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THE NOONER for September 19, 2014
FINAL DAY: END OF SESSION AWARDS: Voting is now open through Friday at 5pm for the End-of-Session awards. In addition to legislators of the year, this year you can vote for nominees for top legislative staff, committee staff, and lobbyists. All candidates were nominated by you, The Nooner readers.
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Your Nooner is after the jump!
AD36 (Antelope): Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox sued by former employee [Melanie Mason @ LAT]
Allegations are allegations, and that's all that we have in the two cases filed. Plenty of very successful politicians have been accused of far worse and have served for decades more.
However, mailers can include allegations such as those in this filing, and the latest lawsuit could have a significant impact on an already tight race. I'll be candid, I first changed the race from Leans Republican to Likely Republican last night, given the facts of the 145-vote win for Fox in 2012, that we are in mid-term elections, and the financial ability for Tom Lackey (R) to communicate the allegations.
But, then I took a look again at the voter registration trend in this district:
Voters casting a ballot for Democrats in AD36 dropped by 399 votes (2.8%) from 2012 to 2014, below the statewide dropoff (5.9%). Yes, 1,706 peeled off to support former Fox staffer Kermit Franklin, but it's unclear how many were repudiating Fox amidst the previous allegation of mixing his law practice and state business. Most of these are likely to vote for Fox in November, although Fox needs to a) not lose many Democrats to Lackey and b) have a strong turnout (duh, isn't that the basic formula for generals?).
Political obits have been written many times about already vulnerable legislators who run into additional trouble. They seem to be magnets.
We'll get new voter registration data next week for this district, and take another look then. But for now, the allegations alone aren't enough to move this race off of "Leans Republican." That said, a Leans Republican district means Democrats have their work cut out for them.
CA25 (Santa Clarita): Steve Knight and Tim Donnelly are blasting the LA Times story about Knight asking Donnelly not to join in precinct walks this weekend. From what I can tell, the story originated as a press statement by former Democratic candidate and former Knight supporter Lee Rogers, picked up by the Times, SantaClarita.com, and then John Hrabe.
Anyway, at the end of the day, many observers believe it was an easy way for Rogers to get off the hook for a not-so-smart endorsement of Knight. Meanwhile, Donnelly may have ulterior motives in supporting Knight, whose victory in CA25 would open up a neighboring Senate seat, where in the eastern half Donnelly found a lot of support for his gubernatorial bid.
SD40 (Imperial): Prosecutors offer Sen. Ben Hueso a plea deal [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "Sacramento County prosecutors offered Thursday to lower the drunk driving charge against state Sen. Ben Hueso to a lesser misdemeanor known as a "wet reckless." . . . His blood alcohol content was 0.08, according to Sacramento prosecutors. "It's an offer we typically make when the blood alcohol level is at the level he's at," Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi said after a scheduled court appearance Thursday. “Under these facts and circumstances anybody would get that."
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: The governor's campaign committee is quickly gathering cash for the effort to pass Propositions 1 (water bond) and Proposition 2 (rainy day fund). All the cool kids are jumping into the pool...
#CAKEDAY BRIAN HAT-TRICK: Happy birthday to Brian Joseph, Brian Dahle (Saturday), and Brian Brokaw (Sunday).
There's no better way to end your week than to watch this video from the 112th Street School in Los Angeles.
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Josh Richman @ ibabuzz.com
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Matt Kawahara, Marcos Breton and Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
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Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
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HISHAM MELHEM @ politico.com
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