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THE NOONER for August 2, 2012

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Pardon the brevity (or revel in it).

CD09: Digging deeper into Jerry McNerney's residency [Josh Richman @ Contra Costa Times]

CD44: Richardson guilty, says House ethics panel [Jordy Yager @ The Hill]

AD06: Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway tries to push Andy Pugno out of the race [Jim Sanders @ SacBee]

AD61: Different dates on 100k donation to Batey [Jim Miller @ Press Enterprise]

$$$: San Bernardino officially files for bankruptcy [Ryan Hagen @ The Sun]




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California Democrat Writing Bill To Ban State Contracts With Tax Foes
Kevin Yamamura @
On the same week Proposition 39 backers attacked four companies for opposing a corporate tax change, a Democratic lawmaker is writing legislation to ban state contracts with such out-of-state firms.

Gaffes By Candidates Get Too Much Attention
Carla Marinucci @
With three months until the November election, longtime politics watchers say they can't recall a campaign that has been so negative - with both candidates' sometimes less-than-artful remarks serving as chum for a the feeding frenzy of attack ads and media coverage.

San Bernardino County Board Of Supervsiors Table Pension Reform Proposals
Joe Nelson @
Citing concern over potentially hindering contract negotiations with labor unions and the threat of litigation, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday tabled proposed ballot measures aimed at reforming pension plans.

Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway Tries To Push Andy Pugno Out Of Race
Jim Sanders @
Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway is asking donors of a GOP candidate to help push him out of a Sacramento-area Assembly race.

House votes to keep Bush tax cuts
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted to keep tax rates at their current level through next year, using one of their last votes before recessing for most of August to approve politically symbolic legislation that President Obama has vowed to veto.

UC Davis Chief Overruled Panel To Fire Pepper-Spray Officer
Sam Stanton @
The internal affairs investigation into last November's pepper-spraying controversy at UC Davis concluded that Lt. John Pike acted reasonably, with a subsequent review concluding he should have faced demotion or a suspension at worst, according to documents obtained by The Bee.

San Bernardino Files For Bankruptcy
Ryan Hagen @
The city filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday afternoon, about two weeks before it was expected.

Luxury-condo Referendum OKd For Ballot
John Wildermuth and Heather Knight @
A referendum to block construction of a pricey waterfront condominium project along the Embarcadero has qualified for the ballot, the first time in 20 years that San Francisco voters will have a chance to reverse a decision by the Board of Supervisors.

House votes to keep Bush-era tax cuts
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted to keep tax rates at their current level through next year, using one of their last votes before recessing for most of August to approve politically symbolic legislation that President Obama has vowed to veto.

Richardson Guilty, Says House Ethics Panel
Jesse Helfrich @
The House Ethics Committee issued a blistering report on Wednesday finding Rep. Laura Richardson guilty of improperly pressuring her official staff to campaign for her, destroying evidence and tampering with witness testimony.

Democrats have a cash edge in three of four Senate swing seats
Torey Van Oot @
Candidates running in four hotly contested California Senate districts reported having more than $2 million on hand heading into the general election, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

GOP Whip Mccarthy: Republicans Will Win Senate, Hold House
Emily Goodin @
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who helped his party capture the lower chamber, predicted Wednesday that Republicans will win control of the Senate.

House Votes to Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts
The House vote and the Senate passage of a Democratic tax plan give the parties some political cover during an August recess.

Obama: Romney tax plans increase burden on middle class
Kathleen Hennessey @
AKRON, Ohio — Campaigning in contested territory, President Obama on Wednesday used Mitt Romney’s tax proposals to frame the election as a choice between policies that would benefit the wealthy and those that would help the middle class.

See Which Sacramento Lobby Firms Are Getting The Most Money
Laurel Rosenhall @
Lobby firm revenue for the first half of the year is down ever so slightly compared to the same period last year, with Sacramento firms taking in $85.5 million so far this year.

Harry Reid takes Romney tax accusation campaign to Senate floor
Paul West @
WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid took his jihad over Mitt Romney’s personal finances to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, repeating his unsubstantiated claim that the wealthy Republican paid no federal income taxes for 10 years.

There's No Excuse For Hoarded Cash
George Skelton @
It's entirely believable that Gov. Jerry Brown -- and his predecessors -- didn't know about hidden cash in several departments. But that doesn't make it OK.

Poll: Md. voters back gay marriage
Emily Schultheis @
Over 50% of the state's voters would back the proposed law allowing same-sex couples to marry.

New UC San Diego chancellor takes charge
Fundraising will be a top priority for the new chancellor, Pradeep Khosla, who said he’d like to see the university’s endowment grow from about $500 million to $3 billion to $5 million over the next 10 years to help the public institution rely less on state funding.

S&P Gives California Highest Rating On New Short-term Bonds
Kevin Yamamura @
Despite a recent flood of state accounting questions, Standard & Poor's gave its highest rating Wednesday to $10 billion in short-term notes California will issue this month to ensure it has enough cash to pay its bills through next June.

Twitter Unveils The Twindex, A New Political Index
We’ve seen it dozens of times before. The famous scene of a political candidate in a large room, balloons floating and banners strewn about, surrounded by supporters and family, anxiously watching the television as the election results come in.

Board OKs Environmental Plan On Mojave Desert Groundwater Sales
Bettina Boxall @
Santa Margarita Water District signs off on the Cadiz groundwater pumping project's environmental impact report, despite expected legal challenges by opponents.

Obama Campaigns In Ad-saturated Swing State Of Ohio
David Nakamura @
In the air wars of the 2012 presidential campaign, this industrial town of 45,000 could stake a claim as ground zero.