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THE NOONER for September 29, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD39 - Added Eugene Hernandez (G)
  • AD59 - Added Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)
  • AD63 - Added Joy Janes (D)

$$$: The next 36 hours are big for congressional candidates, as they rush to fill their coffers, or in the case of Durkee clients, refill their coffers, before the September 30 FEC deadline. While Howard Berman's big Hollywood funder isn't until November 10, the money has reportedly been coming in. Will Brad Sherman match it? 

The most interesting ones I'll be waiting to see on October 15:

The filings will also likely create the "get-off-the-pot" decision point for Dennis Cardoza and David Dreier, and may send strong signals if some folks that have one toe in the water are in or out.

And, since because congressional races are finally interesting again, I'm building out ElectionTrack to track federal races as well and hope to have it up and running by the filing deadline.

iCARLY COMEBACK? Josh Richman: Carly Fiorina to keynote anti-abortion group's gala

DOUBLE DIPPERS: FPPC Chairwoman Ann Ravel is earning $305,000 per year through her state salary and a CalPERS pension, report Goldmacher and McGreevy, and she's not the only one.

"I could be sitting at my home in Los Gatos and taking my PERs check and working for a private corporation and making a ton of money," Ravel said. "But I am committed to public service."

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR TAX: Add a second lawsuit by the League of California Cities to the growing list of organization suing over budget maneuvers. At issue in this case is the $130 million in vehicle license fee revenue that was shifted to local government entities as part of the $5.5 billion realignment deal. The primary issue the shift disproportionately impacts new cities in Riverside County. The League also has a pending suit over the redevelopment pay or don't play heist.

ET TU, BRUTE: Mocking legislators who hold contests among constituents to identify legislative bill ideas Assemblymember Brian Nestande announced yesterday his "There Ought NOT To Be a Law" contest. Reportedly, Jerry Brown is the first contestant, with the submission "There Ought Not Be a Law requiring two-thirds vote to let the people vote on tax extensions..."

JUST SIGN THE BILL ALREADY!: We are likely going to be plagued with a video a day from Bill Wong until the governor signs AB 376, the shark-finning bill.

THE READERS ALWAYS WRITE: Another bill that readers of The Nooner are tapping their toes waiting for the governor to sign is SB 833, the bill to block the Gregory Canyon landfill. The bill was supported by tribes and environmentalists and opposed by the San Diego Board of Supes, CSAC, and the landfill companies.

Of the 503 enrolled bills, which are you waiting for?

On to the those headines people are reading on atc...

Education Lawsuit Would Affect Future California Budgets - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
School boards and administrators held a press conference today to explain their lawsuit against California for $2.1 billion in education, which we outlined yesterday.

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to review health care law - sacbee.com
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday formally asked the Supreme Court to review its controversial health care law, a move that's likely to set up a blockbuster election-year decision.

California Budget Hit With 3 Lawsuits - Wyatt Buchanan,Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
California's budget, already on shaky footing with tax revenues coming in lower than forecast, was hit with three new problems Wednesday when advocates for public schools, the developmentally disabled and cities filed...

The Caucus: Supreme Court Ruling Could Revive Health Care for 2012 Campaign - nytimes.com
On Wednesday, the administration agreed to seek a swift review of President Obama's health care law by the Supreme Court.

Same-sex Marriage Approval Growing Among Republicans, Independents - Malcolm Maclachlan @ capitolweekly.net
What’s driving the rise in support for same-sex marriage in California? It might be too much to say “young Republicans.” But they’re at least part of the story.

League Of California Cities Sues To Block Vehicle Tax Shift - Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
In another budget-related lawsuit, the League of California Cities went to Sacramento Superior Court on Wednesday to pursue $130 million in vehicle taxes that cities previously received from the state.

Senator Wants Debate On Pipeline Safety Bill - JOAN LOWY @ pe.com
The only senator opposed to a bill to toughen federal safety regulation of oil and gas pipelines said Wednesday he's willing to work with Senate leaders to schedule a debate on the measure, but he's still blocking expedited passage.

Justice Department To Ask For Supreme Court Review Of Health Care Law - Jennifer Haberkorn @ politico.com
 The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold the 2010 health reform law — dramatically increasing the odds of a court ruling right in the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Bank Asks Judge To Sort Out Accounts In Campaign Fraud Case - William Nottingham @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
The state-chartered bank used by a campaign treasurer accused of co-mingling money from the accounts of numerous California politicians, Democratic clubs and non-profits filed a lawsuit last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court to ask a judge to sort out how much money belongs to each customer.

California's Registration, Voting Rates Among Lowest In U.s. - blogs.sacbee.com
California has the nation's second-lowest rate of voter registration and one of its lowest voter turnout rates, according to a new Census Bureau report on the 2010 elections.

Judge OKs Key Parts Of Alabama Immigration Law - Mackenzie Weinger @ politico.com
A federal judge gave a green light for Alabama to enforce some of the most controversial parts of its toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, ruling that certain measures do not violate federal law.

Some Gov. Jerry Brown appointees get paycheck and a pension - Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown had vowed to rein in pension costs. But some of his appointees are receiving double payments totaling more than $200,000 a year.

U.S. seeks Supreme Court review of healthcare law - James Oliphant @ latimes.com
The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the federal healthcare overhaul sooner rather than later, with the Justice Department announcing that will file a petition Wednesday asking the court to take the case.

Is Christie Ready To Be President? - washingtonpost.com
It was about this time five years ago when political strategist David Axelrod sat down and wrote a memo to then-Sen. Barack Obama, who was seriously considering whether to run for president after months and months of saying he would not.

Some Gov. Jerry Brown appointees get pension and paycheck - Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown had vowed to rein in pension costs. But some of his appointees are receiving double payments totaling more than $200,000 a year.

Some Gov. Jerry Brown Appointees Get Pension And Paycheck - Shane Goldmacher @ latimes.com
Though Gov. Jerry Brown had vowed to rein in pension costs, some of his appointees are receiving double payments that exceed $200,000 annually.

High-speed Rail Project Rates Low In Voters' Priorities, Poll Finds - blogs.sacbee.com
Nearly two-thirds of California's likely voters would, if given the chance, stop the state's controversial high-speed rail project, according to a new Probosky Research poll.

Health Care Taxing America's Workers - Debra J. Saunders @ sfgate.com
On Tuesday House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan gave a talk at Stanford's Hoover Institution on what should become the Republican template behind its bid to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Ryan cited the unintended...

Sacramento Region Will Hire 58 New Cops, Thanks To Federal Grants - sacbee.com
The federal government is bailing out cash-strapped law enforcement agencies in the Sacramento region once again, this time at levels not seen anywhere else in the nation.