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THE NOONER for September 22, 2014
The 2014 NOONER/AroundTheCapitol.com End-of-Session Awards are after the first jump. Also, it's time to launch tables of newspaper endorsements on the statewides and initiatives, which are after the second jump.
PARTY FOUL: The California Republican Party had its fall confab this weekend, and Jim Brulte threw a great party. However, some of the guests got a little out of hand. Controller candidate Ashley Swearengin, Secretary of State Pete Peterson, and former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly all made news--by not endorsing the party's candidate for governor, Neel Kashkari.
The Bee got a hold of some emails between Republican Party leaders, including this one by LiteGov candidate (and former CAGOP chairman) Ron Nehring:
"I doubt Ashley was given the prominence of speaking Friday night (the ONLY statewide candidate to be given a speaking role other than Sunday morning … as a platform to generate news by blowing off others on the statewide ticket," he wrote. "This does NOT help the party, and it distracts from the efforts made to convey a positive theme. The coverage is not of a party expanding its reach. It's about a party that isn't unified because (its) candidates can’t get it together and get on the same page."
I was in SF this weekend with Kara and generally stayed away from news and social media. However, all I got was that California Republicans were having a Rand Paul love fest and not supporting each other for already long-shot bids. Did I miss anything?
I love Jim Brulte. He is the best, but he knew what he was getting in to. Reversing gravity is hard.
FLAP: If you were away from social media this weekend, you might have missed the emergency landing of of a Southwest bird carrying several California politicos, including Paul Mitchell, Jodi Hicks, and Adam Keigwin. And, the plane was one of three Southwest planes painted to look like Sea World's Shamu, which are scheduled to be repainted after the end of the year following the uproar over the Blackfish documentary and a fight in the state legislature over the treatment of orcas.
Is it me, did fundraising emails truly jump the shark this weekend? They are starting to read like texts between 12-year-olds.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rob Bonta and Roger Dickinson! A belated cakeday to Steve Maviglio, whose birthday was last weekend, which I missed!
END OF SESSION AWARDS:
LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR
Truest to Party Values
Best to Have a Beer/Espresso With
(note: through my idiocy, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was not included as a selection for Assembly Democrat. He received several votes via email/comments.)
Legislative Staff Member of the Year
Committee Consultant of the Year
Legislative Advocate of the Year - Contract
Legislative Advocate of the Year - In-House
Legislative Advocacy Firm/Organization of the Year
(note: When I accepted nominations, I asked for firms. A couple of readers suggested expanding it to organizations and nominated the Labor Fed. The top vote recipient for firm was DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler - "They were in every fight this year. NFL Players, Uber, Water Bond, Optometrists, Medi-Cal, etc...")
Send me links if you have them!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
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Propositions 45 And 46 Latest Skirmishes In War Over Big Money In Health Care
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Both may be doomed, but their rejection would not change the underlying dynamic that with health care our largest industry and destined to expand, the political infighting over who gets what from the system, both medically and financially, will grow as well.
At Supreme Court, Kicking the Tires on a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History
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Tv Reporter Quits On Tv Admits She Owns Alaska Medical Marijuana Club
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California GOP Endorses Water Bond, Rainy-day Fund
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Kashkari Portrays GOP As A Champion Of Minorities And The Poor
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Endorsement: Newsom is best choice for lieutenant governor
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Brulte's Fables: Ashley Swearengin stings California Republicans
Ashley Swearengin, like the scorpion that stung the frog, canÂt seem to help herself. This weekend, the divisive mayor of Fresno added California Republicans to the long list of people she canÂt get along with. As mayor of Fresno, Swearengin's tenure has been marked by contentious battles with labor unions, police officers and taxpayers.
160-foot water tower sideways at Edwards Air Force Base
A 160-foot water tower that once served as a landmark for Edwards Air Force Base was torn down last week in favor of a new, smaller water tank, making for an arresting image on social media.
Neighbors feeling squeezed by work on Mark Zuckerberg's S.F. Home
Matier and Ross @ sfgate.com
Welcome to Fort Zuckerberg â the $10 million Dolores Heights âfixer-upperâ that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have turned into a massive construction encampment that has some neighbors feeling under siege by the Facebook founder.
RNC launches voter 'challenge'
The social media campaign is aimed at pressuring GOP voters to go to the polls by election day.
Drought May Be Driving Increase In West Nile | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
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Jerry Brown Signs Bill For Bike Lane Fee
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Brown Administration's Angling To Ban Lead Fishing Weights
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Giuliani hired to fight Noriega lawsuit
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AM Alert: Democrats’ legislative supermajority hinges on several key races
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Brown signs several clean-air vehicle bills
Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
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