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THE NOONER for December 4, 2013

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  • CD25 (Santa Clarita): updated analysis
  • AD74 (Irvine): added Newport Beach councilmember Keith Curry (R)

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CD17 (Fremont-Santa Clara): Howard Dean slaps 'corporate-backed' Khanna [Joe Garofoli @ SFChron]

CD25 (Santa Clarita): Republicans Knight, Strickland will both run for House if McKeon retires [Timm Herdt @ VCStar]

CD26 (Ventura): Jeff Gorell won't be the only Republican seeking to take on Julia Brownley, as Cuban-born realtor Rafael Dagnesses switched his exploratory effort to a formal campaign. Dagnesses joins the race with support from Assemblymember Scott Wilk.

CD45 (Irvine): Moorlach readies congressional campaign [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]

AD54 (Culver City): Sebastian Ridley-Thomas easily won the special election to succeed Holly Mitchell in the South Los Angeles Assembly seat.

MICRA: Patients & Providers to Protect Access and Health Costs, the committee formed to oppose any potential ballot measure to dismantle California's health care cost protections known as MICRA, has retained political strategist Gale Kaufman as Lead Consultant and David Binder as Polling Director. This follows the recent announcement of the hiring of political strategist Jim DeBoo as Campaign Manager. The committee, mobilized against an initiative currently gathering signatures, already has $31.4 million in the bank.

HOT STUFF: Sriracha hot sauce plant dispute shows stinky underbelly of local governance [Joe Mathews @ SBSun] - Last week, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the Irwindale plant that produces the highly popular "rooster sauce" Sriracha to cease operations that could be emitting odors that are "extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance." Too bad the judge didn’t apply the same logic to the city government of Irwindale and shut it down too."


  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 25
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 76.50% (96,970)
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to qualify and avoid full count: 90.39%
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to to avoid failure without full count: 78.06%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014

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  • The California Psychological Association seeks a Grassroots/PAC Manager. This Sacramento-based position will work with the Director of Government Affairs to devise and implement grassroots program for member association, plan legislative events, and oversee day-to-day activity of the political action committee. Strong organizational, verbal/written, and interpersonal skills needed. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume to Amanda Levy, CPA's Director of Government Affairs, at
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  • Political Collectibles Show & Sale in Sacramento
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 10 AM - 2 PM, Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
    Buy, sell, and trade campaign buttons, political posters, advertising pinbacks, and interesting types of pop culture memorabilia at Northern California's annual APIC gathering. Please bring patriotic and vintage WWII items for an exhibit honoring America's armed forces.  Dealer tables are available for $20; additional tables $10. Admission: $3 Contact Adam Gottlieb at or (916) 956-2030.
  • Pacific McGeorge's Mike Belote Annual Endowed Capital Center Lecture Series presents "Protecting Individual Privacy in the Internet Age" Thursday Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street. Free, Register at:
  • Tulchin Research, a leading Democratic polling and strategic consulting firm based in downtown San Francisco, seeks an Analyst for a full-time exempt position. Tulchin Research provides consulting services to candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations, and foundations. More information on the Tulchin Research website, and interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to


Millennial generation sours on Obama, skeptical of healthcare law
David Lauter @
Members of the huge millennial generation, who have strongly supported President Obama in the past, have soured on him and take a skeptical view of his signature healthcare law, according to a new poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Ridley-thomas Win Adds To California Assembly Democratic Edge
It was a foregone conclusion that a special election for an open 54th Assembly district seat would fortify the Democratic majority in the Assembly. The only question was which candidate would emerge from an all-Democratic field.

White House stops playing defense on health care, touts benefits of new law
Julie Pace @
Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.

Neel Kashkari Puts Personal Wealth At Less Than $5 Million
Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official who is laying the groundwork for a campaign for governor next year, said Wednesday that his personal assets total less than $5 million and that he cannot self-fund a campaign.

Christie leads other possible GOP presidential candidates in California
Josh Richman @
California voters see Chris Christie more favorably than four other potential Republican presidential candidates.

Dan Walters Daily: Obama's declining popularity could hurt California Dems
Dan Walters @
In the latest Field Poll, California voters expressed increasing disapproval of President Barack Obama's job performance. That could hurt Democrats' chances of maintaining legislative supermajorities in next year's election, Dan says.

Uproar Over GOP's "Fake" Obamacare Website
Joe Garofoli @
California Assembly Republicans are getting blowback for a website that points out some of the, ahem, shortcomings of the new health care law. Not only does it share a similar URL to California’s official, but it kinda looks official. The concern is that it could cause confusion for those looking for the actual site.

Congressional panel closes in on a possible budget compromise
Lisa Mascaro @
WASHINGTON — Budget negotiators who are racing to prevent another government shutdown in the new year are close to a mini-deal that could go to the House for a vote as soon as next week.

Poll: What does Detroit decision mean for California pension-change crusaders?
In case you missed it, today’s Bee includes a report on why a Michigan bankruptcy court said Detroit can impose cuts on its pension plans and what it may mean for California. After you check out Dale Kasler’s story and what Bee columnist Dan Walters thinks about it, weigh in with our poll on whether the news will impact efforts to put a pension measure on next fall’s statewide ballot. Want to chat more about pensions? Head over to The State Worker community Facebook page and leave your comments.

U.S. Scores Stagnant, Other Nations Pass Us By In Latest International Test | Edsource Today
United States 15-year-olds have continued to tread water while youths in a number of nations have glided past them in the latest results of PISA, an international test in math, science and reading given in 65 nations.

Women's Mount Kenya climb raises funds, awareness
The pair raised money for Zawadisha, a nonprofit organization Gurecki founded with a mission to empower, entrust and expand opportunities for women and children. The group's Web site says the Truckee-based Zawadisha Fund strives to create opportunities for women through micro-lending, savings, preventive health care and education. Porters carried food, but Kelly and Gurecki hauled most of their own supplies, skis, snowboards, crampons and safety gear through the steady Kenyan rains about 575 miles northeast of Nairobi.

Ukraine government survives no-confidence vote; mass protests continue
Maria Danilova @
With Ukraine's president out of the country and his opponents still boiling with anger, the country's political tensions Tuesday appeared mired in a standoff as large protest rallies showed no sign of letting up.

2 Democrat State Senators Come Clean about Maui Trip
Demonstrating their commitment to openness and transparency, two Democratic state lawmakers came clean on Wednesday and disclosed their participation in an annual trip to Maui that is funded by special interest groups.

In Practice: Poll Finds Young People Souring on Health Law and Obama
s Institute of Politics.

SF files suit against ex-supervisor over lobbying
The lawsuit, filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, alleges Yaki had more than 70 illegal contacts with officials ranging from people on the mayor's staff to members of the Board of Supervisors. The rationale is to prevent pay-to-play politics and to allow lawmakers, and the public, to know who is spending money in attempting to influence government decisions. Despite the seemingly strict rules, some city officials and registered lobbyists have complained for years that influential figures regularly ignore the requirements. sees enrollment jump after repairs to troubled website
Kathleen Hennessey @
WASHINGTON — In the clearest sign yet that the federal health insurance website is vastly improved, about 29,000 people enrolled in insurance plans over the first two days of this week, exceeding the number of enrollments on the site in all of October, according to a source familiar with the data.

Viewpoints: Fiscal responsibility should include protecting children’s education
Joshua Pechthalt @
For children currently in school, restoring state funding in five years is meaningless. For returning veterans, funding community college in the future does not help them now. For families struggling with food insecurity, a meal on the table today is what counts.

Vitali Klitschko's Political Footwork May Be Faulty In Ukraine Bout
Sergei L. Loiko @
The boxing champ and politician says the fight will go on, despite his frustration over a failed bid to bring down the government.

Viewpoints: A lesson from Cesar Chavez in the quest for immigration reform
Miriam Pawel @
Eliseo Medina, a student of Cesar Chavez, on Tuesday ended a water-only fast he had conducted for the past three weeks from a tent on the National Mall to press for action on immigration reform.

Source: Enrollment surge on
Carrie Budoff Brown @
The sharp increase in the pace of enrollments could begin to allay one of the industry's other major fears.

Rep. Janice Hahn Calls On State GOP To Take Down 'fake' Obamacare Site
SACRAMENTO -- A website run by California Assembly Republicans has come under fire this week, with critics alleging it misleads visitors about the Affordable Care Act and one Democratic congresswoman calling for it to be taken down.

Obama on income inequality: 'I take this personally'
Christi Parsons @
WASHINGTON – President Obama made a highly personal case for raising the minimum wage and strengthening the social safety net in an address Wednesday recalling the government programs that helped him and his wife get ahead in life.

Nigella Lawson admits to cocaine use
Celebrity chef accuses ex-husband Charles Saatchi of smear campaign in court.

Tentative agreement signed in Klamath water wars
Gov. John Kitzhaber and representatives of the Obama administration have signed a breakthrough agreement for sharing scarce water in the Upper Klamath Basin, where irrigation was shut off to ranchers last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly awarded water rights to protect fish.