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THE NOONER for May 17, 2012

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GEEK NIRVANA: Redistricting Partners and Political Data Inc. have produced a county-by-county report of permanent absentee voters who have already cast their ballots. [Excel format]

The Committee for an Effective Valley Congressman has made another interesting expenditure on behalf of Howard Berman. Yesterday, it reported spending $1,500 to buy a spot on the "Continuing the Republican Revolution" slate card. Tony Quinn looked at this card's practices in a 2010 article.

CD47: The most entertaining use of the top two primary can be found on signs on the streets of Long Beach, where husband and wife team Jay and Usha Shah urge voters in the congressional district to "Elect both to Congress on June 5!" It's all fun and games until you have to Rochambeau for November! 

SD19: The Ventura County Reporter cites the Dead Kennedys sticker on Jason Hodge's pickup truck in its endorsement.

RANDOM SAMPLE: The singles sales factor corporate tax for clean energy moves to the random sample stage

CONTEST UPDATE: Invitations should go out tonight to vote in the Nooner Election Contest, so if you're reading this in your email, look for the invite. If you read this as a forward or on the web, you won't get an invite! Feel free to subscribe to get the invite and unsubscribe after. It's my way of limiting submissions to roughly one per person.

I have added CD44 (Hahn/Richardson) and will also have a question on the percentage of vote Dianne Feinstein gets. The prizes will be First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25 in Amazon gift certificates, and the top 25 will be listed in the Nooner. And to clarify, you will be asked to pick the order of first and second place. Points will be awarded if you get them both right but in the wrong order, but you'll get more points if you get the order right.

You'll be able to return and change your answers, or complete the contest anytime before the 8pm deadline on Tuesday.

FEELIN' OLD: Duran Duran's Rio was released 30 years ago this week.

FAREWELL: Former legislative staff member and consultant Nancy Hatamiya lost her battle with cancer, and is survived by her husband Lon Hatamiya, former Trade and Commerce secretary, and sons George and Jon.

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State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Richard Alarcon (Oppose) $33,018 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Richard Alarcon (Oppose) $33,018 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
Alliance To Get California Working Political Action Committee Jim Frazier (Support) $25,921 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Tom Daly (Support) $18,791 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
California Professional Firefighters Ie Pac Bill Jahn (Support) $16,854 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Charlotte Svolos (Support) $11,200 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Charlotte Svolos (Support) $1,200 05/12/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Steve Clute (Support) $27,563 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Charlotte Svolos (Support) $1,200 05/14/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Hanna Beth Jackson (Oppose) $21,339 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Richard Roth (Oppose) $37,438 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate Jennifer Ong (Support) $10,331 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
Doctors Of Optometry For Better Health Care, Sponsored By The California Optometric Association Political Action Committee Dr. Jennifer Ong (Support) $11,366 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
Golden California Committee, Sponsored By The California State Council Of Service Employees International Union Tim Donnelly (Oppose) $35,602 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $8,880 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Johnson For Assembly 2012, A Valley Alliance To Prepare Our Children For Tomorrow's Workforce. A Coalition Of Valley Parents, Educators & Business Leaders. Sponsored By Edvoice Ie Cmte.; Vote Brian Brian Johnson (Support) $17,918 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Perez For Assembly 2012, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio, Orange County Dignity Pac To Support Julio Julio Perez (Support) $19,046 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $2,870 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Roth For State Senate 2012, Fund For A Working Majority To Support General Richard Richard D. Roth (Support) $27,386 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Roth For State Senate 2012, Fund For A Working Majority To Support General Richard Richard D. Roth (Support) $2,500 05/16/2012 05/16/2012
Spirit Of Democracy California Leslie Daigle (Support) $20,973 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Imposes Additional Tax On Cigarettes For Cancer Re (Support) $1,145 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Joe Coto (Support) $191 05/10/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Joe Coto (Support) $13,821 05/15/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Joe Coto (Support) $149 05/08/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Joe Coto (Support) $250 05/11/2012 05/16/2012
Vote Matters Joe Coto (Support) $158 05/09/2012 05/16/2012

 

Federal Independent Expenditures

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Expenditure Amount Received Date Report Date
Committee for an Effective Valley Congressman Howard Berman (Support) Slate mail $1,500 05/09/2012 05/16/2012
National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund Howard Berman (Support) Direct mail $109,577.44 05/15/2012 05/16/2012

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
SEIU California GOP Committee Spends To Oppose Tim Donnelly
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
A political committee that Service Employees International Union California created to support moderate Republican candidates for the Legislature reported its first expenditure of the 2012 election Wednesday, dropping more than $15,000 on mail pieces opposing Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's bid for re-election.

Students Protest As UC Regents Say Tuition Could Rise Again
David Siders @
sacbee.com
University of California regents warned Wednesday of more potential tuition increases, while student protesters again disrupted a meeting of the university's governing board.

Steinberg says Democrats seek alternatives to some budget cuts
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today repeated a pledge to look for budget solutions that would allow lawmakers to preserve some services targeted with steep cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan.

A Little Brown Wizardry Needed To Fix Budget
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The governor's policies have been mostly solid, but he hasn't exercised his full political muscle to get state finances in order.

CalPERS Ignores Brown, Delays Pension Payment
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
Although the amount of money may be relatively small, compared to the $16 billion state budget deficit revealed this week, the issue is the big one facing public pensions.

Even With Brown's Proposed Tax, California Could Face Chronic Deficits
JUDY LIN @
sanluisobispo.com
Even if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for higher taxes this fall, his ballot initiative would be only a partial solution to the state's chronic budget deficits.

Even with tax, California faces chronic deficits
JUDY LIN, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Even if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for higher taxes this fall, his ballot initiative would be only a partial solution to the state's chronic budget deficits.

California Senate Takes Side In L.A. County Water Feud
latimesblogs.latimes.com
water feud spills onto senate floor

California's Prop. 28 Would Let Legislative Leaders Serve Longer Stints
Jim Sanders @
sacbee.com
The measure reduces from 14 to 12 the total number of years that a lawmaker can serve. But because all of those years could be served in one house, Assembly speakers could hold the job twice as long as they can now. Senate presidents pro tem could remain at the helm four years longer than is currently possible.

Steinberg: Democrats Seeking Alternatives to Some Budget Cuts
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today repeated a pledge to look for budget solutions that would allow lawmakers to preserve some services targeted with steep cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan.

Romney, 'super Pac' Reject Proposed Rev. Wright Ad Campaign
latimes.com
Mitt Romney said Thursday that he rejected the proposal presented to a GOP Super PAC that intended to tie President Obama to incendiary comments by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. - a risky approach that former Republican presidential candidate John McCain ruled out when he ran against Obama in 2008.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Under Investigation For Violating Water Pollution Laws
Science @
mercurynews.com
Silicon Valleys leading drinking-water provider, which collects millions of dollars from the public to provide clean water, is under investigation for violating state water-pollution laws after repeatedly spilling hydraulic oil into its reservoirs. More environment news

Richmond Soda Tax To Fight Obesity Makes Ballot
Carolyn Jones @
sfgate.com
Richmond voters will decide this fall whether to impose what could be the nation's first municipal tax on soda and other sugary beverages - a penny-per-ounce surcharge intended to fight childhood obesity. The City...

Iowa Governor Warns California: We Are Coming To Take Your Jobs [updated]
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad says his state will benefit from jobs fleeing California due to California's budget deficit. Iowa's governor Terry Branstad says California businesses are calling him, looking to leave because of state's situation.

Wealthy GOP Donor Jumps Into Beth Gaines' Assembly Race
supporting Gaines, Munger is taking aim at Pugno, the author of and chief counsel for @
blogs.sacbee.com
A political advocacy group funded largely by wealthy Stanford physicist Charles T. Munger Jr. has poured $83,000 this week into an independent push to re-elect Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines.

University of California confronts budget deficit
TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
The University of California's Board of Regents on Wednesday weighed a possible tuition increase to close a major budget shortfall and named a new chancellor for UC San Diego

Brown State Worker Pay Proposal Would Cut $230 Million In Wages From Local Econony - Data Center - The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
Despite a push to diversify its economy, the Sacramento region still depends heavily on government wages.

California Lawmaker Proposes To Limit Out-of-state Freshmen At Uc
latimesblogs.latimes.com
On politics in the Golden State

Legislative Analyst: Prison Construction Not Necessary To End Federal Oversight
Julie Small @
scpr.org
California could end federal court oversight of prison health care without costly new construction. That’s the conclusion of a report out on Wednesday by the state's nonpartisan legislative analyst.

Is Gov. Jerry Brown's 4-day workweek a furlough?
sacbee.com
The question from Cy Musiker about Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal to cut state workers' hours and pay by 5 percent showed the KQED newsman pays attention.

July 1 Looms As Key Date For High-speed Rail - Total Buzz - The Orange County Register : The Orange County Register
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
This time of the year in Sacramento typically finds June 15 looming large as the deadline for passing a state budget on time. This year, however, the Legislature has a second deadline to contend with as well.

Bipartisan Effort Paves Way For Tracy Solar Project
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 11:56 am in Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House, U.S. Senate.