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THE NOONER for January 29, 2014

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  • CD11 (Contra Costa): added Dutch Van Raam (N)
  • CD49 (Oceanside): added Johnny Moore (D)
  • SD04 (Roseville-Yuba-Tehama): added software engineer CJ Jawahar (D)
  • SD16 (Kern): added Raymond Miller (D)
  • AD10 (Marin-Santa Rosa): added retired military Gregory Allen (R)


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GOV: Two main GOP rivals of Brown didn't vote in many elections [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "Assemblyman Tim Donnelly cast ballots in about half of the elections since 1995, and Neel Kashkari participated in about 60% of elections since he turned 18."


  • SacBee: Sen. Wright should quit, or be expelled - "Voters overwhelmingly re-elected Wright to a second four-year term in November 2012, while charges were pending. Even so, legislators swear an oath to follow the California Constitution. They cannot pick and chose which laws apply to them."
  • Jon Fleischman: If He Doesn’t Resign, Senator Wright Should Be Removed From Office [Jon Fleischman @ FlashReport] - "Frankly, if Senator Wright does not resign immediately, then his colleagues in the Senate had best be fairly prompt in taking action. There may be some unhappiness about the verdicts — and even some armchair quarterbacking of the whole case. The last time a Senator was convicted of a felony, the Senator did not resign until the Senate Rules Committee cast a bipartisan vote recommending removal a couple of weeks after the conviction."
  • John Hrabe: Sen. Rod Wright, Despite a Perjury Conviction, Remains California’s Most Honest Politician - "Wright may have lied to get elected, but he’s been one of the few truth-tellers in Sacramento. Ask Republicans and Democrats, members and staff, lobbyists and reformers. They’ll tell you Wright always provides a refreshing dose of honesty, while the rest of the building is busy delivering spin. His commitment to the truth has often put him at odds with his Democratic colleagues."

SD35: If Rod Wright resigns or is removed, portions of the district are currently represented by Steven Bradford and Isadore Hall, and both are termed out and registered to vote in the district. Wright is term limted in 2016.

Hall reported $343,000 on hand as of June 30, while Bradford had $99,000 on hand.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: UC chief pushes immigration reform, aid for undocumented students [Scott Martindale @ OCR]

WATER:  Paying for California water action plan beyond the drought [John Guenther @ CAFWD]

CAN WE GET A HANDLER?: NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol

GRAMMER MATTERS: Will We Use Commas in the Future? [Matthew J.X. Malady @ Slate]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Marjorie Dickinson and Anthony Portantino!



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Two Main GOP Rivals Of Brown Didn't Vote In Many Elections
Seema Mehta @
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari failed to vote in many elections.

Obama To Congress: I Won't Stand Still
Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci @
After what critics panned as his "lost year," President Obama told a divided Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he would bypass it if necessary to fulfill the promise of his inauguration five years ago to lift the middle class.

Obama Careful On Immigration In State Of The Union, Lawmakers Say
Brian Bennett and Daniel Rothberg @
President Obama urged Congress in his State of the Union speech to "fix our broken immigration system," saying both political parties stand to gain.

If He Doesn't Resign, Senator Wright Should Be Removed From Office
Jon Fleischman @
State Senator Roderick Wright should immediately resign from the State Senate. He should not vote on any more bills, he should not take another dime of pay, and the way should be paved for the Governor to call a special election to fill his seat.

Reaction To State Of The Union Mixed In CA: "Hopeful," "Disappointing"
Carla Marinucci @
Reaction is mixed tonight from around California regarding President Obama's call for a "year of action" in his State of the Union address, with some base groups expressing disappointment, and Demo...

Washington: Valley GOP Leaders Regroup After Drought-relief Maneuver Fails
Michael Doyle @
San Joaquin Valley congressional Republicans took aim this week and missed their stated goal of helping California cope with drought. Now, having unsuccessfully tried a long-shot, last-minute farm bill maneuver, the GOP lawmakers are regrouping. Their next steps, though unclear, are certainly on the way.

Mirkarimi wants to sign up inmates for health coverage
Marisa Lagos @
Affordable health care is coming to the San Francisco jail system - and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi thinks it will save taxpayers millions of dollars and potentially reduce the number of people behind bars in years to come.

Assembly to tackle teacher pension fund shortfall
Juliet Williams @
Assembly Speaker John Perez says the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, estimated as high as $80 billion.

Sacramento County Relaxes Affordable Housing Requirements
Brad Branan @
Sacramento County supervisors voted Tuesday to reduce affordable housing requirements, hoping to spur home construction after a recessionary lull despite opposition from advocates for low-income residents.

Neel Kashkari Hits California Gov. Jerry Brown On 'crazy Train'
David Siders @
The online-only ad, the first issue ad of Kashkari's campaign, comes a week after the former U.S. Treasury Department official announced his candidacy for governor. In the video, Kashkari, wearing blue jeans and seated in a leather chair, calls the project the "crazy train."

Lawsuit Opens New Front In California’s School War
Dan Walters @
A new front in the years-long political and legal war over the future of California’s immense and immensely expensive public school system opened this week in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Sen. Rod Wright, Despite a Perjury Conviction, Remains California's Most Honest Politician
Here's a bit of irony: California's most honest politician is the only one guilty of perjury. State Senator Rod Wright may have lied about where he lives, but he’s been one of the few truth-tellers in Sacramento.

California Senate Approves Bills On Voter Registration, Guns
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Californians would be able to preregister to vote at age 16 and BB guns would have to be painted bright colors under two of the many pieces of legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate.

Pellet Gun Proposal Responds To Shooting Tragedies - :
DON THOMPSON Associated Press @
Senators approved the Imitation Firearm Safety Act on a party-line 22-8 vote, although several senators from each party did not vote. It now goes to the Assembly.

Republican Leader Calls For Sen. Wright To Resign
Patrick McGreevy @
The chairman of the Los Angeles County Republican Party called Tuesday for Sen. Roderick Wright to resign after a jury found the lawmaker guilty of eight felonies involving lying about where he lived.

State Sen. Roderick Wright found guilty of perjury, voter fraud
Jean Merl @
A jury finds that the Democrat lied about his address on voter registration and candidacy papers in 2007 and 2008 and voted fraudulently in five elections. He could get more than eight years in prison.

House Votes for Tighter Restrictions on Federal Payments for Abortions
The vote, mainly along party lines, stands no chance in the Senate, but thrust the issue into the polarizing politics of an election year.

For President Obama, A Year Of High Stakes And Lowered Expectations
There were no ruffles and flourishes accompanying President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address. In its apparent realism about the state of his presidency and the state of American politics, Obama’s speech highlighted both the broad ambitions he still harbors and the limited means he now has to convert them into achievements.

UC Chief Pushes Immigration Reform, Aid For Undocumented Students - The Orange County Register
President Janet Napolitano dialogues directly with students in an hour-long webcast.

Jury Finds Sen. Rod Wright Guilty On 8 Felony Counts
Laurel Rosenhall @
A Los Angeles jury today convicted Sen. Rod Wright on all eight felony counts he was charged with in the case that questioned whether he lived in the district he represented, potentially sending the Democratic state legislator to eight years in prison.

State Of The Union: What Obama Didn't Say About Energy, Environment
Neela Banerjee and Evan Halper @
President Obama's discussion of energy and environmental issues in his State of the Union was notable not just for what he said, but for what he didn't say.

Covered California Offering Ratings To Most Health Insurance Plans
Christopher Cadelago @
Most health insurance plans offered on the state exchange will now feature quality ratings, giving consumers a better idea about their past performance.

Live streaming: Follow President Obama's State of the Union speech, 6 p.m.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will be streamed live at 6 p.m.