back $449,835 in debt.
NEW CAPPS/MALDO ANALYSIS: "If the Republican Party can't maintain discipline and Maldo gets knocked out in June, a more conservative candidate may end up in the general. And, if that happens, Capps likely returns to Congress from what is a very moderate district. If the party stays disciplined and if political winds continue to be anti-incumbent, this is likely a Republican pick-up." [full analysis]
OH, NO YOU DIDN'T: Arnold, we're pretty sure Clinton and Stacy wouldn't approve this fashion choice.
To the headlines...
Jerry Brown OKs Potential Change In Awarding Electoral Votes - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Presidential election: Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would allow California to join other states in awarding electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes nationwide in a general election.
California Legislature's Secrecy Again Challenged - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Portantino says his office budget is being curtailed as punishment and wants the records to be released to prove his point, and now the Los Angeles Times and The Bee have sued to gain access to the records. Unless it involves national security, nobody should be allowed to spend public money in secret â a principle just as valid today as it was when Lee was making the Capitol squirm four decades ago.
Racing To Tax The Rich - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Who gets to tax the rich first - the federal government or the California state government? Politicians and tax increase advocates on both the federal and state level say the rich must pay more. In the end, neither may pass a tax on high-end income taxpayers and there is no advocacy to raise taxes here. However, how successful the federal government tax-the-rich supporters are on this issue will clearly affect the fortunes of the state.
Schwarzenegger Causes Stir With 'i Survived Maria' Shirt - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Schwarzenegger was spotted sporting a shirt that reads "I survived Maria" while bike riding in Santa Monica over the weekend.
California Joins Move To Revamp Electoral College - Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
A national movement aimed at sidelining the Electoral College in presidential elections got a big boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation adding California to the list of states supporting the drive. Brown'...
Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Mail Elections In Yolo County - Dan Smith @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown today gave the go-ahead for an experiment that will allow Yolo County to conduct three local elections entirely by mail until 2018.
California Needs Campaign Finance Reform, Report Says - californiawatch.org
California needs an overhaul of its campaign finance system to reduce the influence of money in politics, according to a report by the Center for Governmental Studies.
IRS: Nearly 1,500 Millionaires Paid No Federal Income Tax In 2009 - Tiffany Hsu @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
IRS report finds that 1,470 millionaires paid no taxes in 2009 while 2 million taxpayers dropped out of the pool
November 2012 Targets - Part One: The Assembly - Allan Hoffenblum @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
Those who were hoping that lines drawn by the CRC, rather than politicians, would significantly boost the number of competitive races in 2012 will be sorely disappointed. It didn't happen.
Illegal Immigrant Interns At State Capitol | Nbc San Diego - Uncategorized @ nbcsandiego.com
Assembly Green-Lights Dashcams in Cars
Sen. Mark Leno Pushes For State Sentencing Panel - Marisa Lagos,Wyatt Buchanan @ sfgate.com
It's akin to the third rail of politics in California, but one state senator is holding out hope that the time may finally be right for the creation of a commission to set criminal sentencing policies in the Golden...
Jerry Brown Signs Popular Vote Bill - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
More than a decade after George W. Bush beat Al Gore for president despite winning fewer votes nationwide, California has given a movement to overturn the nation's Electoral College system perhaps its greatest lift yet.
Brown Endorses Popular Vote Bill For California - JULIET WILLIAMS @ sanluisobispo.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that would award all of California's 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote, a move intended to ensure that the winner of the popular vote becomes president.
New $15,000-a-month Contract Has Assembly Lobbying Feds - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
California taxpayers have begun paying $15,000 a month to help the Assembly lobby federal government.
Treasurer: California Not Affected By Debt Downgrade - Judy Lin @ mercurynews.com
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Monday said theres no reason the ratings downgrade of the federal government will have an immediate effect on California but cautioned the state is still on the mend
Cal State Panel Studies Salary Cap For Campus Presidents - Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
Committee seeks to defuse controversy over high compensation amid budget cutbacks by seeking alternative funds.
PUC Investigates Allegations In Lawsuit Against PG&E - Steve Johnson @ mercurynews.com
State regulators said Monday they are investigating allegations that PG&E ignored warnings it had failed to fix serious gas leaks, schemed to bill its customers nearly $2 million in unwarranted costs, let its CEO fly alone on a 25-seat private jet at a cost of $60,000 and engaged in other misconduct -- all charges the agency first heard about from this newspaper.
More Sacramento-area Students Passing Advanced Placement Tests - Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
More Sacramento-area students are entering universities armed with college credits earned in high school, according to recently released state data.
State Senate Committee To Consider Protecting L.A. Stadium Proposal From State Environmental Laws - Thomas Himes @ sgvtribune.com
A committee of state lawmakers will meet this month in an effort to prevent environmental protection laws from hindering an NFL stadium that has been proposed for downtown Los Angeles.
State Pension Agency Slashes Benefits For Top-paid Officials - Ruben Vives @ latimes.com
This is the largest systematic effort the agency has undertaken to examine high-end pensions.
Dow Closes Down 634 Points After Final Plunge [updated] - latimesblogs.latimes.com
The Dow Jones industrial average finished the day down 634.76 points Monday after a full-day sell-off accelerated in the final hour of trading as investors struggled to absorb Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the United States' credit rating.
Brown Nixes Special Veterans' Courts, Citing Costs - baycitizen.org
Special courts designed to help troubled veterans won't be expanding quickly across California, thanks to a veto Friday from Gov. ...
New Sacramento City Manager's Contract Tops $300,000 In Era Of Cuts - sacbee.com
Newly appointed Sacramento City Manager John Shirey will make tens of thousands of dollars more than the previous two full-time managers under a contract expected to be approved by the City Council tonight.