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THE NOONER for May 2, 2013
CD52: GOP Tests Gay Candidate as 'New Generation Republican' in Poll #CA52 [Kyle Trygstad @ Roll Call] - "In a matchup with Peters, DeMaio led 49 percent to 39 percent. The poll was taken April 22-24 and had a 4.9-point margin of error."
POWER PLAY: Savvy politicos block the shot [George Skelton @ LAT] - "[Rob Stutzman] collected signatures of Anaheim voters for a referendum to block their City Council's appropriation of public money to facilitate the move. The consultant never turned in the signatures because the Maloofs, under NBA pressure, ultimately backed down. 'We could have gummed it up for a long time," Stutzman says. 'If you are going to screw with a political town, we'll use every political trick to screw with you.'"
DIGITS: Where you lived in 2005 [Paul Mitchell @ PDI Blog] - "Using the PDI database, and more than 3 million cellphone numbers on the voter file, we can see where these area codes have gone. We can see that there are a number of 415 area code voters in LA, for example, but most are on the westside. In fact, a place like West Hollywood, in the 323 officially, 48% of its cell phones have other area codes."
RNC: If you can't win an election, start a petition!
DENIED: Sec State Bowen tweets why she failed to disclose campaign data online [John Hrabe @ CalWatchdog]
Meanwhile, $1.6 million is heading to Bowen to tackle the backlog of business filings.
MEDIA MATTERS: Be very afraid if Kochs buy L.A. Times? [Andrew S. Ross @ SFChron]
WHOOPS!: The report that Arrowgrass Capital Partners, a NYC hedge fund, spent $2.2 million on in-house lobbyists was a filing error and is expected to be corrected.
TWEET: 27 Middle-Class Problems [BuzzFeed]
BZZZZZ: THE CICADAS ARE COMING! [Radiolab]
Geek time. I'm starting to dive into congressional races and will release rankings of the most competitive races next year. One of the metrics I use is to look at the Obama's performance in the district last year compared to 2008, and also the district's performance in both 2008 and 2012, compared to the mid-term election in 2010. Paid Nooner subscribers can download a spreadsheet of the data here.
So, for what it's worth, these are the data I'm looking at, ranked by Obama's performance in 2012 versus 2008.
A couple of interesting points:
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Oil And Soda Taxes Advance In California Legislature
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Two controversial tax measures advanced Wednesday in the California Legislature — a penny-per-ounce levy on soda and a charge on oil pumped from the ground in the state.
Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Cut California Business-Filing Backlog
Jon Ortiz @ blogs.sacbee.com
In response to an embarrassing six-week queue of business filings, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure today that immediately sends $1.6 million to the California secretary of state's office to relieve the backlog.
Block Bill To Aid Community College Students Advances
Michael Gardner @ utsandiego.com
Legislation to restore $50 million worth of cuts imposed on Community College programs that help disabled and poor students cleared the Senate Education Committee Wednesday
Bill To Change California's Environmental Review Law Advances
Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
A bill that would make changes to California's landmark environmental review law moved forward in the state Senate Wednesday, as Democrats rejected a GOP-backed proposal as "too broad and comprehensive a change."
Part-timers To Lose Pay Amid Health Act's New Math
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
Some workers are having their hours cut so employers won't have to cover them under Obamacare. But many will benefit from the healthcare law's premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion.
NYC Hedge Fund Spends Big In First Quarter Ca Lobbying Reports
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
A review of California lobbying reports from the first quarter of 2013 shows heavy spending by a lot of Sacramento's usual interest groups: the oil industry, the California Chamber of Commerce, labor unions, health care companies and utilities.
Savvy Politicos Block The Shot
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Sacramento's Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA all-star, teamed with a squad of connected political operatives to gain an edge in the fight to keep the Kings in town.
Medicaid has mixed record on improving health for poor, study says
Noam N. Levey @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON — As state leaders debate whether to expand their Medicaid programs next year under President Obama’s healthcare law, new research suggests the government insurance plan for the poor has only a mixed record of improving health.
Studentsfirst Under Scrutiny From The Left
Laurel Rosenhall @ blogs.sacbee.com
Michelle Rhee frequently says her StudentsFirst lobbying group is a bipartisan organization that backs Democrats and Republicans who support her vision for education: charter schools, vouchers and performance pay for teachers.
Leaders Of DWP Union Launch Tv Ads In Support Of Greuel Candidacy
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
A committee controlled by the DWP union's leadership buys about $500,000 worth of TV airtime to run commercials, starting with a spot featuring former President Clinton.
Kevin McCarty To Run For Dickinson's Assembly Seat
Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty will run again for the Assembly in 2014, four years after losing a close race for a legislative seat.
Duncan Says It’s Still Possible For State To Get Nclb Waiver | Edsource Today
The timing is tricky, and the issue is politically sensitive, because Duncan now has before him an application from nine California districts for a separate district waiver. That application, through their nonprofit, the California Office to Reform Education or CORE, has already undergone a formal federal review, and will be re-submitted, in response to extensive reviewers’ questions, sometime in May, Rick Miller, executive director of CORE, said this week.
Questions Remain About Kings' Fate - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
Shriver Or Schwarzenegger: Whose Reinvention Is Working Better?
Robin Abcarian @ latimes.com
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: Whose reinvention is working out better?
Federal Reserve: Budget cuts, payroll tax hike are harming economy
Martin Crutsinger @ mercurynews.com
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stood by its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy because unemployment remains high at 7.6 percent. The Fed said the economy and job market have been improving only moderately, held back by government spending cuts and tax increases.
California Teacher Evaluation Bill Fails Again
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Legislation that would alter how California schools judge teachers flunked another test on Tuesday, failing to advance for the second time in a week.
Is Parole The Answer For Overcrowding In California Prisons?
Katie Orr @ capradio.org
About 30 thousand inmates are serving life sentences in California prisons. Of those inmates, more than 9,000 are currently eligible for parole. UCLA Law Professor Sharon Dolovich says if the state is looking to reduce its prison population that might be a good place to start.
Duncan Hunter Battles Army Over Intel-gathering System
Austin Wright @ politico.com
Hunter, a former Marine, is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO
What State Has The Highest Gasoline Taxes? California, Of Course
Ronald D. White @ latimes.com
California has the nation's highest taxes on gasoline, at 38.2 cents a gallon, according to the Energy Department's most recent survey of the 50 states.