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THE NOONER for March 14, 2013

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As part of a series looking at the "farm teams" of all states, Roll Call's Kyle Trygstad reviews the benches in California congressional seats. Here are the names mentioned in his great article as possible candidates. In most cases, these are folks that might run when the seat opens. In other, i.e. CD31, they could be a challenge to the incumbent.

  • CD06 (Matsui): Dave Jones, Darrell Steinberg
  • CD10 (Denham): Jose Hernandez (poss. incumbent challenge)
  • CD11 (Costa): Henry Perea
  • CD15 (Swalwell): Ellen Corbett, Ro Khanna (poss. incumbent challenge)
  • CD17 (Honda): Ro Khanna
  • CD12 (Pelosi): Mark Leno, Phil Ting
  • CD24 (Capps): Hannah-Beth Jackson, Das Williams
  • CD31 (Miller): Pete Aguilar (poss. incumbent challenge)
  • CD35 (McLeod): Norma Torres
  • CD51 (Vargas): Lorena Gonzalez
  • CD53 (Davis): Todd Gloria
  • U.S. Senate: (Feinstein/Boxer): Kamala Harris, Kevin Johnson Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, John Perez

Well, since we're having fun with these, here is my landscape list in addition to the above, just for shots and goggles. Clearly, if any of these safe seats open up, there would be a lot more folks jumping in, and the longer the incumbent stays, the more the names would change. Anyway, I list those that may be competitive or might be considered most likely to turn over in the few cycles due to a retirement. Of course, predicting the order of congressional retirements is like picking a perfect March Madness bracket. 

  • CD02 (Huffman): Norman Solomon (poss. incumbent challenger--unlikely to be competitive, but interesting)
  • CD03 (Garamendi): Kim Vann (likely incumbent challenger)
  • CD04 (McClintock): Ted Gaines
  • CD05 (Thompson): Marc Levine
  • CD07 (Bera): Doug Ose (poss. incumbent challenger)
  • CD09 (McNerney): Ricky Gill (likely incumbent challenger)
  • CD10 (Denham): Anthony Cannella
  • CD11 (Miller): Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier
  • CD13 (Lee): Rob Bonta, Loni Hancock, Sandre Swanson
  • CD14 (Speier): Jerry Hill
  • CD17 (Honda): Bob Wieckowski
  • CD18 (Eshoo): Joe Simitian
  • CD19 (Lofgren): Jim Beall
  • CD20 (Farr): Luis Alejo, Mark Stone
  • CD21 (Valadao): Rudy Salas (poss. incumbent challenger...unlikely for a couple of cycles)
  • CD25 (McKeon): Steve Knight, Scott Wilk
  • CD26 (Brownley): Tony Strickland (likely incumbent challenger)
  • CD27 (Chu): Ed Chau, Chris Holden
  • CD32 (Napolitano): Ed Hernandez, Roger Hernandez, Kevin de Leon
  • CD33 (Waxman): Richard Bloom, Betsy Butler
  • CD36 (Ruiz): Brian Nestande (likely incumbent challenger)
  • CD40 (Royball-Allard): John Perez
  • CD43 (Waters): Steven Bradford
  • CD48 (Rohrabacher): Travis Allen
  • CD52 (Peters): Carl DeMaio (likely incumbent challenger)

Anyway, that was fun, and I'm sure you can give me lots of constructive feedback to stretch out this list. 

 

YESTERDAY'S QUESTION:  What is the "Great Indian Goose" and where is it located in the Capitol? 

YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: It is in one of the Mathews murals that is located in the basement of the capitol as you enter the restaurant. [courtesy of Fred Silva--admittedly a hard one after a few easy ones]

TODAY'S QUESTION: Who are the youngest and oldest members of California's congressional delegation, the latter of whom is the oldest in the House?

 

 

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Governor Jerry Brown and Senate president pro tem, Darrell Steinberg, have voiced support for modifying features of the California Environmental Quality Act that is often used as a roadblock to business development.

Brown Administration Files Final Furlough Brief In Appellate Court
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Lawyers representing Gov. Jerry Brown have filed their last brief in the final furlough skirmish between state labor and management.

More Online College Courses For Calif.?
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Students at public colleges and universities in California could take online courses - even if offered outside their schools - and earn the same credit as they would in a traditional classroom, under a bill introduced at the Capitol.

Ed Hernandez's Health Care Bills Set Stage For Fight With Doctors
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Citing a need for more medical professionals to be able to treat patients who will soon have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ed Hernandez today introduced a package of bills allowing optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners to expand the services they can offer patients.

Senator Threat: Unsealed Documents Detail Santa Clara Man's Alleged Threat Against Bay Area Politician
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A Santa Clara man threatened a Bay Area state senator in a fantastical and violently explicit email where he boasted how he could use his purported military-trained sniper skills to assassinate the politician while hidden in the shadows of the state Capitol, according to recently unsealed court documents.

State Lawmakers Weigh Competing Plans For Drone Research Center
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California lawmakers are trying to resolve differences over competing proposals to host a research-and-testing center for drone aircraft.

California Fracking May Boost State Economy 14%, USC Says
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Development of oil-shale deposits through Central California using fracking and other techniques may boost the state’s economic activity by as much as 14.3 percent, a University of Southern California study said.

Republicans Push Audit On Guns And Mental Health
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Obama: Differences On Taxes, Spending May Mean No Budget Deal Is Possible
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House Republicans are staking out stark differences with Democrats as they prepare to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse, while Obama is conceding that a political accommodation may be impossible.

Bills Would Allow Pharmacists, Optometrists To Offer Care
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There's wide agreement that the bottleneck in California health care -- too many patients and too few doctors -- could get much worse with the implementation of federal changes. But expect some Capitol clashes this spring on one idea to ease that congestion: allow more patient care to be done by health professionals who aren't physicians.

The Buzz: Darrell Steinberg 'hangs out' to pitch online class bill
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When it came to unveiling a new push to create a series of online courses for California college and university students, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg thought it was fitting to deliver the news in a decidedly digital fashion.

Lawsuit Filed Against L.A. County Courts Over Changes For Eviction Cases
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Supervisor's 2nd Try To Change Environmental Appeals - Sfgate
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Bill Would Allow California Bars To Stay Open Until 4 a.m.
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Court-appointed Expert Blasts California Effort On Prison Suicides
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The lead mental health expert appointed to recommend ways for California to lower its prison suicide rate and assess the state's progress says conditions are so bad, he is giving up.

Dan Walters Daily
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Senate committee approves assault weapons ban
Richard Simon @
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WASHINGTON — A federal ban on assault weapons cleared a Democratic-run Senate committee Thursday in a party-line vote after its chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) clashed with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over the Second Amendment. 

Roadshow: California's gas tax and what we do with it
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Tribal chairman to OK same-sex marriage, wed 2 men
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San Francisco senator proposes later alcohol service in California bars and clubs
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California Secretary Of State Calls Office Performance 'Unacceptable'
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Farm Team: Many Democrats Size Up Increasingly Tempting House Seats In California
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A confluence of events made 2012 the time to strike for ambitious California Democrats considering a bid for Congress, but a new wave of party talent should find open avenues to Capitol Hill in the next few years.

Supervisor's 2nd Try To Amend Ceqa - Sfgate
sfgate.com
When San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener went before the Planning Commission in November proposing to attach a deadline to some California Environmental Quality Act appeals, he was met by 90 minutes of strong opposition from public commenters and commissioners, who told him to come back with a better plan done with more public outreach. Wiener wants to establish a deadline so that any appeal of the state environmental quality act would be made within 30 days of a project's approval. Wiener stresses that his legislation is focused on smaller projects that can least afford to have an unpredictable environmental process, as opposed to large developers who can afford to wage long, costly legal battles. "Basically what the legislation is doing is taking some small problems in the current law that do need some fixing and using them as a vehicle to completely gut the public's ability to use CEQA to support San Francisco and its neighborhoods from bad real estate developments," Brooks said. Raymond Holland, president of the Planning Association for the Richmond recalled that when AT&T started adding utility boxes on sidewalks in his neighborhoods a few years ago, there was a debate over whether it was too late to appeal.