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THE NOONER for October 9, 2014
All of the statewides with the exception of Controller and Secretary of State have been moved from Likely Democrat to Safe Democrat. Controller and Secretary of State stay Leans Democrat, although I am very close to moving Controller to Toss-Up.
SuptPubInst: The California Teachers Association adds $1.4 million to its independent expenditure for Tom Torlakson, while LA businessman William Bloomfield spends $280,505 in his effort for Marshall Tuck.
CTA and allies have independently spent $1.4 million for Torlakson (not including the new $1.4 million) and $1.16 million against Tuck, while Bloomfield's total in favor of Tuck is just over $1 million.
A high-profile Southern California congressional race descended into chaos on Wednesday when Republican Carl DeMaio was peppered with questions from reporters about whether he had sexually harassed and then intimidated and attempted to bribe a former campaign staffer.
At a news conference at his campaign headquarters, DeMaio called the allegations "absolutely untrue" and a "complete lie." He added that authorities had questioned him and his campaign staff about the harassment claims, concluded they were unfounded and closed the case. DeMaio, 40, said the accuser concocted the story after he was identified as a “prime suspect” in a break-in at DeMaio's campaign office last spring.
SD14 (Kings): Chevron money flows freely to onetime political foe Andy Vidak [John Wildermuth @ SFChron]
AD44 (Ventura): Local turnout, particularly fueled by CA26 (Brownley v. Gorell), and spending returns this race between Jacqui Irwin and Rob McCoy from Leans Democrat to Toss-Up.
POLL POSITION: CBS News is out with a poll that finds Republicans +6% on the generic congressional ballot. [10/3-6; n=575 likely voters; MOE +/- 3%]
CPUC: As Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) pledged to introduce legislation removing Michael Peevey as chair of the California Public Utilities Commission, the word is that Peevey plans to announce his retirement at the end of the year. As Peevey is the husband of Hill's colleague Carol Liu (D-Pasadena), things might just be a bit awkward in Democratic Caucus.
TEXAS? Show 'Em the Money [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds] - "Where have all the Republican donors gone?"
POP! Beverage trade association pumps $1.4 million into campaign against 'soda tax' [Alexander Barriera @ DailyCal]
HAIL MARY! NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart to Host Meet the Press [Gabriel Sherman @ New York Magazine]
Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything" to bring him over. "They were ready to back the Brink's truck up," the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart's agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
It makes sense that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses something that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, young audience. And it's not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. According to sources, NBC Entertainment courted Stewart several years ago for a 10 p.m. variety show (the slot ultimately went to Jay Leno). This April, CBS announced Stewart's Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman next year.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Linder and Christina Romero!
Prop. 47's Sentencing Reform Should Go To Legislature, Not The Ballot
Proposition 47, which would reduce penalties for drug and theft crimes, is yet another initiative that should never have been on the state ballot.
Hopefuls Woo Voters At South Bay Candidates Forum
Candidates in three South Bay/Westside races on the Nov. 4 ballot made pitches to voters Wednesday night in Rancho Palos Verdes. On many issues, there was more agreement than dissent -- all for example, said they favored campaign finance reform, although their ideas varied somewhat.
S.F. tries to vote its way out of chronic traffic jam
Michael Cabanatuan @ sfgate.com
The trio of propositions consists of a $500 million bond measure, a plan to increase the Muni budget to keep pace with population growth, and an advisory measure that would ask decision-makers to freeze parking rates and make cars and driving a higher priority.
The Buzz: Steinberg to launch mental health foundation
Outgoing Senate leader Darrell Steinberg will form a foundation to work on mental health policy issues, an area that has long been a priority for the Sacramento Democrat.
Healthcare Surcharges Are A Political Statement
Further, note the contrast with the lack of itemization of other costs of doing business. Why doesn't the bill reflect the cost of payroll taxes, property taxes or lease payments, business taxes and health inspection fees? Where is the itemization of wages, utilities, uniforms, laundry, amortization of equipment? Why is only the cost of healthcare brought to the customer's attention?
California tribe fighting casino makes $5.2 million campaign donation
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
California campaign committees reported more than $12.5 million in donations Tuesday, among the biggest one-day totals of the 2014 election as critics of a proposed Madera casino, backers of state schools chief candidate Marshall Tuck, and others poured in money.
Will Kane @ sfgate.com
Joseph is among the surprising 39 percent of Oakland voters who havenâÂÂt made up their minds about who should run the city with less than a month to go before election day, according to a recent survey. Interest is half of what it was in 2012 and half of 2010, Metz said, pointing to statewide polls that found just 32 percent of voters said they are âÂÂextremely interestedâÂÂ in the November election. The voter disengagement is compounded by the fact that there are more mayoral candidates on the ballot than anyone can remember, overwhelming voters flipping through campaign materials or voter guides. [...] OaklandâÂÂs ranked-choice election format makes it hard for voters to grasp the differences between candidates because candidates are trying to be as likable as possible to get not only first-place votes, but also second- and third-place rankings. [...] that outcome could change when the large number of undecided voters make up their minds, Metz said. A separate poll of 400 likely voters in early September by OaklandâÂÂs Jobs and Housing Coalition that asked voters to rank only the top seven candidates found that 19 percent of voters had not decided how to vote. Across Oakland, residents reflected the results of the polls âÂÂ with a shrug when asked whom they would vote for next month. Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco who studies Oakland politics, said Kaplan and Quan have emerged as front-runners but that could change as more voters make up their minds.
Bera-Ose Debate Mostly Attacks And Bromides
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Sacramento area voters were treated Wednesday â or more accurately, subjected â to a mini version of the vapid exchanges of pre-digested bromides, sound bites and buzzwords that comprise contemporary American political discourse.
In 2015, L.A. County Is Forecast To Regain Jobs Lost During Recession
Los Angeles County will finally regain the number of jobs it lost during the Great Recession next year, with Orange County and the Inland Empire expected to follow soon after, a new study projects.
Padilla, Yee Lead Challengers In California Down-ticket Contests
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, center, listen to Republican think tank leader Pete Peterson, right, as they participate in a secretary of state debate hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California on Sept. 11 in Sacramento.
Vegas awaiting wedding boom as way is cleared for same-sex marriage
First it was on, then it was off and now it's on again. We're speaking, of course, about same-sex marriage in Nevada, which was cleared for takeoff on Tuesday, halted Wednesday morning and reinstated later that same day.
Chevron Money Flows Freely To Onetime Political Foe Andy Vidak
John Wildermuth @ sfgate.com
What a difference a year makes in politics. Just ask Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak, whose Central Valley seat is key to Democrats regaining their two-thirds super-majority in the Legis-lature.
Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown runs odds re-election campaign
Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign for a record fourth term is one of the oddest in California history, Dan says.
Democrats use Obama campaign playbook while benching the president
In tight Senate races across the country, Democrats are frantically trying to win over the prized mix of voters dubbed the Obama coalition. They just don't want President Obama's help.
Endorsement: Proposition 2 clearly is worthy of support
Although no Capitol product is flawless, the policies embodied in Proposition 2 clearly are worthy of support.
Michael Harris, Chronicle Reporter Who Exposed Corruption, Dies - Sfgate
Michael Harris, an award-winning political reporter at The Chronicle whose tenacity as an investigative journalist reformed California law and sent corrupt officials to prison from San Francisco and Alameda County, died Oct. 2 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md., after a brief illness. He was 92.
Viewpoints: New kind of judicial activism on gay marriage
By not ruling on constitutional issue, the Supreme Court ignores voters who support traditional unions.
Obama To Designate Chunk Of San Gabriel Mountains A National Monument
President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will set aside roughly half of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, bringing stronger federal protections to the range to shield it from crowding and pollution.
The New Health Care: HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency
This year people will again be buying health insurance without a simple way to check which doctors and hospitals are in their network.
Ami Bera, Doug Ose clash in testy debate
Christopher Cadelago and David Siders @ sacbee.com
In a testy and at times personal debate, Rep. Ami Bera and his Republican challenger, Doug Ose, clashed Wednesday over health care, jobs and immigration in one of the country’s most closely watched House races.