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THE NOONER for August 1, 2014

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Well, kids, it's the last day of summer recess. I hope you had a Noonerific break and are ready for the final sprint of session. For those homegamers, the Legislature returns on Monday and will work bills through August 31. The governor then has until September 30 to act on bills passed in the final 12 days of session.

The Bee's AM Alert notes that the State Senate's fundraising blackout extends from today through the end of session. The State Senators who are affected most because they are on the ballot this November include:

Of these, the only competitive races right now are Alex Padilla v. Pete Peterson for Secretary of State and Steve Knight v. Tony Strickland for CD25. In all the other cases, the senator is the favorite and has a sizable cash advantage that likely won't be hurt by waiting to collect those checks until September 1.

That said, also hurts members like Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Lieu, and Mimi Walters, who would like to be raising cash to give to other candidates to enter their respective congressional caucuses on good stead.

EXPLAIN LAST WEEK'S HOMELESSNESS?: Kashkari's campaign almost out of cash [John Wildermuth @ SFChron]:

With a little more than three months to go until the Nov. 4 election, Republican Neel Kashkari's campaign for governor is almost dead broke.

State campaign finance reports released Thursday showed that as of June 30, the former investment banker had $197,937 in his election account to go along with $164,318 in unpaid bills, leaving him with $33,619 in unencumbered cash.

By contrast, Gov. Jerry Brown's report showed him with $22.3 million in the bank as of the end of June and no debts.

Kashkari's campaign has added $414,600 since July 1.

Meanwhile, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce isn't particularly happy about Kashkari's visit. You have to imagine that Controller candidate and Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin also wished he would have chosen a different bench to sleep on.

News groups sue California Senate over Calderon, Yee calendars [Matthias Gafni and Rebecca Kimitch @ Pasadena Star-News] - "The Los Angeles News Group and its sister news organization the Bay Area News Group sued the state Senate and its leaders Thursday over their refusal to release portions of the appointment calendars of two indicted and suspended state senators."

Assemblymember Mike Gatto opened up to a Reddit Ask Me Anything yesterday.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Toni AtkinsRob Fong and Christopher Wilson!





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Treasurer Lockyer: Push To Extend Prop. 30 Taxes Inevitable
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Thursday he predicted an inevitable political push to extend the 2012 tax hike known as Proposition 30, but he expects the measure will return to voters before it expires in two years.

GOP Candidates For Controller, Secretary Of State End June In Debt
The Republicans vying to be controller and secretary of state entered the general election in the red, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state Thursday.

Kashkari's Campaign Almost Out Of Cash
contrast, Gov. @
With a little more than three months to go until the Nov. 4 election, Republican Neel Kashkari's campaign for governor is almost dead broke.

Gop, Democratic Leaders Pouring Money Into Key State Senate Contests
Political party leaders are funneling large amounts of cash and other resources into three key legislative contests that could decide whether Democrats will regain their supermajority in the state Senate in the November election.

Kashkari Says Jerry Brown Ducking California’s Economic Issues
Christopher Cadelago @
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari speaks to members of the Sacramento Bee editorial board on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Sacramento.

Senate Reports Are Critical Of Bay Bridge Construction Oversight
Lee Romney @
Two reports prepared for a state Senate committee reiterate that the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is safe, but note problems with transparency, oversight of engineering flaws and purported retaliation against top project employees who raised concerns.

Pérez spent $1.6 million on late TV ads in controller’s campaign
Assemblyman John A. Pérez’s campaign for state controller unleashed an expensive blast of TV ads in the weeks before the June 3 primary election, according to the campaign’s latest filing.

Lawyers challenging health subsidies seek quick Supreme Court ruling
Lawyers challenging President Obama's healthcare law filed a quick appeal with the Supreme Court on Thursday, urging justices to take up the issue this fall and throw out insurance subsidies for nearly 5 million Americans.

North Carolina Teachers May See Raise in Budget
The North Carolina Senate moved toward sealing a long-sought budget accord on Thursday, voting in favor of a $21 billion plan that would raise the salaries of public schoolteachers but impose cuts elsewhere in state government.

Cia Apologizes, Admits It Improperly Searched Senate Computers
The CIA on Thursday acknowledged that its employees inappropriately searched and pulled files from a Senate computer network set up as part of an inquiry into the CIA’s secret Bush-era interrogation program.

Can Underfunded GOP Candidate Outflank Jerry Brown On Poverty? | Kqed News Fix
It was a brief bit of bravado, the kind of thing every politician does.

Sacramento County Sheriff Acknowledges Possession, Use Of Cellphone Surveillance Technology
Kim Minugh @
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged this week that it possesses and uses surveillance technology that allows detectives to collect location data from the cellphones of investigative targets, possibly doing so without a court order.

Rep. Mike Honda Gets His House District Wrong — Listen To Voicemail - Politics Blog
Seven-term Rep. Mike Honda is in a spirited re-election battle with fellow Democrat Ro Khanna to represent California's 17th Congressional District in the South Bay. That's the 17th District -- alt...

G.O.P. Candidate for California Governor Spends Week Being Homeless
Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, spent a week pretending to be homeless in Fresno, Calif., an experiment that added some sorely needed publicity to his campaign while also attracting some ridicule.

Republican governor candidate spends $4.4 million
DON THOMPSON Associated Press @
Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari spent $4.4 million on his primary race to defeat a Tea Party candidate for second place but reports having less than $200,000 in his campaign account at the end of the race.

Bay Area and Los Angeles news groups sue California Senate to get Leland Yee, other's calendars
Matthias Gafni @
Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles News Group have sued to get the documents.

Sen. Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Racketeering Charge
Jeremy B. White @
In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco.

Political Memo: Foreign Crises Fade on Congressional Campaign Trail
Violence in Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine has dominated the news this summer, but is drawing little reaction from candidates in the midterm elections.

Dan Walters Daily: Old friend of Jerry Brown turns foe on Sacramento arena
Alexei Koseff @
Former head of Caltrans Adriana Gianturco has resurfaced in the fight against the new Sacramento Kings arena, Dan says.

Court upholds Wisconsin collective bargaining and voter ID laws
The Wisconsin Supreme Court backed Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday in the key areas of labor relations and voter identification, handing the Republican governor victories during this year's fiercely contested election.