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THE NOONER for October 6, 2014
HAPPY ELECTION MONTH! It seemed like this fall, it was never going to arrive.
DEADLINE: Today is the deadline for the first state committee pre-election report, which covers the period from 7/1-9/30/2014. The story won't be the fundraising, as contributions over $1,000 have been reported since August 6. However, cash on hand for the last month will be instructive.
CA03 (Yolano-Yuba-Lake): The "polling" calls are picking up in the challenge by Dan Logue against John Garamendi. It's unclear whether they are just fundraising calls for general NRCC and DCCC efforts or if this one is actually getting tight.
CA17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda and Ro Khanna debate tonight in likely the only face-off, which should bring out the fireworks. It is not open to the public, and will be shown on NBC Bay Area at 6:30 p.m. It's unclear whether it will be streamed live as a "newscast," but if it is, you should be able to find it here.
Current RealClearPolitics Generic Congressional Average: Republicans +2.3
It's hard to believe that six years ago next month, California voters turned down same-sex marriage on a 52.3%-47.7% margin, and by the SupCt's action this morning, up to 30 states may soon have it. In comparison, it took over eight years for Loving v. Virginia--requiring states to allow mixed race marriages--to reach the Supreme Court.
And, remember, it only takes four justices to vote for certiorari to hear a lower case, meaning the conservatives weren't ready to overturn. My bet is that Chief Justice John Roberts didn't want the SCOTUS term to be all about this issue, which it likely would have, and he got Anthony Kennedy to go along (as well as the 4 "liberals"). Although, it's possible as well that none of them really wanted to touch this issue.
This wasn't a problem of activist judges, but the ultimate camel's nose under the tent from an Equal Protection standpoint.
U.S. SENATE TREND: In 2014 midterms, Republicans increasingly see parallels to 2006 election [Chris Cilizza @ WaPo]
INTRAPARTY WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? (for IEs, absolutely everything)
That's just a sampling of the IE world and does not tell the whole story. Not for reproduction. Watch the IEs below or at this link...
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Duncan McFettridge, David Pruitt, and Eric Zell!
California State Superintendent Of Public Instruction: Torlakson Or Tuck?
Torlakson, a 65-year-old former high-school teacher and coach in Contra Costa County who served in the state Legislature before he was elected to the state's top education post four years ago, has the formidable backing of the state teachers union. But his stand on teacher tenure -- he supports the current rules -- has left him vulnerable to criticism from educational reformers and parents who want a better, faster method of weeding out bad teachers.
Pensions Still A Puzzle In Stockton Bankruptcy
Ed Mendel @ calpensions.com
A federal judge ruled last week that Stocktonâs CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.
Brown Collecting Millions To Promote 2 Pet Projects On November Ballot
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown is collecting millions of dollars from special interests to help him promote two pet projects on the November ballot: a water bond measure and a state rainy-day fund.
Honda, Khanna Have Much At Stake In Debate
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
The faceoff at 6:30 p.m. in NBC Bay Area's studios in San Jose probably will be the only time that the 17th Congressional District candidates will debate before Election Day. And while relatively few voters are expected to actually watch the debate live, the candidates see a lot at stake.
Insurance Commissioner Race Pits Two Starkly Different Candidates
Marc Lifsher @ latimes.com
Few jobs at the state Capitol have more effect on citizen pocketbook issues than California's elected insurance commissioner.
No On Proposition 46
Proposition 46 is a combination platter of healthcare-related proposals, each of which tries to accomplish something meaningful for California consumers. One provision would increase compensation for people harmed by careless or reckless healthcare providers. A second aims to protect hospital patients against doctors who are substance abusers. And a third seeks to curb over-prescribing of opioids and other dangerous medications. But as worthwhile as these goals may be, the methods the measure would use to achieve them are too flawed to be enacted into law.
Boehner Rakes In Cash For Openly Gay Republican Candidate | Thehill
Scott Wong @ thehill.com
Conservative groups including the Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage fired off a letter last week to Boehner, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell chiding them for backing DeMaio and Tisei, as well as Oregon Senate hopeful Monica Webhy, who supports gay marriage.
Poll: Majority Of California Voters Support Health Coverage For Undocumented Immigrants | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
The poll was commissioned by The California Endowment, a foundation that has been actively working to expand health insurance access to all people, regardless of immigration status. The Affordable Care Act expressly bars undocumented immigrants from receiving any of its benefits, including subsidies to purchase health insurance.
Election officials prepare to send out mail ballots for Nov. 4 vote
Election officials across California begin sending out mail ballots Monday, kicking into high gear the Nov. 4 contests for state, congressional and some local offices.
Where Does Jerry Brown Stand On Ethics Reforms?
One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown . And the other thumb down.
The Buzz: New California initiative donor ranking leaves out Steyer
Laurel Rosenhall and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
More than two years ago, liberal billionaire Tom Steyer gave $200,000 to the campaign supporting Proposition 45, a measure to give the state’s elected insurance commissioner more authority over health insurance rates.
New Laws Aside, Big Hurdles Remain For Computer Science
Tom Chorneau @ cabinetreport.com
Although legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week takes big steps toward integrating computer science studies into mainstream public school curriculum, advocates say Californiaâs education system still badly lags the economic demands of the booming technology sector and other actions are needed.
Ready, Set, Traffic: Fundraising Politicians To Swarm California
As next month’s midterm elections near, politicians from both sides of the aisle are swarming California to boost their parties’ fortunes in contests that could decide the balance of power in Washington -- and to forge relationships in advance of the 2016 presidential race.
Subsurface Water Intakes Feasible For Desalination Plant, Study Finds
A study regarding a controversial proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach determined that subsurface intakes are technically feasible for the project.
Reality Check: New Prop. 45 Ad Only Partially True
Tracy Seipel @ mercurynews.com
The Yes on 45 campaign last week released its first television ad, now running in major media markets.
Neighbors itch to yell 'cut!' on Potrero Hill
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @ sfgate.com
A little bit of show business is going a long way over on Potrero Hill, where an HBO production crew filming the gay-themed series âLookingâ has converted a block-long industrial building into a temporary sound stage â and gobbled up all the parking around it in the process.
Jerry Brown grows war chest to $23.6 million
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has increased his war chest to $23.6 million while continuing to refrain from any significant spending in his re-election bid, according to a campaign finance statement filed Monday.
California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison
Erik Eckholm @ nytimes.com
Now California voters appear poised to scale back the heavy reliance on incarceration they once embraced, with a measure that would transform several lower-level, nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors punishable by brief jail stays, if that, rather than time in a state penitentiary. The referendum on Nov. 4 is part of a national reappraisal of mass incarceration.
Data Center: Brown vetoing much higher percentage of bills today than during '70s
Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed about 13 percent of the bills sent to him by state legislators since 2011 - more than double his 6 percent veto rate during his 1970s governorship, according to new figures from the Senate Office of Research.
Denying Review, Justices Clear Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States
s move was a major surprise and suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage.
Virginia to issue gay marriage licenses after Supreme Court action
Addressing a small but vocal crowd of supporters in front of the Arlington County courthouse, Virginia's Atty. Gen. Mark Herring praised the Supreme Court's move Monday to clear the way for same-sex marriage for the first time in a Southern state.