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THE NOONER for September 4, 2012

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ICYMI: Yesterday was not a holiday for The Nooner.

It's that time of year again to vote for The Nooner's Legislators of the Year. Once again, you can vote for most effective legislator from each of the four caucuses. Additionally, based on feedback from last year, I've added a question on "Most True to Party." 

This acknowledges that, when asking for votes from over 6,000 Nooner subscribers, there is a strong tilt to the "middle." Middle may get stuff done (particularly on the GOP side), but some members believe honestly that their job is to make sure stuff doesn't get done or that highlighting particular issues on the left or right is more important. Fair enough, there's now a question for that.

Voting will take place through 5pm, Friday, September 14. Nooner e-mail subscribers will receive a personal code in each day's issue if they have not voted.  Voting is now open!

Obviously, your votes are confidential. You'll be able to change your votes through September 14 through a link that will be e-mailed to you. 


After an embarrassing first night in which a delegate was sent home for drunkenly impersonating a congressman, California Democratic Party John Burton succeeded in distracting the media from the story by analogizing Republican propaganda with that of Nazis. Burton has left the convention to return to San Francisco for a root canal.

John Hrabe has "The Complete Guide to John Burton's Tirades, Outbursts and Expletives" [CalWatchdog]

DAN WALTERS: Three Races Could Tip the Balance in California Senate - "The wild card in the Senate power struggle is San Diego County's 39th Senate District, where former Republican Assemblyman George Plescia has at least an outside chance of defeating Democratic Assemblyman Marty Block.:

SD39: . . . a very outside chance. A new poll finds Marty Block with 52% and George Plecia with 30%.

[Goodwin Simon for Block; n=404; July 19-23, 2012]

MESSAGE FROM PROP. 30: Mayor Johnson, your city is not helping. [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee]

POLITICO: The 5 Democratic politicians to Watch in Charlotte [includes Kamala Harris] (h/t Torey Van Oot)

MISDIRECTED: Yo, Rexroad, I just got an e-mail from "Barack Obama" proclaiming the subject "A big night in Woodland." I think you better check on that.


The Complete Guide to John Burton’s Tirades, Outbursts and Expletives
John Hrabe @
Burton’s been called “the state’s most powerful and profane Democrat,” “a human Gatling gun of bleepable lingo,” “a brash Bulworth who defined an era of California politics.” has reviewed two decades of archives to assemble, “The Complete Guide to John Burton’s Tirades, Outbursts and Expletives.”

Three Races Could Tip The Balance In The California Senate
Dan Walters @
As the Legislature adjourned for three months last Friday, the Capitol turned its attention to the Nov. 6 election, and particularly three – or perhaps four – state Senate contests whose outcomes could affect the balance of legislative power.

Pension Reform Allows Cities To Bypass Bargaining
Ed Mendel @
Pension reform approved by the Legislature last week gives many cities new cost-cutting power that some have been unable to win from public employee unions at the bargaining table.

Paul Ryan Won't Back Down On Statements Branded As False
Michael Finnegan @
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan declined to back away from parts of his party convention speech that fact checkers have branded as false.

John Burton Leaves Dnc -- Heads Home For Root Canal
David Siders @
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Reporters hanging around here this morning for another John Burton moment went away disappointed: The chairman of the California Democratic Party, who likened Republicans on Monday to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, went back to California the same day for a previously scheduled root canal, the state party said.

Restaurants Deny Healthy S.F. Needs Fix
Heather Knight @
San Francisco's cutting-edge universal health care program continues to be roundly applauded for its goal of ensuring all city residents have medical care - but the way employers are paying for it, or sometimes not paying for it, remains a major controversy at City Hall.

Ap Exclusive: Top Retirees Benefited From Cash Out
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—For nearly a decade, Californias top-paid school administrators got to collect six-figure lump sum cash payments in addition to their pensions by taking advantage of a little-known legislative provision that was intended to help retain and recruit teachers during the dot-com boom.

Protest Demonstrations Fizzle At Republican, Democratic National Conventions
David Siders and Torey Van Oot @
It was an expectant time for protesters ahead of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, with the Occupy movement not quite a year old and uprisings in the Middle East still reverberating.

Port Of Oakland Risks Union Backlash
Chip Johnson @
The Port of Oakland is engaged in a pension reform fight with union workers, and neither side appears ready to budge.

Death Penalty? They've Lived It
Sam Stanton @
Sharron Mankins, McGregor Scott and Bill Babbitt each have watched a man die inside the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison, and each has a strong view on whether voters should end California's death penalty in November.

John Burton Apologizes For Comparing Republicans To Nazi Goebbels
Morgan Little @
John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, has apologized for comparing Republicans to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

A Top Official Looks At Health Care In California

Cal State Faculty Approve 4-year Contract - La Daily News
LOS ANGELES - The California State University faculty has overwhelmingly approved a new four-year labor contract, ending more than two years of contentious bargaining with the administration, the union said Tuesday.

CA Dem chair John Burton apologizes for comments invoking Goebbels about GOP "telling the big lie"
Joe Garofoli @
Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton – much like his ol’ palGuv Jerry Brown once did – just compared the Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, for “telling the big lie,” a reference to several falsehoods GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan recently told.

John Burton Compares Republicans To Nazi Propagandist
David Siders @
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, whose habit of making outrageous, often vulgar remarks is well known in California - but not, apparently, out of state - likened Republicans this morning to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

San Jose physician pushing for equal health care access at both political conventions
Tracy Seipel @
San Jose native Dr. Rita Nguyen is spending most of her two-week summer vacation on a bus, visiting the Republican and Democratic National Conventions with one goal in mind: spread the word about affordable quality healthcare for all.

With Asian immigration rising, candidates seek national office
Anh Do @
Sukhee Kang, mayor of Irvine, is among 17 candidates of Asian heritage who are running for Congress. Their numbers indicate a growing political confidence.

Politics: Pelosi, Democrats Remain Focused On Majority Push
Hailing Nancy Pelosi as the once and future speaker of the House, Democrats here said they see a path to a new majority this November – and a pair of Inland races figure prominently in their plans.

Editorial: What a bunch of Capitol procrastinators
To their credit, California legislators from both parties in the final hours of their two-year session approved potentially far-reaching measures that could lower the public cost of government pensions, and help employers and injured workers caught up in the workers' compensation system.

Dan Walters Daily: Is redevelopment really gone?
Dan Smith @
Dan says lawmakers have actually restored some of the redevelopment functions they eliminated a year ago.

Viewpoints: It's time to consider a new approach to paying for college
In 1960, student fees at the University of California were $200 per year – a wonderful bargain for students and an important message to Californians that a quality public college education was available to all high-performing high school students. Today, tuition and fees at UC are about $13,000 and without additional state support are expected to rise to well over $20,000 by 2016. Similarly, tuition at the California State University has increased dramatically.

Barack Obama And Bill Clinton's Quasi-friendship
Ryan Lizza @
The reconciliation began in earnest late last summer. Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political director, who has moved to the Democratic National Committee, approached Douglas Band, Clinton’s closest political adviser and longtime gatekeeper, with some suggestions about how the former President might help with Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Band, who, by reputation, has an acute sense for moments of political advantage, tried to explain that you don’t just call up Bill Clinton and tell him to raise money and campaign for you. Band recommended that the two Presidents begin by playing golf. The next day, Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?

Teachers Unions' Alliance With Democratic Party Frays
Seema Mehta @
Public efforts toward school reform have some Democrats questioning the party's support of guarantees that school districts have made to teachers for decades.