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THE NOONER for March 8, 2014

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  • BOE4 (South): added former Assemblymember Van Tran (R)
  • AD15 (Berkeley): removed East Bay MUD director Andy Katz (D)
  • Lots of changes are being made to the district pages, with formal ballot titles, websites, and candidates being added/removed as counties update their candidate lists.

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A little bit of Saturday news the day after the filing deadline while Democratic conventioneers are rubbing their eyes and getting ready for day 2.

Notes on candidate filings:

  • The list of state offices for which the candidate filing has been extended is believe this summary.
  • Andy Katz, who had earned the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters, never pulled papers for AD15 race and announced Friday that he was dropping out.
  • Adam Gray will run unopposed in AD21--a district that had been on the Assembly Republicans radar for a pick-up. 

CA15 (Hayward-Tri-Valley) | CA17 (Fremont-Santa Clara): Honda and Swalwell House races get more crowded [Josh Richman @ CCTimes]

AD55 (Yorba Linda-Diamond Bar): O.C. takes a pass in Assembly District 55 race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]

AD65 (North Orange): O.C. Assembly race attracts buzz statewide [Martin Wisckol @ OCR]

BEST BALLOT LABEL: John Kelly, candidate for BOE4: "Brick Mortar Merchant" (he owns a cigar shop)

PARTLY CLOUDY: State campaigns present mixed prospects for Democrats [Michael R. Blood @ AP]

$$$: 10 CA Democrat campaigns could raise thousands with interest-bearing accounts [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom]

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: OC Dems Chair Declares War on OC Labor Fed Boss Julio Perez For Not Blindly Backing Party's Pathetic Candidates [Gustavo Arrelano @ OCWeekly]

LONG VIEW: Ranadive: Sacramento Kings Will Be Worth Billions In Ten Years

The following districts have extended filing deadlines because an eligible incumbent did not file by 5pm yesterday:

State: BOE2 (Northwest), BOE4 (South)

Congressional: CA11 (Contra Costa), CA25 (Santa Clarita), CA31 (San Bernardino), CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles), CA35 (Ontario-Pomona), CA45 (Irvine)

State Senate: SD02 (North Coast), SD06 (Sacramento), SD10 (Hayward-Santa Clara), SD18 (W San Fernando Valley), SD20 (Ontario-San Berdo), SD26 (Coastal Los Angeles), SD28 (Temecula-Coachella), SD32 (Whittier), SD34 (West Orange County), SD36 (South Orange-Carlsbad)

State Assembly: AD07 (Sacramento), AD09 (S. Sacramento), AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara), AD33 (SB High Desert), AD40 (Rancho-Cucamonga-Redlands), AD44 (Ventura), AD74 (Irvine)




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A Non-partisan Secretary Of State Not The Answer For Ballot Summaries :: Fox&hounds
A key feature of the proposal is to turn over to the non-partisan Secretary of State the responsibility of writing titles and summaries for statewide ballot measures, a role now assigned to the Attorney General.

Primary Fights Between Democrats Take Center Stage At State Convention
David Siders @
As the California Democratic Party opened its annual convention here Friday, candidates in the two most competitive statewide primary contests - controller and secretary of state - set up satellite offices and flooded the convention hotel with volunteers.

California Democrats Kick Off Annual Convention In Los Angeles
Seema Mehta @
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, welcoming delegates to their annual convention, said Friday evening that while they should savor their many victories, they must remain vigilant about them, staying involved in congressional and legislative elections this year.

VIDEO: John Burton says supermajority not a priority
David Siders @
Two years after the California Democratic Party gained supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature for the first time in more than 100 years, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said Friday that maintaining the position is not a priority, in part because Democratic lawmakers have been unwilling to use the power to raise taxes.

Capitol Connection Podcast: Electoral Skirmishes
The clock is ticking... the candidates are lining up for the big 2014 election cycle in California... and as of the end of Friday, the race is on.

Pair of local measures featured on June primary ballot
Yes, there is a relatively uncommon three-way race for an open seat on the San Francisco Superior Court, but the other 23 judgeships on the ballot aren't being contested. For years, primaries in Democratic Party-dominated San Francisco were the contest because whoever emerged as the Democratic candidate would cruise to victory in the general election over a weak Republican or other opponent. In the District 17 Assembly race, both candidates are Democrats, but with the state's top-two primary system that voters approved in 2010, where the two highest vote getters advance to the general election regardless of party, the two are expected to face off again in November.

University Of California Changes Sexual Violence Policies
Jason Song @
The University of California system on Friday issued new sexual assault guidelines that require campus and system administrators to report more types of violence and harassment, provide more support to victims and expand sanctions against perpetrators.

In California, Middle Class Feels Health Insurance Squeeze
Christopher Cadelago and Phillip Reese @
Nick and Dawn LaPolla and their children, Alex, 6, left and Cameron, 10, of Fair Oaks, Calif., talk about the impact of the new health care law on their family.

Republicans Question Iowa's Key Role In Presidential Balloting
Mark Z. Barabak @
For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to step down
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland will step down as the Bay Area's chief federal judge at the end of the year when she transfers to senior status, an action that will reduce her caseload and create a judicial vacancy for President Obama to fill. Wilken, 64, was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1993 after 10 years as a federal court magistrate, preceded by six years of private law practice and three years with the federal public defender's office. Wilken is currently hearing lawsuits by state prisoners challenging long-term solitary confinement and by current and former college athletes seeking a share of the revenue the NCAA receives from commercial marketing of their images.

Neel Kashkari Got Stock Payment, World Series Ticket
David Siders @
Neel Kashkari reported receiving salary of more than $100,000 from Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. last year, while holding no reportable investments, according to a financial disclosure filed Friday.

Millennials Upbeat On Finances, Cool To Traditions, Like Marriage
Ronald D. White @
New Pew survey says millennial generation is upbeat about finances, future, but distrustful of political parties, religion, marriage

Two More Candidates File To Challenge Mike Honda
Josh Richman @
The challenge to Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, from well-funded fellow Democrat Ro Khanna of Fremont has been making national headlines since last April.

California Audit Questions Casino Mitigation Payments
Jim Miller @
There are dozens of special funds in state government, but few have gotten as much attention from state auditors in recent years as the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund.

Gavin Newsom talking California state tech on Monday
Jon Ortiz @
Lieutenant governor to discuss his new book about democracy in the digital age and other government data issues

June election: Several vie for Hayward council seats, Union Sanitary District incumbents unopposed
Rebecca Parr and Chris De Benedetti @
Hayward will have a new mayor after the June 3 election, with Mayor Michael Sweeney declining to run for a fourth term. Four candidates have filed to succeed him. Because Sweeney is an incumbent and did not file, the filing deadline is extended to Wednesday. Filing also remains open for one council seat.

Inmate in California prison murder to get life
Michael Doyle @
One of two inmates who killed a federal correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater will spend the rest of his life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, under a plea bargain reportedly approved by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Appeals court allows suit against Colorado tax law
State lawmakers opposed to Colorado's landmark Taxpayer Bill of Rights won another legal victory Friday as the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled their lawsuit challenging the law can proceed.

San Diego Mayor Blasts Bill To Ban Orca Shows At Seaworld
Tony Perry @
Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday blasted a bill in Sacramento that would ban orca shows at SeaWorld -- saying it "will only serve to hurt San Diego jobs."