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THE NOONER for July 16, 2012
HAPPY BLT WEEK, SACRAMENTO!
Yesterday was the filing deadline for federal committees for the period closing June 30, most candidates got their filings in, so most of the data is on Around The Capitol. The state deadline for the same period is July 31. Here are some of the most interesting November matchups:
FINAL TURNOUT: 5,328,296 voters turned out for the June 5 election. With only 31.06% of registered voters casting ballots, the turnout was a historic low for presidential primary elections. Vote-by-mail ballots accounted for 65.15% of those cast.
NOT JUST ABOUT ME! Molly Munger draws the first contribution for her ballot measure from a pocket other than hers--$25,000 from the Atlas Family Trust. Munger's personal total is $4,848,399.
SKELTON: Move to put Brown's tax measure first took "chutzpah and arrogance."
"TAKE A STAND:" Yes on 30 is out with its first web ad.
MOVE OVER BELL, VERNON: Things are just downright strange in San Fernando.
CD15: Unhappy with Pete Stark's animosity toward military research conducted at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory she now heads, former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher has endorsed challenger Eric Swalwell.
RETRIBUTION: Congress isn't just spending time voting to repeal Obamacare for the 31st time. In a late-night mark-up hearing in the House Agriculture Committee last week, the committee voted to overrule California's increasing food safety and humaneness standards. The amendment could overturn Proposition 2, which established humaneness standards for farm animals, as well as the recently enacted shark-fin ban and the foie gras ban that went into effect July 1. [more from The Hill]
ON-THE-EFFING-RECORD?: Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back [Jeremy W. Peters @ NYT]
WILLIE's WORLD: The Power Broker [Elizabeth Lesly Stevens @ Washington Monthly]TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Brown's Ballot Manipulation Is Sleazy Politics
George Skelton @ latimes.com
When Californians passed Prop. 25, they didn't intend it as a license for Gov. Jerry Brown to rig the election ballot to benefit his tax-increase proposal.
SF Mayor Ed Lee's Moves Raises Eyebrows
John Cote @ sfgate.com
A year ago, Mayor Ed Lee was the consensus mayor, taking credit for setting a new tone of civility at City Hall and talking up "the San Francisco way," his big-tent approach to public employee pension reform.
Dan Walters: Democrats' Congressional Hopes In California Fade - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In Two Bay Area Cities, Critics Tackle Ranked-choice Voting
In the past 10 years, four California cities have embraced ranked-choice voting, the system of computerized runoff elections that boosters say streamlines and reforms local politics.
The Effort Expands Its Clinics To Prepare For Federal Health Care Changes - Health And Medicine - The Sacramento Bee
The Andino family receives care at the North Highlands clinic run by The Effort. A $2.8 million investment from Dignity Health will help build three new clinics in Rancho Cordova, Folsom and Carmichael, expanding the firm's patient capacity to about 35,000.
San Bernardino Bankruptcy: Pensions A Driver?
A sharp spike in pension costs is not the reason an alarmed San Bernardino city council voted last week to authorize filing for bankruptcy, fearing the city may not have enough money to make a full payment to employees next month.
Calif. Cities Eye Plan To Seize Mortgages - Wire Business News - The Sacramento Bee
FONTANA, Calif. -- In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.
Outsourcing debate moves from presidential campaigns to the Hill
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
leadership at Bain Capital, but congressional Democrats are poised to provide reinforcement by voting later this week on legislation that would end tax breaks for outsourcing.
UC Riverside Makes Rare Second Attempt To Add Medical School
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
UC Riverside didn't give up after being denied accreditation for a medical school last year, and officials hope that new funding sources will mean success.
Romney campaign attacks Obama on alleged cronyism
Maeve Reston @ latimes.com
DOVER, N.H. -- Hoping to change the subject after several rough days, Mitt Romney’s campaign launched a new attack Monday on President Obama’s “Chicago-style politics,” saying political cronyism has contributed to the country’s slow creep back from the Great Recession.
Mitt Romney's Meaningless Retirement Date - Jordan Weissmann - The Atlantic
business @ theatlantic.com
The dispute over when exactly Mitt Romney left Bain Capital took another confusing turn this weekend, when campaign adviser Ed Gillespie seemed to introduce an element of time travel into the controversy. Romney's camp insists he departed the private equity firm in 1999, when he left to salvage the Salt Lake City Olympics. But the Boston Globe reported last week that Bain's SEC filings and Romney's personal disclosure forms showed he was technically in charge through 2002.
Avalon Residents United Against Steep Hikes In Water Rates
Louis Sahagun @ latimes.com
Santa Catalina Island's 1,900 ratepayers are fighting an 83% hike proposed by Southern California Edison.
Immigration Debate Keeps Law School Graduate A Few Steps From His Dreams
National @ mercurynews.com
California Supreme Court weighing whether state can give law license to undocumented immigrant. Top legal experts, state bar support him, foes see further erosion of distinction between citizens and noncitizens.
Micaela Massimino @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Nov. 6 election is still some five months away, but the campaign cash is already flowing.
San Bernardino Bankruptcy: Officials Knew Of Risks For Years
Shelby Grad @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
Officials in San Bernardino, which announced last week that it intended to file for bankruptcy, had known for years that the city's finances were becoming critical. Two years ago, the City Council learned that San Bernardino's $22-million budget shortfall would...
Romney Tries To Regain Momentum With New Focus On Obama’s ‘political Payoffs’
Trying to shift the presidential campaign narrative away from his personal finances and tenure at Bain Capital, Republican Mitt Romney will launch a fresh assault this week accusing President Obama of political cronyism at the expense of middle-class workers.
California Has More Veterans Than Any Other State
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
California is home to more military veterans than any other state - about 2 million - but it doesn't have a particularly high proportion of veterans, according to a new Census Bureau "infographic."
Special Education In California Needs More Flexibility | Edsource Today
So why do all schools and parents have to comply with all those state and federal regulations and bureaucratic requirements? Could it be that the focus, attention, fears, money, procedures, litigation, fear of litigation, etc. are about the fewer than one half of 1 percent of parents and schools involved in due process disputes in California?
Political Empire: Recount Halted In 8th District | Breaking News | Pe.com - Press-enterprise
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China seeks education link with San Diego
Maureen Magee @ utsandiego.com
As China continues its path toward superpower status, its educational leaders are looking to San Diego and other cities abroad in forging partnerships that will reshape Chinese classrooms -- from kindergarten to college.
Tax Break Online Nears End
MONICA LANGLEY @ online.wsj.com
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Poll: ACA bad for business
Kevin Robillard @ politico.com
Sixty percent of those polled believe the health care reform law will make things worse for taxpayers.
GoSolarSF Rebate Backers Fight Fund Cuts
Neil J. Riley @ sfgate.com
The GoSolarSF solar rebate program is called "wildly successful" by city officials, installing seven megawatts of solar energy in the city since its inception. So why is the 4-year-old program set to get its funding slashed for the second year in a row?