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THE NOONER for February 24, 2012

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  • SD21 - added paralegal Star Moffatt (D)
  • AD54 - added Keith McCowen (R)

POLL POSITION: There is a new Field Poll out this morning on the tax measures, and it is a bit more favorable for both the Millionaires Tax and Governor Brown's plan than the poll released by the governor's team earlier this week.

  • CFT/Millionaires: 63% Yes, 31% No, 6% Undecided
  • Governor's Brown's plan: 58% Yes, 36% No, 6% Undecided
  • Munger's tax initiative: 45% Yes, 48% No, 7% Undecided

The polling presents an increasing challenge to Governor Jerry Brown. Backers of the Millionaires Tax are pounding every day that their measure is polling higher, is not regressive, and lasts longer than the governor's plan. It is causing problems within CTA and SEIU--both supportive of the governor's plan--as members are being told that Millionaires is better. Notably, neither has yet to financially support the governor's plan at a period when every dollar counts for signature gathering.

Dan Morain writes on Molly Munger:

"If she proceeds with her measure, and Brown and the California Federation of Teachers do the same, voters will have their work cut out for them. In all likelihood, they will vote against them all.

Then budget cuts will come. Those cuts will inflict pain, though not on people who promote initiatives, or on consultants who will reap a windfall. Munger must be feeling lucky."

In another sign that she isn't going anywhere, Munger kicked in another $730,000 for her initiative. 

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D-DAY: Today is the deadline for counties to submit their full check results of the State Senate redistricting referendum. Eight counties are outstanding, and proponents need a validity in these counties averaging 67.7%. With all but three counties having exceeded this so far, it is very likely to have sufficient signatures, unless Los Angeles comes in significantly below the magic number.

The likely success should lighten up the bars tonight at the Hyatt San Francisco Airport, where the California Republican Party's Spring Convention is being held. The convention lacks much of the drama surrounding the Democrats confab a couple of weeks ago, as the party avoids most of the endorsement fights that made the Dem convention so interesting. Rather, the event will try to instill some passion in a party that has little to get excited about. Keynote speakers include Newt Gingrich, GOP chair Reince Priebus and Tim Pawlenty

Hannah-Beth Jackson's camp is pushing back on the Santa Barbara News Press story earlier this week and says that HBJ was never paid by PXP pipeline backers.

BILL-O-RAMA: Yesterday, 386 bills were introduced.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Marisa Lagos chit-chat about the week that was and the weekend's GOP convention on this week's Capital Notes podcast.

JEREMY: Jimmy Fallon has a great take on Linsanity.

Munger Gambles Big On Tax Hike For Schools
Dan Morain @
Molly Munger says 60 percent of the electorate embraces her initiative to raise income taxes by $10 billion a year and deliver the bulk of it directly to public schools. But that figure is contradicted by the latest survey conducted by the Field Poll.

Defying Jerry Brown, Tax Proponents Launch Campaign
One of Jerry Brown's two rival tax campaigns starts gathering signatures, in defiance of the governor. Civil rights attorney scoffs at Brown's contention that her tax campaign won't win.

Munger-PTA Initiative Hits The Streets
John Fensterwald @
Unfazed by disparagement from Gov. Brown’s politicos, civil rights attorney Molly Munger and her chief ally, the state PTA, launched a drive Thursday to collect signatures for the November ballot for a $10 billion tax initiative to benefit K-12 and early childhood education.

Prime Healthcare CEO Abruptly Steps Down
Christina Jewett @
The president and chief executive officer of Prime Healthcare Services resigned yesterday, leaving as FBI agents are questioning former employees about the firm's billing practices and state legislators prepare to question the company's attorney in a Los Angeles hearing tomorrow regarding hospital reimbursement.

Jon Ortiz @
During his weekly chat with reporters this morning, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, talked about the Republicans co-opting Gov. Jerry Brown's 12-point pension reform plan.

Boxer: Birth Control Debate Will Help Elect Women
Carla Marinucci @
Two decades after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer became a symbol of the "Year of the Woman" in Congress, the California Democrat is predicting that this year may see a repeat of woman-fueled political victories in response to...

Podcast: Retirement, Realignment, Republicans
John Myers @
No word seems to dominate the political lexicon these days more than "optics," the acknowledgement that how something looks can sometimes be more important than what it really turns out to be.

Maryland: Gay Marriage Bill Sent to Governor
The Legislature gave its final approval to the law and it is expected to be signed by the governor, which would make Maryland the eighth state to allow same-sex marriage.

Despite Diversity Efforts, UC Minority Enrollment Down Since Prop. 209
More than a decade after California law banned race-conscious admissions, outreach and financial aid at public universities, the state's most selective public university system has seen a significant impact on its ability to increase enrollments of African American, Latino and American Indian students.

Field Poll: Millionaire's tax has most support
The Associated Press @
A new Field Poll finds California's registered voters are most likely to support a so-called millionaire's tax rather than two other tax initiatives proposed for the November ballot.

California Republicans Seek Roster Of Statewide Candidates
David Siders @
As California Republicans gather this weekend for their biannual convention, they will do so with no statewide officeholder and no obvious stable of up-and-comers to compete for one.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Says His Job Should Be “dissolved” Unless Changes Made
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says his job should be “dissolved” unless changes made

Democrats Want To Extend Guaranteed Retirement Savings To Private Sector
Jon Ortiz @
New legislation unveiled this morning aims to build a sort of CalPERS-for-all retirement savings system that the measure's author says could cover an estimated 7 million working Californians in the private sector.

California GOP Out Of Sync With Most State Voters
Joe Garofoli @
The California Republican Party, which begins its three-day convention in Burlingame today, is in a bind at a moment when it is trying to broaden its appeal. A Saturday appearance by presidential candidate Newt Gingrich...

San Pablo will ask voters to approve half-cent local sales tax
Tom Lochner @
San Pablo will seek voter approval in June for a half-cent local sales tax to fund municipal services, including public safety, gang prevention, youth services and job training, according to the proposed ballot language.

Without GOP support, Jerry Brown's pick for CSU chair in trouble
Torey Van Oot @
Gov. Jerry Brown's pick to lead the California State University Board of Trustees could soon be out of a job.

Ca Pols, Gov's Dog Score "political Oscars" | Nbc Los Angeles
Uncategorized @
Jerry Brown Through the Years

Panel passes L.A. City Council redistricting plan
David Zahniser @
The L.A. Redistricting Commission voted 16 to 5 to approve new maps. But some members called the process of creating new districts 'ugly' and 'dysfunctional.'

California Republican Party Is An Endangered Species
Dan Walters @
Were California Republicans a biological genus rather than a political one, they could demand special protection under laws protecting endangered species like the kangaroo rat, to wit...

UC Sued Over Student's Drug-induced Brain Damage
Nanette Asimov @
The mother of a UC Berkeley student left severely brain-damaged in 2010 after a drug overdose at a campus residence sued the University of California regents and the Berkeley Student Cooperative on Thursday, saying they...

Carmichael 'occupy' Supporter Plans To Challenge Dan Lungren
Torey Van Oot @
A teacher and political activist from Carmichael announced plans today to challenge GOP Rep. Dan Lungren in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District.

Republican group appeals ruling striking down federal gay marriage ban
Howard Mintz @
Moving swiftly, gay marriage foes on Friday appealed a San Francisco federal judge's order this week finding the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional. In court papers, the group says it will ask federal appeals court to review San Francisco judge's finding that DOMA is unconstitutional.

Brown And Obama Find Bipartisanship A Difficult Goal To Reach
Anthony York @
The Democratic leaders promised to end the partisan gridlock that had plagued their respective capitals, and so far neither has had much success.