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THE NOONER for June 27, 2013

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  • AD02 (North coast): added former nonprofit executive John Lowry (D)

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Today we depart from constitutional questions as the Supreme Court vacays until October, and return to Sacramento for an expected late morning budget signing. The governor must act on most of the budget and trailer bills by midnight, and has called a signing event scheduled for 11am in his office. Of course, the news that most of us care about won't be what he signs, but rather what he line-item vetoes.

$$$: Charles Munger writes a $269,700 check to the Tulare County Republican Central Committee, most likely for Andy Vidak in the July 23 SD16 runoff. 

THE ENFORCER: "If a CA county decides to violate the law and not enforce this injunction, CA will take legal action. #Prop8 #MarriageEquality" [Attorney General Kamala Harris on Twitter]

The AG's web site is flying a rainbow flag. Is it me or is her personal visibility in this making it clear that her future is in elected office, as I don't see her getting confirmed by the U.S. Senate for anything anytime soon.

The Ninth Circuit is expected to wait 25 days before vacating its opinion in Perry, after which counties are expecting to start granting licenses.

LOOKING BACK: Schwarzenegger likened to George Wallace for marriage vetoes [Wyatt Buchanan @ SFChron] - "'Not to be too harsh, but I think that history could potentially remember Arnold Schwarzenegger as the George Wallace of California social history,' [State Senator Mark] Leno said, with Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, nodding behind him."

REALLY DOWN BALLOT: Former state senator Steve Peace has submitted an initiative for title and summary that would end the practice of having political party central committees on ballots.

LONE STAR: As Texas governor Rick Perry calls a special session to get the abortion bill he wants, filibustering lawmaker Wendy Davis gets the Taiwanese treatment

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its statewide survey for the month of June. The survey focuses on information technology, but also gets in some of our standard questions.

  • California generally: 45% right direction, 42% wrong direction (right -1% from January, wrong -6% from May)
  • CA economic conditions over next 6 months: 46% good times, 42% bad times (-2% from January)




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Taxpayers Group Fears Impact Of Gay Marriage Ruling On Unrelated Ballot Measures
David Siders @
Fearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in California could hobble the proponents of other, unrelated ballot initiatives, the president of a taxpayers group said today he is considering an effort to enshrine in the state constitution the authority of initiative proponents to defend their measures in court.

Kamala Harris Calls For Same-sex Marriages To Resume 'immediately'
Kate Mather @
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urged the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to lift its stay and allow same-sex marriages to resume immediately.

Jerry Brown signs California budget bill
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown this morning signed a $96.3 billion spending plan that will shift more education money to poor and English-learning students and expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million low-income Californians under the federal healthcare overhaul.

Gay Marriage: Proposition 8 Appears Doomed In California After Supreme Court Ruling
Local @
Supreme Court, on same day it strikes down federal ban on same-sex marriage benefits, deals a fatal blow to California gay marriage ban, leaving intact lower court ruling finding voter-approved law unconstitutional. California gay marriage foes want to battle on.

Jerry Brown: Counties Must Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-sex Couples
Anthony York @
Gov. Jerry Brown said county clerks must soon begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ’s ruling on the issue Wednesday.

Marriage Ruling Raises Ballot Measure Questions
Paul Elias @
Gays might soon be able to marry in California because the governor and attorney general refused to defend the will of voters.

California Nurses Association, Foreign Health Care Union Leaders Form Global Nurses United
Chris Rauber @
Never a union to let a crisis go to waste, the Oakland-based California Nurses Association is leading an international effort to meld health care unions into a global force against "austerity measures, privatization and cuts in health care services."

Opponents Of Same-sex Marriage Blast Court Ruling On Prop. 8
Chris Megerian @
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in California are unsure of their next step after Wednesday's ruling from the country's highest court invalidated Proposition 8 .

Schwarzenegger Likened To George Wallace For Marriage Vetoes
Wyatt Buchanan, Michael Collier, Richard Dunham, Bob Egelko, Joe Garofoli, Marisa Lagos, Carolyn Lochhead, Carla Marinucci, @
Schwarzenegger likened to George Wallace for marriage vetoes

Prop. 8 Judge Not Surprised By Supreme Court Ruling
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
Vaughn Walker, the retired federal judge who first struck down California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, was working out at the gym when Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 came down.

Doma Decision Clears Way For CalPERS To Offer Long-term Care For Gay Couples - Business - The Sacramento Bee
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears the way for CalPERS to begin offering its nursing-home insurance coverage to gay couples, following a three-year-old legal battle.

Dianne Feinstein, Jerrold Nadler Re-Introduce DOMA Repeal
Carolyn Lochhead @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act Wednesday that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, even though the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 law known as DOMA.

San Francisco Celebrates Gay Marriage Rulings As A 'Love Day'
Kim Minugh @
On this day, in this city – where diversity is the standard rather than the exception – the signs of celebration were in some cases subtle: A man wearing a rainbow T-shirt riding his vintage bike through the Mission. Cars honking as they passed City Hall. A toddler wishing strangers a "happy love day."

6 Takeaways On Prop. 8 Ruling
John Myers @
The nation's high court has offered its final opinion on California's 2008 ban on same sex marriages. But the issue is far from over, with the Prop 8 aftermath likely a heated issue for weeks and months to come.

Fresno County Enterprise Zone Gets Failing Grade From State
David Siders @
With Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to overhaul California's enterprise zone program pending before the state Assembly, the Brown administration this afternoon notified a third enterprise zone it had failed a state audit, this one in Fresno County.

Prop. 8: Bay Area's gay rights advocates celebrate same-sex marriage rulings
Josh Richman, Joshua Melvin and Erin Ivie @
Nervous silence in San Francisco turned to wild cheers as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and all but voided Proposition 8, which has banned same-sex marriage in California for more than four years.

Supreme Court Finally Fixes The Voting Rights Act :: Fox&hounds
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Prop. 8: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Avoids 'vindication' As He Smiles
Maria La Ganga @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't like to use the word "vindication," he told a crowd of reporters Wednesday. It's the kind of term that can get an elected official in trouble.

Same-sex marriage victory creates new challenges
The Supreme Court made history Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality, in California and nationwide. In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage.

Bay Area Lawmakers' Reactions To Marriage Rulings
Local @
Federal and state lawmakers representing the Bay Area hail the Supreme Courts rulings on gay marriage.

How Supreme Court Doma Ruling Affects Same-sex Military Couples |
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears a pathway for same-sex military couples to receive the same benefits as heterosexual married military couples.

Prop. 8 Judge Vaughn Walker: 'I Am Not Going To Be In The Parade'
Maura Dolan @
Vaughn R. Walker, the San Francisco judge who issued the first ruling on the federal constitutionality of Proposition 8, said Wednesday that he believes the trial he presided over affected the outcome of the same-sex marriage cases decided by the Supreme Court. “Subliminally, yes,” he said in an interview.

Same-sex Marriage Wins 2 Victories At Supreme Court | Mcclatchy
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau @
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court made history Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality, in California and nationwide.