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THE NOONER for January 14, 2014
HELP: I want to populate AroundTheCapitol's candidate pages with consultants. If you know who a candidate's consultant is, let me know. I want to minimize the manual review of campaign filings. [Hint hint consultant readers: send me a list.]
George Miller's announcement yesterday morning that he was not running for reelection was likely the strongest sign that Democrats don't believe they can recapture the House next year. Miller is the influential ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, which he was previously chaired when Dems ran the House. Miller is Nancy Pelosi's top informal lieutenant, played a huge role in the passage of ObamaCare, and walking away from his safe seat even at 68 can't be easy. Josh Richman puts together some of his most fiery floor moments (of the CSPAN era).
Immediately, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier announced that he was running for the seat. DeSaulnier, along with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan ran for an open seat in Congress in 2010, which was won by John Garamendi (and which has been subsequently been redrawn). DeSaulnier had until recently been seen as a candidate for Senate President Pro Tem, but Los Angeles senator Kevin de León appears to have captured a majority of caucus votes. [Joel Fox asks today whether KDL has it locked up.]
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson lives in the district, although is likely to continue his bid for reelection. The question is whether Buchanan or Susan Bonilla run. The two had been anticipated to face off in 2016 for DeSaulnier's senate seat, although Miller's retirement could change that. Buchanan is termed out this year, while Bonilla has another term. I would bet Buchanan runs and Bonilla waits to see if DeSaulnier's seat opens in a special or as scheduled in 2016. Of all possible candidates, DeSaulnier is considered the favorite.
And, you geeks want data? Paul Mitchell delivers you data.
CD36 (Coachella): Ray Haynes entry into 36th Congressional race could shake up GOP [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun]
AD64 (Carson): Former Youth Inmate Overcomes the Impossible to Run for California State Assembly [Gary Cohn]
LIKE BUCK MCKEON'S RETIREMENT: Jerry Brown says drought declaration imminent [Anthony York @ LAT]
DO NOT PASS GO . . . Ex-councilman Co pleads guilty to taking $2.36 million bribe [John Asbury @ PE]- "Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket. The bribe was the largest a public official has ever accepted in a U.S. sting operation, authorities said."
. . . makes our little stings here seem like amateur hour.
FUEL? California ballot propositions could boost usually lackluster midterm voter turnout [Kitty Felde @ SCPR] - "Jack Pitney, political science professor at Claremont McKenna College, says another proposed ballot measure could tip the scales toward Democrats. The Pension Reform Act of 2014 would allow mayors to change their pension agreements with city workers. Pitney says state public employee unions are going to be "working very hard" to turn out their supporters. The side effect, he says, is "you could get higher Democratic turnout than you would have otherwise."
#BEEFCAKE: California freshman Eric Swalwell makes Buzzfeed's 8 Sexiest Bachelors in Congress.
Octomon Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud [TMZ] . . . yes, for failing to report earnings from a masturbation video.
Mitt Romney won't be receiving earnings from this video.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Fiscal Analyst Issues Early Praise For Jerry Brown's Budget
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
The Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Monday that Gov. Jerry Brown's new spending plan "would place California on an even stronger fiscal footing," broadly praising the budget plan in the office's initial review.
Tim Donnelly Releases Bilingual Campaign Video In Gubernatorial Bid
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is out with another campaign video , a bilingual message about returning prosperity to California that features actress Maria Conchita Alonso and a tiny sweater-clad dog named Tequila.
Huff's Bill To End Public Transit Strikes Killed By Union-Controlled Senators
Jon Fleischman @ flashreport.org
Public employee unions own Sacramento. To be more specific â public employee unions spent vast sums of money in political campaigns, almost exclusively for Democrats â and in doing so have succeeded in electing super-majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly who will do their bidding. Oh yes, they also are the biggest funders of statewide officeholders â most notably Governor Jerry Brown.
Tulare Republican Connie Conway: 'lots To Do' In Last Year In Assembly
John Ellis @ fresnobee.com
Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, says there's lots she wants to accomplish in her final year.
Jerry Brown: Earl Warren Redux? :: Fox&hounds
The gubernatorial candidate many Republicans might think is the safest bet in the November election just may be Jerry Brown.
Stanford Education Dean Named UC Berkeley's New Provost
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
Claude Steele, the dean of Stanford University¿s Graduate School of Education, will become the provost of UC Berkeley.
Federal Judges Say Prison Talks Failed
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Federal judges Monday confirmed that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawyers for inmates failed to agree on a plan to handle crowding in the state’s prisons and announced they will order a solution instead.
California Ballot Propositions Could Boost Usually Lackluster Midterm Voter Turnout
Kitty Felde @ scpr.org
Itâs just five months until primary day in Californiaâs elections. Voters will decide whether to return the stateâs 53 members of Congress to Capitol Hill. Itâs an off-year election, when voters typically donât turn out as they do when choosing a president. But conventional wisdom about low voter turnout in midterm elections may be turned on its ear in the Golden State â at least in November.
CalPERS Says It Will Kill Pension Database Project
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
A controversial project to put hundreds of thousands of government retirees pension data on the Internet is virtually dead.
Dickinson Bill Would Ban Online Tobacco Sales To Californians
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
In an effort to limit underage tobacco consumption, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has introduced legislation that would prohibit internet sales of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.
San Jose Medical Marijuana Voter Initiative Filed To Block Pot Shop Ban
Dispensary owners will soon begin collecting signatures to get the measure on the November ballot -- a pre-emptive strike to pressure the City Council against enacting sweeping new rules on pot shops.
Brown Budget Draws Kudos, But Still Some Friction
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brownâs newly proposed 2014-15 budget is drawing praise for its emphasis on debt repayment and building reserves, even from many Republicans. The Legislatureâs budget analyst, Mac Taylor, added another round of kudos Monday, saying the proposed spending plan âwould continue Californiaâs fiscal progress.â
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
FRESNO - Gov. Jerry Brown, touching off a two-day swing through inland California on Monday, defended his proposal to use fees paid by carbon producers to help finance high-speed rail and suggested he is close to declaring a drought emergency.
CSU Prepares To Move Forward Under Governor Jerry Brown's Budget
Josh Dulaney @ dailynews.com
After years of severe budget cuts, Cal State University officials are pleased with a second-consecutive year of modest increases proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown â though his plan fell far below what they had requested.
CalPERS Reports Higher Investment Gains
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
The southen complex of CalPERS headquarters in downtown Sacramento.
California Immigrant Advocates See Health Care, Professional Licenses As Next Battle | Kpbs San Diego Public Radio & Tv: News, Arts & Culture
On the heels of legislative victories in 2013, immigrant advocates in California are planning their next major fights.
Officials poised to officially end CalPERS’ pension database project
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
After catching an earful from retirees and others, it looks like CalPERS’ plan to launch an online pension database is all but officially dead.
Waxman Draws Well-known Opponent In Spiritual Leader Williamson
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
After longtime Rep. Henry Waxman survived an $8-million challenge from a deep-pocketed independent candidate in 2012, some political observers thought the Beverly Hills Democrat would not draw another substantial challenge this time around.
Brown's Budget: Small Steps On Prisons - The Orange County Register
LAURA OLSON @ ocregister.com
Governor offers some changes, seeks delay on inmate crowding deadline.
Measure Seeks To Ban Plastic And Self-Assembled Firearms
Peter Fimrite @ sfgate.com
California lawmakers, fresh from tightening gun laws that are the nation's toughest, now want to ban what crime experts call "ghost guns" - unregistered weapons built with parts purchased online or with 3-D printers.
California Ponzi Scheme Victims Get No Relief From State Tax Bills
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
SACRAMENTO -- Bernice Tingle, 67, lost her life’s savings of over $1 million to a convicted Bay Area Ponzi scheme operator, who’s now serving 46 months in federal prison.