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THE NOONER for November 19, 2013

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  • LT. GOV: added software engineer George Yang (R)
  • SD10 (Alameda): added instructor Peter Kuo (R)
  • AD65 (Orange County): moved from Leans Democrat to Toss-Up

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It's Election Day in San Diego and AD45. Capitol Weekly's Alex Matthews asks whether Nathan Fletcher's party shifts will cost him with voters.

Most importantly, today is a day when we are all Republicans, although that's kind of saying like we all own stock in Berkshire Hathaway, the textile company.

GOV: The LAT's Seema Mehta reports that Neel Kashkari is getting closer to jumping into the gubernatorial race.

CD15 (Alameda): Bill Lockyer endorses Congressman Eric Swalwell, writes Josh Richman. The DCCC is also working anyone with a name in the district to put a wet blanket on Ellen Corbett's effort to unseat Swalwell, who has emerged as a reliable caucus vote.

MONEY MATTERS: Lawmakers' higher office fundraising, spending draws scrutiny [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Lawmakers preparing to step down because of term limits have for years created committees to raise money for statewide offices. Many harbor plans to again seek higher office, but whether they actually run or not, creating a statewide campaign committee while they are still in the Legislature allows them to leverage the power of incumbency to stockpile money for the future."

PENNY PINCHER: The Importance of Being Efficient [Paul Mitchell @ Political Data Blog] - using likely voter universes to have the most efficient mailing costs in the San Diego mayoral race.

PAVEMENT: Group eyes tax measure to repair California's roads, bridges [Chris Kempton @ UTSD] - "Will Kempton, the former head of Caltrans who now leads Transportation California, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, said the initiative would ask voters as early as November 2014 to increase vehicle registration fees gradually over four years. Car owners pay 0.65 % of their vehicle’s value annually. That rate would rise incrementally to 1.65 % over four years, he said."

RECAP: Here's a video recap of the California Economic Summit, which admittredly has nothing on Rob Ford.

WRECKING BALL: Rob Ford GIFs Set To "Wrecking Ball" Will Restore Your Faith In Democracy [Benny Johnson @ BuzzFeed] 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rachel Polish!



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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863



Obama, Admitting Problems, Asks Backers To Rally For Healthcare Law
Kathleen Hennessey @
President Obama told supporters to tune out the "noise" and the "setbacks" to his floundering healthcare law on Monday as he tried to motivate his network of activists to join a campaign to boost enrollment.

UC Medical Centers Bracing For Employee Strike, Employee Relations Board To Seek Court Intervention
With front-line patient-care workers set to go on strike Wednesday, University of California officials said today that a walkout would postpone surgeries, upend cancer treatments and delay everything from emergency care to simple lab-test results.

Ex-Treasury Official Considers Challenging Jerry Brown In 2014
Seema Mehta @
Meeting with half a dozen formerly homeless people at an Orange County nonprofit, Neel Kashkari told them what has been an open secret in California political circles: The former U.S. Treasury Department official and banker is weighing a run for governor next year.

Bill Lockyer Endorses Eric Swalwell For Re-Election
Josh Richman @
Lest you think Rep. Mike Honda’s 17th Congressional District is the only Bay Area race where incumbents are trying to get an early leg up on their challengers, Rep. Eric Swalwell fired a shot across his challenger’s bow Monday morning. Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, announced he has the endorsement of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer for re-election to his 15th Congressional District seat.

Oakland Charter School Battle Rages
Jill Tucker @
Oakland is the charter school capital of California. And that might be a problem. This year, more than a quarter of the city's 49,000 students are attending one of its nearly 40 alternative public schools, far more per capita than anywhere else in the state.

Editorial: University of California’s unfunded pension liability is a hard reality sandwich
the Editorial Board @
Students and their parents no doubt welcomed University of California President Janet Napolitano’s statement at the UC regents meeting last week that they won’t have to swallow a tuition increase in the 2014-15 academic year.

Daniel Borenstein: Pension Reform Initiative Essential To Control Ballooning Costs
Not true.

San Jose State faculty ask CSU chancellor to review its administration
Katy Murphy @
San Jose State's Academic Senate OKs resolution asking CSU Chancellor Tim White to review the administration, citing conflicts, poor communication and low morale

Two Issues Put California House Seats In Crosshairs
Dan Walters @
Two sagas have dominated national politics this year – the federal government’s partial shutdown because of a partisan stalemate and the very rocky launch of the national health care program.

OC Pension Board Backs Off Major Hike In Public Agency Payments
Following months of intense debates over how to best handle $5.7 billion in unfunded retirement obligations, leaders of Orange County's local pension system have struck a deal to avoid a major surge in public agency payments that officials warned could bankrupt small cities.

California Election Officials Tally Costs To Fill Emmerson's Seat
Jim Miller @
Election officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties estimated Monday that it will cost at least $1.1 million to hold a stand-alone special election next year to fill the vacancy created by the surprise resignation of state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands.

Poll: Health care not for government
The survey finds 56 percent of adults don't think the government is responsible for ensuring coverage.

Senator Baucus Offers Bill to Overhaul Corporate Tax Code
The proposal, from the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, would exempt most profits earned abroad by U.S. corporate subsidiaries, but tax anything sold in America.

Airports Ranked By Healthy Meal Choices
At the nation's busiest airports, 76% of restaurants offer at least one healthy entree, according to a survey by a panel of doctors.

Obama’s Ratings Tumble After Health-care Flaws
The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Virginia senator stabbed, son fatally shot in his home
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Police in Virginia say a senator and former gubernatorial candidate was stabbed multiple times at his home and his son died there from a gunshot wound.

Va. Senator in Hospital After Assault, Police Say
The state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds was in critical condition after being attacked at his home in Virginia, and another person was found dead inside the home.

Del Monte To Pay $1.2 Million To Settle Worker-discrimination Lawsuit
Stuart Pfeifer @
Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the world's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit related to the mistreatment of Thai immigrants working on pineapple farms in Hawaii.

Healthcare Plan Enrollment Surges In Some States After Rocky Rollout
Noam N. Levey @
Healthcare insurance enrollment surges in some states that run their own exchanges, boosting hopes of Obamacare backers.

Bell's Spaccia, Prosecutor Have Tense Exchange Over Benefits, Sick Leave
Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives @
The former assistant city manager continued to draw her full salary and benefits while taking time off to care for an ailing grandfather and son.

In Tiny Central Valley Town, A Struggle For Clean Water: The California Report | The California Report
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Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff Responds to Legislative Scorecard issued by the California Chamber of Commerce
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) today issued the following statement in response to the California Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative scorecard:

Senator Bill Emmerson Statement on His Resignation From The State Senate
Today I submitted a letter of resignation to the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate effective December 1, 2013.