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THE NOONER for October 25, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD07 - Removed Assemblymember Richard Pan (D)
  • AD09 - Added Assemblymember Richard Pan (D)
  • AD09 - Added Elk Grove Councilmember Sophia Scherman (R)
  • AD72 - Added OC Board of Ed member Long Pham (R)

YEE GETS TRACTION... "Democrat efforts to reassure Americans that vote fraud isn't a major issue is facing a real stumbling block in San Francisco, where a the mayor's race now centers on Democrats accusing one another of abetting voter fraud..." [Ben Smith @ Politico]

...BUT ED LEE IS 2 LEGIT 2 QUIT! 

The viral video is produced by San Franciscans for Job and Good Government and features AshkonWillie Brown, MC Hammer, Ronnie Lott, Marisa Meyer (Google), Biz Stone (Twitter), Brian Wilson, and will.i.am.  

"Thank you, for blessing me, and the rest of the City with Ed Lee . . . Fear the mustache . . . He's only five foot five but he gets sh*t done." 

It is one of the best California political ads ever... Cynics note that only a handful of the celebs in the ad live in San Francisco... That doesn't matter, as it's a helluva lot more fun to watch than videos of alleged voter fraud.

And, remember, "DO NOT DRINK MY KOMBUCHA!!!"

TWEET DU JOUR: @jasonkinney: "Like Ed Lee video but "Fear the Mustache" too soon after most horrifying 'stache in history of politics debuted by Cain's campaign manager."

. . . which brings us to . . .

THE CAiNCER VOTE: No candidate other than Herman Cain would release a web commercial with his campaign manager drawing a dramatic toke of a cigarette. And, you know it's an odd move when the campaign has to say "No, really, it's not a hoax."

BIG ENDORSEMENT: "Senator Kevin de Leon Endorses Ron Calderon for Congress" [CD38 against Congressmember Linda Sanchez]

NOT JOSEPH? As I alluded to last week, many insiders believe that the magical million collected by the Republican party to assist with the redistricting referendum came from George Joseph, chairman of Mercury Insurance and the leading proponent of a Prop 103 rollback measure currently gathering signatures. The thought was that he was one of the few people really interested in having a June election, and that the support included seed money for the referendum on SB 202, which by qualifying, ensures a June election next year.

However, Steven Harmon's great piece today on the Republican conflict over ballot priorities has the following closing line "But Jeff Green, a spokesman for Joseph, told the Bay Area News Group that the billionaire would not financially back the [SB 202] referendum."

The article summarizes the California GOP's difficult situtation: "Now, in the latest indication of the growing feebleness of the California Republican Party, the GOP may be forced to abandon the referendum because it can't even afford a signature-gathering campaign to put it on the ballot."

$$$: Yesterday, FAIR reported its money from the California Republican Party, a total of $846,000, for the signature effort to overturn the State Senate districts. Yesterday included an additional $381,000 that wasn't reported last week. The committee has raised $1.4 million, which still casts a bit of uncertainty about whether it will achieve the requisite 504,760 signatures by November 18. It is expected that around $2.5 million is needed.

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On October 27, 2011 at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, the Leadership California Institute will hold Candidate Forum 2012, an all-day event which will feature candidates from all over the state running under the newly drawn legislative boundaries.

Confirmed speakers include:
Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown . Former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte . Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg . Former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle
Sunne Wright McPeak, Former Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing

For more information: www.leadershipcaliforniainstitute.org

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EYEBROW RAISER: Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca PLC donates $8,000 to Jerry Brown [David Siders @ Sac Bee]

1-800-CAMPAIGNCASHNOW: While contributions below $5,000 to legislative candidates don't have to be reported until January, major donors are obligated to report their contributions to committees controlled by state elected officials. A series of reports [Advance America | Axcess Financial | Check Into Cash] just came in from the cash advance industry that shows encouragement and gratitude for killing SB 365 (Alan Lowenthal), which would have created a database of cash advance transactions.

BLEEDING DODGER GREEN: Report: MLB says McCourt looted $190 million from Dodgers [Associated Press]

FAREWELL: Tim Hodson, Center for California Studies director, dies at age 60.

Eureka!, spin us some headlines so we can get back to watching that Ed Lee video...

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California GOP hard-pressed to dispute law that moves initiatives to November ballot
mercurynews.com
Now, in the latest indication of the growing feebleness of the California Republican Party, the GOP may be forced to abandon the referendum because it can't even afford a signature-gathering campaign to put it on the ballot.

Jerry Brown still hazy about upcoming tax initiative
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
California voters are certain -- as certain as anything can be in the topsy-turvy world of politics -- to pass judgment on a multibillion-dollar tax increase measure next year, but what kind of measure is very much up in the air.

California's Unemployment Insurance Fund Debt Grows
Marc Lifsher @
latimes.com
California has borrowed $11 billion from the federal government in recent years to pay jobless benefits, requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments to service its debt.

Contra Costa County Board of Education to review redistricting plan Tuesday
mercurynews.com
Contra Costa Community College board expects to vote Nov. 9 on plan to revise ward boundaries

Ballot tampering alleged in San Francisco mayoral election
Lee Romney @
latimes.com
Some of interim Mayor Ed Lee's supporters are accused of marking and taking possession of voters' absentee ballots. The supporters have said they were just doing outreach and education.

Drug company gives after Jerry Brown signs STD prevention bill
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Two days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing children 12 and older to seek medical care for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent - including vaccinations against human papillomavirus, or HPV - a pharmaceutical company with a financial interest in HPV vaccines donated $8,000 to Brown's re-election campaign.

State: Senate Report Criticizes State Housing Agency
Jim Miller @
pe.com
The California Housing Finance Agency has foreclosed on homebuyers current on their loans, hurting people’s credit scores and costing the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a new Senate report.

Ohio law limiting public employee unions' power faces repeal
Michael Muskal @
latimes.com
Opposition to the Ohio law that limits the power of public employee unions has grown substantially in recent weeks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, offering a ray of hope to Democrats and their allies in organized labor as the presidential race heats up.

Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca PLC donates $8,000 to Jerry Brown
sacbee.com
Two days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing children 12 and older to seek medical care for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent – including vaccinations against human papillomavirus, or HPV – a pharmaceutical company with a financial interest in HPV vaccines donated $8,000 to Brown's re-election campaign.

Perry's plan: 20 percent flat tax, higher retirement age
mercurynews.com
GRAY COURT, S.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry proposed a sweeping economic plan Tuesday that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security, a lower corporate tax rate and reforms aimed at keeping Medicare solvent.

Obama Attacks Perry On Flat Tax
nytimes.com
Rick Perry’s decision to embrace a flat tax as a central part of his economic plan, as several other Republican candidates have, is providing an opportunity for President Obama’s campaign.

Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson May Face Ethics Inquiry
John Bresnahan @
politico.com
Ethics Committee staffers have been digging into the claims against Richardson since last year as part of a "preliminary inquiry" by the panel, and they have been interviewing current and former Richardson aides. The investigators are looking into allegations that Richardson and some of her most senior staffers pressured other aides to work on her reelection campaign or be fired, according to these sources and news reports. Staffers on the congressional payroll are banned from working on political campaigns during official time, and no House resources can be used for campaign-related activities, according to House rules and federal statute.

N.H. Secretary of State to announce presidential primary date
Michael A. Memoli @
latimes.com
Ending the quadrennial battle over the presidential election calendar, New Hampshire's chief elections officer is expected to announce the date of the state's leadoff primary Tuesday.

Ohio poll: Repeal anti-union law
MJ Lee @
politico.com
A new survey finds that 57 percent of voters say they support repealing a new anti-union law.

Villaraigosa Puts Teeth Into His Stand On Pension Funds
David Zahniser @
latimes.com
Concerned about layoffs, the mayor seeks stronger influence boards overseeing employees' benefits.

DA Will Not Prosecute Arrested Occupy Sacramento Protesters
Ed Fletcher @
sacbee.com
Occupy Sacramento protesters arrested in recent weeks for refusing to disperse from nightly gatherings within Cesar Chavez Park will not face state charges, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said in a statement released today.

Palo Alto voters to have their say, then judge
mercurynews.com
An allegation that the Palo Alto City Council violated state law when it placed a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot to repeal binding interest arbitration for its public safety unions will not be resolved until voters have had their say.

Steve Forbes endorses Rick Perry's flat tax plan
James Oliphant @
latimes.com
The original flat taxer, Steve Forbes, has endorsed Rick Perry's presidential bid the day before the Texas governor plans to unveil his own flat tax plan during a speech in South Carolina.

Tim Hodson, Center for California Studies director and leading expert on California politics, dies
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Timothy Hodson, a leading expert on California politics who spent more than three decades working in and around the Capitol, has died. He was 61.