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THE NOONER for September 21, 2012

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The governor signs 18 bills relating to veterans.

POLL POSITION: Field-UC Berekeley's poll release today includes good news for labor, with the first poll indicating Prop. 32 is losing.

Proposition 32: Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 38%
No: 44% 

[n=902, 9/6-9/18/2012]

Meanwhile, the Small Business Action Committee gives $450,000 to the committee supporting Prop. 32. This is probably some of the $4 million that Charles Munger, Jr. gave SBAC last week.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: The seniors are back! Not in the Older Women's League sense, but in the senior executives of large corporations who like to play in politics. We saw the expenditure yesterday by the California Senior Advocates League, but the filing of that committee won't tell you where the money is from. Instead, you need to map it out:

Phillip Morris USA ($150,000), Sempra Energy ($125,000), Anheuser Busch ($30,000)
 ====>>>  GIVE $305,000 TO Reform California Now
                 ====>>> WHICH GIVES $214,000 TO California Senior Advocates League
                                         ====>>>WHICH THEN SPENDS
                                                       -  $73,313 in opposition to Fran Pavley (SD27) and
                                                       -  $86,328 in opposition to Cathleen Galgiani 

See, transparency is alive and well!

$$$: Jerry Brown's Prop. 30 committee has a $5 million day.

CD36: A couple of weeks ago, I put the Coachella Valley congressional race between Mary Bono Mack v. Raul Ruiz in the tier of "Democrat tide." Well, while the prospects of a Republican tide have dropped significantly in the last three weeks, I don't see strong indications of a Democrat tide nationally. However, with a new poll finding Ruiz behind incumbent Mack by only 3 points (47%-44%), party resources are being moved in, reports Roll Call. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling for Howard Dean's Democracy for America, and was automated. 

With resources and a neutral to Democrat-leaning national tide, this is an interesting race. Ruiz and allies hope to paint Mack as an out of touch politician who doesn't have many ties to the district. She married former congressman Connie Mack in 2007, who finds himself behind in a race against Florida Senator Bill Nelson.

The CD36 poll also finds Obama and Romney tied 48-48%. Obama beat McCain 50-47% in 2008. In other words, the sample is probably pretty good.

CD03: KQED's Michael Krasny had a debate between John Garamendi and Kim Vann on this morning. The recording should be online by now.

SD37: Mimi Walters may be known as a wealthy member of the Senate GOP caucus, but she's really playing the austerity game well. According to a suit filed by opponent Steve Young challenging her residency, "she's living in a 570-square-foot apartment in Irvine with no dishwasher or washer/dryer hook ups." [Brian Joseph @ OCR]

Walters's consultant Dave Gilliard gets in a great response in the article, "'This is what happens when your opponent is not only a politician but also a trial attorney,' he said."

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: California Debt Higher Than Earlier Estimates, a Task Force Reports [Mary Williams Walsh @ NYT] 

OH, THOSE TAIWANESE: Our friendly animators take on the Monica Lewinsky book story. [cartoonishly NSFW]



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State Independent Expenditure Reports
Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) No On Propositon 32 (Oppose) $2,029 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Yes On Proposition 30 (Support) $2,029 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Cling Peach Growers For Effective Government (aka Peach-pac) Todd Zink For Senate 2012 (Support) $1,000 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Cling Peach Growers For Effective Government (aka Peach-pac) Bill Berryhill For State Senate (Support) $1,000 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Cling Peach Growers For Effective Government (aka Peach-pac) Peter Tateishi For Assembly 2012 (Support) $500 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Cling Peach Growers For Effective Government (aka Peach-pac) Dan Logue For Assembly 2012 (Support) $500 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Cling Peach Growers For Effective Government (aka Peach-pac) Jeff Miller For Senate - 2012 (Support) $1,000 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Committee For The Right To Know: Vote Yes On 37!!!, The   $6,896 09/20/2012 09/20/2012
Small Business Action Committee Pac Political Contributions By Payroll Deduction; Cont (Support) $450,000 09/19/2012 09/20/2012


Campaign Finance Measure Trails Among Likely California Voters
Jon Ortiz @
A campaign finance measure on the November ballot is trailing among likely California voters, according to a new survey, although a sizable percentage remain undecided as dueling campaigns head into their final weeks.

Tech Firms Find Havens From U.S. Taxes
Carolyn Lochhead @
Silicon Valley multinationals aggressively exploit foreign tax havens in Bermuda, Grand Cayman and elsewhere to dodge U.S. taxes, according to a bipartisan Senate report issued Thursday.

Second Survey Shows More Voters Unsure About Proposition 30
On politics in the Golden State

Poll: Support for Prop. 30 highest among wealthy, educated
David Siders @
Among the more interesting findings of the Field Poll released on Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative to raise income taxes on high-income earners is that support for the measure is highest among those who are relatively well off.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Help Space Industry In California
Just minutes before the retired space shuttle Endeavour was flown over the state Capitol on its way to a Los Angeles museum, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he signed legislation to give a boost to the commercial space-travel industry in California.

Romney To Release 2011 Tax Return And Summary Of Past Taxes
Seema Mehta @
Mitt Romney will release his 2011 tax return Friday, as well as a summary of his returns for the past two decades, the campaign announced.

Dan Walters: California school cut warning looks real
When Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature fashioned the 2012-13 budget, their evident goal was to persuade voters to finance it by enacting new sales and incomes taxes at the Nov. 6 election.

Democrat Sues To Keep Mimi Walters Off The Ballot
Brian Joseph @
Claiming that she doesn’t really live in the district, state Sen. Mimi Walters‘ Democratic opponent filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court today asking the Secretary of State to remove Walters from the Nov. 6 ballot.

Ethics Committee May Drop Case Against Rep. Maxine Waters
Richard Simon @
The House Ethics Committee is considering dropping the case against Rep. Maxine Waters, who has been accused of improperly helping a bank linked to her husband.

America's Growing Welfare State Is A Problem
Robert Samuelson @
It is a measure of Mitt Romney's inadequacies as a candidate that he has not been able to turn his latest gaffe -- his dismissive reference to the 47 percent of Americans who "are dependent upon government" -- into a teachable moment and a campaign advantage. The fact that roughly half of Americans receive some government payment to which they feel morally entitled is a big part of our budget problem. It's an inconvenient fact, but it's still a fact.

What A Difference A State Line Makes: Nevada Residents Under Assault By Red And Blue Troops
Josh Richman @
With the presidential campaigns all but ignoring decidedly Democratic California, its easy to forget that 2012 is a presidential election year. But head east on Interstate 80 and cross the border into Nevada and theres nowhere to hide from the long arm of political hustlers, a stream of attack ads -- and robocalls at dinner time, TV time and even bedtime.

Endorsement: Mike Hudson is best for the 11th Assembly
Two good candidates with valuable local government experience are running for the open seat in the newly drawn 11th Assembly District, which stretches across parts of Solano, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

The Caucus: Reid Cancels Floor Votes in Senate After Brown Suggests He Might Miss Debate
The U.S. Senate's efforts to close shop and hit the campaign trail became hopelessly mired in the campaign of one particular U.S. Senator, Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

Capitol Alert poll: Should the national political conventions get tax dollars?
Torey Van Oot @
Rep. Dan Lungren wasn't in Tampa as other members of the GOP gathered for the Republican National Convention last month

Brown signs key military bills for San Diego
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a package of 18 bills aiming to help the military, including legislation promoted by San Diego business leaders nervous over threatened federal defense budget cuts.

Maxine Waters Cleared Of House Ethics Charges

Poll: Voters cool to idea of restricting unions
The Associated Press @
Another attempt by conservatives and corporate interests to limit labor unions' ability to collect dues for political purposes is being viewed skeptically by California voters, according to a poll released Friday.

Legislators Propose Limits On Arsenic In Rice
Tiffany Hsu @
In response to a recent investigation that found “substantial” levels of arsenic in rice and many rice-based products, a group of Democrats plans to introduce legislation Friday that would impose federal limits on the dangerous element.

The Caucus: Fallout From "47 Percent" Comment Hits Senate Campaigns
had jumped beyond the presidential campaign, it was erased with the first question of the Virginia Senate debate on Thursday.

Taxpayers, Ratepayers Will Fund California Solar Plants
Evan Halper @
A new breed of prospectors—banks, insurers, utility companies—are receiving billions in subsidies while taxpayer and ratepayers are paying most of the costs. Critics say it's a rip-off.

Senate probe: Microsoft, HP avoid offshore taxes
ALAN FRAM, Associated Press @
Microsoft Corp., the Hewlett-Packard Co. and other multinational corporations have avoided billions in U.S. taxes by shifting profits offshore and taking advantage of weak, ambiguous sections of the tax code, Senate investigators said Thursday.

Calif. Central Valley Cities Among Poorest In Us - Ap State Wire News - The Sacramento Bee
Census figures released today show that Fresno is one of the poorest metropolitan areas in the nation and that other Central Valley communities also suffer from high poverty levels.