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THE NOONER for February 10, 2014

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  • SUPT PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: updated analysis
  • CD03 (Yolano-Yuba-Lake): changed from Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • CD03 (Yolano-Yuba-Lake): added Air Force veteran Ryan Harter (NPP)
  • CD10 (Stanislaus): changed from Leans Republican to Likely Republican
  • CD33 (Coastal Los Angeles): updated analysis
  • CD33 (Coastal Los Angeles): added attorney Barbara Mulvaney (D)
  • AD36 (Antelope Valley): added congressional staffer JD Kennedy (R)
  • AD37 (Santa Barbara): added accountant Robert Mercado (R)


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THE ENDORSEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: The weekend was a busy one for Democratic activists, who convened in regional caucuses to consider pre-primary endorsement recommendations for the California Democratic Party. Eligible voters included residents of the district who are members of the party's large state central committee, county committee members, or representatives of chartered clubs. To be placed on the consent calendar at the March 7-9 state convention in Los Angeles, a candidate needed 70%. If no candidate received 70% but one received at least 50%, the race becomes eligible for a convention caucus, at which only state central committee members can vote.

Here's what I've been able to collect from the Twittersphere and other tips on the open seats/Dem-on-Dem primaries. Let me know if anything looks askew.

  • CD11 (Contra Costa): Mark DeSaulnier
  • CD15 (Hayward-Pleasanton): No endorsement; Eric Swalwell with > 50%, to convention caucus
  • CD17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda
  • CD31 (San Bernardino): No endorsement; Pete Aguilar with > 50%, to convention caucus
  • CD33 (Coastal Los Angeles): Ted Lieu 
  • SD06 (Sacramento): No endorsement
  • SD10 (Hayward): Bob Wieckowski
  • SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles): No endorsement; Betsy Butler with >50%, to convention caucus
  • SD34 (Orange County): Jose Solorio
  • AD04 (Napa-Lake-Yolo): Dan Wolk
  • AD07 (Sacramento): No endorsement; Kevin McCarty with > 50%, to convention caucus
  • AD09 (South Sacramento): No endorsement
  • AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): No endorsement
  • AD15 (Berkeley): No endorsement
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): Tim Sbranti
  • AD17 (East San Francisco): No endorsement
  • AD25 (Hayward): No endorsement
  • AD28 (Cupertino): Evan Low
  • AD40 (Redlands): Melissa O'Donnell
  • AD62 (Inglewood): No endorsement
  • AD64 (Carson): Mike Gipson


THE MUST READ: 4 key insights into 2014 midterm elections [Taegan Goddard @ PoliticalWire]

LieutGov: Former Rep. Ernie Konnyu might take on Newsom [Josh Richman @ MercNews]

CD03 (Yolano-Yuba-Lake): I had this district as Safe Democrat, but with Dan Logue (R) having as much cash on hand as John Garamendi (D) (albeit with a candidate "loan"), and with the water issue continuing to heat up, this could be a district to watch. There's a reason Garamendi didn't immediately rule out a run for George Miller's Contra Costa congressional seat. (Disclosure: I believe I have contributed to Garamendi, my congressman, this cycle.)

CD17 (Milpitas): The Valley Politic [Kevin Roose @ NY Mag]

SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles): While Betsy Butler was on the ballot for both the SD26 and AD62 endorsements, she announced yesterday that she was indeed running for Senate. Reportedly, Betsy received the endorsement of former foe Torie Osborn over the weekend, while Santa Monica-Malibu school board president Ben Allen picked up the endorsements of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Senator Fran Pavley.

THE NATIONAL STAGE: QUIZ: How well do you know Sandra Fluke? [Andrea Drusch @ Politico]

THE BLOOD HUNGRY: Mary Hayashi: "'You all know my positives. I've done a lot of great work for the district,' Hayashi told party leaders. 'You also know my negative, which I am very sorry. I also want you to know Bob Wieckowski is not the person that you think he is.'" [Steven Tavares @ EBCitizen]

THE EVE: Tomorrow is the special election runoff between David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer for mayor of San Diego.

THE WINDOW: The filing period for candidates for local, state and federal offices on the ballot June 3 opened today. Candidates have until March 7 to file, unless an incumbent does not file, which extends the deadline to March 12.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Top-two system could force voters to work [George Skelton @ LAT]

THE TENT: Republicans on mission to win over Asian-American voters [Josie Huang @ SCPR]

THE REDESIGN: Let me know what you think of the new, cleaner home page, meant to make it easier to read on mobile devices.

THE AWESOMENESS: On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's arrival in the US, Mark Z. Barabak and Paul Maslin post a "Beatles Bracketology" looking at the bands best songs. 



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State announces $133K fine against 49ers lobbyist
Sacramento - The state's political ethics watchdog on Monday announced a $133,500 fine against a prominent Capitol lobbyist follo