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THE NOONER for April 12, 2013

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THE CASH REPORT:

  • LAO (April 11): Month-to-Date Collections and Refunds: $2.151 billion. (16.2% of budgeted projection)
  • Controller (April 10): $1.645 billion 


The Democrats are arriving in Sacramento today for their spring party convention.

SOS: Alex Padilla is in the race for Secretary of State. Also hoping to succeed Debra Bowen is Padilla's fellow state senator Leland Yee.

CD25: Buck McKeon isn't announcing his retirement soon, while Tony Strickland makes it clear that he might run for CD25 rather than CD26 should McKeon step down. Also likely in the running would be Steve Knight and Cameron Smyth.

SD16: While not Democrat money, the Tulare Republican Party gives $48,856 to Andy Vidak.

AD09: Democrat Jim Cooper and Republican Manual Martin have declared intent to succeed Richard Pan, who is running for State Senate against Roger Dickinson.

AD25 (Fremont-San Jose): San Jose councilman Kansen Chu jumps into the race.

The Republican Advantage [The Cook Report @ NJ]

Why Abel Maldonado Won't Be The Next Governor [CalBuzz]

ABC: School district sued over voting rights issues [Teresa Watanabe @ LAT] - "A school district in southeastern Los Angeles County is illegally diluting the voting clout of Latinos and barring them from elective office by using an at-large electoral system for school board races, according to a lawsuit filed this week."

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The contribution limits for state office are now $4,100 per election.  

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