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THE NOONER for February 3, 2014
While the flight was on-time until I got here and--according to the Interweb--still is, we are at least an hour late because we supposedly need something called a "First Officer." Really, won't this guy do the trick?
Over the weekend, I did some major data updates on AroundTheCapitol.com, adding in campaign finance updates and candidate websites. Here's all California state and federal financing totals on one page. Quick links [statewide | congressional | senate | assembly] Please let me know if anything looks askew, as there are a lot of committee IDs that I have to manually put in, which can be a challenge when candidates have multiple committees and my eyes get tired.
Anyway, today we'll look at a few congressionals and move on to state races tomorrow.
There's frankly not much here that surprises me. The one sign is former Congressman Joe Baca's relatively weak cash position of roughly -$5,000. The competition for spot number two in CD31 is clearly between Pete Aguilar and Eloise Gomez Reyes. Of course, there's the very real possibility that we have one more congressional retirement coming--that of Gloria Negrete McLeod, who I would say is 70%/30% running for San Bernardino supervisor. This would lead to a vacancy in solid Dem CD35. Likely candidates would be Baca and State Senator Norma Torres--allies who have shared different camps from Negrete McLeod.
In CD45, we need to wonder if Supervisor John Moorlach is still a candidate against Mimi Walters, who has an 11:1 cash advantage.
Numbers after the jump.
LEDES: Lots of great headlines below the jump.
AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Anthony York cover the PPIC statewide poll, the draught, and Senator Wright on the Capitol Connection podcast.
NOT WORTH WATCHING: The Super Bowl or the commercials. But, congratulations to UTSD's Mark Walker, who is a huge Seahawks fan.
SPEAKING OF: Might the Rams be plotting a return to Los Angeles? #AlwaysARamsFan
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to AD04 candidate and Davis mayor Joe Krovoza.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
The Buzz: Kashkari suggests he will diverge from GOP's recent tax-cutting theme
David Siders @ sacbee.com
When gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari told conservative talk-radio listeners in Los Angeles last week that he would not immediately move to lower taxes on the wealthiest Californians, he suggested his campaign for governor will diverge from a tax-cutting theme Republicans have pressed hard in recent years.
Jerry Brown's Austerity Kick Unpopular With Advocates For Poor
Anthony York @ latimes.com
As governor pushes for a rainy-day fund, advocates say it's more important to help California's 9 million living in poverty.
Senate's Treatment Of Two Senators Continues Erratic Pattern
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
The state Senate's disparate treatment of two Democratic senators under fire for their political ethics continues an erratic, irrational pattern.
Healthcare.gov Can't Handle Appeals Of Enrollment Errors
Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.
State Private-sector Retirement Plan Gets Donors
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
The author of the program, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, may become the next leader of the state Senate. So the plan being developed by a nine-member board could have a strong advocate when it comes back to the Legislature for approval.
Senate’s treatment of two senators continues erratic pattern
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
When it was revealed that Sen. Ron Calderon was under federal investigation for financial dealings, Senate leaders, especially President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, were sharply critical and stripped him of committee positions.
It's Back To San Diego Politics As Usual In Unusual Mayoral Election
Tony Perry @ latimes.com
In bid to replace Bob Filner, Democrat David Alvarez and Republican Kevin Faulconer represent return to a more centrist tradition.
Steinberg Bill Aims To Ease California Drought
Matt Weiser @ sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says the Legislature needs to rewrite a water bond for 2014 as well as spend money from prior bonds to address water needs.
Valley Cattle Ranchers Trying To Stay Afloat Amid Drought
Robert Rodriguez @ fresnobee.com
For ranchers, grasses are the primary food source for their animals. Amid a statewide drought, livestock ranchers like Lasgoity have been battling to maintain their herds by buying hay at escalating prices, trucking water to empty ponds, or selling some of their animals to stretch their feed budgets.
Dan Schnur Makes A Nonpartisan Pitch
George Skelton @ latimes.com
The former GOP strategist and spokesman is waging an independent run for secretary of state.
Dan Walters Daily: Less water means more water politics
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
Friday's major announcement on water deliveries is just the latest major policy consequence coming out of California's drought, Dan says.
Early Drive For Hillary Clinton Unsettles Democrats
The formidable campaign apparatus that has sprung up to support a possible 2016 presidential bid by Hillary Clinton is rattling some Democrats, sparking concerns that it could suppress competition for the party nomination and siphon money from candidates running in the midterm elections this fall.
Steinberg legislation aims to ease state drought
The leader of the state Senate is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities affected by California's lingering drought.
Glove Law Has Many Chefs Steamed
Betty Hallock @ latimes.com
"I don't feel connected to my food," Sushi Gen chef Toshiaki Toyoshima says of California's glove requirement.
Aggressive Public Relations Campaign Amplifies Courtroom Battle Against Teacher Work Rules
Louis Freedberg @ edsource.org
The campaign seems designed to make sure that the explosive issues being raised regarding teachersâ job security in California ripple far beyond a cramped courtroom in Los Angeles and help shape public opinion across the state and nation.
Critics Question Why BART Police Force Exists
Henry K. Lee @ sfgate.com
The accidental shooting of BART's head of detectives by a fellow officer has fueled critics who not only question the training and experience within the transit agency's independent police force, but wonder why it exists at all.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Moderate Republicans are finally retreating from tea party
E.J. Dionne Jr. @ sacbee.com
The botched rollout of the health care law has called forth some good news: Republicans are so confident they can ride anti-Obamacare sentiment to electoral victory that they’re growing ever-more impatient with the tea party’s fanaticism. Immigration reform may be the result.
Deasy Provides Fodder For Both Sides In Lawsuit
In Vergara vs. California, a trial over teacher job protections, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy was star witness for both sides.
Kings Expected To Pay $500,000 To Support Streetcar Line
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Sacramento Kings officials on Tuesday announced the hiring of Turner Construction to build an arena, seen in an artist's drawing.
Campos proposal aims to help evicted stay in S.F.
Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
San Francisco officials have proposed a number of laws in recent months to help slow evictions of tenants in rent-controlled units and to keep those residents in San Francisco. Now, one city supervisor says he has found an even better way to ensure people can afford to stay in the city.
More Rehab Services For Former Three Strikes Inmates
Tracey Kaplan @ mercurynews.com
That has finally happened -- after prison officials, Stanford's Three Strikes Project, the leader of the state Senate and the chief justice of California's highest court succeeded in cutting through a lot of red tape.
Davis-authored Winter Break Petition Gains Traction, Hits Obstacles With Quarter System
Sammy Caiola @ sacbee.com
An online petition posted by a UC Davis student on Jan. 22 has obtained more than 27,000 signatures from students UC-wide opposing a change in the academic calendar that shortens next year’s winter break from three weeks to two.