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THE NOONER for January 24, 2014
Good morning! It's going to be a quickie Nooner as I prepare to welcome a few hundred community college leaders to Sacramento for our legislative conference this weekend. Plus, it's been a pretty full Noonerific week, and you're probably ready for a weekend respite from me.
GIVEAWAY: If you'd like my Sacramento Kings tickets for tonight (7pm vs. Pacers) or Sunday (6pm v. Nuggets), e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first served. Of course, paid Nooner subscribers get a headstart since they get the 11:30am-er rather than the Nooner. (Section 201, Row G, 25-26...nosebleed for some of you, but I love the location.)
EVOLUTION AND HISTORY: My Evolution on Gay Rights [Charlie Cook @ National Journal] - "In my opinion, what has happened is attitudinal change based on generations and personal life experiences. Almost every family has a son or daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, next-door neighbor, coworker, or classmate who is gay, and most likely quite a few at that. We've come to think it's as normal as anything else. Because it is."
On Wednesday, when Toni Atkins was chosen to be California's 69th Assembly Speaker following the governor's State of the State address, it had me recalling California history. In 1969, future speaker Willie Brown began introducing bills to repeal California's anti-sodomy laws. The bills languished until 1975, when Senate Majority Leader George Moscone--running for San Francisco mayor--rounded up votes.
AB 489 deadlocked 20-20 in the State Senate, at which point Pro Tem Jim Mills had the chamber's doors locked to give time for Lt. Governor Merv Dymally to fly back from Denver to cast the deciding vote. The bill was signed into law by Jerry Brown on May 12, 1975. On January 1, 1976, criminal penalties for adultery, sodomy, and oral sex were between consenting adults were repealed. Five years later, Willie Brown would become the first African-American Speaker.
On Wednesday, nearly thirty-nine years later, the second (and consecutive) openly gay legislator was put in line to be Assembly Speaker, and she is married legally to a same-sex partner in the State of California. Toni Atkins married Jennifer LaSar over a September weekend in 2008, in one of the short windows of on-again, off-again same-sex marriages set in motion by "Whether you like it or not . . ." Mayor Gavin Newsom. Two of the three prominant Republican candidates (or close-to-be candidates) for governor (Kashkari and Maldonado) support same-sex marriage.
And, it was Newsom who introduced Jerry Brown, governor then and now, to the podium on Wednesday morning.
Remember as you leave for your weekend that history is constantly being made all around us. As Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
AB 1266: It's been a little while since we've checked up on the referendum qualification of the measure to overturn AB 1266, relating to gender in public schools. The measure had a very close call of failing without a full count during the random sample stage, and then moved on to the full count. Thus, counties have to manually verify the 619,344 signatures submitted, and 504,760 (81.5%) of those must be valid. Through yesterday, 25 counties have reported their full count, and the validity rate is 78.33%. The deadline for counties to submit their full count report is February 24. It's going to be a real challenge for proponents to qualify, particularly since the the larger counties generally report later and their validity usually lower than the small, rural counties.
GOV: Can Kashkari Beat Donnelly? [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds] - "So if Kashkari frames an attractive message, and can be sufficiently funded, he can get his message through the clutter. Maybe Kashkari, who has credible credentials and views far more in the political mainstream with California voters than Donnelly, is something of a godsend to help Republicans dig out of their awful hole before the entire political structure collapses down on them."
OUTLOOK: California Republicans fear another November of Democratic dominance [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "If Donnelly somehow ends up being the nominee … I think you'll see institutional Republicans, elected Republicans, supporting Gov. Brown. I think it will create a Republicans-for-Brown movement that will be rather open and probably energetic," he said. But "Kashkari remains a huge unknown," he added, "because he's never done anything like this before."
#ANONYMOUS: Anonymous Website Begins Mudslinging Against Neel Kashkari [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]
"HE'S GOT BIG ONES": Tim and Maria are always worth another viewing.
FEBRUARY 10 DEADLINE: The outstanding Capitol Fellows program is seeking applications for the 2014-15 year, and the February 10 deadline is quickly approaching. [h/t office of Connie Conway]
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Hillary Clinton Getting Boost From Liberal Super Pac - Sfgate
Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor who now lives in Oakland and teaches public policy at UC Berkeley, will co-chair the Priorities Action USA political action committee, along with President Obama's former campaign manager, Jim Messina. Many liberals, however, are uncomfortable with super PACS, saying they give wealthy donors more access to political power than other voters. The committees, created as an outgrowth of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision of 2010, can raise an unlimited amount of money from unions, corporations, individuals and associations. Cranking up a super PAC nearly three years before the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton, who hasn't even announced she's running, is the latest escalation "of an 'Alice in Wonderland' type of campaign finance system," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to giving citizens a louder political voice.
Why Jerry Brown Skirted High-speed Rail And Water Plan In California State Of The State Address
David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol Wednesday.
In Salinas, Gov. Jerry Brown Hears From Prison Policy Critics
Anthony York @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown's tour of California's heartland came to Salinas on Thursday, as he met with local law enforcement officials, including some of the most vocal critics of his prison overhaul.
Sacramento City Clerk Rejects Arena Subsidy Measure From Ballot
Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Sacramento City Clerk Shirley Concolino has decided to reject a June ballot measure seeking voter approval of subsidies for sports arenas, citing multiple legal issues with the petitions circulated in support of the measure.
Tim Donnelly: Spell-check Fail Produces ‘barak Obama,’ ‘gov. Brow’ - Politics Blog
One thing we've learned about Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's GOP guv campaign: It won't be dull. In just a few short weeks on the trail, we've had TMI about how sexy his wife is; we've learned how his ...
Hearing Indicates Brown Will Clash With Democrats On Budget
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
It was oh-so-polite, but an initial airing of Gov. Jerry Brownâs proposed budget in a state Senate committee Thursday foretold election-year conflicts between the governor and legislators â particularly his fellow Democrats.
Brown Asks Federal Judges For More Time To Reduce Prison Crowding
Paige St. John @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is again asking federal judges for more time to reduce crowding in California's prisons, this time proposing to release prisoners early if the state misses future deadlines.
Lawsuit Challenging Teacher Tenure, Seniority Protections Goes To Court Next Week
John Fensterwald @ edsource.org
The trinity of teachersâ rights in California â tenure, seniority and due process in dismissals â will be under attack next week in a trial in Los Angeles with statewide impact and national interest.
Proposed Permit Law On Vernon Battery Recycler Passes State Senate
Jessica Garrison @ latimes.com
A proposed law requiring a Vernon battery recycler to get a final permit to operate by 2015 or shut down was approved Thursday morning by the California Senate.
Anonymous Website Begins Mudslinging Against Neel Kashkari
Just days into his campaign to unseat Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, Kashkari, who has made jobs and education the centerpiece of his campaign, has been greeted by a slew of nasty attacks from an anonymous website and his GOP rival.
Boehner on 'Tonight Show': Shutdown was a 'predictable disaster'
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall’s government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” that he warned his fellow Republicans to avoid, but ultimately went along with it at the behest of colleagues intent on a standoff with President Obama over his healthcare law.
East Palo Alto: GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari visits Eastside Prep, defends voting record
Bonnie Eslinger @ mercurynews.com
A day after announcing he is running for governor, Republican candidate Neel Kashkari took his campaign to East Palo Alto to speak with students at a private secondary school that serves low-income families.
The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown's 2014 Campaign
KCRA @ kcra.com
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New Virginia Official Refuses To Defend Gay Marriage Ban
Daniel Rothberg @ latimes.com
Virginia's new attorney general says the state will support a lawsuit to overturn the voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
Tax Board Issues Pay-up Notices To 1 Million Californians
Claudia Buck @ sacbee.com
More than a million people who didnt file a California tax return in 2013 are getting explain-or-pay-up letters from the state Franchise Tax Board.
Legal Marijuana Businesses Should Have Access to Banks, Holder Says
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that lawful marijuana businesses should have access to the American banking system and that the government would soon offer rules to help them gain it.
California Republicans Fear Another November Of Democratic Dominance
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Some Republicans fear two candidates for governor will be unable to help carry other Republicans into congressional seats.
Bristol Bay: Washington Senator, Chefs Protest Pebble Mine
Maria L. La Ganga @ latimes.com
SEATTLE -- Eight days after the federal government declared that a proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay would have a devastating effect on the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, a Washington senator and 250 chefs and food professionals demanded that the Obama administration stop Pebble Mine.
Berryhill budget briefs: Legislature takes first look at governor's budget
while questioning the following areas:
Biden Presses Ukraine President To Find Peaceful End To Crisis
Paul Richter @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in a telephone call Thursday to halt his government’s bloody battle with political protesters, warning that further bloodshed “would have consequences for Ukraine’s relationship with the United States.”