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THE NOONER for May 29, 2013
ATTN DC READERS:
My spreadsheet now includes constitutional officers. All statewides are scored as Leans Democrat until we have Republican candidates identified. Yes, any practical analysis of the governor's race would call it "Safe Democrat" as of now. But, we'll have time for that later.
HUGS! It's official. Former Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg is running for SD18, the San Fernando Valley seat currently held by Alex Padilla. Hertzberg enters the race with the endorsement of both Padilla and President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. It's now unclear who else will stay in the race, including Adrin Nazarian and Steve Veres.
Which begs the question: Who was the last person to serve in the State Senate (other than Lt. Gov) after serving as Speaker of the Assembly? I don't have time this morning to go through them all, but if there is one, it was a long time ago.
Which begs a further question...will the Pro Tem succession be decided before the 2015-16 L
MUNGER'S MILLIONS: Charles Munger gives $150,000 Fresno County Republican Central Committee, for either Andy Vidak's primary campaign or the runoff.
SMOKIN'! Speaker John Perez picks up $25,000 from Altria, the parent of Philip Morris tobacco. While the Speaker won't get the privilege of killing Kevin De Leon's tobacco tax (Senate Approps did that), I'm pretty sure they'd like to see Ellen Corbett's e-cigarette bill, which would regulate e-cigs like regular cigarettes move through the Assembly.
BACA'S BLUNDERS: Two of the 30 members of congress, including Democratic lion James Clyburn, listed on Joe Baca's endorsement list claim that they aren't on board. [Emily Cahn @ Roll Call]
SD16: With 151 more votes being tabulated by Kern and Kings counties, Vidak is still falling 167 votes short of the simple majority required to avoid a runoff.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats Duel Over Budget
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Two analyses of the pending California state budget frame a looming conflict with just days remaining before the June 15 deadline for passage.
California Lawmakers Seek Vote On Boy Scouts' Tax-exemption Bill
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The decision last week by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay youths as Scouts was welcomed by California lawmakers, but some are still pressing for a vote on a proposal that could strip the group of its tax-exempt status.
Former Assembly Speaker Hertzberg Announces State Senate Bid
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg is seeking a second act in Sacramento.
Condoms-in-Porn Bill Stalls In Sacramento, Bill On Use In Prisons Moving Forward
Susan Abram @ dailynews.com
A bill requiring the use of condoms on adult film production sets across California has stalled in the state Assembly, while separate legislation to expand the distribution of condoms in prisons is moving forward to a floor vote on Wednesday.
Legislative Democrats In Sacramento Fight Back With Own Spending Plans
Steven Harmon @ mercurynews.com
Senate and Assembly legislators in Sacramento hope to restore safety net programs, rework Gov. Jerry Browns school finance reform and create a new middle-class college scholarship, setting up a much-anticipated confrontation as the budget deadline nears.
Three Calif. Budget Proposals Now On Table
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California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers now have three budget proposals from which to work towards a final deal. The Assembly spending plan approved Tuesday joins proposals from the Senate and the governor.
California's Budget Conference Committee Set To Convene Friday
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
A "conference committee" is a parliamentary device to reconcile differing versions of legislation passed by both houses of the Legislature, but in California's Capitol is rarely used except to produce a final legislative version of the state budget.
Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California
Richard Gonzalez @ npr.org
In most states, the power to draw lines for political districts rests with legislators. In recent years, California voters have tried to make the process less political by taking it out of lawmakers' hands. But not everyone is happy with how things are turning out.
Walmart Pleads Guilty In Waste Case
Will Cane @ sfgate.com
The big-box retailer pleaded guilty at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to six misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into waste bins and sewer systems.
California Assembly, Senate outline divergent budget plans
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
Senators want more money for dental care and mental health while Assembly members want to boost welfare grants, but neither plan aligns with the governor's.
In California, Incarcerated Students Fall Through Gaps In Special Education Laws | Center For Investigative Reporting
Credit: Kelvin Kuo/For The Center for Investigative Reporting
Health care safety net: County leaders protest governor's proposal to remove $300 million statewide this year
Sandy Kleffman @ mercurynews.com
Governor says money won't be needed when health care reforms are implemented; counties disagree
Democrat Ro Khanna Touts “local” Endorsements In South Bay 2014 Cd-17 Race
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Democrat Ro Khanna touts “local” endorsements in South Bay 2014 CD-17 race
Senate Rejects Bill On Prescription Monitoring Program
Lisa Girion and Scott Glover @ latimes.com
Lawmakers fail to pass a measure calling for higher fees for pharmacists and doctors and a tax on drug makers to improve CURES' narcotics-tracking database.
Nine Districts Resubmit ‘stronger’ Application For Nclb Waiver | Edsource Today
Nine California districts resubmitted their application Tuesday for a waiver from key provisions and sanctions of the No Child Left Behind law after spending weeks revising the application in response to dozens of questions by a panel of reviewers from the U.S. Department of Education.
Nba Board Of Governors Unanimously Approves Sale Of Kings - Kings/nba - The Sacramento Bee
Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive in a custom Kings jersey and Mayor Kevin Johnson celebrate.
Diamond Bar Councilwoman Opens Bid For Assembly Seat
INDUSTRY -- Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang threw her hat in the ring for the 55th Assembly District on Friday, becoming the first Republican to put in a bid for the seat.
State Senate District 16 - Districtwide Results | Special Primary Election | California Secretary Of State
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Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats duel over budget
Two analyses of the pending state budget frame a looming conflict with just days remaining before the June 15 deadline for passage.
California Considers Expanding Role For Nurse Practitioners
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Addressing an expected shortage of doctors in California, the state Senate approved a measure Tuesday that would allow nurse practitioners to independently perform more medical functions now within the domain of physicians.
Transportation Commissioners Seeking Answers On Bay Bridge
Charles Piller @ sacbee.com
Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said Tuesday that they expect new details on fixes for broken and suspect bolts on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge at a special meeting Wednesday.
Labor Groups Launch Three-pronged Fight To Pass 'walmart' Bill
Jim Sanders @ blogs.sacbee.com
California labor unions have launched a lobbying, direct mail and online advertising blitz in support of legislation to penalize large employers if wages they pay are not high enough to keep workers off Medi-Cal rolls.