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THE NOONER for April 16, 2014
Good morning! Remember when you were a kid and the first day of Spring Break was so awesome. And then, there was that moment of sadness when the week hit its midpoint. Yup, that's where we're are at this hour--Legislators Gone Wild will be over soon.
The quiet Spring Break atmosphere of the Capitol was shaken up a bit yesterday as the Tea Party Patriots brought their red shirts to town and rallied on the West Steps. My favorite moment was one who came into Chicory and got quite upset that the coffee house didn't have a senior or military discount on a cup of joe. The barista yielded and gave a medium for the price of a small, but I couldn't ignore the insistence of a #handout from a private business.
Anyway, had he been nicer, I would have been delighted to buy him a cup for serving his country. But, #NoEntitlements.
Last night was the deadline for federal candidates to submit their reports for the quarterly period ending March 31, 2014. As the FEC gets the data processed, I'll be uploading it to this page (and I have fixed the "jump" drop-downs), and will have more analysis tomorrow.
Here is the national perspective, which will certainly come into play in California's competitive districts:
CA33 (Coastal Los Angeles): Big dollars raised in Congressional race to replace Henry Waxman [Kitty Felde @ SCPR]
AD10 (Marin-Sonoma): Assembly primary focuses on race for second place [Dick Spotswood @ MarinIJ] - "The result of asking respondents if they either favor or lean toward a candidate provides a strong 39 percent for Levine, 9 percent for Allen, Conti with 5 percent and Carlstrom and Jacobi each with 4 percent. Forty percent of respondents were undecided."
BLEH: Yes, we know there is a serious water shortage, but hell if we know what to do about it. [Field Poll]
OH WHERE, OH WHERE, WILL THE MONEY GO? Apparently, with a little dough left over after taxes, Charles Munger gave $100,000 to the Santa Clara County Republican Party, which is either building a really nice headquarters or playing the laundry game.
PART 2: Sex, Power, and Politics in San Diego – Trying to Blow the Whistle on Bob Filner [Lori Saldaña @ OB Rag]
BABY BUMP BLOCKAGE: The 14 Most Ridiculous Ways Scandal Has Hidden Kerry Washington's Pregnancy [Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis @ TVGuide]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bill Lackemacher!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Rep. Mike Honda's Latest Hurdle: He Can't Vote For Himself - Sfgate
On Tax Day, Taxpayer Advocates And Their Adversaries Are Thinking Ahead :: Fox&hounds
On Tax Day 2014, California is creeping toward a point that the issue of taxation may once again be selected as the main concern for the state’s voters. That might seem an irrational statement when you consider that in the most recent Public Policy Institute poll, taxes as a concern were ranked sixth behind, in order, jobs and the economy, water/drought, education, immigration and health care. In fact, only four percent of those surveyed picked taxes, the budget and deficits as their top concern.
Hospitals Pour Money Into California Ballot Campaign
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals.
For Ballot Bios, It's Farmer, Doctor, Mom -- Anything But 'Politician'
John Wildermuth @ blog.sfgate.com
Holding political office in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., just isnât enough for the more than two dozen politicians who have decided to go for what could be called "incumbency plus" in their ballot designations, those short occupation descriptions that run under the candidate's name.
Congress Candidates Try To Score Points With Voters On Tax Day
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
On the same day a new poll showed Americans still don't think much of Congress , several California candidates tried to show their solidarity with people on taxes.
Jerry Brown calls special legislative session on rainy day fund
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
Environmentalists Slam Dianne Feinstein’s Drought Bill - Politics Blog
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's revised drought bill is coming under increasing attack from the left even as the California Democrat tries to woo Republicans to speed the bill's passage through the Senate ...
State Tax Revenue Continues To Outpace Estimates
David Siders @ blogs.sacbee.com
State tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday.
Swalwell, Corbett And Bussell Keep It Civil At House Candidates' Forum
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, said he brings the young, bipartisan leadership he has offered in his first term. State Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, said she brings 20 years of "battle tested" leadership in local and state office. And Alameda County GOP vice chairman Hugh Bussell of Livermore said he brings a distinctly different point of view than the two Democrats.
Tea Party Members Rally On Tax Day - Capradio.org
While millions of Americans used April 15th to finish up their taxes, some members of the tea party took the day to rally at the California Capitol. Several hundred people rallied for smaller government and lower taxes. Colleen Britton says she comes to the rally every year as a way to support conservative principles.
S.F. tax day protest marches on Twitter
John Cote @ sfgate.com
City nurses, janitors and other workers marched to Twitter's headquarters on tax day Tuesday to deliver a symbolic tax bill for tens of millions of dollars for the "corporate tax giveaway" that helped persuade the company to move to San Francisco's Mid-Market area.
Immigration activists push House GOP in last-ditch campaign for vote
Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act.
Community College Completion Rate Falls During Recession
Alexei Koseff @ blogs.sacbee.com
Completion rates at the California Community Colleges have fallen steadily over the past four years, according to the first update of the system's Student Success Scorecard.
House Democrats Need 27 Signatures To Force Vote On Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
House Democrats are renewing their push for a vote on a proposed comprehensive immigration reform package, vowing Tuesday to refocus efforts on pressuring Republicans to sign onto a discharge petition that would force a vote on the legislation.
Field Poll: Drought Responses Split California
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
A sparse amount of snow in the Sierra surrounds the low water level at the Union Valley Reservoir in El Dorado County at the end of January, before March rains and snowfall built up water supplies somewhat.
San Diego County Board Opposes Curtailing Orca Shows At Seaworld
Tony Perry @ latimes.com
SAN DIEGO -- The county Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to oppose any attempt by the state Legislature to "eliminate or restrict the use of orcas at SeaWorld ."
Supreme Court To Consider Challenge To Law Barring Campaign Falsehoods
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
The Supreme Court will hear a free-speech challenge to an Ohio state law that prohibits publishing false statements about political candidates.
Pilot program in Castro to allow more in-law units
Pilot program in Castro to allow more in-law units In a rare unanimous vote on a housing issue, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for a second time approved Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in the Castro district, a pilot program he hopes can eventually be taken citywide. While recent legislation to legalize existing secondary units was met with harsh opposition, particularly on the west side of the city, Wiener said residents in his district have been overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to let homeowners add one or two units within existing residential buildings. Alan Beach Nelson, president of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, said a survey his organization conducted found 69 percent of respondents supported the change, with 25 percent opposed.
City Contradicts Itself With Watering Restrictions
Bob Moffitt @ capradio.org
The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.
Ted Lieu Reports More Than $600,000 For Race To Succeed Waxman
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
According to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, Lieu had brought in $621,762 by the March 31 end of the fundraising quarter; that included a $55,000 loan he made to his campaign.
Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly
ERICA WERNER @ sacbee.com
Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.
Audit Faults Cudahy As Government In Chaos
Jeff Gottlieb @ latimes.com
A state audit finds few controls to prevent corruption in the small city, citing a record of abuse of city-issued credit cards.
In Plain Sight: The Rise Of Corporate Democrats In California
Fernando Guerra, a political science professor and director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, agrees.