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THE NOONER for July 11, 2014
Happy FREE SLURPEE DAY.
GAME ON: All eyes are on Bakersfield and El Centro today, as the recount begins in Kern and Imperial Counties.
SHOCKER: "When John A. Pérez pored over voting results to determine which of California’s 22,353 precincts should be recounted in his tight battle for state controller, his campaign chose the ones in which he did well." [Jim Miller @ SacBee]
Don't blame the playa, blame the game.
The AP's Juliet Williams writes:
Friday's count will be a "soft start" in both counties, with clerks poring over ballots that were not counted because of problems matching signatures or uncertainty about a voter's registration. Attorneys and officials from both campaigns plan to monitor the process.
Dan Walters: Debra "Bowen should step up – perhaps even seek emergency legislation – but so far has been a somewhat passive figure."
MICRA: Will the Democratic Party this weekend take sides in the medical malpractice fight?
Investigation urged after Latino caucus rejects Republican lawmaker [Patrick McGreevey @ LAT]:
[Rocky] Chavez said his primary concern involves the restrictions on membership when the group is using taxpayer resources, including an office in the Legislative Office Building, two staff members and a spot on the official state Legislature website. "I think it should be inclusive in that case," he said.
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the caucus chairman, said there is nothing improper about the caucus' membership policies, which have been in place since the caucus was founded 40 years ago by five Democratic lawmakers.
NOM NOM: If you're not following the Burrito Bracket on FiveThirtyEight, you're not living. Go Chando's!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday tomorrow to Tim Hart!
Have a great weekend, my friends.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Controller Recount Highlights Election-law Flaws
JULIET WILLIAMS @ sacbee.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the disputed race for state controller, all sides can agree on one thing: A vote recount starting Friday is unprecedented in its scope, leaving California officials in uncharted territory.
Kashkari criticizes Brown's sweetheart deal for out-of-state corporation
"AB 2389 is just another example of Governor Brown and his Sacramento cronies picking winners and losers," Kashkari tells CalNewsroom.com. This year's gubernatorial race has seen Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari flip roles traditionally associated with Republicans and Democrats. Brown, the richest candidate in the country, has championed special tax breaks for corporations, while Kashkari has made California's record poverty rate a major part of his campaign message.
California General Fund Ends Fiscal Year In Black
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Controller John Chiang before Gov. Jerry Brown delivers the 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Sacramento.
Union leader derides Obama education chief
MICHAEL R. BLOOD AP Political Writer @ utsandiego.com
The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union has harsh words for President Barack Obama's education chief, but stops short of calling for his ouster.
Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot
Fresno residents will have the final say on Mayor Ashley Swearengin's controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. This week, election officials certified a petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim to place a referendum on the ballot.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Tax-credit Bill For Bomber Project
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown talks about the former state Sen. John Vasconcellos during a memorial ceremony on Wednesday June 11, 2014 in Sacramento.
Kerry Tries To Calm Afghan Presidential Candidates
Secretary of State John F. Kerry held urgent meetings Friday with both presidential candidates in Afghanistan in a bid to resolve a messy election dispute that threatens to unravel years of U.S. efforts to build a fledgling democracy.
Jerry Brown signs tax-credit bill for bomber project
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation granting hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to help aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin in their bid to land a contract for a new strategic bomber project, the governor’s office announced Thursday.
Senate Republicans Urge Governor: Honor Vergara Ruling, Protect Students against a Broken Public School System
ruling handed down last month by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge determined that California's laws on teacher tenure, dismissal and layoffs are unconstitutional because they violate our children's constitutional right to an equal education.
Boehner Says Obama Lawsuit Will Focus on Health Law
Speaker John A. Boehner said his lawsuit against the president would focus on changes to the health care law that should have been left to Congress.
IRS refunds Santa Clara County Office of Education's tax penalty
Sharon Noguchi @ mercurynews.com
The IRS has refunded $174,000 the education office paid in penalties for filing late taxes — even though the Office of Education since has admitted its responsibility for the delinquent payment.
Will Effort To Overturn Citizens United Someday Affect Ca Ballot Measures? :: Fox&hounds
Press releases from supporters of the effort to create a constitutional amendment, particularly the group that demonstrated in Sacramento when the resolution was considered, complain about money corrupting politics in the terms of corporate money, union money is never mentioned.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla
Juliet Williams @ businessweek.com
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.
Border surge could be windfall for Senate candidate's air charter firm
As a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, retired Marine Col. Allen Weh says it's time for tougher border security.
California Ends Fiscal Year With Cash For First Time In Seven Years
Robin Respaut @ reuters.com
California has ended its fiscal year with cash left over in its general fund for the first time since 2007. State Controller John Chiang said on Thursday that California wrapped up June with a positive cash balance of $1.9 billion. This suggests the state has reached a stable financial foothold with enough money in its day-to-day operations budget to meet obligations without borrowing from other state funds or from Wall Street.
Jerry Brown administration defends withholding per diem increase from scientists
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has filed its rebuttal to a lawsuit aimed at forcing the government to reimburse state scientists for work-related travel and meal costs at the same rate as other state workers.
Multiple Convictions From One Act Count As One 'strike,' Court Rules
The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday that two felony convictions stemming from a single act may not be considered separate strikes under the state’s “three strikes” sentencing law.
New California tax credit would benefit Tesla gigafactory
JULIET WILLIAMS @ mercurynews.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin that also includes language to help Palo Alto-based electric car maker Tesla, as California competes for its $5 billion battery plant.
U.S. Border Crisis Is Draining The Immigration Budget
Immigration officials and Border Patrol agents will run out of money if Congress doesn't approve emergency funds to deal with the flood of young migrants at the southwest border, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told senators Thursday.
Manager in 2012 supes race charged with elections fraud
Christopher Brodeur, 28, faces two felony counts of filing false documents with the Department of Elections, two felony counts of putting the name of another person on a nomination petition and two felony counts of submission of false nomination papers, the district attorney's office said. According to court documents, Squeri appointed Brodeur as an "authorized person" in the campaign's dealings with the Department of Elections, though Brodeur's LinkedIn profile lists his position as campaign manager. According to Brodeur's LinkedIn profile, the San Francisco State alumnus also interned for Supervisor Mark Farrell for four months.
2 Colorado Counties Join Boulder In Issuing Same-sex Marriage Licenses
Soon after a judge ruled that the Boulder County clerk could continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while the courts considered Colorado's ban on gay marriage, clerks in Denver and Pueblo counties said they would do the same.