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THE NOONER for June 3, 2014
Happy Election Day!
The most oft-stated thing today will be "The only poll that counts is the polls on Election Day."
What a primary cycle this has been, and there are lots of races that are very much up in the air tonight, both because of exceptionally low turnout and the dynamics of the top-two primary. The races that I find most particularly suspenseful as the polls open are CON, CA31, CA33, SD26, SD28, AD16, and AD44.
I will also be watching SD34 and AD65 carefully, not for the outcomes that have essentially already been determined, but rather the behavior of Asian voters. Asian voters were strongly Democratic in 2012, and will decide whether the Democrats hold these two seats. And, Republicans have a Vietnamese candidate (Janet Nguyen) in SD34, and a Korean candidate in AD65 (Young Kim). Do Asian voters cross over ethnic groups, stay party loyal, or a mix? We probably won't know much after tonight and will need to do precinct analysis over the summer to understand that voting behavior.
It'll be a long day for me, as I'm flying out of Sacramento to the ONT, driving to Barstow in the mighty AD33 (home to the campaign of this and this). Then I'll be heading south to Blythe in the hot--politically and electorally--CA36. While tonight won't be too suspensful with Raul Ruiz (D) and Brian Nestande (R) proceeding to November, Republicans are counting on this pick-up in the Coachella Valley east to enhance their majority going into the 114th Congress.
LIVE ELECTION NIGHT BLOG: The election night live blog will be at www.aroundthecapitol.com/live/. Guests include Jennifer Fearing, Jon Fleischman, Jennifer Kerns, Steve Maviglio, Mike Madrid, Paul Mitchell, and others, and of course your questions and comments will drive the conversation. Expect things to get underway as the polls close at 8pm, although we won't start seeing results for a little while.
LIVE ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS: Results will be posted live to the individual district pages, as well on the all-in one page www.aroundthecapitol.com/results/. Anticipate the first update from the Secretary of State close to 8:30 p.m. Remember that the first results will be absentee ballots received leading up to Election Day.
$$$: Perhaps just to tweak Republicans, the California Democratic Party gave Jerry Brown $550,000 yesterday. Why? Because they can.
The guv picked up another $242,000 on the eve of Election Day.
AD16 (Tri-Valley): Here are the amazing IE numbers in the costliest "Democratic primary" through Monday. Will the fight continue to November? Unlikely.
Paul Mitchell writes a final Election Day update and plays with some more fun graphics.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Tight district races outshine ho-hum state contests
John Wildermuth @ sfgate.com
Bay Area voters may be more interested in the bottom of Tuesday's primary election ballot than the top, as hotly fought races for local congressional and legislative seats look to outshine a number of ho-hum statewide contests.
Tim Donnelly On Governor's Race: 'This Whole Thing Is Up For Grabs'
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
Donnelly appeared at the Capitol on Monday to call for an audit examining accessibility issues for disabled people using state websites. But with election day fast approaching, talk quickly turned to the prospects for Donnelly's gubernatorial bid.
Feinstein Asks Va To Review Wait Times At California Facilities
Curtis Tate @ blogs.sacbee.com
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Monday asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to review wait times at VA facilities in California amid a veterans health care scandal that led to the resignation last week of the agency's chief.
Pro-Kashkari Robocall By Romney Hits GOP Households On Eve Of Election
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, recorded a message supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari that was âroboâ-dialed Monday to hundreds of thousands of Republicans who had not yet voted on the eve of the primary election.
California lawmakers: State-employee transfer scam a ‘serious issue,’ deserves legislative action
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Senate budget leaders from both sides of the political aisle said Monday they’re concerned with The Sacramento Bee’s report that departments have illegally transferred state workers to keep vacant positions on the books – and to hang on to the tens of millions of dollars budgeted for the unfilled jobs each year.
Sacramento County Businesses Erroneously Charging City Of Sacramento Taxes
Bob Moffitt @ capradio.org
If you've made a major purchase or registered a vehicle within the past 14 months, you should probably check your receipt. Â The City of Sacramento has collected $33 million in Measure U transaction-and-use taxes from the State Board of Equalization since April of last year.
Election 2014: Kashkari's $1 Million Leads State's Self-funded Candidates | Represent! | 89.3 Kpcc
Sharon McNary @ scpr.org
Join Alex Cohen and A Martínez for a conversational and witty look at the issues people are buzzing about.
San Jose Dispensaries Offer Free Marijuana To Card-Carrying Voters
Veronica Rocha @ latimes.com
Cannabis clubs in San Jose are offering free pot and discounts to patients who go to the polls Tuesday and vote in several contested races.
California Veterans Bond Gets Some Help
Jim Miller @ blogs.sacbee.com
There's no organized opposition to Prop. 41, the measure on Tuesday's ballot that would authorize $600 million in bonds to build apartments and other multifamily housing for low-income and homeless veterans.
Marchers Against 'big Money' Politics Reach Tulare On Way To Sacramento | Local News | Fresnobee.com
Lewis Griswold @ fresnobee.com
Learn about the candidates in the June 3 primary and where they stand on issues.
Primaries in 8 states for Senate, House, governor
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press @ utsandiego.com
Voters go to the polls in primary elections in eight states Tuesday, with nominations for the Senate on the ballot in Alabama, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Mississippi in a year in which Republicans need to gain six seats to win a majority.
Alameda County jail's pregnancy test policy focus of suit
The suit, filed in Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three women, contends the compulsory tests violate privacy rights under the state and U.S. constitutions, and a California law that allows inmates to refuse nonemergency medical care. The legal filing included a December 2010 letter from Sheriff Greg Ahern to an ACLU lawyer, saying all women brought to the Glenn Dyer jail are tested "so that we can provide the essential medical necessities needed by pregnant women in our care and custody." The proper approach, the ACLU said, is to offer voluntary pregnancy tests as part of an inmate's health care, a policy followed by some California counties, including San Francisco. Another plaintiff, Susan Harman, a veteran political activist, was arrested at a July 2010 protest over the manslaughter verdict for a BART police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant.
California state workers: Have you been transferred and didn’t know it?
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Our weekend story in fiber/cyber editions of the Sacramento Bee explain how state government officials hold on to vacant job positions – and the budgeted money tied to them – by moving employees in and out of vacancies. State law requires positions be abolished if unfilled for six months, and moving employees to circumvent that statute is illegal.
Muni sickout continues for 2nd day
A memo e-mailed to employees and posted in yards warned workers who had called in sick that they will need doctors' notes to get paid. "Operators claiming to be sick today, or in connection with any future 'sickout,' will be required to submit adequate verification from their health care provider in order to be eligible to receive paid sick leave," said a memo from Alicia John-Baptiste, the Municipal Transportation Agency's chief of staff. Officials with Local 250-A did not take a position on the tentative agreement, which was reached with the assistance of a mediator, but called the MTA's offer unfair and unreasonable. Under a law approved by voters in 2010, if the union rejects the contract, the two sides go before an arbitrator who cannot rule against Muni management's proposals unless the union proves its interests outweigh "the public interest in efficient and reliable transit."
Prop. 41, California's Veterans Housing Measure, Is Not Free
Often, things aren't quite what they seem on the ballot. Sometimes there's a bait and switch.
Election preview video: Races to watch in Sacramento, California
Bee political editor Amy Chance previews races to watch in the June 2014 primary election in California.
Judge Grants Class Action Status To Inmates' Solitary Confinement Case
A federal judge in Oakland has granted inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison class action status in their claims of unconstitutional treatment.
Judging Judges On Election Day :: Fox&hounds
Judicial candidates can advertise of course. Judge campaign posters can be seen around the county. Judges are on mailers and one candidate paid for a biography in the Sample Ballot booklet.
Learning a second language at any age may slow the brain's decline
Bilingual education in schools has long been a political hot potato -- it was banned in California by a 1998 ballot measure, which the state Senate is now asking voters to repeal. But politics aside, there's an increasing amount of scientific support for the benefits of knowing (at least) two...
‘Save or spend’ is the main issue in budget negotiations
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators write the final version of the state budget, the biggest issue is whether to spend the extra cash or save it.
Donald Sterling Accused Of Racist, Sexist Remarks In New Lawsuit
A woman who said she worked for Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner fired her after she refused to have sex with him and repeatedly made racist and sexist remarks in her presence.
Oakland mayoral hopeful Joe Tuman touts specific police plan
Another candidate, Dan Siegel, an Oakland attorney and onetime adviser to Quan, has said the Oakland Police Department can provide adequate police services with around 700 officers. Among the wide field of candidates, only Joe Tuman has come up with a detailed plan designed to hire and maintain a police force of 900 officers. Tuman has determined that the Police Department's attrition rate of around 60 officers a year and two police academies, which produce about 70 police officers a year, yields an annual net gain of 10 officers a year. In addition to hiring more officers, Tuman said his plan addresses the underlying causes of crime and calls for workable police policies and strategies, special crime initiatives and leadership from the top down. Tuman said that instead of going to taxpayers and asking for more money, it's an elected leader's responsibility to first determine where costs can be trimmed and government expenditures can be reined in.