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THE NOONER for December 3, 2013

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  • CD25 (Santa Clarita): added State Senator Steve Knight (R)

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SIX MONTHS: The June 3 primary is six months from today, and some think Democrats should be worried: California Democrats brace for low 2014 turnout [Joe Garofoli @ SFChron]

Seriously, Democrats could lose 2 seats in the Assembly, 2 in the State Senate, and 4 congressional seats, and still be the overwhelmingly dominant party in California. The best statewide chance Republicans have at this point is Pete Peterson for Secretary of State.

CD25 (Santa Clarita): Tony Strickland makes first move in run for Buck McKeon's congressional seat, and Steve Knight follows.

AD45 (W. San Fernando Valley): Susan Shelley (R) is seeking a recount in the election that found her 329 votes behind Matt Dababneh (D). 

THE OTHER SIDE: IVP Conference Sparks Controversy Over Funding [Jane Susskind @ IVP]

CVRA: Judge kicks out Palmdale City Council, orders special election [Christina Villacorte @ LADN] - "In what could be a precedent-setting decision, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney scrapped Palmdale’s at-large elections — in which all voters choose from the same a common pool of candidates — in favor of dividing the city into four districts that would each choose a council member."

MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE: California finances riding the roller coaster, again [Dan Weintraub @ HealthyCal]

COME FLY WITH ME: Eagle Snatches Camera, Flies Away, Takes Great Selfie [NPR]

The earth is angry.


  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 24
  • Percent reported valid: 76.58% (94,330)
  • Percent needed to avoid full count: 90.39%
  • Percent needed to avoid failure without full count: 78.06%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brian Micek and Assemblymember Don Wagner!



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Republican Susan Shelley Seeks Recount In Assembly Race
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Republican Assembly candidate Susan Shelley said Monday that she is asking for a recount of the Nov. 19 election results that gave Democrat Matt Dababneh a victory by 329 votes out of more than 29,000 cast in a district largely in the San Fernando Valley.

Supreme Court Rejects Liberty University Employer Mandate Challenge To Health Law
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the constitutionality of Obamacare’s employer mandate.

Democrats Have Legislative Supermajorities, But Will They Use Them Or Lose Them?
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Phillip Ung To Leave California Common Cause
Christopher Cadelago @
One of the capitol's most active political ethics and campaign-finance watchdogs is leaving his post as policy advocate at California Common Cause at year's end.

Obama to use federal health insurance exchange to find a new plan
Kathleen Hennessey @
WASHINGTON – The president plans to buy new health insurance through the online marketplace created by his signature healthcare law, a spokesman said Monday, confirming a promise the White House made nearly three years ago as it fought to push the legislation through Congress.

Senator Steve Knight, Stops in Maui, Before Announcing for Congress
The road to Congress runs through Maui. GOP congressional candidates Sen. Steve Knight and Asm. Jeff Gorell attended the infamous Maui junket.

Field Poll: Disapproval Of Obama Rises Among California Voters
Christopher Cadelago @
President Barack Obama waves as he finishes speaking at the World AIDS Day event Monday in Washington.

California Finances Riding The Roller Coaster, Again :: Fox&hounds
Buoyed by a soaring stock market and rising home prices, personal income tax receipts are flowing into the state treasury at a rate exceeding all expectations.

Capitol event reveals quiet debate over public menorah lighting
Laurel Rosenhall @
A Jesuit-trained governor, a Latino Assembly speaker and a Jewish state Senate leader celebrate the holiday season. Which one presides over the Capitol’s annual menorah lighting?

School Reforms Revive Decades-old Debate On Impact Of Money On Education Outcomes | Edsource Today
The dramatic transformation of how California’s schools are funded is raising one of the most complex and challenging questions on the education policy landscape: Will additional money improve student academic outcomes?

Yahoo: Obamacare top politics search
Pop star Miley Cyrus bested the president's signature health care law overall.

Statue Of Liberty Stamp: Sculptor Of Las Vegas Statue Sues Government - Chicago Top News |
The sculptor of the Las Vegas statue is suing the United States government for copyright infringement.

Bart Unions Still Mum On Next Step In Contract Dispute
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @
Ten days after the elected BART board asked its two biggest unions to resubmit to their members a revised contract without a disputed family leave provision, the labor groups say they are still exploring their options.

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Supreme Court Refuses Challenge By Online Retailers To N.y. Tax Law
Jim Puzzanghera and David G. Savage @
The Supreme Court refuses a challenge by online retailers to a New York law requiring them to collect sales taxes.

L.A. Unified Accuses State Of 'shortchanging' Needy Students
Teresa Watanabe @
L.A. Unified accused state education officials Monday of “shortchanging” the school district’s impoverished students, saying they could be prevented from receiving all of the estimated $200 million due them under a new school funding system.

Sacramento Region Still Losing Construction Jobs
The reverberations from the economic downturn in construction still resonate in the region. A new survey shows Sacramento lost 11 percent of its construction jobs between October 2012 and October 2013.

State Health Insurance Exchange Aims To Enroll 7,000 Small Firms
Chad Terhune @
California's health insurance exchange is trying to enroll 7,000 small businesses next year as part of the federal healthcare law.

Republican requests recount in close California Assembly race
Jim Miller @
The Republican candidate in last month's extremely close 45th Assembly District special election has requested a recount in the district's Los Angeles County portion.

A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law
Conservative critics, joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill, are trying to make the case that President Obama has overstepped his authority.

Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes
On one of the busiest online-shopping days of the year, the Supreme Court declined Monday to get involved in state efforts to force Web retailers such as to collect sales tax from customers even in places where the companies do not have a physical presence.

Poll: More Calif. voters disapprove of Obama's job
A new Field Poll finds that California voters increasingly disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance while fewer than half support his handling of health care.