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THE NOONER for May 29, 2012
First and foremost, a belated "thank you" to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families who have shared the pain in defense of our beloved country.
STUPID TWEET DU JOUR: @MettaWorldPeace [former King and now Laker Ron Artest]- "Hey , it's not Labor Day.. Enough.. I partied like three rockstars yesterday.... Woke so twisted I thought I was labor day..Mistake.move on" [original tweet wishing everyone a Happy Labor Day has been deleted]
LONE STAR: I spent the Memorial Day weekend in Texas, which has its primary elections today. All I can say is thank goodness we don't have partisan judicial elections here.
ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners
It's the final stretch to next Tuesday's primary election, but that doesn't mean it's all fun and games in the State Capitol. This is "house of origin" deadline week, meaning bills need to clear their first house by Friday to stay alive.
While the houses will be busy with floor sessions, don't expect a great deal of work on the state budget--even with the constitutional deadline sixteen days away and lots of work to be done. The sprint will begin after June 5, after the fate of some lawmakers will be known and when others will emerge with safe November races an be more willing to cast the tough cut votes. Of course, I'm only talking Democrats here, as the budget is now mostly a one-party affair.
ICYMI: If you were enjoying your long weekend, you may have missed by (double) e-mails announcing that the pre-primary financial reports are posted on Around The Capitol. I've since updated the page to include some missing committees and also list all candidates for each race, even if they haven't had any electronic filings.
Look at these expenditures through 5/19:
Oh, and did I mention that there has been $1,613,264 in independent expenditures in AD46?
Here's how it breaks down:
bIg monEy: John Myers looks at the ~$8.5m in state independent expenditures this cycle.
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Progressive Kick IE reported on Friday was to "oppose" to Scott Peters. Today's is a second report in opposition.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Kids' Access To Health Care A Concern Under Brown's Budget
Low-income children in rural California communities are in jeopardy of losing their doctors and health care plans under Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal, state lawmakers, doctors and health advocates say.
Candidates For 29th Senate District And 55th Assembly District To Head To General Election
Maritza Velazquez @ dailybulletin.com
Four candidates in two state races are cruising past the June 5 primaries and straight into the general election in November.
Most Tobacco Money California Collects Doesn't Go To Prevent Or Stop Smoking, Study Says
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
With California voters poised to vote next week on a tobacco tax hike, a new federal study concludes that the state has used relatively little of the billions of dollars in tobacco money it already takes in to prevent kids from smoking or to help smokers quit.
GASB Pension Rules: Sticker Shock Less Likely
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
New public pension accounting rules scheduled to be issued next month, once expected by some to reveal massive hidden debt, now seem less likely to trigger a shake-up and are even getting applause from pension officials.
California Schools Rev Up Bond Drives
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
Year after year of state budget cuts have pushed school districts throughout California â and several locally â to ask voters to approve new revenue streams in the form of bond measures for building repairs and new technology.
CSU Spends $2m On Presidential Home Renovations In Past Decade
Erica Perez @ californiawatch.org
California State University campuses have in the last 10 years spent more than $2 million renovating eight university-owned presidential residences - rehabbing kitchens, expanding garages and even hiring interior designers, according to figures provided by the university.
College System Braces For Cuts
Matt Krupnick @ santacruzsentinel.com
The drain of education dollars from the state's community colleges has raised the specter of campus closures or receiverships, a state college budget officer says.
Riverside County: Charges Fly In Judicial Contests
RICHARD K. De ATLEY @ pe.com
The down-ballot judicial races in Riverside County are among the harshest campaigns in the June 5 primary election, with charges flying from both sides.
Napolitano, Gonzalez And Miller Vying In New 32nd Congressional District
When the redistricting commission finished drawing the new 32nd Congressional District, it appeared as if it was drawn for a Latino and a Democrat.
Mitt Romney's High-end Fundraiser Riles Critics
Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
With Democrats portraying Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch millionaire and "vulture capitalist" from his years at Bain Capital, the GOP presidential candidate may be handing opponents some ammunition when he holds a...
College Summer School In California Largely A Thing Of The Past
Carla Rivera @ latimes.com
Community college students are especially hard hit as many campuses virtually eliminate summer classes because of budget cuts, affecting the students' plans.
Primary Won't Alter 3 South Bay Assembly Races
Local @ dailybreeze.com
In two of the South Bay's four Assembly districts, there won't be any fireworks until after the June 5 primary election. And in another, there won't even be a spark.
Jerry Brown Fondly Recalls Family Visits To Palm Springs
Hank Plante @ mydesert.com
Of all the visitors who come to Palm Springs, few probably have as vivid a memory of their first time here as the state's No. 1 public official, Gov. Jerry Brown.
Amazon May Request Tax Sharing Deal With San Bernardino
Andrew Edwards @ sbsun.com
City officials are not yet formally negotiating a sales-tax agreement with Amazon as the Internet retailer prepares to open a distribution center here, but the company has broached the subject of tax concessions.
How Ravel Can Give The FPPC 21st Century Bite « Calbuzz
With the backdrop of the Kinde Durkee scandal making clear the need for greater oversight of politics in California, Ravel said the time is right to revamp the policies, practices and procedures of the FPPC.
National Parks Brace For Cuts But Not Closures
Claire Veyriras @ sfgate.com
Visitors to California's national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government's budget problems grows increasingly...
Obama Struggles With Campaign Theme
Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes @ thehill.com
President Obamaâs campaign has yet to find a clear 2012 reelection slogan that carries the heft of 2008âs âChange You Can Believe In,â raising worries among his supporters â and hopes among Republicans â that he is having trouble articulating a concise case for a second term.
Three judicial races on June 5 ballot
Three seats on the San Diego Superior Court are up for election this year and have attracted seven candidates from public law offices and private practice.
Elizabeth Warren Is Not A Dumb Blonde
Debra J. Saunders @ sfgate.com
It's hard to figure who looks the worse in this story - Elizabeth Warren or Harvard Law School's affirmative action policies. Warren is the former Harvard law professor whom President Obama pegged to set up the Consumer...
The June Ballot: Lots Of Reform, How Much Change? | California Progress Report
Author @ californiaprogressreport.com
Medicare Fight Hits House, Senate Races
Josh Lederman @ thehill.com
The battle over Social Security and Medicare has been resurrected in House and Senate races across the country, with candidates and their allies stretching the truth as they squabble with opponents about who would inflict the most damage on the nation's seniors.
Loan Forgiveness Program To Recruit Doctors Has Few Takers
Jennifer Gollan @ baycitizen.org
When the taxpayer-funded Peninsula Health Care District established a loan program to attract new physicians in 2003, officials promoted it as a way to address doctor shortages in parts of San Mateo County.
Union-sponsored students win in international competition
Hannah Madans @ blogs.sacbee.com
Winners from the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair, an event sponsored by state scientists and state engineers unions, took top awards at the week-long Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. The international competition was held in Pittsburgh, Penn. Around 1,500 students from 70 countries competed.
New High School Academy Teaches Oakland Teens About Land Use And Community Health -- With Their Neighborhood As A Classroom.
A new sustainable urban design academy on Oaklands Castlemont high school campus aims to get students to take stock of their surroundings -- empty lots and liquor stores, as well as thriving businesses, green spaces and transit hubs.
Schilling wrong to blame woes on state, says Rhode Island governor
Rhode Island's governor says his comments about the financial health of Curt Schilling's video gaming company didn't hurt the firm and disputes that the state reneged on a deal for tax credits