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THE NOONER for May 16, 2014

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Hope your Friday is treating you well. Unfortunately, my goal of timing John and Ken blather and commercials versus actual substance by Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari didn't succeed as I was stuck in awful traffic. You can listen to the event here (chopped up into 4 segments).

Kashkari went for Donnelly's jugular, and Donnelly largely laughed it off with the support of the rabid John and Ken audience in the room. Whether Kashkari was able to break through to the large drive-time audience of the show is the bigger unknown. Jerry Brown was invited to attend but did not; the hosts thus dressed up a skeleton and slapped bushy eyebrows and a "Jerry" name tag on it.

Here's the take from the LAT's Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan, the Bee's David Siders, and the Chron's John Wildermuth.

Meanwhile, FlashReport posts a letter from former Governor Pete Wilson going beyond the simple endorsement of Neel Kashkari:

Keeping public focus on the real and important issues facing California will require a candidate who does not have to defend Tim Donnelly's bizarre votes and statements or his irresponsible personal behavior. Donnelly's record - not California's critical challenges - is what would inescapably become the focus of a Donnelly campaign.

With Tim Donnelly on the ballot, it would be a losing campaign, risking injury to our party and our state, and to other Republican candidates who deserve to win.

In other words, let's not make the short-term gain, long-term mistake of the 1990s.

 ...more after the jump...

 

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Here's an update on the amazing independent expenditure totals for AD16 (Tri-Valley). 

Steve Glazer

  • Supporting: $1,210,411
  • Opposing: $490,860

Tim Sbranti:

  • Supporting: $793,273
  • Opposing: $216,497

So, that's $1.4 million on behalf of Glazer, and $1.3 million on behalf of Sbranti. Folks, I get that it's now a 12-year investment in Assemblymembers, but they are still 1 out of 80.

Before, I gave you a list of the top IEs to date (here's the running report of IEs). Let's look at the cumulative total by candidate (separated between support and oppose). These include totals over $100,000:

CandidatePositionTotal
TOM TORLAKSON SUPPORT  $1,332,232
STEVE GLAZER SUPPORT  $1,210,411
MARSHALL TUCK OPPOSE  $1,104,295
TIM SBRANTI SUPPORT  $793,273
STEVE GLAZER OPPOSE  $490,860
MARIO DE LA PIEDRA SUPPORT  $442,630
BONNIE GARCIA SUPPORT  $392,628
MARSHALL TUCK SUPPORT  $376,201
BEN ALLEN SUPPORT  $352,551
AUTUMN BURKE SUPPORT  $348,939
RICHARD PAN SUPPORT  $323,375
VITO IMBASCIANI SUPPORT  $265,361
ANDY VIDAK SUPPORT  $251,580
DAN SCHNUR SUPPORT  $243,931
NEEL KASHKARI SUPPORT  $241,868
MIKE GIPSON SUPPORT  $226,481
TIM SBRANTI OPPOSE  $216,497
PATRICK ODONNELL SUPPORT  $211,874
ASSEMBLY MEMBER BOB WIECKOWSKI OPPOSE  $208,406
BILL DODD SUPPORT  $196,698
PROPHET WALKER SUPPORT  $196,268
MARY HAYASHI OPPOSE  $188,490
SUJA LOWENTHAL SUPPORT  $182,412
DAN WOLK SUPPORT  $169,440
CONNIE LEYVA SUPPORT  $156,511
DR. RICHARD PAN (I) SUPPORT  $155,844
SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS SUPPORT  $153,363
ANTHONY CANNELLA SUPPORT  $149,658
DAN WOLK OPPOSE  $146,711
JIM COOPER SUPPORT  $145,605
CATHARINE BAKER SUPPORT  $131,898
BILL DODD OPPOSE  $126,650
ROBERT GARCIA SUPPORT  $105,883
ARMANDO GOMEZ OPPOSE  $104,494

CHEERS AND JEERS: The LAO will release its summary of the Governor's May Revision at 1:30pm today. 

MEN COOK TOO: Campaign Potholder Offends Some Voters [Fox40]

AD17 (East SF): Entrepreneur and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman put up $200,000 to oppose David Campos. Marisa Lagos and John Cote report in the Chron "Just over two weeks before the primary, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced a $200,000 independent expenditure donation against Supervisor David Campos Thursday, saying he remains "appalled" by [Sheriff Ross] Mirkarimi's domestic violence conviction and by Campos' vote to keep the sheriff in office." Joining Hoffman in the IE is Gayle Conway with $49,000, wife of venture capitalist Ron Conway.

AD44 (Ventura): Another Republican wrestles with being anti-gay marriage while "recognizing" the same-sex marriage of his sister.

ENDORSEMENTS: The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is weighing in for Michael Eggman in CA10, Mike Honda in CA17, and Eloise Gomez Reyes in CA31. The group claims 131,529 members in California. 

#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Rick Jacobs, John Hanna (Saturday), Anthony Wright (Saturday), and Alan LoFaso (Sunday)!

 

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Bakersfield Californian Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari   Dan Schnur  Kamala Harris Ashley Swearengin, Betty Yee      
LA Daily News     Pete Peterson     Ashley Swearengin      
LA Times     Pete Peterson   Ashley Swearengin   Dave Jones Marshall Tuck
OC Register                
Sac Bee     Dan Schnur, Alex Padilla   Betty Yee, Ashley Swearengin     Marshall Tuck
San Jose Mercury News                
SFChron     Dan Schnur   Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck
UT San Diego Not Tim Donnelly              Marshall Tuck 

 

 


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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • THIS SATURDAY! The Stonewall Young Democrats invite you to the Harvey Milk Day Celebration honoring Speaker-ElectToni Atkins in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Our special guests include LA Mayor Garcetti, Senate President Pro-Tem designee Kevin De Leon, TV Host Lisa Ling and Assemblymembers Bloom, Gomez, Bocanegra and Nazarian. Please RSVP today at secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/hmd14.
  • The biggest and best LGBT political party of the year happens Wednesday, May 21, as the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club hosts its annual Four Freedoms Gala & Awards dinner at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel starting at 5:30pm with a fabulous social hour! In addition to mingling with Sacramento’s leading lights in the LGBT wing (and allies) of the local Democratic party, you can also choose to bid on a stupendous assortment of Silent Auction items. You’ll also enjoy a scrumptious dinner, see awards presented to leading members of the community who embody the values of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want. A special President's Award will be presented to Sen. Mark Leno. All this for only $125/ticket. Such a deal! Purchase your tickets today at secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/4f">secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/4f
  • Voters in Congressional District 42: MEET TIM SHERIDAN (the only candidate in CD 42 endorsed by the California Democratic Party) and taste some special wines. Sunday, May 18, 3 - 5 pm – Wine and Cheese Fundraiser at the home of Diana and Barry Hansen in Lake Elsinore. Details
  • SAVE THE DATE: Capitol Network is hosting its 26th annual charitable golf tournament and wine and olive oil tasting Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. For more information visit capitol-network.org.
  • Join the Sacramento Chapter of New Leaders Council at the 5th Annual "Party for Progress" on May 27, 2014 from 5 to 8pm at The Park Ultra Lounge. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while our 2014 Fellows honor Senator Kevin de Leófor his progressive leadership, as well as unveil the winners of the Up-and-Coming Progressive Leader Award. Purchase a place on the guest list or become a sponsor at: bit.ly/1e9km3W.

  • California Medical Association seeks experienced Executive Assistant/Scheduler to support the Chief Operating Officer. Strong organizational, communication and technical skills required. Competitive salary/full benefits. More info here: www.cmanet.org/about/careers-with-cma/
  • Equality California’s Annual Harvey Milk Celebration, LA Metro, May 18, 2014, 11am-1pm: Fundraiser with mimosas and hor’ d'oeuvres at the home of Tom Safran in Brentwood for EQCA's PAC to elect pro-equality candidates.Special guests include: President of the Milk Foundation Stuart Milk; Incoming EQCA ED Rick Zbur; Rep. Mark Takano; Assemblymembers Bloom, Bradford, Gomez, Nazarian and Quirk-Silva; LA City Atty Mike Feuer; LA Controller Ron Galperin; LA Councilmembers Wesson, Bonin and O'Farrell; West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico, West Hollywood Councilmembers Duran, Heilman and Prang; SF Supervisor and AD 17 Candidate David Campos; and Campbell Councilmember and AD 28 Candidate Evan Low. Tickets & Sponsorships available: www.eqca.org/hmd-la. For more info, contact Tony Hoang, tony@eqca.org,323-848-9801x204
  • Learn the legislative process and best practices of effective advocacy quickly and cost-effectively. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars June 5-6. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and or lobbying are preferred. Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task and interface with executive level management required. For more information and to apply, go to: jobs-fedexservices.icims.com/jobs/21436/administrative-assistant-legal/job.
  • Zan Media (415-897-8393) provides one stop shopping for campaigns, issues, measures. Media pros with 34 year track record - TV/radio ads, PSA’s and persuasive web videos, video news releases.
    “Working with Zan Media always helps me get the message across. Chris and Don Scioli have fun, creative concepts that they make even better when translated to video. Zan Media’s work really works for me!” 
    — CYNTHIA MURRAY, FORMER MARIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR, PRES.&CEO NORTH BAY LEADERSHIP COUNCI
  • 7th Annual Assembly Veteran of the Year Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th (Sacramento Convention Center). Corporate & individual sponsorships are available. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Pérez, Quirk-Silva & Chávez. All Assemblymembers select a veteran to honor from their district. For more information contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550, pconaty@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Amy Howorth (Support) $10,400 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Amy Howorth (Support) $25,000 05/15/2014 05/15/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Alicia Munoz (Support) $1,500 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $1,500 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Katie Dexter (Oppose) $1,500 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Doug Perkins (Oppose) $1,500 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
California Association Of Psychiatric Technicians Pac To Elect Bob Wieckowski For Senate 2014 California (Support) $10,000 05/05/2014 05/15/2014
California Association Of Psychiatric Technicians Pac Opportunity Pac (Support) $10,000 05/05/2014 05/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Anna Bryson (Support) $21,333 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $17,467 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
California League Of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee Joe Krovoza (Support) $10,000 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Richard Pan (Support) $28,740 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Realtors, School Employees And Construction Trades Organizations Suja Lowenthal (Oppose) $19,020 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $24,123 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Richard Pan (Support) $13,497 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Mario De La Piedra (Support) $62,000 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Alfonso Sanchez (Support) $39,359 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Vito Imbasciani (Support) $88,206 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Kansen Chu (Oppose) $59,893 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Andy Vidak (Support) $18,677 05/13/2014 05/15/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Armando Gomez (Oppose) $23,085 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $19,509 05/14/2014 05/15/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Tom Torlakson (Support) $164,926 05/14/2014 05/15/2014

 

 

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State: Affordable Housing At Issue In Cap-and-trade Talks
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Obama: Senate Needs To Change How A Filibuster Works"
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Congressional negotiators agree on water bill
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Idaho Gay Marriages On Hold Before They Begin; 9th Circuit Issues Stay
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National Briefing | West: California: Legislators Reach Deal for New Rainy-Day Fund on Ballot
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Mirkarimi case rears its head in Campos-Chiu Assembly race
sfgate.com
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