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THE NOONER for November 22, 2013

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Good morning from Burlingame. I'm just happy I'm not heading into the City where, as of now, BART is not running due to technical difficulties. Meanwhile, 100,000 attendees are in town or supposed to be traveling to Moscone for the Dreamforce conference. 

CODE BLUE: California won't extend canceled health policies [Victoria Colliver @ SFChron] - "Covered California, the state's health exchange, has rejected President Obama's request to let insurers extend their current health policies, a decision that affects about 1 million Californians who have coverage that doesn't comply with the requirements of the federal health law."

  • Who liked the decision: Health insurers, Darrell Steinberg
  • Who opposed the decision: Insurance Commish Dave Jones, Jamie Court (Consumer Watchdog)

AB1266: As the referendum against AB 1266 proceeds to random sample, proponents would need 92.1% validity to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot, which is very unlikely. Those counties that submitted a full validation (small counties) had 72.49% validity.

CD15 (Hayward/Pleasanton): New! Stark threatens SuperPAC against Swalwell [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron]

SANDY EGGO: Fletcher Concedes, Endorses Alvarez [Mark Walker @ UTSD]

The sad exit of Nathan Fletcher [David Rolland @ SD City Beat]

LANDSCAPE: Early Look at Campaign 2014 Part 3 - State Assembly [Allan Hoffenblum @ Fox and Hounds]

STAYING POWER: Anti-Incumbent Fever Won't Oust Many Incumbents [Charlie Cook @ NJ]

TARGETS: New political ad strategies prompt data mining, advertising alliances [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]

WOOF: Sutter takes on California and sends us out for the weekend.



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Jerry Brown Says Lawmakers Should Save Budget Surplus For Rainy Day
David Siders @
One day after the Legislature’s fiscal analyst projected years of multibillion-dollar budget surpluses, Gov. Jerry Brown urged caution Thursday, calling on the Legislature to bolster reserves.

Torlakson Seeks Testing Waiver To Avoid Conflict With Feds
John Fensterwald @
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday that he would require school districts to offer the Common Core practice tests, created by the Smarter Balanced states’ consortium, in both math and English language arts next spring.

California Votes Against Extending Canceled Health Policies
Chad Terhune @
Spurning President Obama ’s plan for canceled policies, California's health insurance exchange voted against any extension for about 1 million policyholders in the state.

In Face Of Big Fines, Torlakson Retreats From Conflict With Feds Over Testing | Edsource Today
Faced with potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines, the state Department of Education has backed down from its confrontation with the federal government over standardized testing.

Obama To Push For Immigration Changes In San Francisco Speech
David Siders @
President Barack Obama will continue to press his case for immigration law changes in a speech Monday in San Francisco, a White House official said.

Americans Agree With Rationales For Health Care Law, Gallup Finds
David Lightman @
Americans see cost as the nation's more urgent health care issue, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. In its first survey since the Affordable Care Act's major provisions were rolled, it, it found "two of the main issues the law is designed to address -- healthcare access and cost -- remain the most vexing to Americans. In particular, the percentage citing cost as the central problem is the highest since 2008."

Healthcare Industry Vested In Success Of Obamacare
Noam N. Levey @
Despite reservations about the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry has invested billions of dollars to help make it work.

Reid, Democrats Trigger "Nuclear" Option; Eliminate Most Filibusters On Nominees
Paul Kane @
The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.

Did Senator Dianne Feinstein Hint At Retirement?
Kitty Felde @
Feinstein said she realized eliminating the filibuster could hurt Democrats should they end up back in the minority again. But she added she wants "for the remainder of my five-plus years to get something done." The remainder of her five-plus years. Was California's first elected female Senator publicly admitting she had no plans to run for re-election in 2018?

California Democrats Fare Poorly In Two Elections
Dan Walters @
Even if Dababneh ekes out a win, what happened Tuesday in both San Diego and Los Angeles should be a reminder to California Democratic leaders that voter turnouts are weak, and with ever-more voters becoming independents with fickle tendencies, nothing can be taken for granted.

California Staying The Course On Expiring Health Plans
Christopher Cadelago @
California's health insurance exchange has declined a presidential invitation permitting insurers to grant extensions to more than 1 million customers with policies set to terminate at year's end.

Third Meningitis Case Confirmed Among Students At UC Santa Barbara
Ari Bloomekatz and Alicia Banks @
A third student from UC Santa Barbara has been diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis, public health officials announced Thursday.

Biden visits immigration advocates fasting on National Mall
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit Friday to immigration advocates who have been fasting on the National Mall, lending White House support to the push for House Speaker John A. Boehner to take up the proposed immigration law overhaul now stalled in the House.

State Unveils New Limits On Toxic Chemicals In Furniture
Anthony York @
Gov. Jerry Brown announced new safety standards for furniture on Thursday, limiting the use of certain flame-retardant chemicals that have been found to be toxic.

New! Stark Threatens Superpac Against Swalwell
Carla Marinucci @
The 82-year-old Stark, the former dean of the California delegation, made the comments in a phone interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday.

In California, $1 Million In Unpaid Fines For Assisted Living Centers
But a ProPublica review of department records shows it collected less than half of that. Indeed, the agency failed to wrest any money from the vast majority of facilities it hit with the most serious sanctions.

Filibuster Changes, Governors Underscore Exodus From Washington
Cathleen Decker @
Events Thursday brought more evidence of why much of the 2014 campaign will feature candidates fleeing, figuratively or literally, from Washington.

New political ad strategies prompt data mining, advertising alliances
Cathleen Decker @
A partnership announced Thursday between the data analyzers who found Americans who might be persuaded to vote for President Obama and the ad creators who successfully pushed them to the polls provides a glimpse of the future of political advertising.

EPA Head Laments Lack Of Clean Water In San Joaquin Valley
Tony Barboza and Jessica Garrison @
On a visit to California, the top environmental regulator criticizes government efforts to improve infrastructure in rural areas.

Chiang sues over faulty state payroll system failure
After months of finger-pointing over who is to blame for a failed state government payroll system upgrade, California Controller John Chiang is taking global tech firm SAP Public Services Inc. to court for breach of contract.

Calif. health care exchange maintains end-of-year cancelations for older insurance policies
Calif. health care exchange maintains end-of-year cancelations for older insurance policies.

Twitter goes nuclear on Senate vote
Politicians, pundits and others take to Twitter to joke about the historic vote.

Health Law Is Dividing Republican Governors
s midterm elections, but the Affordable Care Act is increasingly dividing their party, too.