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THE NOONER for May 9, 2012
It's that time of the season for hatin'...
AD39: Richard Alarcon backers are asking Assembly Rules Committee whether Raul Bocanegra has any sexual harassment complaints.
AD67: Phil Paule accused fellow candidate Melissa Melendez of three speeding tickets, but apparently was looking at the record of a different Melissa Melendez in Riverside County.
$$$: In AD41, Democrat Victoria Rusnak added $100,000 to her war chest yesterday to try an nudge either Michael Cacciotti or Chris Holden down to the third spot. That brings her total to $250,000 for the Pasadena-to-Upland seat.
$$$: John Chiang yesterday reported that state revenues were $3.5 billion below forecast for the year.
ALL IN A NAME: The California Senior Advocates League, now spending in SD15 for Joe Coto and SD19 for Jason Hodge, collected $30,000 from the "California Now, Independent Expenditure Committee." As I wrote on April 17, California Now is not the women's rights organization, but rather a collection of business groups including the California Real Estate PAC, JobsPAC, Philip Morris, and Anthem Blue Cross. The Senior Advocates League also took $20,000 from JobsPAC and $5,000 from the Personal Insurance Federation last year.
Meanwhile, you are probably feeling very protected if you are a patient, as Californians Allied for Patient Protection is gearing up its spending, reporting independent expenditures for Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Hill, Jennifer Ong, Richard Pan, Anthony Rendon and Mark Stone. The coalition includes the California Medical Association, Cooperative of American Physicians (liability insurance company), the California Dental Association and other insurance companies and has $205,000 to spend (and plenty more where it came from).
And, my favorite in state committees for the cycle is "Defending the Republic PAC," which is sponsored by the Lodi Food 4 Less, and is trying to elect Bill Berryhill and defeat Larry Ornellas.
Jerry Brown Says Tax Petitions Will Be Submitted This Week
Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he expects to hand in signatures to county election officials this week to qualify his tax measure for the November ballot. He also addresses other ballot measures after a memorial service in Sacramento.
Doctors Promote Proposed California Tobacco Tax In New Ad
Steven Harmon @ mercurynews.com
The campaign to raise tobacco taxes is unveiling its first statewide television ad today with a slate full of doctors endorsing Proposition 29. The campaign is also calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to return a $26,000 donation to his 2014 re-election committee from tobacco giant Philip Morris that he received last week.
California Government Reformers Face Gut Check On Ballot Proposal
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
It's gut-check time for California Forward. Does it damn the political torpedoes and forge ahead? Or does it retreat like Think Long, unwilling to confront the dysfunctional, polarized status quo it says must change?
GOP Hispanic Official From Bay Area In Hot Water Over Romney Immigration Stance
A top Republican operative from the Bay Area dragged the Mitt Romney presidential campaign into sensitive territory this week when she said Romney was "still deciding" on his immigration stance.
California Senators Announce Plan For Keeping State Parks Open
Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
Democratic state Sens. Joe Simitian and Noreen Evans today rolled out a proposal aimed at keeping the gates open at more than 50 California state parks set to close this summer.
Ad For Cigarette-tax Initiative Attacks Tobacco Industry
Steven Harmon @ mercurynews.com
The campaign to raise tobacco taxes unveiled its first statewide television ad Tuesday, titled “Smokescreen,” which features cigarette smoke obscuring the image of La Donna Porter, the doctor who is in the tobacco-backed ad opposing Proposition 29.
Cal State Committee OKs New President Pay Policy - Ap State Wire News - The Sacramento Bee
LOS ANGELES -- A California State University trustee committee has approved a move to ask campus foundations to pay for raises of up to 10 percent for incoming campus presidents.
Prop. 29 Proponents Launch Ads Attacking 'big Tobacco'
Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
Backers of a tobacco tax initiative responded today with a trio of ads that seek to undermine the credibility of their tobacco-funded opposition, including two ads featuring cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.
California Republican Plans New Think Tank
Sen. Sam Blakeslee, one of the only Republican senators willing to try negotiating a budget deal with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, plans to start a new think tank after leaving the Legislature next year.
California May Ban Gay Teen 'conversion' Therapy - Ap State Wire News - The Sacramento Bee
SACRAMENTO, California -- A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight could face a key vote Tuesday by a group of California lawmakers.
Weighted Formula In Waiting
Legislative leaders feel that Brown is trying to jam them by making the formula part of his budget, rather than a separate policy bill that would be picked apart, probably over two years. You can sense some frustration in questions that Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley and Senate Education Committee Chair Alan Lowenthal sent to the Department of Finance and others invited to participate in the hearing:
North Carolina Votes on Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
CAMPBELL ROBERTSON @ nytimes.com
s voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage, joining 29 other states and the rest of the South.
North Carolina approves amendment banning same-sex marriage
Martha Waggoner @ mercurynews.com
North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages.
CalPERS Actuaries: State Rate Up $213m To $3.7b
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
Actuaries recommend a $213 million increase in annual state pension payments to CalPERS in July, bringing the total to $3.7 billion.
UC Proposing To Raise Tuition Again - 6% In Fall
Nanette Asimov @ sfgate.com
The University of California will need to charge students at least 6 percent more for tuition next fall - an extra $732 - to stave off more layoffs and program closures, say UC leaders who will ask the regents next week...
Boy Scouts Policy Barring Gay Members Sparks Assembly Fire
Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
A proposed resolution to commend the Boy Scouts of America on its 102nd anniversary died today in an Assembly committee because the measure did not urge the group to accept gays and lesbians.
GOP Senators Call Wine Train Project 'Tax Dollar Sinkhole'
Lance Williams @ baycitizen.org
No-bid contracts cost taxpayers big money, and thatâs one reason the $79 million Napa Valley Wine Train flood-control project has become a âtax dollar sinkhole,â two U.S. senators say.
Lawmakers Push Plan To Save California State Parks
On politics in the Golden State
Democratic Senators Push Back Against Plan To Close State Parks
Local @ contracostatimes.com
With less than two months to go before about a quarter of the states parks are set to be shuttered because of budget cuts, a pair of Senate Democrats today unveiled a plan to keep most of them open.
2012 Elections: More Superpac-tivity In Cd31
Newly posted Federal Election Commission reports show more than $21,400 in spending in support of State Sen. Bob Dutton, who is vying to represent California's 31st Congressional District.
North Carolina Voters Approve Ban on Gay Marriage
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS @ nytimes.com
North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.
Republicans block Senate proposal to keep student loan rates low
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- The political battle over President Obama’s plan to keep student loan interest rates from skyrocketing escalated as Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal to tax wealthier earners to pay for it.
Univ. Of Calif. Considers 6 Percent Tuition Hike - Ap State Wire News - The Sacramento Bee
SAN FRANCISCO -- University of California students could face significantly higher tuition if the state doesn't increase funding and voters don't approve the governor's tax initiative.
State's Lawyers Call Mtc's Building Purchase Improper; Opinion Fuels Regionalism Reform
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, pushes for directly-elected regional board to oversee transportation, housing, air and water regulatory agencies.