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THE NOONER for September 25, 2012

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Proposition 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Yes: 21%
No: 40%

Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal. Initiative Statute.
Yes: 42%
No: 45%

PROP 30: The Bay Area Council becomes the first significant business group to jump on board Jerry Brown's tax measure.

Brown will be at council member Google's headquarters today to sign SB 1298, a bill to provide a framework for driverless cars.  Watch online at 1pm

CD07: Also on tap for today is a debate between Ami Bera and Dan Lungren. The faceoff is moderated by the Bee's Dan Smith, News10's John Myers, and Capitol Public Radio's Marianne Russ. The debate can be viewed live online at 3pm.

WALTERS WOES: Greg Diamond writes a piece for the Orange Juice blog (and another) about the challenge to Mimi Walters's residency. The best part of the story is how SD37 challenger left flowers at Walters's alleged residence and monitored them wilting for days.

VR: Yes, those significant voter registration changes in Riverside were real. The PE's Jim Miller wrote about it a couple of weeks ago.

WE ALL GO DOWN TOGETHER: The Bee's David Siders looks at Molly Munger's new campaign ad for Prop. 38, which swipes at Sacramento politicians. Dan Walters writes that it may come down to a "murder-suicide pact." It all makes Jon Fleischman very happy.

BILLS: The governor signed 14 election-related bills yesterday, including AB 1436 (Feuer), which allows same-day voter registration. He also signed 13 bills related to child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

ON THE INTERWEBS: The Yes on Prop. 37 has replaced the no side's pizza ads with a spot comparing genetically modified food with tobacco and agent orange.

GENERIC CONGRESSIONAL TRACKER: 43% Democrat, 44% Republican [Rasmussen]

PRESIDENTIAL TRACKERS: Gallup: 48% Obama, 45% Romney; Rasmussen: Obama 47%, Romney 46%

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Madonna endorses Obama at a concert, saying "For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House." [Politico]

LIGHTEN UP: My friend and El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero royally screwed up by firing city lifeguards for making one of the best Gangnam Style spoofs. Andre, lighten up, hire them back, and recognize that they have done more for El Monte than any municipal leaders could.



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Federal Independent Expenditures
Service Employees International Union PEA-Federal Dan Lungren (Oppose) Canvass, Bird-dogging & Rallies $9,177.40 09/22/12
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Jeff Denham (Oppose) Media Buy $44,037.00 09/22/12
House Majority PAC Jeff Denham (Oppose) Media Production Costs $13,714.00 09/22/12
House Majority PAC Jeff Denham (Oppose) Television Advertising $367,147.25 09/22/12


State Independent Expenditure Reports
Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
California Senior Advocates League Pac Cathleen Galgiani (Oppose) $95,148 09/24/2012 09/24/2012
California Senior Advocates League Pac Fran Pavley (Oppose) $83,033 09/24/2012 09/24/2012
Committee For The Right To Know: Vote Yes On 37!!!, The Yes on Prop 37  $1,237 09/21/2012 09/24/2012
International Longshore And Warehouse Union Local 13 Pac Stop The Special Exeptions Act (Oppose) $3,917 09/24/2012 09/24/2012
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Issues And Initiatives Committee To Support Prop. 28 Political Contributions By Payroll Deduction. Cont (Oppose) $1,100 09/23/2012 09/24/2012
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members And Other School And Public Employees Jose J. Medina (i) (Support) $76,708 09/21/2012 09/24/2012
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members And Other School And Public Employees Richard D. Roth (i) (Support) $78,035 09/21/2012 09/24/2012
Small Business Action Committee Pac Political Contributions By Payroll Deduction; Cont (Support) $148,000 09/24/2012 09/24/2012


DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Bill Clinton supports Brad Sherman.


Molly Munger's Tax Campaign Swipes At Jerry Brown In First Statewide TV Ad
David Siders @
In a swipe at Gov. Jerry Brown and his ballot measure to raise taxes, the campaign for a rival tax measure suggested in its first statewide TV ad, released today, that Brown's initiative is the product of "Sacramento politicians" who have reduced school funding for years.

Ad Watch: Prop. 38 ad overstates blame on school funding
David Siders @
The campaign for Proposition 38, the tax-raising measure rivaling Gov. Jerry Brown's, suggests in its first statewide TV ad, released Monday, that Brown's initiative is the product of "Sacramento politicians" who have reduced school funding for years.

Unions Contribute $3.48 Million To Anti-proposition 32 Campaign
Jon Ortiz @
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees contributed $1.5 million to defeat Proposition 32, part of $3.48 million given by labor unions and politicians within the last week.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Election Day Voter Registration Bill Into Law
Local @
California voters will be able to register to vote right up to and including Election Day, though not until 2015 at the earliest, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

New Law Allows Voter Registration On Election Day - Sfgate
The practice has been limited because of concerns about the ability to verify the eligibility of a person to vote on the spot, said Jennie Bowser, senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Under the California law, people who vote on Election Day or in the 13 days prior to that will cast provisional ballots and elections officials would have until the end of the election canvassing period to determine whether the person was actually eligible to cast a ballot. Implementation of the practice will take place the year after a new statewide voter registration database has been certified by the Secretary of State, which will take several more years.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Modernize Campaign Disclosure Website
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure requiring California lobbyists and politicians to pay more to register with the state so that it can modernize its website for reporting campaign contributions and lobbying activity.

Jerry Brown, Molly Munger Gearing Up For Battle
Dan Walters @
Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger appear to be heading toward a direct clash over rival tax increase measures that could doom both.

Election Day Voter Registration OKd For Future
Wyatt Buchanan @
Californians will be able to register to vote all the way until election day after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a measure into law to allow for that.

Former Lawmaker/lobbyist Arrested On Suspicion Of Dui
Laurel Rosenhall @
Those special license plates for retired lawmakers might spark some nice treatment from a restaurant valet. But they didn't come in too handy last week when former lobbyist and Assemblyman Richard Robinson crashed his BMW in Sacramento and was later booked on suspicion of drunk driving.

Reality Check: National Political Ads Jab Ethics, Health Care
John Myers @
Four closely watched congressional races are in the Sacramento region this fall, and all have attracted a national blitz of TV ads funded by outside political action committees - ads where a dash of truth is often stretched and twisted into a political weapon.

Among Some Paul Ryan Backers, Disappointment At Romney Campaign Trajectory
Steve Helber/AP - Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, speaks at a campaign rally at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., Sept. 18, 2012.

Law clears way for independent county redistricting panel
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to allow an independent commission of retired judges to redraw San Diego County government’s political boundaries, wresting away the oft-thorny task from the Board of Supervisors.

Transcript: The Jerry Brown Interview
Gov. Jerry Brown sat down with two Los Angeles Times reporters in his Capitol office for a wide-ranging interview.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Same-day Voter Registration
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation allowing residents to register to vote up until and on Election Day, though the provision will not be implemented at least until 2014.

Death Row Inmates Oppose Prop. 34
Bob Egelko @
Like other state prisoners, the 725 inmates on California's Death Row can't vote. But if they could, there's evidence that most of them would vote against a November ballot initiative to abolish the death penalty.

Brown Signs Law Allowing Women Speedier Access To Birth Control
Laura Barron-Lopez @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday a bill that will give women new and easier avenues for obtaining birth control.

Obama Campaign Had Twice The Staff As Romney Last Month At Same Cost
Matea Gold @
An Los Angeles Times analysis finds that President Obama's campaign staff doubled Mitt Romney's in August, for the same price.

Field Poll Shows Voters Closely Divided On Death Penalty
Sam Stanton @
After years of steadfast support for the death penalty, California voters are now divided over whether to repeal capital punishment through a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, a new poll has found.

Bios for Fremont's mayoral and City Council candidates
Chris De Benedetti, @
FREMONT MAYORAL CANDIDATESName: Aziz AkbariAge: 18Party Affiliation: IndependentOccupation: Sophomore, University of Southern California Elected/Appointed Political Office: NonePersonal Background: SingleEducation: Graduate of Washington High School, Class of 2011Website: www.

Prop. 37 Reveals Food Fight Over Labels
Tara Duggan and Stacy Finz @
With Proposition 37, the state initiative to label genetically engineered food on the November ballot, food labeling is in the spotlight in California. But experts warn that many food labels are unreliable. Some are misleading, using broad terms like "natural" or "whole grain" to lure in consumers. Others are vague and lack important details.

Jerry Brown Defends Former Parks Chief As 'good Soldier'
Gov. Jerry Brown defended his former parks director, Ruth Coleman, saying much of the criticism she took was for implementing unpopular budget cuts he demanded. The governor's comments came as part of an interview with The Times in his Capitol...