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THE NOONER for June 2, 2012
TWEET DU JOUR: @BorowitzReport - "Someday, our kids will call tweets "those really long things my parents read."
ELECTION NIGHT LIVEBLOG: With several special guests, I will be live blogging Election Night beginning at 8pm PDT at www.aroundthecapitol.com/live/. Visit www.aroundthecapitol.com/live/ now to sign up for an e-mail reminder before the event.
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
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.
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 Tuesdayâs 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
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
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’
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
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...