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THE NOONER for December 21, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD08 - added real estate developer Jon Bagetelos (R)
  • AD63 - added Paramount councilmember Diane Martinez (D) -- no, not THAT Diane Martinez.

TWEET DU JOUR: @MattRexroad: "I just gave out 200 donations of $4500 to legislative candidates across the state. Or maybe I didn't. You don't know. BAHAHA. #NoCalAccess"

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KUDOS: Secretary of State's office called newly filed candidates yesterday afternoon and provided them with committee ID numbers.

BLACKOUT: The Bee draws an analogy between the Cal-Access failure and the power outage at monday night's game at the 'Stick. "But the blackout ended in time to play the game. . . . Politics is played year-round. There should never again been a blackout on access to information about donations and lobbying."

SD19 INFIGHTING: New System, Old Fractures in Party Politics [Timm Herdt @ Ventura County Star]

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RANDOM THOUGHT: Obama campaign is like the Broncos. Apparently, they have been waiting three years for the fourth quarter. (Does that make John Boehner the Marion Barber of the game?)

JACKPOT $$$: California gambling tribes give $275,000 for Jerry Brown's tax proposal [Kevin Yamamura @ SacBee]

FUNDAISER GENERAL: Attorney General Kamala Harris has pulled in $107,000 in contributions over $5k in the last 34 days.

WE KNEW HER WHEN: Tamara Keith gives the rundown on the standoff in Congress over the extension of the payroll tax holiday. [National Public Radio]

BRUIN BRAINS: Conclusive study on why UCLA students are so smart. [Yahoo!]

DOWNSIDE OF THE REDISTRICTING COMMISH: No more fun and games. [WaPo]

FUN WEB TRICKERY: Visit www.newtgingrich.com. Repeat. Repeat again. [h/t Jon Fleischman]

GOOD EATS: - Steve Lopez offers tips on getting the best holiday tamales in Los Angeles. [Los Angeles Times]

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Put on your yarmulke, it's time for Hannukah. [YouTube]

2011 BYE-BYE: Schwarzenegger makes an appearance in Jib-Jab's wrap-up of the year. [YouTube]

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Editorial: Bowen needs to fix website, return it from the darkness
sacbee.com
Here's a riddle: What do Candlestick Park and the California secretary of state's campaign finance website have in common?

California tribes give $275,000 to Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
California gambling tribes have given $275,000 toward Gov. Jerry Brown's new 2012 ballot initiative to raise taxes on sales and the wealthy, the first known major contribution to his effort.

11 House members miss payroll tax vote
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
Eleven lawmakers missed the House vote that rejected Senate legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months.

Americans Elect Expects Ballot Access In All States
sacbee.com
Americans Elect organizers, fresh from qualifying as a political party in California for the 2012 elections, said Tuesday they fully expect to achieve their goal – gaining ballot access in all 50 states for a candidate to be named later.

New System, Old Fractures in Party Politics
Ventura County Star and Ventura County Star @
m.vcstar.com
As the 2012 election year approaches, political candidates, activists and ordinary voters must get ready to cope with the consequences of the biggest change in the electoral process since the advent of party primaries ended the era of party bosses selecting candidates in smoke-filled rooms.

Californians Of The Year: Redistricting Commissioners :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
But it worked. Between January and July, the commission held dozens of meetings across the state, not only in the usual places like Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but in cities like Norco, Hanford, Oxnard and Redding, which are typically little more than names on the map to most state commissions. And then, after coming out with proposed maps, the commission went back on the road to hear the inevitable complaints about their artwork, then used those comments to design their final maps.

Ex-Bush Official Involved In Payroll Tax Letter Touted By GOP
Ian Swanson @
thehill.com
A former Bush administration official was intimately involved in a decision by a group representing payroll processing companies to send out a letter Monday criticizing Senate-passed payroll tax legislation.

Obama Threatened, Called 'monkey' By Ex-carson Council Candidate
Abby Sewell @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
A failed Carson City Council candidate drew the attention of federal law enforcement officials when he called for the assassination of President Barack Obama, who he described with a racial epithet, on his Facebook page.

Editorial: Americans Elect needs to identify its donors
sacbee.com
Americans Elect certainly is stirring up 2012 presidential politics as it seeks a path for a centrist alternative to challenge President Barack Obama and whoever the Republican nominee might be.

Memo To Jerry: Time To Whack Other Tax Proposals
calbuzz.com
Electoral history in California tells us that if the ballot is cluttered with overlapping or competing measures, voters throw up their hands and reject them all. It’s an entirely rational response: After electing people to run the government, why should we have to do their job?

California gambling tribes give $275,000 for Jerry Brown's tax proposal
sacbee.com
California gambling tribes have given $275,000 toward Gov. Jerry Brown's new 2012 ballot initiative to raise taxes on sales and the wealthy, the first known major contribution to his effort.

Ron Paul Becoming Serious Contender In Republican Presidential Race
washingtonpost.com
As the first votes in the Republican presidential race approach, Rep. Ron Paul has become a serious force with the potential to upend the nomination fight and remain a factor throughout next year’s general-election campaign.

Obama calls Boehner, urges vote on bill to extend payroll tax cut
Christi Parsons @
latimes.com
President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner today and urged him to take up the bipartisan Senate measure to extend the payroll tax cut before the end of the year.

New Law Cracks Down On "Robotripping"
Josh Richman @
ibabuzz.com
California on New Year’s Day becomes the first state to bar the sale of over-the-counter cold and cough medications containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors.

More Ballot Wars: The Cost Of Crime And Punishment :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Given the state’s dire fiscal condition, proponents of the Three Strikes and death penalty reform measures are pushing cost savings as a major plus if voters pass the reforms.

Jerry Brown Names New Director To California Lottery
Dan Smith @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has named a former business consultant as director of the California Lottery.

Governor Declares State Of Emergency For 60 Freeway
Catherine Saillant @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown made an emergency proclamation Tuesday to help speed the demolition and reconstruction of the 60 Freeway bridge damaged in a tanker truck explosion.

Americans Elect expects ballot access in all states
sacbee.com
Americans Elect organizers, fresh from qualifying as a political party in California for the 2012 elections, said Tuesday they fully expect to achieve their goal – gaining ballot access in all 50 states for a candidate to be named later.

Feds Shutter Marin Marijuana Dispensary, Oldest In State
Local @
contracostatimes.com
The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, the oldest dispensary of its kind in the state, quietly shut down over the weekend, the victim of a federal crackdown.

House GOP Rejects 2-month Payroll Tax Cut
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press @
sfgate.com
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With payroll tax cut unresolved, Congress packs up
Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
House lawmakers prepare to follow their Senate colleagues on a holiday recess, with no sign of a compromise that would save the expiring tax break for workers.