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THE NOONER for April 1, 2014
NO FOOLIN': After Yee raid, federal authorities return to Sacramento [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie confirmed the agency was executing a search warrant but would not say to what case it related. It is not immediately clear what is housed in the office, which has no placard identifying it. Spokesmen for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said they were looking into the matter and could not immediately identify the office."
@johnmyers tweets: "Spox for @proTemSteinberg says FBI visit today to Capitol was to check out a computer assigned to #LelandYee that was stored in remote ofc.."
Somebody give Tony Beard a raise.
GOV: Why the Man Who Ran the Hated Wall Street Bailout Thinks He Can Win Election [Shane Goldmacher @ NatJourn]
ADOPTED: Netflix acquires The California Channel; promises new content [Bob White @ LAT]
SO DOES MY INBOX: GOP Assembly campaigns feel 'donor fatigue' [Erica Felci @ Desert Sun]
PASS: Backers of initiative to limit teacher tenure hold off until 2016 [John Myers @ News10]
MICRA: Opponents to the medical malpractice initiative announce opposition from AFSCME California.
CA31 (San Bernardino): GOP candidates battling to succeed Rep. Gary Miller [Jean Merl @ LAT]
IN THE INBOX: "Don't Be AIPrl_Fooled is a grassroots campaign to bring awareness to the fact that hundreds of thousands of Californians are accidentally registering as members of the American Independent Party (AIP), based on their assumption that checking the AIP designation means that they are now registered as" independent" of any party. The AIP is actually a strongly ideological party created in 1967 with a segregationist platform to help nominate George Wallace for President.
"Today's action begins with a series of blast emails to over 220,000 AIP members and the launch of an informational website at AIPrlFooled.com so voters can find out more about the AIP." Mark Vargas, former member of the Little Hoover Commission, is heading up the effort.
PASSING THE GAVEL: 2014: The year committee chairmen left town [Ed O'Keefe @ WaPo] - "The announcement Monday that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) plans to retire after his current term means four Republican House committee chairmen and five Democratic Senate committee chairmen are planning to step down -- a modern record in terms of retirements among highly-ranked members of Congress."
Nunes seeks to chair House Intel Committee [Kyle Harvey @ Visalia Times-Delta]
$$$: U.S. companies, especially tech, hold record piles of cash [Sarah Freier @ SFChron]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rick Wathen!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marie Waldron, Kiyomi Birchill (Saturday), John Laird (Saturday), Ted Lieu (Saturday), Mark DeSaulnier (Monday), and Kara Howard (Monday).
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Calif. State Sen. Yee's Lawyer Raises Questions About Case
Bob Egelko @ sfgate.com
Leland Yee's lawyer, in his first public response Monday to the charges against the now-suspended state senator, questioned the time and money the government spent on a three-year investigation but gave no indication of his planned defense against corruption and gun-running allegations.
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
SAUSALITO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called the Leland Yee corruption case a "tragedy" for the state Senate and "our democratic process," and he reiterated his call for Yee and two other senators accused of crimes to resign.
Boxer Supports Danville Couple's MICRA Measure
Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
A ballot measure to raise Californiaâs decades-old limit on medical-negligence lawsuit awards has gained a high-profile supporter: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Neel Kashkari Likens Jerry Brown To Gargamel, Says He Has To Be 'Tallest Smurf'
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Neel Kashkari has tried to manage fundraising expectations around his run for governor by suggesting that, in a primary contest between two underfunded Republicans, he only needs to be the "strongest weakling" to succeed.
FBI searches Yee aides' office near state Capitol
Less than a week after arresting state Sen. Leland Yee, FBI agents searched a Sacramento office Tuesday that is used by aides to the San Francisco Democrat, authorities and legislative employees said. Two days later, the state Senate voted to suspend him and two other senators - Ron Calderon of Montebello (Los Angeles County), who was charged with bribery and corruption in an FBI sting last month, and Roderick Wright of Inglewood (Los Angeles County), convicted this year of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud.
Capitol Has A Virus That Sometimes Flares Into Disease
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
When the initial shock of last week’s corruption and gunrunning charges against state Sen. Leland Yee wore off a bit, politicians and pundits began talking and writing about the larger meaning, if any – especially since Yee is the third Democratic senator this year to face criminal charges.
Jerry Brown Calls Himself 'Missionary' To Oil Executives In Climate Change Fight
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown, whose permissiveness of hydraulic fracturing has alienated many environmentalists, said Monday he is a "missionary" to oil executives in the fight against climate change.
Ryan Budget Cuts Food Stamps and Medicaid Sharply
s proposed budget, which relies on cuts to social welfare programs and a repeal of the health care law, will set the battle lines for the midterm elections.
FBI searches legislative office across from state Capitol
Less than a week after arresting state Sen. Leland Yee, FBI agents searched a legislative office in Sacramento on Tuesday, authorities said. Agents converged on a fifth-floor office of the Legislative Office Building across from the Capitol, said Gina Swankie, an FBI spokeswoman in Sacramento.
Dan Walters Daily: Special election loss haunts Senate Democrats
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
From affirmative action to water bonds, the agenda of Senate Democrats will suffer now that Dems have lost their supermajority, Dan Walters says.
French President Shakes Up Government, Names New Pm, After Poor Vote
Kim Willsher @ latimes.com
PARIS -- French President François Hollande named a new prime minister Monday who will pick a fresh government after the ruling Socialists suffered a humiliating rout in local elections over the weekend.
A First For A Candidate? -- "Send Me No Money"
Bob Egelko @ blog.sfgate.com
Republican Joel VanLandingham is the newest candidate in the June 3 primary for the South Bayâs 17th Congressional District, which features a heated battle between two Democrats, incumbent Mike Honda and Silicon Valley-backed Ro Khanna. Now VanLandingham, a newcomer to big-league politics, has another distinction â his message to would-be campaign contributors.
L.A. Could Clash With L.A. County On Transit Tax Measures
David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson @ latimes.com
A half-cent sales tax increase being considered for L.A.'s November ballot could endanger a county measure being studied for 2016.
Healthcare.gov crashes on sign-up deadline day
The Obama administration's health care website stumbled early Monday , falling out of service for nearly four hours on deadline day for sign-ups. After it was fixed, officials plowed ahead with a nationwide promotional drive, almost like getting out the vote on Election Day.
House GOP revives Paul Ryan's austere budget, Medicare cuts
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats are poised to use against the GOP.
Obama to Report on Progress of Health Care Law
A day after the deadline to enroll for health care, officials are confident they have reached their goal of having seven million Americans sign up for coverage.
Drought Prompts Some In Sacramento Area To Rethink Lawns As Landscaping Norm
Hudson Sangree @ sacbee.com
A landscaper mows a lawn in El Dorado Hills on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Superintendent's Pay In South Bay District Called 'Excessive'
Howard Blume @ latimes.com
The superintendent of the small Centinela Valley Union High School District, Jose Fernandez, made $674,559 last year, far more than the New York and Los Angeles school district heads.
Senate Report Says Caterpillar Used Swiss Subsidiary to Reduce Taxes
A Senate investigation, ahead of a Tuesday hearing, says the company avoided $2.4 billion in United States taxes over 13 years.
The Buzz: In California, ballot labels vary for congressional delegation
Christopher Cadelago and Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
California voters unfamiliar with congressional candidates often rely on a brief description – generally limited to three words – as they scan down the ballot.
Backers Of Initiative To Limit Teacher Tenure Hold Off Until 2016
Few political fights would have been as bitter, or potentially as expensive, in 2014 as one to change -- and limit -- the tenure rules that have made firing some teachers more complicated.