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THE NOONER for January 2, 2014
KEEPIN' IT BRIEF:
#CAKEDAY: Curt Hagman, Jay Hansen and Roxanne Gould.
AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE:
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Liberals find comfort level in 'NPR of gun clubs'
Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
Marlene Hoeber is feisty, tattooed, transgender, a self-described feminist, a queer activist - and a crack shot with her favorite "toys," guns of just about every kind. One thing she's not - and proud of it - is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Study Shows Soda Tax Would Save Millions In Health Care Costs - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Jason Hoppin @ santacruzsentinel.com
As shown by outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to ban Big Gulps, soda taxes are controversial. California lawmakers shelved past efforts by State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, to implement one, but the issue is expected to resurface shortly after the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 6.
S.F. supes high on Chamber of Commerce legislative scorecard
John Cote @ sfgate.com
Remember the days when Board of Supervisors meetings were a crucible of political contention and razor-edge votes? The assessment, to be released Thursday, tracked votes on 12 pieces of legislation important to the business advocacy group. Of the 12 pieces of legislation the chamber tracked - they included closing parks at night to cut down on vandalism and California Pacific Medical Center's plan to rebuild its hospital network - only three had votes that weren't unanimous.
Viewpoints: Health insurance and the politics of 2014
Richie Ross @ sacbee.com
In the storm over Obamacare, two 2014 California ballot initiatives will make it harder for candidates in the November election to avoid getting hit by lightning or just soaking wet.
In Practice: New Ad Campaign Criticizes Senators for Support of Health Law
A conservative advocacy group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers said Thursday it will spend $2.5 million on television advertisements targeting three vulnerable Democratic senators.
Intriguing California Politics For The New Year :: Fox&hounds
Of course, this is California, so the voters by ballot initiatives could institute big changes themselves.
Hollywood Seeks To Bolster California Film And Tv Tax Credit
Richard Verrier @ latimes.com
Hollywood is mobilizing to back legislation that would bolster California's film and TV tax credit.
From Nascar To Wind Power: Congress Just Let 55 Tax Breaks Expire
Ezra Klein @ washingtonpost.com
This is becoming an annual tradition of sorts. Every year, there are a raft of "temporary" tax breaks, credits, and deductions that expire on Dec. 31. Lawmakers usually plan on extending them. But they don't always get to it on time.
Jerry Meral will keep pushing water project, but from outside
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state's Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.
A Keep-the-bums-in Mood May Prevail In Midterm Election
Mark Z. Barabak @ latimes.com
The extreme contempt for Congress is offset by voters' stronger dislike of the other party, suggesting a modest shift in November.
News Analysis: Health Law Challenge Opens Up New Front
s injunction against the part of the health care law related to coverage for birth control broadened the avenues for opponents.
State Water Picture 'bleak' | Utsandiego.com
Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
With additional money to either save or spend in the 2014-15 budget, there are sure to be policy battles between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature in the new year, Dan says.
Fearless forecasts – for the year gone by
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
The state continues work on a massive computer system to unite its vast galaxy of financial data. The 6-month-old Government Operations Agency aims to reinvent the bureaucracy. CalPERS is in the middle of a massive audit of its health insurance rolls to weed out anyone who shouldn’t be on them.
2014's High-intensity Local Races Could Motivate Voters - Sfgate
Is New York’s De Blasio Prompting A Repositioning By The Clintons?
It isn’t often that the swearing-in of a new mayor of New York draws national television attention, but then, it isn’t every day that you see a mayor sworn in by a former president of the United States with a prospective presidential candidate also on the stage.
5 California Politics Stories That Mattered In 2013, 5 To Watch In 2014 | News10.net
Access to Health Care May Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests
A new study conducted in Oregon found that after getting health insurance, people went to the emergency room more often than their uninsured counterparts.
The Roundup: Admonishments for CA AG; health incentives for WA state workers; bonuses in WI
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
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Largest School Districts Vary Widely In Use Of ‘willful Defiance’ To Suspend Students | Edsource Today
African Americans, on the other hand, accounted for 18 percent of willful defiance suspensions statewide even though they made up only 7 percent of enrollment.
California Illegal Immigrants Can Get Law License, State Supreme Court Rules
Howard Mintz @ mercurynews.com
In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court determined there is no reason to block Sergio Garcia's bid for a California law license, now that a new law permits the state's high court to give such licenses to immigrants who are not yet citizens. State legislators, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, pushed the legislation last fall as Garcia's case was unfolding in the Supreme Court.
Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year
After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?
A Mother Passes The Badge On To Her Daughter
Kim Minugh @ sacbee.com
Theirs is a story of legacy â in law enforcement, and in equality. Last month, retired police detective Sharon McClatchy stood atop a stage and pinned a badge on academy graduate Emily Kane â the first time in Sacramento Police Department history that a mother has passed the torch on to her daughter.