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THE NOONER for December 24, 2013

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  • GOV: added former Treasury official Neel Kashkari (R)

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  • Lawsuit filed over transgender law referendum [Michael Gardner @ UTSD] - "The controversy over the signature count grows out of the timing of the process. The deadline for submitting petitions to block the law fell when county elections offices were closed over the three-day Veterans Day holiday."
  • What would six Californias look like? [Anthony York @ LAT] - York manages to cite the band Pavement in his article.
  • BOE4: Race for California tax board gets unusually personal [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "[T]he race, to be decided in next year's election, has increasingly focused on the legal troubles of Dan Harkey, the assemblywoman's husband, and the digs between the candidates are getting personal."
  • Latinos, Asian Americans square off in political races [Joe Garofoli @ SFChron] - "Asian Americans and Latinos are the two fastest-growing slices of the electorate in both California and nationally, and their swelling numbers are reshaping the way campaigns are run."



  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 50
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.04% (247,452)
  • Signatures remaining to be sampled: 301,259
  • Percent of remaining signatures needed to be valid to avoid failure: 77%
  • Average validity in two previous counts (health care rates and tribal referendum) in remaining counties: 73%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014  





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First Look at Donnelly for Governor Christmas Video
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, released a new campaign video on Christmas Eve.

Obama Enrolls In Health Care Under Affordable Care Act
Mollie Reilly @
President Barack Obama has enrolled in a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act, the White House confirmed Monday.

Last-minute Surge Of Health Law Sign-ups
Chad Terhune, David Lauter and Maeve Reston @
Federal healthcare officials push back a key enrollment deadline to Tuesday as a crush of consumers test the state and federal websites.

Folsom Mandates 20 Percent Cut In Water Use For Residents
Bill Lindelof @
Officials say the city of Folsom’s primary water source, Folsom Lake, is at 21 percent capacity, a near-record low.

Common Cause Report: CA Lawmakers Accept Gifts All Year Round
Santa can skip Sacramento this Christmas Eve. Special interest groups have already delivered more than enough presents to California politicians, according to a new report by Common Cause.

Race For California Tax Board Gets Unusually Personal
Melanie Mason @
State Sen. Mark Wyland and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, both Republicans, have traded barbs about her husband's legal troubles.

Why Jerry Brown Will Not Run For President Again
We were just settling down for a long winter’s nap when our old friend Mark Barabak, obviously with too much time on his hands -- hasn’t this guy ever heard of holiday shopping? -- filed a story suggesting that Gov. Jerry Brown is being urged to run for president for the fourth time.

BART Meeting To Consider Contract Set For Jan. 2
Paul Burgarino and Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times @
The open session meeting will be held 9 a.m. at the transit district's board room, 300 Lakeside Drive, newly elected board president Joel Keller said Monday; the vote had originally been planned for Thursday.

Washington: Congress Moving Toward Debate On Unemployment Benefits | Congress | Mcclatchy Dc
David Lightman @
WASHINGTON — A three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits is gaining momentum.

Pensions For City Workers Can't Be Cut, But Pay Can, Judge Rules In Major San Jose Case
Mike Rosenberg @
SAN JOSE -- In a landmark ruling that could help shape city budgets around the state, a judge invalidated key parts of San Jose's voter-approved pension cuts but upheld other elements that could still save huge taxpayer costs.

Pelosi Makes Her Case For Extending Emergency Jobless Benefits | Washington Watch | Mcclatchy Dc
David Lightman @
Washington Watch, formerly called 'Planet Washington,' covers politics and government. It's written by McClatchyDC's Lesley Clark, William Douglas, David Lightman and Anita Kumar.

Health insurance Q&A: What if I missed the deadline?
Tracy Seipel @
Here are the answers to some questions you may have about the new health care law.

The Roundup: Texas pension fund pays staff bonuses; lost government jobs impacting recovery; NM court OKs trimming retiree COLAs
Jon Ortiz @
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Lawsuit Filed Over Transgender Law Referendum |
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Supporters of Same-Sex Marriage Applaud Decisions by Judges in Ohio and Utah
s ban on such marriages.

Judge says San Jose can’t alter current employees’ pensions
A judge has ruled that San Jose can’t carry out a voter-approved plan that would have required current city employees to pay more to keep their pensions at current benefit levels or switch to a less-generous plan prospectively. Accrued benefits wouldn’t have been touched.

Target May Be Liable For Up To $3.6 Billion From Credit Card Data Breach
This is not exactly the merriest of times for Target. Last week the retailer revealed that credit card data from 40 million customers had been stolen. Now it looks like the giant retailer could be liable for up to $3.6 billion.

Obama Grants 1% Pay Raise To Civilian And Military Employees
Maeve Reston @
HONOLULU — President Obama issued an executive order Monday granting civilian and military employees a 1% pay raise in 2014.

Gay marriage in Utah: State trying every legal avenue to halt it
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage.

The Buzz: Brown gets donation from casino he visited for Dec. 2 groundbreaking
Gov. Jerry Brown has raised another $522,000 for his re-election campaign, including $37,500 from a casino he visited earlier this month.

Supreme Court's Same-sex Marriage Ruling Ripples Through Lower Courts
Matt Pearce @
Gay marriage activists are on a roll in state courts since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Judge: San Jose cannot cut employee pensions
A judge has ruled that San Jose cannot implement voter-approved cuts to employee pensions, but can cut salaries to meet the savings expected from the reduced pensions.