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THE NOONER for June 2, 2012

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ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners

RUNDOWN: 1,900,877 ballots in; 25% of absentees have voted; 40% of likely absentees (3/4+new) are in.

Paul Mitchell's team is crunching numbers for a detailed turnout projection. As of now, he reports: "The turnout model is currently showing higher turnout than the 2008 primary but less than the 2010 primary - partisan breakdown statewide is 50% D, 35% R and 15% Other."

THE GOTV WEEKEND CHATTER

  • AD03: Assemblymember Dan Logue calls for investigation of Assemblymember Jim Nielsen for $20,000 contribution to Tehama County Republican Central Committee that was subsequently used to support Bob Williams. Nielsen's attorney Chuck Bell says, duh, he's just doing the laundry.
  • KCAL 9 reports that the McKeon brand will be tested in two races on Tuesday. My prediction: Buck McKeon survives in CD25 but Patricia McKeon comes in third in AD38. [disclosure: I gave $100 to Patricia McKeon opponent Scott Wilk, a community college trustee]
  • AD57: FPPC is looking in to both Rudy Bermudez and Ian Calderon following mutually assured destruction complaints.
  • AD74: Leslie Daigle may be in everyone's mailbox courtesy of Charles Munger, Jr., but she's not at the debate table.
  • SD19: California Professional Firefighters sent out 30,000 pieces of mail touting the Ventura County Star's endorsement of Jason Hodge. Problem? The Ventura County Star didn't endorse (it should have said Ventura County Reporter).
  • San Luis Obispo County Republican Central Committee puts $161,500 in the washing machine while Tulare banks $46,400. After a few rotations on the spin cycle, where will the money go?

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The Citizens for Prosperity and Good Government playing in CD51 in support of Michael Crimmins (R) is funded entirely by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of Cal, which owns the Rolling Hills Casino in Orland, CA. The play is to knock a Dem out on Tuesday in this safe blue seat.

 

Federal Independent Expenditures

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Expenditure Amount Received Date Report Date
Citizens for Prosperity and Good Government Michael Crimmins (Support) Mail $11,500 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Jobs Opportunity and Freedom Political Action Committee Michael Crimmins (Support) Blast E-Mail $1,840 06/01/2012 06/01/2012

 

State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Greg Laskaris (Support) $14,246 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California 2020 Prop. 29 - Imposes Additional Taxes On Cigarettes (Support) $2,021 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Black Political Action Committee   $21,722 05/30/2012 06/01/2012
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Brian C. Johnson (Support) $1,940 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Brian C. Johnson (Support) $4,400 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Correctional Peace Officers Association (ccpoa) Independent Expenditure Committee John Coffey (Oppose) $5,555 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Credit Union League Political Action Committee Raul Bocanegra (Support) $10,000 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Ricardo Benitez (Support) $1,400 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Charlotte Svolos (Support) $1,000 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Charlotte Svolos (Support) $1,000 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Richard Roth (Oppose) $2,100 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Oppose) $2,000 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Allan Mansoor (Oppose) $11,237 05/30/2012 06/01/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Greg Kraft (Support) $12,052 05/26/2012 06/01/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Leslie Daigle (Support) $11,237 05/30/2012 06/01/2012
Californians For Term Limits, No On Prop 28, With Major Funding From The Liberty Initiative Fund Limits Legislators Terms In Office (Oppose) $1,245 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Daigle For Assembly 2012 -- Sponsored By Peace Officers And Firefighters, Protecting Orange County Schools And Neighborhoods -- Support Leslie Daigle (Support) $13,867 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Democrats For Transparency In Democracy Opposed To Nazarian For Assembly 2012. Sponsored By Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Adrin Nazarian (Oppose) $659 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Democrats For Transparency In Democracy Opposed To Nazarian For Assembly 2012. Sponsored By Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Adrin Nazarian (Oppose) $64,694 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Support) $168 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Johnson (Support) $5,000 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Fair Public Policy Coalition, A Committee Of California Horse Racing Companies Including Bay Meadows Land Company, Llc And Its Affiliates Chris Holden (Support) $19,899 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund Luis Lopez (Support) $3,296 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Golden California Committee, Sponsored By The California State Council Of Service Employees International Union Tim Donnelly (Oppose) $15,544 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $24,445 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $18,149 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
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) $71,181 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Lorillard Tobacco Company Tobacco Tax For Cancer Research (Oppose) $1,215 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Limits On Legislators Terms In Office (Support) $1,700 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Imposes Addtl. Tax On Cigarettes For Cancer Resear (Support) $1,700 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Adrin Nazarian (Support) $18,515 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Raul Bocanegra (Oppose) $11,859 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Los Angeles Police Protective League Pac Carl Demaio (Oppose) $5,000 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Martinez For Assembly 2012, Protecting Families For Michele Michele Martinez (Support) $4,768 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Parents And Teachers For Putting Studentsfirst Ian Calderon (Support) $51,563 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Perez For Assembly 2012, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio, Orange County Dignity Pac To Support Julio Julio Perez (Support) $15,273 05/31/2012 06/01/2012
Roth For State Senate 2012, Fund For A Working Majority To Support General Richard Richard D. Roth (Support) $3,558 06/01/2012 06/01/2012
Roth For State Senate 2012, Fund For A Working Majority To Support General Richard Richard D. Roth (Support) $10,000 05/29/2012 06/01/2012
Roth For State Senate 2012, Fund For A Working Majority To Support General Richard Richard D. Roth (Support) $5,000 05/27/2012 06/01/2012
San Francisco Parks Alliance, Eligible 501(c)(3) Ie Report Coit Tower Policy (Oppose) $13,000 05/31/2012 06/01/2012

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Ad Watch: Commercial Against Prop. 28 Mostly Misleading
Dan Smith @
sacbee.com
An ad's claim about the impact of Proposition 28 on state legislators' tenure falls well short of the full story.

Darrell Steinberg Frowns On Jerry Brown's Timber Proposal
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today he is uncomfortable with a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to limit payouts in wildfire liability cases, arguing it would involve the Legislature meddling in ongoing litigation.

Mail Ballots Indicate Low-turnout Election
Martin Wisckol @
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Mail ballots arriving at the Orange County elections office indicate a low-turnout for Tuesday’s primary, with voting on pace to see less than 30 percent of registered voters casting ballots in the county.

Assemblyman Richard Pan Takes Per Diem After Move Across Sacramento
Jim Sanders @
sacbee.com
Here's what Assemblyman Richard Pan did not say in announcing that he was switching homes to run in a new district: Taxpayers are footing much of the bill.

Ethics Watchdog Targets Two Leading Assembly Candidates
Michael J. Mishak @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
The state's ethics watchdog has opened investigations to determine whether the leading candidates for a hotly contested Southern California Assembly seat violated campaign finance laws.

Gov. Jerry Brown Plans To Fast-track High-speed Rail Through Courts
Traffic @
mercurynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown today will propose to fast-track Californias biggest-ever project -- the $69 billion high-speed rail line -- through the courts by easing legal scrutiny under the states landmark environmental law.

Jerry Brown Moves To Protect High-speed Rail Project From Environmental Lawsuits
David Siders @
sacbee.com
The Brown administration, laboring to start building California's high-speed rail project by early next year, is preparing a proposal to insulate the project from environmental lawsuits, limiting circumstances in which a court may block construction of the line.

Cannabis Commission Gets California Assembly's Ok
Marisa Lagos,Wyatt Buchanan @
sfgate.com
The California Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would create the first statewide commission to oversee the state's expanding medical marijuana industry, 16 years after voters legalized the use of medical...

Capitol Alert election quiz - win a $25 coffee gift card
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
Between Tuesday's primary, the budget deadline and hot-button issues on tap under the dome, California political junkies are going to need a steady drip of caffeine to keep up with all that June has in store. Capitol Alert is here to help.

In California, It's Big Tobacco Vs Lance Armstrong Over Prop. 29 - La Daily News
dailynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Fabled as a mecca for the health-conscious and fitness-obsessed, California is also one of only a few states that has not hiked its cigarette taxes in the last decade, meaning it is less expensive to light up in Los Angeles and San Francisco than many other places in the country.

California's Minor Parties Facing Extinction Under New Voting System
Local @
contracostatimes.com
Theyve been a colorful part of Californias political landscape for decades -- Greens, Libertarians, American Independents and members of the Peace and Freedom Party. But after Tuesdays elections, most of them will be all but invisible, and perhaps on their way to extinction.

California Pay Commission Keeps Looking For A Legal Opinion To Support Its Actions
Jim Sanders @
sacbee.com
Even its own attorney concludes that the California Citizens Compensation Commission lacked authority to cut legislators' per diem for living expenses and eliminate their car-lease program in separate actions over the past three years.

Obama Has 16-point Lead In State, Field Poll Says
Joe Garofoli @
sfgate.com
Given California's demographic profile, it is no surprise that President Obama has a 16-point lead over presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a Field Poll survey of the state's registered voters released...

Bill to arm California state hospital cops goes to Senate
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
A watered-down measure aimed at arming hospital police is now in the state Senate's hands after clearing the Assembly without opposition.

May Jobs Report: The Labor Market Takes A Big Step Backward
Ezra Klein @
washingtonpost.com
Anyone hoping for a healthy labor-market recovery is going to be sorely disappointed by the May jobs report. The U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs last month — far below expectations. The unemployment rose to 8.2 percent. And the details of the report are even more dire.

Jobs report changes dynamic of presidential race
Jim Kuhnhenn @
mercurynews.com
The weak May unemployment report presents President Barack Obama with a sobering reminder that his stewardship of a gradual recovery from the deepest recession since the Great Depression presents a tenuous argument for his re-election.

Two Sacramento County Deputies Charged In Probe Of Gun Sales
sacbee.com
With the grim-faced leadership of Sacramento's law enforcement community looking on, federal officials described an elaborate scheme Friday that they say involved police and deputies illegally buying and selling dozens of high-powered pistols to make thousands of dollars in profit.

Super Pacs: California, Here They Come
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe @
nbclosangeles.com
As California heads into its first primary election under new district lines and open primary rules, Super PACs and other independent expenditure groups (IEs) are playing hardball in down-ballot, state races.

Clinton urges Democrats to vote out Wis. governor
Dinesh Ramde @
mercurynews.com
MILWAUKEE -- Former President Bill Clinton urged Wisconsin Democrats to vote against Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall election, saying the Republican has governed without compromise or honest negotiation.

Romney Calls Job Report ‘very Bad News’
washingtonpost.com
Mitt Romney called the uptick in unemployment “very bad news for middle class families of America,” seizing on the paltry job numbers for May as confirmation of President Obama’s failed policies.

Faux Billionaires Protest Romney Fundraiser In Newport Beach
Jill Jones @
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Newport Beach on Friday as part of a fundraising tour through California. The private event at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, with an entrance fee starting at $1,000, was met by both...

Water Agency Draws Fire After Filing Unusual Libel Suit
Hector Becerra and Sam Allen @
latimes.com
The Central Basin district, facing a raft of investigations, targets authors of a critical email. L.A. County's D.A. fears action could deter whistle-blowers.

Egypt's Mubarak Gets Life In Prison For Protesters' Deaths
latimes.com
CAIRO -- Toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for complicity in the murder of hundreds of anti-government protesters, ending a raucous trial that impassioned the Arab world and shook autocratic regimes across the region. The verdict stunned this emotionally battered nation and spurred cheers...