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THE NOONER for November 29, 2012

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Good morning from the choo-choo. I'm heading to San Francisco for the California School Boards Association annual conference. 

AD36: Steve Fox (D) now trails Ron Smith (R) by only 969 votes. This is a district that John McCain won by 24 points in 2008 and Whitman won by 8 points in 2010. From my count, around 6,000 ballots remain in Los Angeles, which are not enough for Fox to win. 

AD50: Richard Bloom's margin over Betsy Butler grew tp 1,246, leading him to send out an e-mail saying that he expected to be formally declared the victor tomorrow in time for Monday's swearing-in.

GOV: Tim Donnelly announced on Politichicks that he plans to open an exploratory committee to run for governor, making GOP strategists everywhere squirm and giving Bob Mulholland warm tingles.

THE READS

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Minuteman Tim Donnelly Testing Waters For A 2014 Governor Bid
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
A conservative state legislator who is a former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minutemen Project is considering a run for California governor.

Tim Donnelly: Assemblyman May Run For Governor In 2014
Jim Miller @
blog.pe.com
Fresh off an easy re-election, San Bernardino County Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is testing the waters for a possible run for governor in 2014.

Richard Bloom Declares Win Over Betsy Butler In Assembly Race
Jim Sanders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom declared victory against sitting Assemblywoman Betsy Butler today after the gap between them rose to 1,246 votes in a hotly contested Los Angeles County Assembly race.

Taxing The Rich Remains Popular
Chris Cillizza @
washingtonpost.com
Sixty percent of all Americans back higher taxes on higher incomes in the new Post-ABC data. Earlier this month, an identical 60 percent of voters in the presidential election said income taxes should be raised on income over $250,000, according to the national exit poll.

One California Senate Race Not To Be Decided Until January
latimesblogs.latimes.com
When new legislators take the oath of office Monday, Republican Jim Nielsen will not be among those raising their hands. He decided not to run for reelection to the Assembly with hopes of instead winning a special election to the state Senate this month.

Health Plans Air Concerns Amid Changes To Kids' Coverage
californiawatch.org
Under a budget-paring plan crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by lawmakers, 870,000 children who were covered by the Healthy Families program will be moved to Medi-Cal in phases starting Jan. 1. But it remains unclear whether a health plan serving Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles counties will have enough doctors to accept the children.

State Worker video: SEIU Local 1000 critic discusses union financial records
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
Mariam Noujaim, a dues-paying critic of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, said Tuesday the organization spends too much on travel and dining. Noujaim has engaged in a two-year legal battle to review SEIU internal records, which a judge enabled her to do Tuesday in Sacramento.

Kids' health care in limbo
sacbee.com
Under a budget-paring plan crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by lawmakers, 870,000 children who were covered by the Healthy Families program will be moved to Medi-Cal in phases starting Jan. 1. But it remains unclear whether a health plan serving Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles counties will have enough doctors to accept the children.

Exclusive: CalPERS Triggers Legal Fight With Bankrupt San Bernardino Over Pension Debt | Reuters
Tim Reid and Peter Henderson @
reuters.com
Calpers headquarters is seen in Sacramento, California, October 21, 2009.

Former Treasurer Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee, who took millions of dollars from her clients in the largest campaign embezzlement case in state history, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay $10.5 million in restitution to her victims. Judge Kimberly Mueller of the U.S. District Court in Sacramento called the embezzlement a "significant and egregious offense." Starting in January 2000, which was shortly after she took over the business from its previous owner who had died, Durkee began shifting money among the various accounts and using it for her personal and business expenses. The embezzlement was finally discovered by a staffer at the Fair Political Practices Commission, who contacted law enforcement after finding that Durkee had moved money among various accounts without candidates' knowledge.

After Campaigns, Lawmakers Still Use Social Media - Total Buzz - The Orange County Register : The Orange County Register
totalbuzz.ocregister.com
Democrat Assemblyman Jose Solorio, of Santa Ana, now ending his time in office due to term limits, utilized both platforms to project different messages to his followers.

New Lawsuit Alleges Negligence Over Chevron Refinery Blaze
Robert Rogers @
mercurynews.com
Another 4,800 plaintiffs have signed on to a lawsuit surrounding the Aug. 6 fire at Chevrons Richmond refinery, which was caused by a leak in a high-temperature fuel processing line and sent thousands of people to hospitals with health complaints.

Virginia Beach Unveils Nba Arena Plan - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
Michael Evans, president of Live Nation Arenas, part of the group proposing to build a Virginia Beach, Va., sports arena, talks to reporters after a briefing for the Virginia Beach City Council.

Gov. Jerry Brown Could Learn A Lesson From 'Lincoln'
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The film shows that messy deal-making is often needed to solve complex and divisive problems. And California has a raft of them.

California Lawmakers Prescribe More Transparency And Independence For Megaprojects
Lisa Vanderbruggen @
contracostatimes.com
Questions about real and perceived conflicts of interest among experts hired to review California megaprojects, such as the Bay Bridge, high-speed rail and Delta twin water diversion tunnels, are driving state legislators to look at writing stiff new rules for peer review panels.

Health plans air concerns amid changes to kids' coverage
utsandiego.com
Under a budget-paring plan crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by lawmakers, 870,000 children who were covered by the Healthy Families program will be moved to Medi-Cal in phases starting Jan. 1. But it remains unclear whether a health plan serving Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles counties will have enough doctors to accept the children.

The Buzz: Tim Donnelly ponders the governor's office
sacbee.com
A state legislator who is a former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project is considering a run for California governor.

MTC Building Price Soars $218 Million
Michael Cabanatuan, John Cote @
sfgate.com
Things are looking up for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's controversial plan to transform the old tank factory and postal facility at 390 Main St. into a suitable place for regional agencies to cohabit - particularly the price tag.

Obama Warns Of $2,200 Tax Increase, Urges American To Tweet #my2k - La Daily News
Jim Kuhnhenn @
dailynews.com
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes that members of both parties can reach a "framework" on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas, making his case with a mix of optimism and pressure on congressional Republicans to keep tax rates from rising on the middle class.

Healthy Salmon Mark San Joaquin Revival
Peter Fimrite @
sfgate.com
Two big, thrashing chinook salmon were released Wednesday into the once-mighty San Joaquin River, a small but pivotal act in the boldest plan ever devised to restore a depleted California waterway and bring back native fish that vanished decades ago.

Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee Gets Eight Years In Fraud Case
Torey Van Oot @
blogs.sacbee.com
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller today ordered Kinde Durkee to serve eight years in prison for what has been called California's biggest case of campaign treasurer fraud.

Chief Romney strategist: Candidate 'won the day,' if not election
Morgan Little @
latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has opened up about Romney’s loss at the polls, and where he places the blame for the campaign’s defeat.

Democrats' No-Spending-Cuts Pledge
Debra J. Saunders @
sfgate.com
As the "fiscal cliff" looms, editorial writers and Beltway commentators have turned their sights on their favorite enemy - tax-foe Grover Norquist's no-new-taxes pledge signed by a weighty majority of GOP members of Congress. If Republicans had not been scared into signing the pledge, the pack laments, D.C. pols would compromise, and all would be well with the world.