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THE NOONER for May 25, 2012

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TWEET DU JOUR: @BuzzFeedBen - "Last memorial day weekend, I emailed Anthony Weiner to ask abt this weird stuff on Twitter. "FB hacked." www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55877.html

HAPPY PER DIEM FRIDAY!

At least the Legislature is doing real work today, unlike many per diem Fridays. Assembly Appropriations will be clearing its suspense file and budget subs will be meeting. Yesterday, Senate Approps gave the green light to 120 bills.

ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners

LEGACY COSTS: Meg Whitman didn't get the opportunity to implement her plan to reduce state government employment by 40,000 over four years, but she got the consolation prize of reducing Hewlett Packard's employment rolls by 27,000. That's 8% of HP's global workforce. In contrast, Apple has only 70,000 worldwide employees. In the US, Apple has only around 20,000 non-retail employees. 

140-CHARACTER SWORDS: Twitter Feud Erupts Between Jerry Brown Press Shop, Columnist [Anthony York @ LAT]

BALLOT MEASURE: I have heard lots of people talking about what happens if both tax measures pass, and I have misreported it at least twice. Here's the latest and greatest interpretation: the one that gets the higher number of votes prevails in its entirety and all of the provisions of the other one would be null and void. This is because, while Munger has conflicting measures clause that suggests that the realignment provisions of the governor's measure could survive if they both pass but Munger gets more votes, the governor's measure does not have a severability clause and a provision that states that any measure that adjusts personal income tax rates on the ballot is deemed to be in conflict. So, the "pass both" arguments are meaningless.

NICOTINE BUZZ: A slate card that is landing in mailboxes from "Election Digest, A Project of the Coalition for Literacy" is raising eyebrows. The card features sponsored "Yes on 28" and "No on 29" positions, and features a picture of former Assemblymember Lloyd Levine. I talked to Lloyd last night who said that he is "pro-literacy and anti-cancer." He stated that he received "no money from No on Prop. 29 or anyone else to appear on the mailer. 

Election Digest reports receiving $356,941 and spending $78,248. Lots of state and local candidates bought spots on the slate. No on 29 (tobacco) paid $17,500 to appear.

AD46: The IE committee specifically formed to support charter school advocate Brian Johnson (D) collected $120,000 yesterday from EdVoice, David Crane's Govern for California, and the Charter Schools Association.

AD57: Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst IE committee yesterday reported spending $322,988 to support Ian Calderon.

SD05: Bill Berryhill picked up another $28,000 from the Stanislaus County Republican Central Committee, using Prop. 34's local party laundering maneuver. That brings the total to $90,000 for Berryhill's battle to edge out Leroy Ornellas to face off against Cathleen Galgiani in November.

RUNNING TOTAL: Here's a running tally of IEs per committee, per candidate.

RANT: Wyatt Buchanan @ SFChron: Cal Grant Program Faces Cuts In Governor's Budget - Anybody remember when the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant entitlement program was created, there were repeated assertions that the new program would never diminish the existing competitive program for the neediest students? Lesson: don't believe legislative promises you get in the era of term limits.

CONFIRMED: That IE by Defending the Republic was to oppose Leroy Ornellas (not support as originally filed), and an amended filing has been submitted.

CONGRATS: To Leland Yee's COS Adam Keigwin for receiving the "Vagina Warrior" award from the Filipina Women's Network for his work on women's issues.

PUTTING THE POT IN POTUS: Excerpts from David Maraniss' new book Barack Obama: The Story are out and apparently Barry had quite the Ganja habit. The best part is that his friends had a Choomwagon that looks remarkably familiar.

Wouldn't this presidential race be a lot more interesting if it was 18 year-old Barack Obama against 18 year-old Mitt Romney?

POLE DANCER: Jenna Jameson gets a DUI after wrapping her car around a light pole in Westminster. "She suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment." [AP]

AURAL PLEASURE: Today's Slate's Political Gabfest has an interesting discussion on the "awful" political climate in Washington, DC. I've heard many of the same characterizations of the Sacramento political climate. Take a listen over this long weekend and let me know your thoughts.

THANKS: The great team at Meridian Pacific is now sponsoring the ElectionTrack end-of-day wrap-up of contributions. Starting with tonight's midnight e-mail, independent expenditures will now be included. Sign up for the free daily update in the upper left at electiontrack.com.

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CD30 Money Race
(April 1-May 15)
CandidateContributionsExpendituresCash on Hand
Howard Berman $147,423 $1,772,665 $821,361
Brad Sherman $140,123 $1,200,717 $3,005,383
Mark Reed $21,335 $3,631 $23,241
Susan Shelley $582 $412 $2,603

 

Federal Independent Expenditures

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Expenditure Amount Received Date Report Date
Women Vote! Julia Brownley (Support) Mail $14,979 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
Progressive Kick Independent Expenditures Scott Peters (Support) Online ads $12,554 05/24/2012 05/24/2012

 

State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Victoria Rusnak (Oppose) $22,264 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Rod Wright (Support) $73,395 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Professionals, Employers And Small Business Ricardo Benitez (Support) $9,083 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Professionals, Employers And Small Business Ricardo Benitez (Support) $9,711 05/21/2012 05/24/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Joel Young (Oppose) $31,043 05/19/2012 05/24/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Joel Young (Oppose) $18,557 05/22/2012 05/24/2012
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Susan Eggman (Support) $19,165 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Brian C. Johnson (Support) $1,500 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (cslea) Independent Expenditure Committee (iec) Richard Roth (Support) $2,144 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Oppose) $33,159 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
California Tribal Business Alliance Ie Pac Chris Holden (Support) $15,000 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
California Tribal Business Alliance Ie Pac Ian Calderon (Support) $17,500 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Allan Mansoor (Oppose) $23,012 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Tom Calderon (Support) $32,750 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Jennifer Ong (Support) $21,658 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Defending The Republic Pac Peter Tateishi (Support) $24,336 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Defending The Republic Pac Leroy Ornellas (Oppose) $8,950 05/22/2012 05/24/2012
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Support) $23,284 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Golden California Committee, Sponsored By The California State Council Of Service Employees International Union Tim Donnelly (Oppose) $13,094 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Golden State Leadership Fund Pac Rob Bonta (Support) $8,094 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Ic Purple, Inc. Chad Walsh (Support) $6,425 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
International Federation Of Professional And Technical Engineers- Local 21 Rose Herrera (Oppose) $8,100 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
International Federation Of Professional And Technical Engineers- Local 21 Johnny Khamis (Oppose) $5,082 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $31,546 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Peter Tateishi (Support) $70,000 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
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) $164,120 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Lincoln Club Of Orange County Issues Pac, The Change In Term Limits (Oppose) $2,300 05/24/2012 05/24/2012
Pala Band Of Mission Indians And Affiliated Entity Pala Casino Dave Roberts (Support) $28,871 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Parents And Teachers For Putting Studentsfirst Ian Calderon (Support) $322,988 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Peace Officers Research Association Of California (porac) Statewide Independent Expenditure Committee Ken Cooley (Support) $10,000 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Peace Officers Research Association Of California (porac) Statewide Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Dahle (Support) $10,000 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Peace Officers Research Association Of California (porac) Statewide Independent Expenditure Committee Les Baugh (Support) $10,000 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Yes On Measure H (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Kate Sears (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Michael Allen (Support) $46,046 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Chris Holden (Support) $10,758 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Shirlee Zane (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Efren Carrillo (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Steve Kinsey (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Carmen Trutanich (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Carol Liu (Support) $10,758 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Katie Rice (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Susan Gorin (Support) $800 05/23/2012 05/24/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Steve Clute (Oppose) $32,202 05/23/2012 05/24/2012

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
New California Voting Rules Alter Campaigning
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
This year's California elections will test the theory that having independently drawn districts and a top-two primary ballot will result in a less polarized, more collegial and more relevant political structure.

Big Tobacco Leads Spending Race For June 5 Election
Steven Harmon and Josh Richman @
mercurynews.com
Tobacco companies have led the way in spending for the June 5 election, using their deep pockets to fund a campaign to kill a proposed new tobacco tax. Bankrolled largely by Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds, the campaign to defeat Proposition 29 raised nearly $41 million through May 19, according to campaign documents campaigns filed Thursday with the California Secretary of States Office.

Cal Grant Program Faces Cuts In Governor's Budget
Wyatt Buchanan @
sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to cut a state program that helps thousands of low- and middle-income California university students pay for tuition and other costs.

Charles Reed Retires As California State University Chancellor
Dan Walters @
blogs.sacbee.com
Charles Reed, chancellor of the California State University System for the past 14 years, announced Thursday that he's retiring as it and other state-supported higher education institutions cope with severe budget cuts.

Legislation May Enable States To Offer Universal Healthcare
David Lazarus @
latimes.com
To make universal coverage work at the state level, you'd need to channel federal healthcare funds into the system. A bill being drafted by Rep. Jim McDermott would allow that to happen.

Big Tobacco leads in spending race for June election
Steven Harmon @
mercurynews.com
Tobacco companies have led the way in spending for the June 5 election, using their deep pockets to fund a campaign to kill a proposed new tobacco tax. Bankrolled largely by Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds, the campaign to defeat Proposition 29 raised nearly $41 million through May 19, according to campaign documents campaigns filed Thursday with the California Secretary of State's Office.

Budget cuts to early childhood education protested
utsandiego.com
The governor’s proposed budget calls for $452.5 million in reductions and results in the loss of 29,600 child-care slots.

Jerry Brown's 'happy Place' Has View Of Ocean, Reading Material
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, on public radio this morning to promote his budget plan and ballot measure to raise taxes, was asked by the host of "Marketplace Morning Report" to reveal his "happy place."

Proposition 29 Cigarette Tax
Hillel Aron @
laweekly.com
This millennium has not been kind to cigarette smokers. Each year more locales prevent them from lighting up: restaurants, bars, beaches, parks. Since 1999, 47 states have raised taxes on tobacco. Strange as it may seem, left-of-left California is not among them.

Dan Walters: New California voting rules alter campaigning
sacbee.com
This year's California elections will test the theory that having independently drawn districts and a top-two primary ballot will result in a less polarized, more collegial and more relevant political structure.

FiveThirtyEight: Signs of Shift Among African-Americans on Same-Sex Marriage
MICAH COHEN @
nytimes.com
President Obama’s self-described “evolution” on same-sex marriage — from opponent to proponent — appears to be catalyzing a similar shift among some of his most loyal supporters, African-Americans. Although evidence for such a shift is preliminary — there are just a few data points and a number of caveats — Mr. Obama’s announcement may have accelerated the acceptance of gay marriage among blacks.

4-day Week For State Workers Likely To Slow Area's Recovery
Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @
sacbee.com
A little more than a year after furloughs ended for state workers, a mini revival is being planned: a four-day workweek, proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a means of nibbling away at the deficit. Just like before, Sacramento would lose more than any other California community. Brown's plan would cut pay by 5 percent at the region's single largest employer. About $230 million a year in wages would disappear, just as Sacramento's economy is finally starting to come back.

Twitter Feud Erupts Between Jerry Brown Press Shop, Columnist
Anthony York @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
A Twitter feud between Gov. Jerry Brown’s press secretary and writers from the Sacramento and Fresno Bee has found its way into the newspaper’s pages.

The GOP's Two Wings Do Battle In 24th Congressional District Primary
Timm Herdt @
vcstar.com
The dynamics of the June 5 primary election in the 24th Congressional District are driven by tense events that transpired in the California Capitol in February 2009.

State worker union agrees to bargain on Jerry Brown's pay cut proposal
sacbee.com
The largest state employee union will negotiate with Gov. Jerry Brown early next month, spurred by his proposal to put state workers on a shortened workweek that would cut their pay 5 percent.

Judge: Anti-gay marriage law is unconstitutional
The Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
A second federal judge in California has struck down a law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.

Viewpoint: State's future depends on higher education
sacbee.com
Linda P.B. Katehi, left, is chancellor of the University of California, Davis. Rebecca Sterling is president of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis.

More Changes At The Top At CSU
Louis Freedberg and Pamela Martineau @
edsource.org
The announcement that CSU chancellor Charles Reed, after 14 years at the helm of the 23 campus system, will be stepping down comes against the backdrop of extraordinary changes in the top leadership of the 417,000 student system.

Egypt's two most polarizing candidates, an Islamist and an ex-prime minister, appear headed for runoff
Maggie Michael and Sarah El Deeb @
mercurynews.com
CAIRO -- The candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a runoff election, likely against a veteran of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's regime in what would be a deeply divisive battle to become the new president of Egypt, according to partial results Friday from the first round of voting.

Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to cap wildfire liabilities in California
Chris Megerian and Anthony York @
latimes.com
Proposal to limit the money the government can recover for fighting fires and restoring land is supported by governor's contributors. He says there is no link.

More Than $1 Million Spent On Fight Over San Jose Pension Reform
Local @
mercurynews.com
Campaign finance disclosures showed more than $1 million in spending toward support or defeat of San Joses pension reform Measure B, with vigorous cash battles also underway in district council races.

Most heated legislative race may be in 50th Assembly District
Dan Walters @
blogs.sacbee.com
The state's most heated legislative primary contest may be in Southern California's very wealthy, movie star-heavy, very liberal 50th Assembly District.

SD31 Filing Shows Munger Involvement In IE Wave
Jim Miller @
blogs.pe.com
Newly filed campaign-finance reports show that wealthy Republican activist Charles Munger Jr. contributed $100,000 to the California Senior Advocates League independent-expenditure committee.