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THE NOONER for October 4, 2013
GOV: CA GOPer Abel Maldonado reboots 2014 governor’s campaign, announces new team [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]
Jon Fleischman's response: "It's like watching your friends board the Titanic in slow motion."
$$$: Shutdown Squeezes American Economy [Julian Pecquet @ The Hill] - "Keeping 800,000 federal workers at home is costing some $300 million a day in lost productivity, according to the consulting firm IHS Global Insight."
IMPACT: The Politics of the Shutdown [Kyle Kondik @ Sabato's Crystal Ball]
As we've shown recently — and as Prof. Arrington’s piece indicates — Democrats are going to have to really dominate the House generic ballot, and Election Day national House vote margin, to have a real chance at taking back the House.
However, if Republicans do open the door to the Democrats in the House, it's not going to be the "Ted Cruz Republicans" who will pay the price. Rather, it's the House Republicans in marginal districts who could see their ranks decimated, just like the House Democratic moderates whose anti-Obamacare votes couldn’t save them in 2010.
So let's keep tabs on how members vote in the pivotal roll calls ahead, but let's also remember that if the field tips one way or the other, those votes might not mean all that much.
CASUALTY: With no monthly jobs report because of the shutdown, Twitter was eerily quiet at 5:30 this morning.
KUDOS: Californians giving up their pay like the employees they have forced to stay home (according to WaPo):
I am not listing those saying they are putting their salary in "escrow" (Kevin McCarthy) unless they pass legislation that pays rank-and-file federal employees for the period of the shutdown.
Now, I've never been a fan of tying votes to salaries and don't believe we should tip the scales even further toward the wealthy in who can serve in office.
The difference, however, from the debate about doing that in California and the Washington shutdown is that rank-and-file state employees weren't sent home during the state budget impasses. They didn't have to worry about their next mortgage payment and those affected (Capitol employees) were provided interest free loans by the Golden 1 credit union.
For members of Congress to accept salaries while the single mom who works as a secretary in a government agency is left high-and-dry is simply wrong. Either don't accept salaries, or support a bill that pays back these furloughed employees.
For six couples, dreams of a Yosemite wedding vanish in government shutdown [Carmen George @ Fresno Bee]
"Delaware North normally employs about 1,450 [Yosemite] park employees, but the majority of the work force was left without work to do as a result of the shutdown." Remember, all of these are on top of the 800,000 furloughed employees.
RIZZO: Ex-Bell official: No contest in corruption case [Linda Deutsch @ AP]
TWTR: Remember when Twitter first was unveiled and everyone said "What the heck would you use this for?" Yup, that TWTR.
DIVIDED: The Athletics Party and the Dodgers Party [Joe Mathews @ Fox and Hounds]
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Assemblymember Joan Buchanan!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
What Happens When The Prop 30 Taxes End? :: Fox&hounds
Proposition 30 passed by voters last November increased sales and income taxes temporarily. The quarter-cent sales tax portion is scheduled to expire in 2016, the income tax piece runs through 2018.
Capitol Hill Shooting Takes Place Only Feet From Boxer's Office
Curtis Tate @ blogs.sacbee.com
Sen. Barbara Boxer's Washington office in the Hart Senate Office Building is only feet from the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Second Street Northeast on Capitol Hill, a quiet corner this week with the federal government partly shut down.
New Law Requires Notice Before Seizing Media Phone Records
Bob Egelko @ blog.sfgate.com
A new California law should prevent police from seizing journalistsâ phone records without warning, as the Obama administrationâs Justice Department did to the Associated Press last year.
Two California School Bills Show Teacher Union Power
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
[Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan] appear to be already vying for support from the education establishment, especially the California Teachers Association, which may explain, at least partially, why both moved highly controversial, CTA-backed bills through the Legislature this year and onto Gov. Jerry Brownâs desk.
Jerry Brown Signs Bill Giving Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, reversing his position on an issue legislative Democrats have pressed for years.
New Multi-state Group Pushes Campaign Disclosure
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- California's top campaign finance watchdog announced Thursday a collaboration among multiple states to share information on enforcing disclosure rules.
Mailer: 'Thank you, Assembly Speaker.' But for what?
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
A contemplative Assembly Speaker John A. PÃ©rez gazes into the distance as an excerpt on the same page declares his legislation to expand coverage for the poor the best path to health care reform in California.
Shots Fired At Capitol After Chase From White House
A car chase that began when a driver struck a White House security barrier ended across downtown Washington, when police shot and killed the driver on a street near the U.S. Capitol, police said.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Drive Legally
Jessica Calefati @ insidebayarea.com
Brown initially opposed making driver's licenses available to people in the country illegally but later reversed his position when comprehensive immigration reform legislation stalled over the summer in the U.S. House of Representatives after passing the Senate.
Amid shift in public opinion and political will, undocumented immigrants win access to driver’s licenses in California
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, marking a dramatic shift in public opinion – and Brown’s own view – of a measure that chafed the state’s last Democratic governor and remained impassable for another decade.
Advocates Urge Gov. Jerry Brown To Veto Gun Bills
Christopher Cadelago @ blogs.sacbee.com
With Gov. Jerry Brown days away from deciding the fate of a stack of gun bills, Second Amendment advocates today delivered to the governor's office about 67,000 signed letters imploring him to veto the 14 prospective laws.
Groups That Pressured GOP On Defund Effort Shift Focus Onto Democrats
Matea Gold, @ washingtonpost.com
Advocacy groups that have pressured congressional Republicans to demand that a new budget measure defunds Obamacare are now turning their sights to Democrats, seeking to pin the blame on them for the government shutdown.
Wild Car Chase Ends With Suspect Shot To Death Near U.S. Capitol - Cnn.com
Handicapping the Texas governor race with Wendy Davis in it
Mark Z. Barabak @ latimes.com
Robert Draper has written some of the best long-form political journalism of recent years. And he knows his Texas, having gone to high school in Houston and college in Austin, at the state’s flagship university. He’s also written for a number of Texas publications, including Texas Monthly magazine, where he offers a smart take on Wendy Davis’ just-announced campaign for governor.
California Says All Delayed Unemployment Payments Processed
Ricardo Lopez @ latimes.com
The California Employment Development Department said late Wednesday all backlogged unemployment benefits had been processed.
Bart Strike Looming Next Week, Slight Progress Finally Reported
Mike Rosenberg @ mercurynews.com
The unions late Wednesday submitted their second proposal of the week -- and their third offer of the ongoing 60-day cooling-off period -- while BART management on Thursday afternoon was preparing its first counter-offer in months.
Government Shutdown Puts Squeeze On Republican Moderates
Joseph Tanfani @ latimes.com
Moderate GOP lawmakers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey say it's time to stop fighting President Obama's healthcare law.
Robert C. Stebbins, UC Berkeley biologist, dies
Throughout his life Dr. Stebbins expressed a unique passion for the natural world through his reports on the evolution of the animals he studied, through his popular nature books and wildlife paintings, and through his persistent advocacy for preserving the natural environment. A longtime professor of zoology at UC Berkeley and curator at its Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, he was the author of "Connecting With Nature: A Naturalist's Perspective" and of the best-selling Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. During one university expedition to the Galapagos Islands in 1964, for example, he spent many nights tracking tropidurus lava lizards to study their curious "third eye," the light-sensitive pineal gland atop their heads. [...] when the groups met again, Stebbins discovered that the populations were no longer able to mate with each other. Made filmsIn his later years, Dr. Stebbins made two educational films about conservation and nature study with the Sierra Club and wrote several science books for elementary school students.
Gun advocates deliver veto letters to governor
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
With Gov. Jerry Brown days away from deciding the fate of a stack of gun bills, Second Amendment advocates delivered to the Governor’s Office about 67,000 signed letters Thursday imploring him to veto the 14 prospective laws.
Some Senate offices escape furloughs
Reid J. Epstein @ politico.com
Some Senate offices escape shutdown furloughs
Treasury Warns Default Could Cause Worse Financial Crisis Than 2008
Jim Puzzanghera @ latimes.com
A federal government default caused by a failure to raise the debt limit could trigger a worse financial crisis than in 2008, the Treasury Department says.
Undocumented immigrants win access to driver's licenses in California
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, marking a dramatic shift in public opinion -- and Brown's own view -- of a measure that chafed the state's last Democratic governor and remained impassable for another decade.