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THE NOONER for June 4, 2012

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Below the jump: ten races/themes to watch tomorrow.

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ABSENTEE BALLOT REPORTS by Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners

RUNDOWN: 1,976,934 ballots in; 26% of absentees have voted; 41% of likely absentees (3/4+new) are in.

These are the themes/races that I am most interested in for some statewide/poligeek significance, beyond the candidates involved.

SD31 (Riverside) - Business interests have invested a lot in former Assemblymember Steve Clute (D), believing that Assemblymember Jeff Miller (R) has a better shot against him than Steinberg-backed Richard Roth (D). It ain't personal…it's about keeping Democrats from getting two-thirds.

AD74 (Newport Beach) - Can purple Republican Charles Munger, Jr. succeed in his attempt to unseat Allan Mansoor by sending Leslie Daigle to November?

CD24 (Santa Barbara) - Can top-two proponent Abel Maldonado survive in a low turnout primary with ongoing news about family business troubles?

CD25/AD38 (Santa Clarita) - McKeon brand status check, times two. Chairman of House Armed Services ain't what it used to be, particularly as sequestration looms.

SD05 (San Joaquin) - Moderate Republican Bill Berryhill v. "No Bull" conservative Leroy Ornellas. While Bill caused GOP angst over budget discussions last year, they need him to win the primary for a strong shot against Cathleen Galgiani (D).

CD47 (Long Beach/NW OC) - Will Mr. or Mrs. Shah get more votes? Oh, beyond that, can Steve Kuykendall's Congressman (Ret.) title overcome a huge financial advantage by Gary DeLong? Also, check the follow equation: If (DeLong +Kuykendall) >= (Lowenthal), $$$ from NRCC.

SD27 (Ventura) - Can Todd Zink (R) make enough of a respectable showing against Fran Pavley (D) to draw party investment for the November rematch in this likely pick-up for the Dems?

CD15 (Hayward-Pleasanton) - Can Pete Stark hold on to the top spot in the three-way primary, the second spot, or might he even fall to third? Aside from the Hahn/Richardson certainty, this is the only district in which a Dem incumbent might be ousted by a Dem challenger.

AD46 (Sherman Oaks) - In this battle over charter schools and not much else, will there be more pro-Brian Johnson or anti-Brian Johnson votes? When all is tallied (see tomorrow's Nooner), this will likely be the most expensive state legislative primary, even though the impact on Sacramento will be minimal.

MOVING COSTS - How does moving (or "moving") to find an open district affect a candidate? Most notably, Michael Allen in AD11, Betsy Butler in AD50, and Gary Miller in CD31.

Yes, I know, there are lots more interesting stories, which we'll cover on tomorrow night's live blog, but it's time to hop in the shower and get to work.


Pre-Election Voter Registration

 May 19, 2008May 21, 2012
Political Party# Registered% of Total# Registered% of Total
American Independent 331,619 2.06 % 434,318 2.53 %
Americans Elect N/A N/A 3,030 0.02 %
Democratic 7,053,860 3.75 % 7,442,921 43.39 %
Green 120,725 0.75 % 110,724 0.65 %
Libertarian 79,711 0.49 % 93,657 0.55 %
Peace and Freedom 56,364 0.35 % 59,855 0.35 %
Republican 5,244,394 32.53 % 5,186,492 30.24 %
No Party Preference 3,128,684 19.40 % 3,654,608 21.31 %
Miscellaneous 108,430 0.67 % 168,094 0.98 %
TOTAL 16,123,787 100 % 17,153,699 100 %
Source: Secretary of State



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State Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of State, County & Municipal Employees - Ca People (afscme Ca People) Independent Expenditure Committee Shirley Weber (i) (Support) $10,000 06/02/2012 06/02/2012
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Joel Young (Oppose) $19,681 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
California Republican Assembly Independent Expenditure Committee Brian Dahle (Support) $7,500 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
California Tribal Business Alliance Ie Pac Ian Calderon (Support) $28,994 06/02/2012 06/02/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Realtors, School Employees And Construction Trades Organizations Jimmy Gomez (Support) $13,825 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Californians For Fiscal Accountability Sponsored By Dentists, School Employees, Health Care Providers, Correctional Officers And Construction Trades Organizations Robert Rush (Oppose) $9,105 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Defending The Republic Pac Sophia Scherman (Support) $1,000 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Defending The Republic Pac Bill Berryhill (Support) $2,000 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Golden California Committee, Sponsored By The California State Council Of Service Employees International Union Greg Kraft (Support) $27,091 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Hispanic 100 Rocky Chavez (Support) $6,673 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Tom Daly (Support) $4,817 06/02/2012 06/02/2012
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) $40,000 06/01/2012 06/02/2012
Roth For Senate 2012-sponsored By Nurses, School Employees, Health Care Givers And Public Employees, Californians For Accountability - Support Richard D. Roth (Support) $488 06/02/2012 06/02/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $4,662 05/31/2012 06/02/2012
Seiu United Healthcare Workers West Political Action Committee Richard D. Roth (Support) $2,880 06/02/2012 06/02/2012


California Government Unions Move To Squeeze Out Private Contractors
Jon Ortiz @
With California facing yet another budget crisis that threatens state jobs and pay, employee unions are moving on several fronts to push use of civil service workers instead of private contractors for state government work.

Big Money Can Erase Big Deficits In Ballot Initiative Races
Steven Harmon @
This year, Proposition 29 is facing long odds to overcome Big Tobaccos vast money advantage.

Contra Costa Voter Turnout Predicted To Be 'Anemic' Set To Make Tax And Candidate Decisions Tuesday
Local @
Tuesdays vote will still be historic; county supervisor seats, an open Assembly district primary and local sales and parcel taxes are up for grabs.

Term Limits Ballot Measure Attracts Big-money Donors, Little Else
Stephanie Snyder @
More than 17 million Californians took the time to register to vote. About 726,000 of them stopped long enough to sign a petition putting Proposition 28 on tomorrow's ballot.

Assembly passes bill to cut commute time from SF to Sacramento
Jim Sanders @
Maybe it's just coincidence that it was proposed by a San Francisco lawmaker, maybe not, but legislation designed to ease the commute from San Francisco to the Capitol easily cleared the Assembly recently.

Calif. voters face redrawn ballot, new districts
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @
California voters will face a newly reshaped ballot with many more choices on Tuesday as they cast votes in the first statewide election to implement two major voter-approved political reforms and as candidates compete in districts meant to be more competitive.

The Caucus: Redistricting and Low Approval Numbers Mean Re-Election to House is Not Always a Sure Thing
Primary results show that while the vast majority of House members seeking re-election are going to win, lawmakers who do not take the proper precautions and prepare for disgruntled voters could find themselves surprised come Election Day.

State's Top 100 Political Donors Contribute $1.25 Billion
Coulter Jones and Elizabeth Titus @
In a state with nearly 38 million people, few have more influence than the top 100 donors to California campaigns – a powerful club that has donated overwhelmingly to Democrats and spent $1.25 billion to influence voters over the past dozen years.

Congress shifting attention to women's issues, healthcare
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- Congress returns its attention this week to women’s issues with the Senate voting on legislation to ensure paycheck equity as GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney tapped a Republican congresswoman to be his campaign liaison in the House.

Will San Jose, San Diego Lead Pension Reform?
Ed Mendel @
One of the reasons that San Diego and San Jose will vote on widely watched pension reforms Tuesday is that they share the same problem: Retirement costs are eating up about 20 percent of their general fund budgets.

Voter Registration Up For Tuesday's Primary
John Howard @
Nearly three out of four eligible voters in California have registered to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, and fully a fifth of the electorate has declined to state a party preference, according to the state’s elections officer. About 1.4 million more Californians are registered now than in February 2008, the year of the last presidential primary election.

Trends In California Ed Bills
Kathryn Baron @
As we reported back in April, Senator Steinberg and other legislators were disturbed by a report called Suspended Education in California that found the harshest punishments were carried out with clear racial disparity.

CA Primary Could Pick 'Birther' To Face Feinstein
Carolyn Lochhead @
A novel California primary that premieres Tuesday was intended to produce moderates, but in California's U.S. Senate race, it could yield a challenger who claims President Obama was born in Kenya.

California Tests Nonpartisan Primaries
Jennifer Medina @
When new redistricting maps changed the boundaries of this Congressional district to give Democrats a slight edge for the first time in decades, party loyalists were elated.

Attack mailers flood mailboxes as election day nears
Jean Merl @
Under the state's new voting system, the top two vote-getters regardless of party will face each other in November. A political analyst says the 'nastiest campaigns are between candidates who are closest ideologically.'

Finance Reform Without Accountability Could Devastate Career Tech
We hope the governor and the Legislature take the time necessary to develop solutions to protect career technical education programs while also achieving education finance reform. Given the challenges facing these programs at the local level, we know our schools will not continue to support career technical education without the incentives to do so.

Environmentalists Move To Block Willits Highway Bypass
Dan Walters @
A half-century ago, the 400-mile stretch of Highway 101 between San Francisco and the Oregon border was a two-lane roadway that meandered through dozens of small towns. During summer months, it was clogged with logging trucks and vacationers' trailers.

California voters often don't know much about judicial candidates
Ashley Powers @
Judges hold considerable sway over the lives of those in their courtrooms. But the average voter either has no clue how to assess judicial candidates or spends little time doing so.

D.A. Candidates Take A Nuanced View On Crime-fighting
Jack Leonard @
Several candidates in the race to replace Steve Cooley emphasize need for crime prevention and rehabilitation rather than simply locking offenders up.

Political Blotter: 83-year-old Senate candidate scales mountain
Josh Richman @
Ain't no mountain high enough for this 83-year-old U.S. Senate candidate and ex-Marine. True to his promise, Republican candidate Don Krampe, of Murrieta, scaled Mount Whitney -- the lower 48's highest summit -- to call attention to his campaign. Mount Whitney rises 14,505 feet; the campsite from which he made his ascent May 23 sits around 10,000 feet. He returned from the 22-mile hike May 25.

Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Break From Campaign Mailers Will Be Short
Rick Orlov @
Tired of all those robocalls and that campaign literature stuffing your mailbox? Take heart. Just one more day to go in this part of the election season and a small break before it starts all over again for the Nov. 6 general election.

Independent spending on legislative races exceeds $12 million
Torey Van Oot @
Independent groups have spent more than $12 million to influence the outcome of tomorrow's primary contests for state legislative seats, campaign finance filings show.

The Buzz: Forgot to register? You may have better luck next time
Californians who forgot to register to vote in Tuesday's election may have better luck next time if a bill passed by the Assembly becomes law.