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THE NOONER for September 7, 2011
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Over the weekend, Paul Mitchell and I had a playful bet on how Kimbe Durkee stole the dough from her clients. As I wrote yesterday, it was one of two options--redirecting contributions or paying out expenditures without reporting them. I bet on the former and Paul bet on the latter. I win. According to the court filing, she paid her credit card bills and even her employees out of Jose Solorio's account without reporting the expenses on campaign filings.
While this is illegal and awful, it's also malpractice on behalf of the campaigns. When I ran a statewide ballot measure campaign, my finance reports from Olson Hagel included match-ups of their internal accounting with the actual bank statement. If the two didn't match up, someone was stealing. Did Durkee really not provide the bank account statements to her clients?
If you don't receive account statements with your fundraising reports, start demanding them. And, if you don't, call your bank right now and make sure your filings and balance match. Free advice from The Nooner's Department of Common Sense.
HOT BILLS: With the help of York and Myers (when's the podcast coming back?), I've created a public bill report on aroundthecapitol.com of some of the hottest end-of-session bills. If you have others, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The bill database updates nightly at 1:30 a.m.
SHE'S GOT LEGS: Apparently, the June-to-November punt of ballot initiatives (and referenda) is still brewing, and SB 202 may be the vehicle. On another note, why don't they make music videos like this anymore?
$$$: The Republican Redistricting Referenda found another $125,000 for the effort, courtesy of Senator Mimi Walters, the California GOP and some rich oil dude. Hopefully the GOP is raising serious cash, or its cash on hand is now below $100k. I'm betting there will be some interesting end-of-session contributions to be reported...
DOING THE LAUNDRY? CSEA gave $25,000 to the Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee, which nearly exceeds the county's GDP. That's $5.51 per Democrat in the county. Look for that money to go elsewhere, as it's unlikely to be spent in CD02, SD02 or AD02.
NO VACANCY: As noted above, AD11 has its first candidate in Vacaville councilmember Ron Rowlett. Ron is business agent for the NorCal Carpenters and, if in, is likely to quickly soak up the labor endorsements.
GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT: This leaves the following districts without candidates:
Let me know if you have any tips of probable candidates...
When I started writing this morning, it seemed like there was nothing to write about. Whew...that was a long one...thanks for listening.
Jerry Brown Optimistic For Tax Deal With Time Running Out - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
SAN DIEGO - Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning that he is negotiating variations of his tax and jobs plan with Republican lawmakers, and is optimistic he can reach agreement in the final days of the legislative session.
Herdt: Can Two Play The Voter-turnout Game? - Timm Herdt @ vcstar.com
Across America this year, Republican-controlled legislatures have been enacting new laws designed to lower the number of people who vote in any given election. Now Democrats in Sacramento are thinking about turning the table in California.
Private Vendor Legislation Headed For Jerry Brown's Desk - Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
A measure that would require state agencies and departments to terminate illegal private contracts is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
Congressional Candidates Jockey In Redistricting-spawned Scramble - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Once the announcements of who is running for what congressional seats are made, you can bet the endorsements and fundraising can't be far behind. As candidates scramble for new seats in the recently completed redrawing of California districts for Congress,...
Democrats Push Bill To Unionize Home Child Care Providers - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Democratic legislative leaders have rolled out a last-minute bill that would allow unions to organize child care providers who work out of the home.
Supreme Court appears ready to give Prop 8 sponsors right to defend gay marriage ban - mercurynews.com
The California Supreme Court today appeared ready to give sponsors of Proposition 8 the legal right to defend the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, expressing major concerns about allowing the law to be negated without a fight because the attorney general and governor refuse to back
James Ramos' Confirmation Could Get Complicated - blogs.pe.com
Senate Republicans have concerns about some of Gov. Jerry Brown's appointees to the state Board of Education and have threatened to block their confirmations before the legislative year ends Friday.
Jerry Brown optimistic for tax deal with time running out - David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning that he is negotiating variations of his tax and jobs plan with Republican lawmakers, and is optimistic he can reach agreement in the final days of the legislative session.
Assembly Candidates Stake Out New Districts - Jean Merl @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Elections for seats in the state Legislature won't take place until June, but thanks to the recent redrawing of political districts, many candidates are already running hard.
CalPERS: A 112th Green, Social, Corporate Policy - Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
How many policies and statements does CalPERS have aimed at guiding its massive investments, valued at $229 billion last week, in ways that look at the environment, social conditions and corporate governance?
Michele Bachmann's Campaign Sees Major Shake-up - James Oliphant @ latimes.com
Ed Rollins, the veteran political strategist, is leaving Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, a move he insists should be not be read as a lack of faith in the candidate, who has struggled to find traction in recent weeks as Rick Perry has zoomed to the front of the pack.
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Stands Up For Mitt Romney -- And Takes A Shot At Rick Perry? - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a familiar California name helping him make the case that he's the man to take on Barack Obama and to create new jobs. And it's former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Union Measure, L.A. Stadium Plan Occupy Legislature's Final Week Of The Session - Patrick McGreevy and Nicholas Riccardi @ latimes.com
In-home childcare providers would be able to unionize, and stadium challenges would be fast-tracked under new proposals.
Lawmakers Seek Stronger Internet Sales Tax Law - ADAM WEINTRAUB @ pe.com
Supporters of a bill that would force Internet retailers to begin collecting sales taxes immediately pressed lawmakers on Tuesday to pass the measure before the end of the session this week.
Bill To Ban BPA In Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups Sent To Jerry Brown - Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Legislation was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown today to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups containing a chemical linked in laboratory tests to health problems.
Vietnamese retain influence in O.C. redistricting - ocregister.com
A months-long fight to preserve the political influence of Vietnamese Americans in Orange County ended with a victory Tuesday after supervisors finalized a redistricting plan that restores Asian neighborhoods in north Fountain Valley to the First District.
Gay Marriage Foes May Win Right To Defend Prop. 8 In Court - Maura Dolan @ latimes.com
During an hour of oral arguments, several justices appeared skeptical that only elected state officials may defend measures passed by voters, as gay-rights lawyers claimed.
Legislative Leaders Consider Expanding The Stadium Exception Idea - latimesblogs.latimes.com
As state lawmakers consider a measure to expedite any legal challenge to an NFL stadium proposed for downtown Los Angeles, the governor and Senate leader were considering expanding the idea to help other projects as well. Senate President Pro Tem...
A Referendum On The Bill To Move Initiatives To November Is Possible - Joel Fox @ foxandhoundsdaily.com
With Democratic legislators moving toward passing a bill to move June ballot measures to November, a counter move is being contemplated to mount a referendum against such a bill if it is signed by the governor.
Ban On Shark Fins Clears Its Final Legislative Hurdle - blogs.sacbee.com
The Senate voted Tuesday to ban the possession and sale of shark fins, the chief ingredient in shark fin soup prized as a cornerstone of Chinese cuisine.
Businesses Benefit As Property Tax Reviews Bog Down - Alana Semuels @ latimes.com
The 2008 acquisition of Anheuser-Busch Cos. gave governments a rare chance to reassess Anheuser-Busch's 14 properties in California and tax them at current market value. But counties still haven't finished the job and are forgoing revenue.
Lawmakers seek stronger Internet sales tax law - ADAM WEINTRAUB, Associated Press @ signonsandiego.com
Supporters of a bill that would force Internet retailers to begin collecting sales taxes immediately are pressing lawmakers to pass the measure before the end of the session this week.
Fun, Games Mark California Legislature's Final Week - Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Dozens of special interest lobbyists, cellphones on full alert, mill in the back hallways of the Capitol as both legislative houses conduct marathon floor sessions to act on hundreds of bills.