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THE NOONER for September 14, 2012

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The governor signed 16 bills and vetoed four yeterday, and got a little testy with Linda Halderman in his veto of her AB 1892

CA BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE/PEPPERDINE POLL [n=802 likely online interviews, 9/9/12-9/12/2012,  +/- 3.5%]

Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Yes: 54.4%
No: 39.9%

Proposition 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Yes: 41.2%
No: 36.7%

Proposition 32: Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 53.0%
No: 37.1% 

Proposition 33: Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 55.4% 
No:  33.7%

Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 42.5%
No: 50.5%

Proposition 35: Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 84.2%

Proposition 36: Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 81.1
No:  13.1%

Proposition 37: Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 66.8%
No:  26.3%

Proposition 38: Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 43.4%
No:  46.9%

Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 57.2%
No:  29.2%

Proposition 40: Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum.
Yes: 43.9%
No:  26.3%



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Prop 34: The Bee calls for repeal of the death penalty.

CD30: The Daily News reaffirms its endorsement of Howard Berman. [h/t Kevin Roderick]

CD41: Democrats eye House majority, Riverside County seat [Ben Goad @ PE]

CD47: The Daily News sides with Republican Gary Long.

$$$: The money flows in against Prop 32.

Today is the last day to buy goods on without paying California sales tax. The Bee's Dale Kasler tells you how to get around it

Happy Friday...have a great weekend!


Tax Campaign For Prop 38 Issues Call For Ads - Just 'Be Positive'
David Siders @
In perhaps the touchiest, feeliest appeal yet of the November tax campaign, Carol Kocivar, president of the California State PTA, invites viewers in an online ad to "be" Proposition 38 - just like her.

California Senate Leader Sets In Motion Reform Of State Environmental Laws
Patrick McGreevy @
A month after quashing a rushed attempt to overhaul the state’s environmental laws, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Thursday he is convening meetings with all the parties involved in the issue in the months before the Legislature reconvenes in December.

Libyan Ambassador Kept 'human Touch' - Sfgate
Stevens, 52, the American ambassador to Libya killed during an attack by militants Tuesday in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, was a natural diplomat, from his youth in Piedmont to his undergraduate years at UC Berkeley and studies at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, friends and colleagues said. Kept the human touchStevens grew up in a leafy, quiet neighborhood in Piedmont and kept a home in the East Bay hills enclave after being named U.S. ambassador to Libya in April. Harry Johnson, 69, who lived next to Stevens when the future diplomat was a boy, said Stevens had kept in contact after graduating from Piedmont High School in 1978, through college and after he moved to Morocco for a stint with the Peace Corps before law school. Stevens was the son of retired Marin Symphony cellist Mary Commanday and stepson of San Francisco Classical Voice magazine founder Robert Commanday, a former music critic for The Chronicle. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Mary Commanday to offer their condolences Wednesday. Above his senior portrait in his Piedmont High yearbook, Stevens chose a quote from the essayist Logan Pearsall Smith: What a bore it is, waking up in the morning always the same person. In college, Stevens knew he wanted to join the State Department and work in the Middle East, said Steve Tovani, a fellow member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at UC Berkeley. In a May video that the State Department made to introduce Stevens to the Libyan people, he said, "Growing up in California, I didn't know much about the Arab world." After Libyan rebels launched their revolution against the country's dictator, Moammar Khadafy, Stevens served as U.S. special representative to the insurrectionists. Johnson, the neighbor, said he had attended a gathering in the spring at Stevens' parents' home in Oakland to celebrate their son's appointment as ambassador. According to the State Department Office of the Historian, five U.S. ambassadors have been killed by terrorists:

Reality Check: Denham Alleges Medicare Cuts |
John Myers @
It's the most heated fight of the 2012 campaign season: are senior citizens in danger of losing Medicare benefits?

Community college district approves budget
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board on Tuesday passed a $150.4 million budget that the chancellor believes will prepare the district financially should Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure fall short in the November election.

Brown Again Using Veto Pen To Taunt GOP Lawmakers
With hundreds of bills on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, the governor's office issues daily updates on Brown's actions on dozens of bills per day. And as he did last year, Brown is once again using his veto messages to jab ever so lightly at Republican lawmakers.

Brownley Files FEC Complaint Over Contributions To Strickland From N.Y. Bankers
Timm Herdt @
Because separate $2,500 contributions from two New York bankers to Republican congressional candidate Tony Strickland apparently were initially declined by the bankers' credit card companies, a dispute has arisen over their legality, leading Democrat Julia Brownley on Thursday to file a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.

Jerry Brown Veto 'In Keeping With The Author's Oft-Stated Mantra'
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his first veto messages of the season this morning, and he is off to a prickly start.

2012 Target Races - Part Four: Same Party Runoffs
Allen Hoffenblum @
Supporters of the top two Open Primary hope that this will lead to the election of candidates who are more representative of their district as a whole, and not just to voters within their own political party.

Money, Power, Ruses, And The Right To Vote - Andrew Cohen - The Atlantic
politics @
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing highlights the hypocrisy of restrictive voter laws in the age of Citizens United.

Analyst Releases New Report Reviewing California Budget
California reached an unfortunate budget benchmark in June -- for the fourth consecutive fiscal year, the state ended with a deficit. Now the question is whether California can break that streak with the new budget signed into law by Gov....

Gary Johnson Thinks Mitt Romney Is Out To Get Him - The Daily Beast
Howard Kurtz @
Voters do not know who Johnson is because, in one of the longest and most intensely fought presidential political seasons in years, he has received precious little coverage in the national media. The former two-term governor of New Mexico was one of the early candidates for the nomination of the Republican Party, but after he made appearances in two debates last year, one in May and one in September, he was excluded from future debates, essentially eliminating him from the race. His positions on issues, it appeared, were too similar to those of Ron Paul, the curmudgeonly congressman from Texas with an ardent national following.

Poll Finds Support Slipping For Proposition 32
According to a new statewide poll, 53% of likely voters say they support Proposition 32, the November ballot measure that promises to eliminate special-interest money in politics. That's a drop of nearly 10 percentage points since the beginning of August.

Body Of Slain Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens En Route To U.s.
Christi Parsons @
The body of Christopher Stevens is on its way to Andrews Air Force base, where President Obama plans to attend the arrival ceremony for the slain ambassador.

Amazon Buyers Can Use 3rd-party Sellers To Avoid Tax - Technology - The Sacramento Bee
Here's some good news for California bargain hunters annoyed that they'll have to pay sales tax on starting Saturday: Many of their purchases won't be affected.

House passes 6-month spending bill
Andrew Taylor @
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Thursday to put the government on autopilot for six months, precluding a shutdown through the election and postponing a potential showdown on GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan's agency budget cuts until next spring when Republicans hope to hold more power in

Romney's Team Turns On The Press
DULLES, Va. — As Mitt Romney finishes his second week of dismal news coverage — with slipping polls and a combustible international crisis driving the narrative that the campaign is flailing — the campaign's frustation with the media that covers it is approaching the boiling point.

Steve Israel Calls Paul Ryan A "down-ballot Disaster" - Hotline On Call
Ronald Brownstein @
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No One In The Presidential Campaign Really Wants To Talk About Foreign Policy
Elspeth Reeve @
The conservative backlash to the backlash to Mitt Romney's comments on the attacks on U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi Wednesday goes like this: You media people said you wanted Romney to talk about foreign policy, and now he is. What's the problem? Well, it's that no one — both campaigns and political press corps included — seems to really want to talk about foreign policy. The debate Romney wanted to get into on Wednesday wasn't a substantive one on actual foreign policy and how to make sure the new governments created by the Arab Spring remain friendly to the U.S. Romney instead wanted a cable news shoutfest about whether Obama made us look like wimps abroad. Instead the cable shoutfest was over whether Romney is qualified to answer 3 a.m. phone calls.

Pittsburg clinic that provides free health care to low-income residents receives $50,000 grant to expand services
Eve Mitchell @
PITTSBURG -- A free health clinic in Pittsburg that provides medical services to low-income Contra Costa County residents has received a $50,000 grant from the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District to expand its work.

Romney Keeps Focus On Economy In Virginia | The Weekly Standard
Romney said he would list China as a currency manipulator on his first day in office and do more to crack down on the Chinese practice of stealing American intellectual property and technology.