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THE NOONER for March 27, 2012
TWEET DU JOUR - @tedlieu - "The following is a good example of why we need to pass SB 1080 to increase financial literacy: I just bought mega millions lottery tickets."
Today, after the jump...fundraising totals for AD01-AD40. All totals are posted on AroundTheCapitol's district pages, but my little Nooner scripty thing doesn't like the volume of HTML for 80 districts.
BUT, WOULD -ERMAN? AD06 candidate Andy Pugno pledged yesterday to not actively campaign after the primary if he came in second but moved on to the general election (presumably against Assemblymember Beth Gaines). [Torey Van Oot @ SacBee]
Roll Call's Kyle Trysgad reports that the ballot label of congressional candidate Jose Hernandez has been challenged. Hernandez listed Astronaut/Scientist/Engineer, which challengers argue does not reflect his current occupation. After all, he's not in space right now, particularly since manned space missions in the U.S. have been put on hold.
BUNNY KILLER: Our Taiwanese friends have a take on Herman Cain's ad using a rabbit as skeet.
PAID SUBCRIBERS: $20 Temple Coffee gift cert at stake today in the RPdata contest.
ALL 'BOUT DEM BENJAMINS
Here are the first forty Assembly Districts. This should include everyone who filed a March 17 report. Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if anything looks messy. Additionally, all Assembly candidate information should be live on ATC, including websites and official ballot titles. Thank you for your patience...the complete list came out Friday and my crack staff (one hour of my time per day) worked hard to get it all inputed.
As you'll note below and on the AroundTheCapitol pages, I have a direct link to candidates Secretary of State's pages (along with their ElectionTrack pages). If you're like me, you've realized that you've wasted a year of your life waiting for the search results on Cal-Access. Until that database is fixed, these direct links should get you there faster (although still not lightning fast).
Also, some of you amazing peeps caught on that there were still some old office numbers for candidates in ElectionTrack. That has now been fixed, and everyone should be updated. To get the free midnight update of all reported daily state contributions, just fill in your address on the upper left of the ElectionTrack home page.
She May Be Candidate Feinstein, But The California Senator Shuns The Spotlight
Michael Doyle @ sacbee.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., photographed in her Capitol Hill office, spends more of her time behind the scenes leading the Senate intelligence committee than in the spotlight running for re-election.
Folsom Assembly Candidate's Pledge Could Mean Backing Rival
Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Republican Assembly hopeful Andy Pugno kicked off his campaign today with a pledge that could leave him backing his rival over his own candidacy in November.
Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama's healthcare law
David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply attacked the insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama’s healthcare law, strongly suggesting Tuesday they are prepared to strike it down as unconstitutional.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Gets Fine, Probation For Airport Gun Incident
Jim Sanders @ sacbee.com
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly pleaded no contest Monday to two misdemeanor gun charges stemming from the discovery of a loaded firearm in his carry-on bag before he boarded a flight for Sacramento.
The Lede Blog: Day Two: Updates on the Supreme Court Hearings on the Health Care Law
THE NEW YORK TIMES @ nytimes.com
Updates from the second day of hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices will hear arguments on the central question of the constitutionality of the health care law.
Andy Pugno's vow could leave him backing rival Beth Gaines in Sacramento area Assembly race
Torey Van Oot @ sacbee.com
Assembly hopeful Andy Pugno kicked off his campaign Monday with a pledge that could leave him backing his rival over his own candidacy in November.
Assembly Passes Bill To Spend Redevelopment Funds For Housing
Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
About $1.4 billion in redevelopment funds for low- and moderate-income housing would continue to be spent for those purposes under legislation approved today by the Assembly.
Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Health Care Law
s health care overhaul law.
Healthcare, Day 2: Supreme Court argument turns to insurance mandate
Noam N. Levey and David G. Savage @ latimes.com
As the Supreme Court opens a second day of arguments on President Obama’s healthcare law, the justices are turning to the defining issue of the two-year legal battle over the contentious law – the requirement that Americans get health insurance starting in 2014.
State Political Watchdog Ramps Up Enforcement
Brian Joseph @ totalbuzz.ocregister.com
But things are changing at the FPPC. The Enforcement Division recently announced in its 2011 end-of-the-year report that the backlog of cases older than two years has been reduced to just 10 cases â virtually nothing.
Assemblyman Chris Norby May Face New Ethics Hearing On Motel Stay
Assemblyman Norby may face hearing over motel stay
The Caucus: Group Live-Tweets From Health Care Arguments
MICHAEL D. SHEAR @ nytimes.com
An organization opposed to President Obama's health care law apparently found a loophole to the Supreme Court's ban on electronic devices. At least for a while, that is.
Romney rips health-care law in San Diego
Mitt Romney criticized President Barack ObamaâÂÂs national health care overhaul at a campaign event Monday in San Diego, casting it as part of an extensive federal imposition into economic freedoms unseen in the nationâÂÂs history.
Controversial Cougar Kill Spawns Proposed Ban On Hunting With Dogs
Unable to get a Fish and Game official to resign for killing a mountain lion outside the state, two lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation that would prohibit the use of dogs to hunt bear and bobcat in California. The legislation...
Supreme Court appears eager to rule on healthcare law
David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau @ latimes.com
As justices begin three days of oral arguments, it becomes clear they aren't inclined to let a tax law delay them in deciding on the controversial insurance mandate.
CalPERS moves judge and lawmaker accounts into new computer system
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Over the weekend, CalPERS moved judges and legislators' retirement accounts into its glitch-plagued, $500 billion-plus my|CalPERS computer system.
Behind the Senate oil tax vote
Martin Frost @ politico.com
Opinion: There actually are three positions on the issue of oil and gas taxes rather than just two.
Feinstein Tells State Democrats To Stop 'Predatory' Disabled Access Suits
Cheryl Miller @ law.com
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says if California lawmakers don't act to clamp down on "predatory" disability access lawsuits she may author federal legislation to do just that.
Justices signal possible trouble ahead for health insurance mandate
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
as the court began a much-anticipated second day of arguments on President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law.
Report says unions have big money advantage in politics
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
Here's one side of the argument you'll be hearing for the next seven months over the so-called "Stop Special Interest Money Now Act" the political-committee funding measure on the Nov. 7 ballot in California.
The Caucus: Anti-Gay Marriage Group Recommends Creating Tension Between Gays and Blacks
NICHOLAS CONFESSORE @ nytimes.com
A memo by the National Organization for Marriage suggested that the strategy was inspired by successful efforts to outlaw same-sex marriage by ballot initiative in California in 2008.