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THE NOONER for September 13, 2012

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The Internet is still pretty bad down here, so I'll be quick again today. If you haven't voted yet in the Legislators of the Year awards, tomorrow is the last day.

SD-31: Republicans Take Registration Lead In Targeted District [Jim Miller @ PE] - "Republicans have overtaken Democrats in Riverside County’s targeted 31st Senate District following a summer-long paid push that Democrats contend has reregistered dozens of voters as Republicans without their knowledge."

What Really Happens if Both Prop 30 and 38 Pass in November? [Brian Frank @ KCET]

Meanwhile, the UC Regents prepare for Prop 30's failure.

Nate Silver looks at the decline in the enthusiasm gap.



I’m Greg Diamond, Democratic opponent of State Senator Bob Huff in SD-29. (See my previous ads.)

Bob Huff has introduced doomed legislation to undermine unions, clean energy regulations, health insurance protections and more.

As party leader, he fumbled addressing legislative redistricting while carping at actual problem-solvers.

He’s useless. This isn’t legislating; it’s the opposite of legislating. California needs better than this.

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California Governor Pleads With Voters To Pass Tax-hike Measure
Local @
Gov. Jerry Brown made impassioned defenses Tuesday of his tax-hike ballot measure, Californias high-speed rail project, new public pension reforms and his plan for the Sacramento Delta. But in an acknowledgement that might have been shocking had it come from any other politician, Brown found flaws with most of them.

Assembly Speaker Backs Proposition 39's Corporate-tax Revamp
,Assembly Speaker John Perez backed Proposition 39, which would change how taxes are calculated for multistate companies with the goal of increasing revenue by $1 billion annually and directing half of that money to energy-efficiency projects for the next five years.

It's Time To Dump California's Death Penalty By Passing Prop. 34
George Skelton @
Proposition 34 asks whether to abolish California's death penalty. But the death penalty already effectively has been abolished and keeping it wastes tax money.

CalPERS Drops Investment Firm That Accused Fund Of Bias
Dale Kasler @
CalPERS has fired a firm entrusted with managing $1 billion of the pension fund's money – five months after the firm accused CalPERS of racial discrimination.

Romney Remark Sparks Political Fireworks - Sfgate
The killing of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in Benghazi on Tuesday has set off a political firestorm over whether his death - and events leading up to it - are being unfairly politicized in the heat of the U.S. presidential race. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney sparked controversy after his blistering criticism late Tuesday charging that the Obama administration set a "terrible course" when it appeared to "sympathize" with Islamic militants in the Middle East. Big mistake, GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who managed the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and his vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, said of Romney's statements. In comments that echoed concerns of other Republicans and foreign-policy experts, Schmidt said that the GOP candidate "would have been much better off exercising restraint and judiciousness" in his response. The controversy began when Romney's campaign criticized a tweet from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday that attempted to calm rising tensions over the U.S.-produced film that has roiled Islam, saying that the film highlights "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." Critics "are saying he's dancing on the ambassador's grave and it shouldn't be political - but he's running to be commander-in-chief," said Bill Whalen, a GOP strategist and fellow at the Hoover Institution.

UC Regents Brainstorm Changes If Voters Reject Prop. 30
Larry Gordon @
Varying tuition rates by campus and sharply hiking the number of out-of-state students are among the possibilities discussed if Gov. Brown's tax plan fails.

Democrat Sherman Gets Backing From Local Republican Lawmakers
Rep. Brad Sherman announced backing from local Republican lawmakers. He and fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman are courting GOP voters in their battle for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat.

SD-31: Republicans Take Registration Lead In Targeted District
Republicans have overtaken Democrats in Riverside County’s targeted 31st Senate District following a summer-long paid push that Democrats contend has reregistered dozens of voters as Republicans without their knowledge.

See who's supporting Proposition 32
Jon Ortiz @
Supporters of Proposition 32, the campaign contribution measure on the November ballot, have raised about 10 cents for every dollar raised by their opponents, according to data from the Secretary of State's office.

What Really Happens If Both Prop 30 And 38 Pass In November?
Brian Frank @
There's an argument that runs like this: If people vote for only one of the two income tax measures in November, then both are more likely to fail, and if both fail, then woe be it to students and teachers across the state. It's better, then, to vote Yes on both.

Probe Of Fremont Health Care Official - Sfgate
Katharine Mieszkowski @
California's political watchdog agency is investigating a Fremont health care district official to determine whether he violated the state's conflict-of-interest laws.

Shoppers, Get Ready For 'Amazon Tax' To Take Effect In California Saturday
Mike Rosenberg @
Law forces Web-only retailers such as Aamzon to start charging sales tax based on the address where an item is shipping to.

Bill To Rein In Red-light Camera Abuses
Kevin Fagan @
In the latest shot against what many say are the abuses of red-light traffic cameras, a state senator's bill to clamp down on how the devices are used has landed on the governor's desk for approval.

Paul Ryan returns to Hill for budget vote
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is headed back to Capitol Hill for the first time since becoming Mitt Romney's running mate -- to vote for a federal spending bill that does not employ his preferred way of budgeting.

Once A Hero To Disabled Advocates, Jerry Brown Sparks Controversy
Lee Romney @
A protest of cuts was planned ahead of Gov. Brown's speech at Berkeley's Center for Independent Living. Now that he has canceled, the controversy has deepened.

Ricky Gill Wins Farm Bureau Endorsement
Josh Richman @
Ricky Gill, the Lodi Republican challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District, announced today that he’s been endorsed by the California Farm Bureau Federation.

The Caucus: Clinton Sticks to Domestic Issues While Campaigning for Obama
On a day when foreign news dominated the headlines, Bill Clinton talked to Florida voters about the U.S. economy and the health care law.

Community Colleges Name Acting Chancellor
Carla Rivera @
The governing board of California’s community colleges Wednesday announced the appointment of an acting chief to replace retiring Chancellor Jack Scott. The search for a permanent successor is underway.

Romney Criticized For Political Turn After Ambassador’s Killing | Swampland |
In the hours that followed, the news got worse. The U.S. death toll in Libya grew to four, including the Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The White House made clear that it had not approved the Cairo memo, and condemned the events without qualification.

Ryan, Stumping in Wisconsin, Stresses Local Roots
Paul D. Ryan, the vice-presidential candidate, campaigned in a state that usually votes Democratic in presidential elections but seems more in play this year.

Editorial: A diplomat dies, Romney plays politics
The assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens is a big loss to the United States. He grew up in California, graduated from UC Berkeley and taught English in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer before joining the U.S. Foreign Service. He knew Arabic and, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "He risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya. The world needs more Christopher Stevenses."

Advocacy Groups Wary Of New Plan For Prison Isolation Units
State corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades.