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THE NOONER for May 18, 2012

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TWEET DU JOUR: @BorowitzReport - "#Facebook will be worth even more someday to the alien scientists trying to determine why humans perished."

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ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORT: Today's returned ballot report, from Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners.

AD74: California Professional Firefighters and the Police Officers Research Association of California yesterday reported joining for a $40,000 IE in favor of Leslie Daigle against Assemblymember Allan Mansoor. Meanwhile, Howard Ahmanson reports kicking in $1,500 for slate cards on behalf of Mansoor (and another $7,400 for Beth Gaines in AD06).

SURPRISE? ModBee: Chad Condit has chance at upset in 10th District race, experts say

BACK UP PLAN: Independent candidate Mark Green, who is running close for the top two in AD20, also is seeking appointment to fill Nadia Davis Lockyer's seat on the Alameda County Board of Supes.

AD33: Here is the mailer from SEIU State Council against Assemblymember Tim Donnelly. Remember, send me the best mail you see! Take this and this as examples of really bad mail that has made it to my mailbox this year.

LIKE: The LAO looks at today's impact of the Facebook IPO on state revenues.

IPO is actually not going as well as hoped.

FREE YOUR MIND: Politico's Kate Nocera writes that a number of GOP freshmen are turning on Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform pledge.

HOMELAND INSECURITY: Someone is breaking into U.S. Capitol offices, and retiring congressmember Jerry Lewis was hit.

EASIER SAID THAN DONE: The well financed goal of Americans Elect to have a national online primary for president for an alternative candidate has failed. David Weigel has a great wrap in Slate of the failure of the effort.

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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 Rod Wright (Support) $38,395 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Bigelow For Assembly 2012, Major Funding By Ca Dental Association Ie Pac, Ca Real Estate Ie Pac; Mother Lode Taxpayers Association Committee, Supporting Frank Frank Bigelow (Support) $7,645 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Brian C. Johnson (Support) $43,155 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Oppose) $24,192 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Richard Pan (Support) $16,596 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate Adam Gray (Support) $16,218 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Candidate Tom Calderon (Support) $9,176 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Realtors, School Employees And Construction Trades Organizations Jimmy Gomez (Support) $16,349 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Californians For Term Limits, No On Prop 28, With Major Funding From The Liberty Initiative Fund Limits Legislators Terms In Office (Oppose) $50,000 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Daigle For Assembly 2012 -- Sponsored By Peace Officers And Firefighters, Protecting Orange County Schools And Neighborhoods -- Support Leslie Daigle (Support) $16,557 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Fieldstead & Company Allan Mansoor (Support) $1,500 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Fieldstead & Company Beth Gaines (Support) $7,382 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Xochitl Raya Paderes (Oppose) $17,336 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $112,657 05/07/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $26,880 05/09/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $7,094 05/10/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $14,889 05/08/2012 05/17/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $5,230 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Limits On Legislators Terms In Office (Support) $261 05/15/2012 05/17/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Imposes Additional Tax On Cigarettes For Cancer Re (Support) $750 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Imposes Additional Tax On Cigarettes For Cancer Re (Support) $261 05/15/2012 05/17/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Limits On Legislators Terms In Office (Support) $750 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
No New Taxes, A Project Of The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Proposed Initiative (sos #1578. (ag #12-009)) (Oppose) $10,160 05/07/2012 05/17/2012
Spirit Of Democracy California Beth Gaines (Support) $89,171 05/14/2012 05/17/2012
Spirit Of Democracy California Beth Gaines (Support) $32,992 05/16/2012 05/17/2012
Spirit Of Democracy California Leslie Daigle (Support) $208,473 05/14/2012 05/17/2012


Federal Independent Expenditures

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Expenditure Amount Received Date Report Date
Women Vote Julia Brownley (Support) Mail $26,264 05/17/2012 05/17/2012
Committee for an Effective Valley Congressman Howard Berman (Support) Slate mail $10,138 05/17/2012 05/17/2012


Feud Colors Clash Over California's Health Care Rates
Dan Walters @
The stage is set for an immense political clash over regulation of health insurance with multibillion-dollar stakes and an impact on virtually every Californian.

Jerry Brown defends California, pegs water project at $14 billion
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview televised this morning that the water project he proposes this year will be a $14 billion endeavor.

California Legislators Move To Let Law Enforcement Officers Shield Property Records
Jim Sanders @
California lawmakers took a major step Thursday toward carving an exception in public records law that they said would enhance the safety of peace officers, judges and other law enforcement personnel.

Jerry Brown's Budget Cuts Rekindle California's Judicial Civil War
Dan Walters @
California's judicial civil war -- judge against judge over money and power -- has been rekindled by Gov. Jerry Brown's revised state budget.

Senators Want To Stop Facebook Co-founder From Dodging Taxes
Jim Puzzanghera @
WASHINGTON — Two senators on Thursday denounced Facebook Inc. co-founder Eduardo Saverin as a tax dodger for renouncing his U.S. citizenship ahead of the company's initial public offering and introduced legislation to punish him and others who leave the country to duck big tax bills.

Whistle-blower Loses Appeal Before California State Personnel Board
Jim Sanders @
A whistle-blower fired while cooperating with a state probe of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing about 18 months ago has lost her appeal before the State Personnel Board.

Fate Of 'Uninsurables' Hinges On Supreme Court
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar @
Cancer patient Kathy Watson voted Republican in 2008 and believes the government has no right telling Americans to get health insurance. Nonetheless, she says she would be dead if it werent for President Barack Obamas health care law.

Same-sex Marriage May Be Litmus Test In California Races | Nbc Los Angeles
Uncategorized @
Gay Couples Wed on First Day Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal

Facebook Co-founder Says He's Grateful To U.S. And Has Paid Taxes
Jim Puzzanghera @
Denounced as a tax-dodger for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin said he was grateful to the country and will end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes as required under current law.

Sacto 911: Health insurance rate regulation proposal gets 800,000 signatures
Torey Van Oot @
Supporters of a proposal to give state regulators power to reject health insurance rate increases say they are submitting 800,000 voter signatures to election officials in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

The Buzz: California union PACs wade into race in Republican Tim Donnelly's district
A California union's political action committee formed to support moderate Republican candidates has reported its first independent expenditure this year – in GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's district.

Dark Days For California's Courts
Howard Mintz @
Governors latest round of budget cuts forcing judiciary to scramble for solutions, emergency meeting set for Thursday in Sacramento

FPPC: California judges must post financial disclosure online
Torey Van Oot @
The state political watchdog agency moved today to post financial disclosure forms submitted by California judges online.

California Supreme Court To Decide If Illegal Immigrant Can Practice Law
Justices agree to consider whether undocumented Mexican national with law degree can be licensed by the State Bar

Biden on same-sex marriage: 'We didn't make it an issue' [Video]
Michael A. Memoli @
on same-sex marriage, just more than a week after his comments on the issue forced the president to hasten his public declaration of support.

Dan Walters Daily: Judges aren't only critics of Jerry Brown plan
Hannah Madans @
VIDEO: Dan Walters says judges aren't the only ones to voice disapproval over Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget.

Analysis: Three states stand out in 2012 presidential election
Paul West @
WASHINGTON -- The presidential candidates have just placed their opening bets, and three states stand out as keys to the 2012 election: Ohio, Virginia and, perhaps surprisingly, Iowa.

Beall, Coto, Compete For 15th Senate District
John Woolfolk @
As the state's new "top-two" open primary system kicks into gear, it's the only contested state Senate seat in California this year in which both June candidates are from the same party: Democratic Assemblyman Jim Beall and former Democratic Assemblyman Joe Coto.

Taxpayer group pans, praises governments
The highest and lowest examples of governance were honored this week by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, the business-friendly nonprofit that examines local government spending.

SEIU Local 1000 district president opposes workweek proposal
Jon Ortiz @
Here's an open letter that job steward and SEIU Local 1000 DLC President Thomas Lee Perine sent Wednesday to the members he represents.

Parents Of Slain Students File Suit Claiming USC Lied About Safety
Richard Winton @
The parents of two University of Southern California Chinese graduate students slain near the campus last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university, saying the school misled them by when it claimed it ranks among the safest universities.

New fight takes shape over term limits
Patrick McGreevy @
Prop. 28 would allow legislators to serve 12 years in one house, rather than 14 between the Assembly and Senate. Backers say the move would give lawmakers more experience.

2012 Elections: Romney Planning June Riverside Fundraising Stop
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is planning a fundraising stop in Riverside next month, according to Republicans close to the campaign.

State Senate OKs bill to limit power of Southland water district
Patrick McGreevy @
The legislation would bar the Central Basin Municipal Water District from storing groundwater in southeast Los Angeles County, leaving that job to another agency.