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THE NOONER for May 19, 2014
OUTLOOK: POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems [Alexander Burns @ Politico]
The poll reveals that voters — even in the more conservative midterm states like Georgia and Arkansas, and tossup House districts in states such as Illinois, West Virginia and California — still lean in a liberal direction on several issues Democrats have championed this year, including immigration reform, pay equity for men and women and background checks for gun purchasers.
But none of those issues comes close to approaching health care as a major concern for midterm voters. Nearly nine in 10 respondents said that the health care law would be important to determining their vote, including 49 percent who said it would be very important.
With two weeks to go, I am seriously reconsidering my turnout projections of 33%--based on previous California elections--may be way too high. I don't know about you, but this seems to be among the least passionate cycles I've ever perceived.
Legislative candidates hope to capitalize on corruption issue [Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @ LAT]
THE MIND OF JERRY: The Bee publishes excerpts of its endorsement meeting with Jerry Brown.
SCA 5: The LAT's Frank Schyong has a great write-up of the split in the Asian community on affirmative action, which led to SCA 5 being shelved.
The Bee explains why its editorial endorsements are scarce.
Really, you don't want to think about politics. You want to play with the Google Rubik's cube, which celebrates that damn thing's 40th birthday. Click on the image to start playing.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Hannah-Beth Jackson, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!
The June 2014 NOONER Contest is now open!
Once again, The NOONER is providing an opportunity for you to prove your chops as a forecaster of California elections or, like I do with March Madness, show how little most of us really know.
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Governor Hopeful Donnelly Trusts Conservatives Before GOP - Sfgate
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was in a rush. After a campaign event in Bakersfield and a special Assembly session in Sacramento, the GOP candidate for governor was running way late for a speech at a San Jose restaurant. No problem, though. The 50 or so folks who had been waiting anxiously for Donnelly's hard-core conservative message at 2:30 p.m. were still there three hours later when he hurried into the room. With waiters already starting to clear the remains of the drawn-out lunch, the burly, balding man with the close-cut goatee gave the audience what they wanted to hear.
Gay Marriage Seeps Into Sacramento Da's Race
DON THOMPSON @ sacbee.com
This undated handout photo provided by the Maggy Krell for Sacramento District Attorney 2014 campaign shows Maggy Krell who is a candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney in the June, 2014 primary. Krell, a deputy attorney general, is opposed by a Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and former county and federal prosecutor Todd Leras.
Peak-hour tolls have little effect on Bay Bridge congestion
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
Four years after its implementation, the $6 toll to curb rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge appears to be having little, if any, effect on easing the peak-hour backup on the morning commute.
Brown Vs. Board Of Education: Here's What Happened In 1954 Courtroom
AP Member Choice Complete @ latimes.com
E DITOR'S NOTE: On May 17, 1954, a hushed crowd of spectators packed the Supreme Court, awaiting word on Brown vs. Board of Education, a combination of five lawsuits brought by the NAACP 's legal arm to challenge racial segregation in public schools. The high court decided unanimously that "separate but equal" education denied black children their constitutional right to equal protection under the law, effectively removing a cornerstone that propped up Jim Crow, or state-sanctioned segregation of the races.
Stockton Bankruptcy Judge Looks At Pension Cuts
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A federal bankruptcy judge, looking at several options, could rule in the Stockton bankruptcy that pensions can be cut, possibly clarifying whether CalPERS has special protection as an arm of state government.
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in June 3 primary
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the June 3 California primary, which features a host of candidate contests and two state ballot measures. Voters will weigh in on races for governor, secretary of state and other statewide offices, and for all of the state's 53 seats in the...
Developer with plans for port gets ready for Prop. B
The developer filed documents with the city's Elections Department to get its proposal for housing, commercial space, waterfront parks, artist studios, light manufacturing and retail on the November ballot. While final figures on the mix of housing and commercial space are in flux, the plan calls for more than 1 million square feet of commercial space and 400,000 square feet for retail, arts, light manufacturing and cultural uses. The proposal has 9 acres of new waterfront parks, playgrounds and recreation space, including a large waterfront park area that extends inward next to a new two-story building that will be set aside for artist studios and light manufacturing. The $75 million project will save a collection of landmark buildings and create 250,000 square feet of space for businesses, including light industrial, technology, life science, office, artisan/artist studios and showrooms, and restaurant uses. The 66-acre historic district was determined to be nationally significant for its association with the Union Iron Works and later Bethlehem Steel as pioneers in the establishment of the nation's steel hull shipbuilding industry and for the site's industrial architecture representing the period from 1886 to 1945.
Northern California Nigerians Rally At The State Capitol In A Cry For Help For Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Stephen Magagnini @ sacbee.com
Zitelu Obodoefuna, 8, center, of Sacramento, holds a sign "No More Kidnapping Please!!," at the State Capitol while protesting the Nigerian kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram extremists on Sunday.
East Side Union Listens, Rethinks, Revises Draft Accountability Plan | Edsource Today
shifting money to pay @ edsource.org
East Side Union’s response highlights the value of a key provision of California’s new school funding law, requiring district officials to seek parent and community reactions to their draft accountability plan and to take suggestions seriously enough to amend it.
Kashkari Does Not Rule Out Additional Contributions To His Campaign
He’s already invested $2 million of his own cash in a bid for the governor’s office, and on Sunday, GOP candidate Neel Kashkari said he wouldn’t rule out future campaign infusions from his own bank account.
Big Money Pours Into California Schools Chief Race As Challenger Gains Steam
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Body found by hiker near Grizzly Peak at UC Berkeley
A hiker came across a body in the woods near Grizzly Peak on University of California at Berkeley property Sunday afternoon, a police lieutenant said. At about 2:20 p.m., a female hiker found the body of a deceased male at the base of a 100-foot cliff near a popular hiking spot. The hiker began giving first aid to the male, but soon realized he was deceased, UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said.
Higher Parking Rates Are Central To Sacramento’s Arena Deal – But How Much Higher?
Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
New parking meters near Sacramento's City Hall in Sacramento on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. New parking meters around Cesar Chavez park are accepting credit cards, as well as coins.
Oregon same-sex marriage ruling expected at noon
A federal judge is expected to rule Monday on whether Oregon's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional. The drama will begin at noon, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane announced last week. Gay and lesbian advocates in one of the nation's more liberal-leaning states have faced off with...
Poll: GOP voters back immigration reform
EVAN OSNOS @ politico.com
Seventy-one percent of likely voters surveyed say they back sweeping change to immigration laws.
Endorsements: The Sacramento Bee’s endorsements for the June 3 primary election.
the Editorial Board @ sacbee.com
Sacramento Bee endorsements for the June 3 primary election.
Gun group to Neel Kashkari: You just don't get gun rights
After Neel Kashkari's debate jab at Tim Donnelly, a leading gun rights group has come to the Tea Party Assemblyman's defense with an open letter, titled "Dear Neel: You Just Don't Get Gun Rights."
Contest For California Schools Chief Heats Up
California voters haven't booted out a state schools chief in 32 years. They're not likely to this year, either. But don't bet the kids' college money on it.
House, Senate Lawmakers Promise Review Of At&t-directv Deal
Congressional lawmakers said Monday they would review AT&T Corp. 's planned purchase of DirecTV Group Inc., with a House committee already promising a hearing "to ensure that consumers’ interests are protected in an increasingly consolidated telecommunications marketplace."
Dem Duels Echo An Old Conflict
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Shriver, Kuehl Spar Over Westside Subway Route During Debate
Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl sparred Sunday over her recent disclosure that she opposes tunneling under Beverly Hills High School to extend the Purple Line subway to Westwood and would be willing to talk with Beverly Hills officials about a so-called "third way."
Political Blotter: Ellen Corbett mailer takes aim at Eric Swalwell
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
State Senator Ellen Corbett, challenging fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell for his House seat, sent out a mailer questioning the freshman congressman's experience and Democratic bona fides.
Glass Ceilings in Statehouses in the Northeast
Male-dominated urban machine politics and unions, along with persistent prejudices, have helped keep women scarce in governorships in the region. But a number of candidates mean to change that.
Mansoor's Open Assembly Seat Creates Opportunity, Excitement - The Orange County Register
SCOTT MARTINDALE @ ocregister.com
BY SCOTT MARTINDALE / STAFF WRITER