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THE NOONER for July 9, 2013

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  • CD45 (Irvine): added Irvine councilmember Steven Choi (R)
  • CD45 (Irvine): Added retired Marine Corps colonel Greg Raths (R) 

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MMMM....CANNIBALISM: The Club for Growth targets 10 House Republicans for 2014 primary challenges, but no Californians make the list. Of course, they invite you to submit your favorite to target. [h/t Fleischman]


CD07Local Conservatives Urge Ose to Stay Out of the Elections favorite Republican in that race against Ami Bera is Igor Birman, who was a leader in College Democrats at UC Davis, at the same time as Mike McNerney, son of Congressman Jerry McNerney. Oh, and Birman, who serves as chief of staff for Congressman Tom McClintock, currently is registered at his parents house in the Oakland Hills -- Barbara Lee's district.

I've heard of getting conservative as you get older, but that's a helluva change from being a college Democrats leader to working for McClintock. 

CD15: In my inbox: "Today, over 100 local leaders strongly endorsed Congressman Mike Honda for re-election to California’s 17th Congressional District, citing his leadership in helping to create local jobs and improve education in Silicon Valley."

Honda is being challenged by fellow Democrat and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna.

DISCLOSE: CalPERS to disclose retiree pensions on website [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "California's mammoth public retirement system will fire up a new searchable pension database this month, according to a notice sent recently to member organizations."

CD45: County supervisor to join growing congressional field [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "County Supervisor John Moorlach, who sounded advance warning of the county's 1994 bankruptcy, plans to enter the 2014 race to replace retiring Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine."

LAW AND ORDER DELAYED: Sen. Roderick Wright wins new delay in voting fraud, perjury trial [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) has won another delay in his trial on voting fraud and perjury charges, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed Monday. Wright cited a scheduling conflict in his request for a delay in the trial, which had been scheduled to begin July 15."

Also delayed in a New York courtroom was Amanda Bynes's bong-throwing case. [h/t Jordan Rau]

LAW AND ORDER GAVELED IN: Maven's Morning Coffee [Alice Walton @ SCPR] - "An Orange County judge is set to hear arguments today about Anaheim's at-large voting system, according to KPCC. The American Civil Liberties Union argues the system is unfair to the city's Latino residents."

$$$: On Thursday at 11am PDT, Reinventors will host an online roundtable among tech gurus to discuss money and politics. The panel includes Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, internet pioneer Tim O'Reilly, Founder Ben Rattray, Executive Director Anna Galland, VC Brad Burnham, Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen, Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent, and Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos. Lessig, formerly of Stanford and creator of the Creative Commons licensing scheme, offers a 12-minute preview.

TO TARGET SHEILA KUEHL OR BETTY YEE?: What's next for Wendy Greuel? [Frank Stoltze @ SCPR]

"'L.A. County Supervisor and State Controller are two things people have discussed with me,' she said." 

VRA: The Anomaly of the Voting Rights Act – And a Special Election [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds]

THE BEST OF TIMES: With apologies to AD45 candidate ["not that"] Dennis DeYoung, a couple of readers thought I should have referenced my October 2011 Nooner when I provided a play on his name

FLASHBACK: The failure of the flight crew to realize and correct speed and height on Asiana 214 is sounding eerily like what Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in Outliers.

WOOF: Cleveland Browns fan takes parting shot at team in his obituary [Chuck Schilken @ LAT] - "He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time."



Legislative Edge Hinges On Election
Dan Walters @
A relative handful of voters in the San Joaquin Valley may be deciding - whether they know it or not - effective control of the state Senate.

Boxer pushes for Senate vote on EPA nominee McCarthy
Curtis Tate @
Sen. Barbara Boxer, said Tuesday that the Senate could vote next week on Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dan Walters: Legislative edge hinges on election
A relative handful of voters in the San Joaquin Valley may be deciding - whether they know it or not - effective control of the state Senate.

Boehner Blames Senate Dems For Student Loan Interest Rate Hike
Molly K. Hooper @
Speaker John Boehner on Monday blamed Senate Democrats and President Obama for letting interest rates double on student loans.

City College Of S.F. Trustees Lose Power
Nanette Asimov @
State officials stripped authority from the elected Board of Trustees for City College of San Francisco on Monday and installed a "special trustee" with unilateral powers to try and save the school from losing accreditation in one year.

The Anomaly Of The Voting Rights Act
Tony Quinn @
But there was a problem in drawing a safely Democratic seat: the presence of Kings County right in the middle between Fresno and Bakersfield. Kings County, one of the four Voting Rights Act counties, is anything but Democratic – it is 45 percent Republican and only 36 percent Democratic.

California Prison Officials Say 30,000 Inmates Refuse Meals
Paige St. John @
California officials Monday said 30,000 inmates refused meals at the start of what could be the largest prison protest in state history.

Prison Realignment: Counties, Local Law Enforcement Unlikely To See Any Major Fix | Represent! | 89.3 Kpcc
Julie Small @
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.

Senate Passes Bill On Non-Citizen Poll Workers
The state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to assist voters casting a ballot.

Mcgeorge Law School Says It Will Shrink By More Than 40 Percent
Mark Glover @
Student enrollment at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will scale down to about 600 students over the next three years, accompanied by about a 40 percent reduction in staff.

Prison Protests Begin With List Of Demands
Paige St. John @
Inmate leaders at California's supermax prison near Oregon on Monday launched what they said is a statewide protest of policies that hold prisoners in isolation indefinitely, a continuance of the same grievances behind statewide hunger strikes two years ago.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown's labor ally blacklists his former political adviser
The California Labor Federation, an ally of Gov. Jerry Brown, has formally blacklisted Brown's former political adviser, Steve Glazer, for his work in two divisive Assembly races last year.

DealBook: Pension Proposal Aims to Ease Burden on States and Cities
A proposal by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah would enable governments to turn their pension plans over to life insurers.

Senate passes bill on noncitizen poll workers
The state Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to assist voters casting a ballot.

CalPERS to disclose retiree pensions on website
Jon Ortiz @
California's mammoth public retirement system will fire up a new searchable pension database this month, according to

Boehner: No vote on Senate immigration bill
Ginger Gibson @
The speaker says the House will do its own job developing an immigration bill.

CalPERS to post 500,000 pensioners' data online
SACRAMENTO -- The nation's largest public pension fund announced Monday that it will post data online about nearly half a million pensioners in an effort to be transparent.

Lawmakers create Klamath water task force
The governor and members of Oregon's congressional delegation have created a task force to find solutions to the water problems of the Klamath Basin.

Singer Lauryn Hill starts prison sentence for failing to pay taxes
Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

Employer-Mandate Delay In Health Law Adds To Costs And Complications
Kate Pickert @
For a massive law that will reorganize nearly the entire U.S. health care system, the one-year delay of a relatively minor provision would seem a mere blip. But the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate will kick in a year late could ripple beyond the brief extension, increasing costs and complicating implementation of other vital parts of the law.

Obamacare Nears, But Hurdles Remain For The Needy In Oc - Voice Of Oc | Orange County's Nonprofit Investigative News Agency: County Government
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Boehner: Boost Border Security Before Legalizing Immigrants
Russell Berman @
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday said enhancements in border security must be “in place” before the process of granting legal status to 11 million illegal immigrants begins, laying down a new marker in the debate over immigration reform.

McCarthy Headlines Event With "Prominent Birther," Says Ralston
Emma Dumain @
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California will headline a GOP fundraiser in Las Vegas this weekend at which a “prominent birther” will also be making an appearance, well-known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston reported.