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THE NOONER for March 26, 2012
After the jump and another chance to win a Temple Coffee gift card -- State Senate fundraising numbers...
POLL POSITION: USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times is out with a statewide poll that finds the governor's compromise tax proposal with healthy support, with 64% supporting and 33% opposing among likely voters. Munger's proposal grabs 32% total support.
Backers of the Millionaires Tax proponents can go out on the moral high ground, as their proposal still captures the greatest support, at 69%. Just behind soak-the-rich is soak-the-smokers, at 68%.
As Californians continue to look for other people to tax to pay for their service demands, the unpolled tax-the-Leap-Year-babies is at 99%.
$$$ - The governor's ballot measure committee reported a $257k haul on Saturday.
TONS O' BILLS: Be prepared for long policy committee hearings this week.
CHEAPER THAN $3/SIGNATURE? Molly Munger tax initiative drive offers workers a chance for free cars [Jim Sanders @ SacBee]
HAYSTACK: Controller John Chiang released the latest local government salary and benefit information today. This batch is special districts--water, utility, hospital, fire, mosquito and the like. Okay, Nooner peeps, it is up to you to find the needles in this haystack.
RUH ROH: Former Laura Richardson aide: I'd rather be at war in Afghanistan [Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan @ Politico]
OH, HERMAN: Herman Cain continues to try to profit it off his failed presidential bid, this time by using bunnies for skeet.
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Today, I'm including the Senate committee totals...only candidates who have filed a March 17 period report (due last Thursday) are included. Tomorrow, I will cover the Assembly races. We will see congressionals on April 15.
Before you start messaging me, "cash on hand" includes candidate loans, which is indeed, cash on hand.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Lawmakers' Salaries Down, But Still Highest In Nation, Heading Into Yearly Review
Jim Sanders @ sacbee.com
Salaries for California lawmakers remain the nation's highest despite years of budget crisis and a belt-tightening backlash that sparked legislative pay cuts three years ago.
Election: Ballot Designations Matter For Candidates
Jim Miller @ pe.com
Inland Southern California lawmakers Mike Morrell, Jeff Miller, Bob Dutton and Kevin Jeffries spend a large chunk of their week in Sacramento, voting on bills and sitting through committee hearings as state legislators making base annual salaries of $95,291. All of them want voters this year to view them as something different: businessmen.
Big Pension Conflicts Ahead In California
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
California's great public pension battles are heating up, and may be headed for some kind of political explosion.
Strong majority backs Jerry Brown's tax-hike initiative
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they supported the measure that the governor hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the sales tax and levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state's budget.
Poll: Voters support SD pension measure
An initiative on the June 5 ballot that would replace guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style plans for most new San Diego city hires âÂÂ is favored by 56 percent of city voters, according to The Center for Education Policy and Law/U-T San Diego Poll.
Lashing at healthcare, Santorum says only 'creator' can grant rights
Ian Duncan @ latimes.com
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorumappeared at the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon to declare as president he would seek to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law, arguing that only the “creator” can grant rights, not the government.
The Lede Blog: Updates on the Supreme Court Hearings on the Health Care Law
THE NEW YORK TIMES @ nytimes.com
On Monday, The Lede is following the first of three days of Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul law.
Q&A: The details of the Supreme Court's healthcare debate
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The Supreme Court Monday opened its historic session to debate the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law.
Feds' Crackdown Is A Bummer For Oakland Marijuana University
Peter Hecht @ sacbee.com
In a class at Oaksterdam, horticulturist Ed Rosenthal autographs books he authored on the cultivation of marijuana.
10News: Romney to talk health care in San Diego
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to speak in San Diego Monday on the effects of the national health care law championed by President Barack Obama on the medical device community.
Cal State Presidents Receive Perks And Benefits Worth 50% Of Base Pay
Cal State presidents receive more in taxpayer-funded retirement contributions than the stateÂs per-capita personal income.
High marks for adult education program
The San Diego Community College District's Continuing Education program is little known to the public despite its $29 million annual budget and the number of students it serves.
Region: Study Of Water Transfer Pact Commissioned By Opponents, Documents Reveal
The $50,000 draft study was included in more than 500 pages of documents released by the Water Authority on March 12, out of some 60,000 files it obtained under the California Public Records Act. Nearly all of San Diego's approximately 3.1 million people live in the authority's service area.
USC/Times poll finds support for Brown's tax idea
The Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
A new survey finds broad support for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to raise tax on high income earners to help fund schools and address California's $9.2 billion budget deficit.
Healthcare Access Limited In East Valley
Suzanne Potter @ healthycal.org
Fifty-six-year-old old breast cancer survivor Lucia Guevara lives in a tiny three room trailer with her husband, plus her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. It sits in a dilapidated mobile home park in Thermal - a rural area about 30 miles east of Palm Springs. She's looking for work, and can't afford health insurance. Lucia, her husband and son all have diabetes, but they can't afford the pills, so they split one prescription between them. "Everythingâs so expensive. So we have delayed medical treatment or just gone without, many times."
$1.5 Billion Caltrain Deal Packs Some Big Extras
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
That just-announced pact to plow $1.5 billion in high-speed rail money into electrifying Caltrain comes with some mighty major side deals - including a pledge by Bay Area leaders to build a 1.2-mile tunnel through...
In Supreme Court Health Care Case, Training for a Legal Marathon
Adam Liptak @ nytimes.com
The three days of Supreme Court arguments that start Monday on the constitutionality of President Obamaâs health care law will be a legal marathon, and the lawyers involved have been training.
A Daunting Obama Ground Game Awaits Romney
Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
As Mitt Romney slogs through a state-by-state Republican primary battle, President Obama's campaign spends millions building a national field effort to secure general election votes.
Healthcare supporters, protesters gather outside Supreme Court
Ian Duncan @ latimes.com
The twin Vermont marble statues Contemplation of Justice and Guardian of Law stood watch over a makeshift encampment at the bottom of the Supreme Court steps, as the sun rose on the first day of arguments in a historic case on the Obama health care law.
Health Act Arguments Open With 1867 Obstacle
The Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul will begin with an argument about a law that some judges say forbids any decision now.
Polling Looks Good For Brown
The poll was taken in the days immediately after the deal between Brown and the CFT, but before the teachers union decided to stop collecting signatures for its Millionaires Tax, so pollsters asked about that one, too. CFT proposed a permanent, higher tax, though only for millionaires.