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THE NOONER for March 5, 2014

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  • Controller (Statewide): added Fresno mayor Ashley Swearingin (R)
  • Controller (Statewide): changed from Likely Democrat to Leans Democrat
  • SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles): added producer/writer Patric Verrone (D)
  • AD17 (E. San Francisco): added writer/entrepreneur David Salaverry (R)
  • AD34 (Bakersfield): added labor relations representative Mari Goodman (D)
  • AD62 (Inglewood): added businessman Paul Kouri (D)

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Enough has been said about Tim Donnelly's inane tweet yesterday, and he's gotten the press (and probably the fundraising) he wanted. Now that he's reloaded, can he get back to running against Jerry Brown and not Barack Obama, or is the launch of his 2016 campaign against fellow Republican Paul Cook in CA08 (SB High Desert)?

Anyway, the tweet drew lots of off-the-record consternation from GOP leaders with "case in point" why Donnelly could really hurt the party if he's on the November ballot.

#DISCLOSE: Today, the 24-hour disclosure requirement for contributions of $1,000+ by state candidate committees begins. Expect ElectionTrack to get a lot busier. The pre-election report ends March 17, with a report due March 24.

HIGH HOPES: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC, or "D-Trip" for you Beltwayers) announced its "Red to Blue" program this week, which mirrors the landscape we've talked about in our little lunchtime lollygagging. 

Red to Blue candidates:

  • CA21 (Kings): Amanda Renteria

Red to Blue districts:

"Emerging" Red to Blue candidates

  • CA10 (Stanislaus): Michael Eggman
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Antelope): Lee Rogers

In CA31, the DCCC appears to have decided to sit on the sidelines to see which Democrat advances in June, recognizing that Eloise Gomez Reyes has built up a sizable number of endorsements within the California delegation and a strong campaign. While many in Washington have become agnostic toward whether Gomez Reyes or Pete Aguilar carry the party's banner in November, there is still an "anybody-but-Baca" effort, however, among leadership in Washington.

The emerging candidates have caught the eye of the DCCC but need to strut their feathers a bit more before getting party backing. Of course, Washington's feathers are fundraising, which means a lot more scenes like this

Of course, Red to Blue is the least of the DCCC's worries this year. While CA31 should be a Democratic pick-up, the others are a very tough prospect in the overall congressional landscape in this bleh off-cycle. The bigger concerns are the defensive races of CA10 (Bera), CA26 (Brownley), CA36 (Ruiz), and CA52 (Peters).

This week, WaPo-ABC released a poll found Democrats with a 46-45% generic congressional ballot advantage among registered voters. In comparison, Real Clear Politics in this same time in 2010 found a 44.0-40.7% average Democratic lead--among likely voters. This is shaping up to be a tough election for Democrats, although we're still in spring training.

THE LBC: Jerry Brown jumps into the April 8 primary election for Long Beach mayor with an endorsement of Bonnie Lowenthal. Lowenthal in one of 10 candidates, and the race is very likely to continue to a June 3 runoff. Others in the top tier of the field include councilmembers Robert Garcia and Gerrie Schipske, LB City College trustee Doug Otto, and businessman and 2010 Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn.

Current mayor Bob Foster has endorsed Robert Garcia, and Garcia has largely split Democratic elected official and labor endorsements with Lowenthal, who received the California Democratic Party endorsement. Former NFL player Dunn dropped his Republican registration and is now "no party preference," and has earned the backing of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Doug Otto, a registered Democrat, has captured many endorsements from across party lines from names such as George Deukmejian and Supervisor Don Knabe.

As for the name of this Nooner, I am writing it with my laptop resting on my right thigh as my leg is raised onto a bench so that my toe can be on ice after a Le Creuset cast iron roasting pan fell out of a cabinet onto it during this morning's pre-Nooner festivities. I won't go into gory details, but it's one of those "Google: should I go to the ER for stitches?" moments.

And, in conclusion . . . off to the ER I go . . .




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Panel To Consider Whether To Give Raises To Governor, Lawmakers
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Three months after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers received a 5% pay raise, a state panel is set to meet next week to begin considering whether to provide further increases, and the chairman of the group says data from counties indicates California elected officials are underpaid.

Laguna Hills Mayor Joins Race For Governor, Hits Raceway
David Siders @
Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount, who has joined the field of Republican candidates running for governor, posted an introductory video from a Kern County raceway Tuesday, heralding the location - and his campaign - as an example of ingenuity.

Sacramento Council Votes To Launch "Cash For Grass" Program To Save Water
Ryan Lillis @
The city of Sacramento wants to pay you to rip out your water-guzzling lawn.

Poll: Lot Of Early Love For Ballot Measure Capping Ceo Pay - Politics Blog
A while back we told you that while DC TALKS about income equality, Californians are likely going to get the chance to VOTE on it in November. And we just got a peek at what might be in store shoul...

McConnell Says Liberal California Billionaire Just Like The Kochs
Evan Halper @
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid resumed his critique of the Koch brothers, but Republicans were quick to respond with an attack on liberal billionaire Tom Steyer.

UTLA - Los Angeles Teachers Union - Launches New Campaign For Smaller Classroom Sizes
Dakota Smith @
The union representing Los Angeles teachers launched a new campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing classroom size. United Teachers Los Angeles members and parents passed out fliers at campuses, demanding Los Angeles Unified School District leaders focus on smaller classes, said UTLA President Warren Fletcher.

San Jose Library Tax Heads To June Ballot
Mike Rosenberg @
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place a measure on the June 3 ballot that, if approved by two-thirds of voters, would extend the library tax another 25 years.

Berryhill urges rejection of campaign money-laundering decision
Jim Miller @
Lawyers for state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, say in a new filing that an administrative law judge got it wrong when he concluded that the lawmaker illegally coordinated with county Republican committees in steering campaign dollars to his brother's Assembly campaign in 2008.

Ethics Panel To Delay Its Investigation Of Sen. Calderon
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate’s ethics panel will delay its investigation into Sen. Ronald S. Calderon to avoid interfering with a federal prosecution of the lawmaker on corruption charges, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday.

Hayward Puts Half-Cent Sales Tax On June Ballot
Rebecca Parr @
If approved by a majority of voters, the tax would raise about $10 million a year, with most of the money paying for more police officers and maintenance workers and a new Main Library.

White House Budget Boosts Immigration Enforcement
Laura Meckler @
The White House budget blueprint seeks to beef up enforcement of immigration law by deporting people more quickly, hiring more immigration-law judges and expanding the e-Verify system that many companies use to check whether workers are in the U.S. legally.

California GOP gubernatorial candidate compares Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Kim, King George III, Mao Zedong
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @
A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

European Union Unveils $15-billion Aid Package To Bolster Ukraine
Henry Chu @
LONDON -- Trying to forge a united response to the crisis in Ukraine, the European Union is preparing to offer the embattled country up to $15 billion in grants and loans to help shore up its new government and improve its precarious financial position, a leading EU official said Wednesday.

California Lawmakers Enjoyed $550,000 Worth Of Paid Travel In 2013
Jeremy B. White @
California lawmakers were treated to more than $550,000 in travel-related expenses in 2013, according to an analysis by The Sacramento Bee. Much of the travel was funded by foreign governments, foundations fueled by corporate and labor money and nonprofits tied to specific industries.

Mike Honda Opposes Comcast-Time Warner Merger
Carla Marinucci @
Seven-term Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, challenged by opponent Ro Khanna to take a stand on the impending $45 billion mega-merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, said Tuesday that he opposes the deal as “not in the best interests of my constituents.”

Alan Simpson, other Western Republicans, endorse same-sex marriage
Jenny Deam @
Citing individual freedom, an evolving definition of family and fairness, and a "big tent" vision for their party, about 20 prominent Western Republicans have thrown their support behind same-sex marriage.

California National Parks Lost Millions During Shutdown
Marianne Russ @
Federal officials say California communities near national parks lost millions of dollars during last year's government shutdown.

Dan Walters Daily: Legislators' financial reports reveal political dirt
Alexei Koseff @
The annual filings show who is trying to influence whom in Sacramento, Dan says.

Obama Budget: Good For D.C. Museums, Not For Nea And Arts Grants
Mike Boehm @
President Obama’s proposed federal budget for the coming 2014-15 fiscal year would lift spending 3.5% overall for the six main federal arts and culture agencies but provide no increase for the three grant-making bodies that disburse money to nonprofit groups outside Washington, D.C.

Editorial: State and chancellor must step up for CSUs and their students
The Editorial Board @
Unfair "student success" fees must be stopped at California State University campuses before they spread systemwide.

Embattled State Legislator One Of Many To Accept Big Gifts In 2013
On Oct. 23 of last year, exactly one week to the day the federal corruption case against him would be revealed to the world in detail, Ron Calderon was sent a letter that politely asked him to cough up some cash.

L.A. County Reservoirs Get 6-billion-gallon Infusion From Storms
Ralph Vartabedian @
Even so, L.A. County is still far short of normal rainfall for this time of year; water allotments may have to be reduced later.