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THE NOONER for November 6, 2012

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ELECTION DAY

It's eight hours before the polls close in California and you're in one of two camps. You're either pounding the pavement looking for your voters, or you're sitting in front of your computer constantly hitting refresh on Twitter, Real Clear Politics, Drudge, Five Thirty Eight, or some other site. You've heard enough from me this cycle, and I thank you for your engagement. I'll be back tomorrow and the days after to try to make sense of it all.

Most important thing to keep in mind tonight: It's likely that 20% or more of ballots (2.5 million) won't be counted tonight, as absentees received in the mail or at the polls today must be verified before counted. We likely won't know the results of Prop. 30 tonight, along with perhaps a dozen or more legislative and congressional races.

Lots of Nooner subscribers will be winners tonight, and many will not succeed. Whoever your candidate or issue is, I thank you though for your passion and contributions to make the Golden State a better place for us all.

After 8pm, results will be available at aroundthecapitol.com/results. I'll be tweeting my thoughts tonight.


TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Much At Stake As Voters Head To Polls
Joe Garofoli @
sfgate.com
In case you've been separated from your phone, TV, radio and online connection for the past several months and have missed billions of dollars of campaign advertising, Tuesday is election day and your final opportunity to cast a ballot.

Gov. Jerry Brown Crisscrosses California In Final Prop. 30 Push
Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York @
latimes.com
To shore up support for Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown goes on a 5-city swing to tout his proposal to raise taxes and head off deep cuts to public education.

Jerry Brown Makes Retail Pitch For Proposition 30
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown joined Proposition 30 supporters at a San Fernando Valley shopping mall on Monday, part of a five-city barnstorming tour where the governor tried to drum up last-minute support for his tax initiative. The governor's brief remarks came...

Bill Clinton Robocalls Blast California's Proposition 32
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
Former President Bill Clinton has jumped into the Proposition 32 fight in the last few days with recorded telephone messages urging voters give thumbs down to the campaign-finance measure on Tuesday's ballot.

Tight Races Await O.c., Calif. Voters | County, State, Polling
MARTIN WISCKOL @
ocregister.com
California's 55 Electoral College votes are likely going to Barack Obama, but there are a number of tight, high-profile races and measures on Orange County ballots where outcomes are far from certain.

Jerry Brown Votes For Measure To Repeal Death Penalty
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
OAKLAND - Gov. Jerry Brown this morning said he voted for a ballot initiative to repeal the death penalty, after declining during the campaign to say how he would vote on the measure.

More And More Californians Voting Before Election Day
latimesblogs.latimes.com
Months of campaigning have all been leading up to election day on Tuesday, but for an increasing number of voters around the state, the action has already come and gone. More and more Californians are casting their ballots through the...

Political Contributions More Difficult To Trace After Key U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
Kevin Yamamura @
sacbee.com
For weeks, state campaign regulators were determined to sleuth out the donors behind an $11 million contribution that landed in the middle of California's initiative wars last month.

Brown Casts Ballot, Lauds Perseverance - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Brown said he was concerned about the $11-million political donation that came from an out-of-state conservative group, calling it "secret money that came from Arizona" and the "largest anonymous contribution" in state history. The governor called it a "very serious violation" of California election rules and predicted it would be the subject of an "extensive" investigation. The donation passed through three conservative out-of-state political organizations before it landed in California on Oct. 15 with a Sacramento political committee that opposes Prop. 30 and supports Proposition 32, a measure to restrict union political activity, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Students vote for two proposed tax increases by landslide in mock election
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
While Californians were flocking to the polls this morning, the two proposed tax increases on this year's statewide ballot already had passed by a landslide in a mock election at one Sacramento-area high school.

Election Will Decide If Democrats Get Supermajority In State Senate
latimesblogs.latimes.com
California voters will determine whether Democrats get a two-thirds majority in the state Senate

Sacramento Bee breaks down key ballot measures
Jon Ortiz @
blogs.sacbee.com
Here are three quick videos produced by The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau staff that lay out the issues and politics of four key measures on the Tuesday ballot.

Campaign Disclosure Shouldn't Be This Complicated
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Let's begin with the bedrock principle that voters deserve full disclosure of who's giving money to whom for what.

California Voters Head To The Polls
latimesblogs.latimes.com
After months of politicking and hundreds of millions of dollars in television ads, voters head to the polls in what is expected to be one of the most expensive and competitive elections in California history.

California Political Watchdog Names Secret $11 Million Campaign Contributors, Claims They Were 'Money Laundering'
Local @
mercurynews.com
A group tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country, was one of those behind the shadowy Arizona groups $11 million donation to a California business PAC.

Voter Fraud Not Among Top Concerns Of California Voters Today
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Trivia quiz: What were the three most common election issues cited by the 1,900 callers to the secretary of state's statewide hotline during the first several hours of balloting today?

Compton Chips Away At Its CalPERS Debt
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
In a case that highlights the debate over pension costs, Compton has sent CalPERS about $2.07 million after getting sued for nonpayment.

Bay Area voters embrace the privilege of participating on Election Day
mercurynews.com
From first-timers to veterans, Bay Area voters who have taken the time to decode the complicated propositions, research local candidates and -- bonus points here -- watch the presidential debate during Game 7 of the National League baseball playoffs, we commend you.

Cal governor rallies crowd in push to tax boost
The Associated Press @
utsandiego.com
Gov. Jerry Brown hit the campaign trail in Los Angeles Monday in a last-minute push to convince voters to support his proposed tax increase.

Culver City Mayor's Personal Debts Raise Budget Questions
Andrew Khouri @
latimes.com
Mayor Andy Weissman owes state and federal governments at least $550,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, according to liens filed with L.A. County.

Poll Predicts Fewer Voters In California Than Four Years Ago
Laurel Rosenhall @
sacbee.com
The number of Californians who vote in today's election is expected to drop by 1 million compared with four years ago, despite a record number of registered voters in the state.

Senate GOP Leader 'cautiously Optimistic' About Blocking Two-thirds
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
It's not just Democrats making a final push in the state's four competitive Senate seats.