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THE NOONER for September 25, 2014
I'll be a bit short today as I'm using my Nooner time to format the latest voter registration data, which will be the subject of tomorrow's missive.
Spirit of Democracy is back at the plate, with a $319,000 independent expenditure against Jeff Stone in SD28. The cash largely comes from Charles Munger, Jr. and the California Independent Petroleum PAC. Stone faces former Assemblymember Bonnie Garcia for the Coachella Valley senate seat. The buy is mostly for television.
iCARLY 2.0: The National Journal writes that former HP CEO and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is testing the waters on a 2016 presidential bid.
"People ask me that a lot, so if you get asked that a lot you have to think about it—you have to consider it," Fiorina told National Journal. "I'm flattered by the question and I have to consider it."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Connie Conway and Lisa Kaplan!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Candidates for insurance commissioner: a clash of styles
John Wildermuth @ sfgate.com
The race for CaliforniaĂ˘Â€Â™s insurance commissioner features candidates with very different views of how the office should operate.
Marijuana Legalization Advocates To Start Raising Money For 2016 Initiative In California
David Siders @ sacbee.com
The Marijuana Policy Project, which backed efforts to legalize marijuana use in Colorado, said Wednesday it will start raising money for a 2016 ballot initiative in California.
State Sen. Ben Hueso Faces A Lawsuit Over Alleged Misuse Of Campaign Funds.
Chris Nichols @ utsandiego.com
Self-described political activists have filed a lawsuit against state Sen. Ben Hueso accusing the San Diego Democrat of illegally diverting campaign funds to pay for unrelated legal expenses.
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Hands Out Free Gas Cards
Wearing safety goggles and wielding a white mallet aimed at a wind-up toy train, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Wednesday made his latest attempt to move the needle in a contest stacked highly in favor of his Democratic rival, Gov. Jerry Brown .
California needs to look again at Asian stance on affirmative action
Kathick Ramakrishnan @ latimes.com
Earlier this year, the California legislature tabled a proposed referendum that sought to restore affirmative action in higher education. The measure had sailed through the Senate with a two-thirds vote and was awaiting approval in the Assembly. However, after intense opposition and sustained...
Number Of Latinos With Insurance Coverage Surges Under Healthcare Law
The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community.
Jeb Bush Returns to Fray and Finds Going Rough
Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker and Republican Senate candidate, distanced himself from the former governor of Florida as he outlined his views on immigration policy and education standards.
Billionaire must allow public to access Martins Beach, San Mateo County judge rules
Peter Fimrite @ sfgate.com
The beach battle has focused national attention on California laws that are supposed to guarantee public access to coastal areas. The 1972 California Coastal Zone Conservation Initiative, which created the 12-member California Coastal Commission, and the California Coastal Act, passed in 1976, prohibit homes or developments from blocking access to beaches. âĂ‚Â€Ă‚ÂśThe activists desiring unfettered access to Martins Beach have misrepresented the issues and facts, and have made reasonable solutions less likely,âĂ‚Â€Ă‚Âť Khosla wrote in an op-ed to the Chronicle last month. Should a government agency force property owners to run businesses at a loss?
Casino Clears A Legal Hurdle: Brown's Not An "Agency"
Bob Egelko @ blog.sfgate.com
Jerry Brown is many things: a former Jesuit seminarian, a sometime philosopher, and CaliforniaĂ˘Â€Â™s longest-serving governor. One thing he is not, at least under state environmental law as interpreted by an appellate court, is a Ă˘Â€Âśpublic agency.Ă˘Â€Âť
VIDEO: Darrell Fong discusses his California Assembly race
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Sacramento City Councilman Darrell Fong, running to replace Assemblyman Richard Pan in the state Legislature, met with The Bee’s Capitol Bureau Wednesday, offering thoughts on his motivation for seeking an Assembly seat and what he would do if he won.
Fact-checking Feinstein On The Assault Weapons Ban
Lois Beckett @ propublica.org
The senator says Ă˘Â€Âśthe evidence is clear: the ban worked.Ă˘Â€Âť Except thereĂ˘Â€Â™s no evidence it saved lives Ă˘Â€Â“ and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says itĂ˘Â€Â™s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.
Report: Dianne Feinstein’s Assault-gun Ban Didn’t Work - Politics Blog
The nonprofit news organization Pro Publica has a story out Wednesday saying one of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's first achievements upon taking office more than two decades ago didn't work. That's her a...
L.A. City Council Votes For Minimum-wage Hike To $15.37 At Big Hotels
Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers ¿ one of the highest minimum wage requirements in the country. The City Council voted 12 to 3 on Wednesday to impose the wage requirements on large hotels, handing a major victory to organized labor and a defeat for business groups. Lawmakers said the measure would pull thousands of hotel workers out of poverty, helping them provide for their families.
The Problem With Paid Petitioners
Sam Levin, Sam Lefebvre, Sarah Burke and Anna Pulley @ eastbayexpress.com
Venture capitalist Tim Draper's controversial campaign to split California into six states failed this month to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. That's despite the fact that Draper spent millions of dollars on the initiative, sending petition gatherers across the state to solicit signatures from voters. Draper's initiative also failed despite the fact that some of those "Six Californias" petitioners Ă˘Â€Â” who were paid per signature Ă˘Â€Â” had allegedly resorted to a range of shady and misleading tactics to trick voters into supporting the initiative.
CalPERS Investment Performance Leads Among Big Pension Funds
In the second quarter of this year, the California Public Employees' Retirement System ranked at the top among 49 public pension funds with portfolios over $10 billion or more, with a total return of 4.93 percent, according to a report on investment performance by Wilshire Associates.
Viewpoints: Bill will fix much of what’s wrong with ballot initiative process
Dan Carson @ sacbee.com
Voters will be the big winners from Senate Bill 1253.
Neel Kashkari's so down and out, even his dogs are voting for Jerry Brown
Neel Kashkari is down and out in Beverly Hills. Also among the conservative gentry of Sacramento.
Joe Biden To California For Democratic House Hopeful
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will make a campaign stop in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 7 to campaign for Amanda Renteria, a former Senate chief of staff and top Democratic recruit this cycle.
California Officials Challenge Benicia Crude Oil Train Plan
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Brown administration officials say Benicia has underestimated the risk posed by oil trains planned to run through Sacramento and other parts of Northern California to the city’s Valero refinery, and is calling on the city to redo its safety analysis before allowing oil shipments to increase.
Just Like Race, Super PACs For Kuehl, Shriver Neck And Neck
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Labor unions representing county government workers this week created an independent committee to raise money for Sheila Kuehl, who is running to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the powerful five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, according to new campaign reports.
The Buzz: Court says Jerry Brown isn’t a public agency
The governor is not a “public agency” subject to requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. As of Wednesday, that’s the law unless the state Supreme Court sees it differently.
Who Will Replace Holder, And Can Obama Get A Nominee Confirmed?
Confirming a new attorney general to replace Eric Holder is certain to prompt a heated political debate during a robust post-election lame-duck session of Congress – one made especially more divisive if Democrats lose the Senate ’s majority.