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THE NOONER for October 17, 2014

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The Nooner general election contest will be launched next week, with voting through Friday, October 24. So, start thinking about your predictions! 

THE SUPERMAJORITIES -- SENATE

The most frequent question I get is about whether Democrats will hold supermajorities in the Assembly and State Senate. For the Assembly, that means 54 Democrats and for the State Senate it means 27. Going into this cycle's elections, Dems start with 27 seats in the Senate and 55 in the Assembly. 

I've provided detailed memos on each race to Nooner subscribers, so this will be more of a summary, and I am focusing on the State Senate.

Honestly, the "supermajority" status is really a point of political pride, rather than practical help for Democrats. There are actually few votes that use a party-line supermajority. After the approval by voters of Proposition 25, which lowered the approval threshhold for the state budget and associated "trailer" bills from two-thirds to a simple majority, the supermajority was much less important.

Of course, in my years as a budget lobbyist sitting in room 4202 at 2am, I longed for a supermajority by either party. I remember Maurice Johannessen walking around with his wish list, essentially creating budgetary extortion for a district (which oddly included Davis). On the other side, we can't forget Debra Bowen's hold-out when she was an Assemblymember.

After Prop. 25, there are few votes that come down to a supermajority on a partisan basis. If Jerry Brown started appointing controversial people to some state boards and positions, that would require a supermajority, but that is so Jerry Brown 1.0, and we're in 2.0. 

Anyway, Democrats are in a tough position this year. Some folks will credit a Republican surge if Democrats lose the supermajority in the State Senate. It's a flaw if Democrats think they have a structural supermajority and a similar flaw if Republicans walk away from this election feeling confident about some sort of political shift. At the end of the day, this is a status quo, non-presidential, election.

As I wrote in my memo to subscribers, there are only three State Senate seats theoretically in play. And, Democrats have already ceded SD12 to Anthony Cannella, who has often voted with Democrats and whose father was a Democratic Assemblymember. Thus, you are down to two seats--SD14 (Kings) and SD34 (Orange County). Dems lose one seat due to redistricting. Ironically, Leland Yee's San Francisco seat is going to the redistricting spirit in the sky, and a new seat is created in the Sierra foothills (where Tom Berryhill will be elected).

SD14 is an offensive play for Democrats trying to unseat Andy Vidak, who grabbed the seat last year in a special election following the resignation of Michael Rubio. SD34 is the seat currently held by Lou Correa, although the district has shifted to the northwest and is more challenging for Democrats.

Both are challenging for Democrats in a super low turnout year like we're encountering. Despite the barrage of panic emails that those of us on every list are receiving, voters aren't engaged on any major issue. Those who actually are willing to switch parties--which amount to very few including independent voters--really don't care about high speed rail or other issues that candidates are using in campaigns. It's not about issues, but rather turnout.

That's the challenge for Democrats. On paper, both SD12 and SD14 should be reasonable targets for the majority party. However, there are two fundamental facts that provide a problem for Dems. In both districts, there is a huge turnout variable between presidential years and non-presidential statewide elections. That is your baseline challenge for Dems. 

In SD14, there appears to be a large number of Latino Democrats who vote regularly, and vote for moderate candidates who are either Democrats or Republicans. Without getting too deep, these are folks who have moved up into farm management and gained citizenship under IRCA in 1986 under Reagan. They still identify as Democrats, but wear the management hat and remember Reagan signing the bill that gave them citizenship. Beyond that, this group of voters is not persuaded by social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion as they are devout Catholics. Thus, Andy Vidak is the favorite to win re-election.

If we accept that SD14 will continue to be held by Republicans, the supermajority will be decided by SD34 in Orange County.

Similar to SD12 and SD14, this seat would be in the likely Democrats column in a presidential year. But, give that up. Even-numbered seats are up in "mid-term" elections and that changes the dynamic. And, this is the first time the new even-numbered districts have been used after redistricting. Whether Dems or Reps "win" this battle, we should ignore the podium pounding. Dems hit a high water mark in 2012 and some normalization should be expected. If Dems hold supermajorities in both houses, it would be a huge win for their operation, although it wouldn't be a policy endorsement. 

The State Senate "supermajority" will be decided by the Orange County seat.

Honestly, the geeks have been having a back-channel conversation about SD34. The race makes us want to be back in college studying political "science." At some point in politics, you just have to put race in the middle of the table and talk about it. Well, I guess The Nooner is our table.

In SD34, you have a Latino Democrat against a Vietnamese Republican. There is a group of voters who vote party-line always. In 2010, they broke 48-43 for Meg Whitman over Jerry Brown. We have to assume that is our baseline. This is the only seat currently held by Democrats in which Meg Whitman received more votes than Jerry Brown.

What we don't know is how the voters not loyal to a party will do, and race becomes a big part. In both AD65 and SD34, there is a legitimate question as to whether Asian voters are more loyal to political ideology or to broadly defined race. Do Korean-Americans vote for Vietnamese-Americans and vice-versa? Locally, these communities have not always been on the same page, arguing over zoning and other community-based politics. I would proffer that both SD34 and AD65 will come down to this fundamental question. 

At the end of the day, holding a supermajority in the State Senate is a huge hurdle for Democrats to overcome. Don't read too much into it, however, as it's not a political shift but rather redistricting and a low-turnout, non-presidential election.

And, even if Democrats hold a supermajorty, it's not really operative. We will have a vacancy in SD07 when Mark DeSaulnier is elected to replace outgoing Congressman George Miller, setting up battle royale between a large field, including perhaps Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Steve Glazer, and Catharine Baker. Further, there is another senator who is rumored to be stepping down at the end of the year, setting up a tough battle between a current Assemblymember and a former Assemblymember.

SPI: Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, gives $450,000 to the independent campaign for Marshall Tuck.

AD16 (Tri-Valley): In what has become the race that may decide whether Democrats hold a supermajority in the State Assembly, former Democratic assemblymember and senator Gloria Romero endorsed the Republican candidate, Catharine Baker, today over Democrat Tim Sbranti.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sergio CarrilloEd HernandezIan Calderon (Sunday), Daniel Clark (Sunday), Mike Gatto (Sunday), and Betty Yee (Sunday).

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • The California Hotel & Lodging Association seeks a Communications & Legislative Coordinator to manage the association's legislative and regulatory effort and political action committees, including coordination with lobbying firm, outside accounting firm and staff accounting.  Skilled communication and writing skills are required to direct and manage member communications, including a printed magazine, an electronic newsletter and member/industry alerts, and updating the web site. Email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to michelle@calodging.com

  • The San Diego County Water Authority is seeking applications for Assistant Management Analyst in the Government Relations Program.  This position is based in Sacramento and features a competitive salary ($30.59-41.14/hr) and fantastic benefits. The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills, is highly organized, is able to work independently, and is able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments on deadline with a "can-do" attitude.  The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong interest in promoting the goals of the Water Authority and the Government Relations Program. For further details and to apply, please visit: agency.governmentjobs.com/sdcwa.  The first application review will be on 10/29/14.

  • New Leaders Council Sacramento is accepting applications for their 2015 NLC Institute. New Leaders Council is a premier leadership, and professional development organization for young progressive professionals. Our Institute is an intensive 5 weekend over 5 month program that gives emerging leaders the tools and networks to succeed. Apply at newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/fellows_application_2015. Applications close Nov. 11, 2014.
  • McCallum Group Inc/Collaborative BrainTrust Consulting Firm seeks administrative assistant to support lobbyists and vice presidents of Consulting firm.  Scheduling, travel arrangements; advanced phone and computer skills are desired.  Defined Benefit retirement plan, health stipend. Position starts in January. For more information on both firms, please visit mccallumgroupinc.com and collaborativebraintrust.com
    Resumes to Lori@cbtconsult.com

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars November 13-14. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • District Coordinator for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Guided by a strategic plan, the District Coordinator will work in collaboration with district staff, legislative staff and the Chief of Staff, to implement outreach strategies that serve the community at large while also expanding the Senator’s base and visibility in his district. The District Coordinator will be responsible for managing district office staff; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with local elected officials, community leaders, non-profit organizations, business groups in the district, and constituents. Candidates must have knowledge of government and the legislative process, strong management skills and excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal communications skills. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. District Coordinator will balance their time between Senator's Long Beach and Huntington Park offices.  Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

  • Special Assistant for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Special Assistant will assist the Senator in the daily functions of a legislative office, primarily ensuring the member is on schedule and prepared for district events, meetings and presentations. Will act as primary liaison and final editor for incoming and outgoing communication between the Senator and staff in preparation for legislative activities in the district. Will coordinate with district and event staff to advance events; provide administrative support;  ensure the Senator's transportation to and from events and meetings is taken care of; and keeps the Senator on-time, fully briefed and prepared for meetings, events, presentations, speeches, and trips. Must have knowledge of government and the legislative process and familiarity with the cities within Senate District 33 and Southern California, specifically Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. Knowledge of Southern California area freeways and roads and a valid driver's license is required. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. Position is located in Long Beach/Huntington Park. Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

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    CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR 
    Salary: $3,652.00 - $6,573.58/MO 
    Final Filing Date: October 14, 2014  
    Responsible for providing the client a positive and productive transition experience to the Capital Region on behalf of the referring employer. View job description and apply at employment.ucdavis.edu Requisition number #03013057. A.A./E.O.E.
  • Nearly 50 candidates and officeholders have taken the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) up on its challenge to "just say no" to Big Tobacco campaign money.  With the recent launch of its www.notobaccomoney.org website, ACS CAN goes public with the names of candidates who have committed to swearing off tobacco campaign cash.  For more info, contact ACS CAN’s Tim Gibbs at tim.gibbs@cancer.org or 916 504-2484.  Paid for by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.   Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.

  • League of California Cities - Public Affairs Program Manager. Work on a diverse range of issues and initiatives that impact local government. The position requires knowledge of campaign strategies, local government issues and knowledge of key government and private sector stakeholders Competitive salary/benefits. Information at www.cacities.org/employment.
  • Northern California Power Agency, a Roseville, California based Public Power Agency is hiring a State Government Relations Representative. To view job announcement and apply, please go to www.ncpa.com and click on the HR tab.
  • The non-profit Foster Youth Education Fund announces its annual Fashion Show (1:30 pm, Oct 12, Sac State) and Casino Night Gala (6 pm, Oct 23, Social Nightclub). Sponsorships and tickets are available to help raise funds for scholarships for former foster youth from the Sacramento region. Silent auction and raffle donations also being accepted. For details, sponsor levels, or tickets contact Cathy Senderling-McDonald at csend@cwda.org or 916-799-4471.

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EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
California Democratic Party Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
California Republican Party Yes Yes  No  No  No   
California Peace and Freedom Party No No Yes No Yes Yes
Bakersfield Californian     No No No   
LA Daily News     No No    
LA Times Yes Yes  No No  Yes Yes
OC Register Yes Yes  No No  Yes No
Sacramento Bee   Yes No No No  No
San Francisco Chronicle    Yes No No Yes No
SJ MercNews Yes   Yes Yes No Yes No
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No No No  No 

 

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Bakersfield Californian         Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
LA Daily News   Newsom   Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang   Tuck
LA Times   Newsom Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang  Jones  Tuck
OC Register     Peterson    Swearengin      
SacBee   Newsom Padilla   Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
SF Chron Brown Newsom Peterson Harris Yee Chiang  Jones Tuck
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom  Peterson Harris Swearengin Chiang Jones  Tuck
UT San Diego Kashkari   Nehring Peterson     Swearengin  Chiang   Tuck

 

Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Build Jobs Pac, Sponsored By The Building Industry Association Of The Bay Area Pam Bertani (Oppose) $12,776 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $34,544 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
California Apartment Association Political Action Committee Dave Cortese (Support) $36,299 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Hardy Brown Jr. (Support) $4,750 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jay Hansen (Support) $4,853 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jessie Ryan (Support) $3,319 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mike Gipson (Oppose) $14,423 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Marc Steinorth (Support) $18,885 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Homeowners Association Gail Eastman (Oppose) $6,508 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Homeowners Association Neil Derry (Oppose) $9,238 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Homeowners Association Adam Gray (Oppose) $42,801 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Homeowners Association Melissa Fox (Oppose) $23,993 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Homeowners Association Kris Murray (Oppose) $6,508 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Darrell Fong (Support) $32,745 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
California Republican Party Jack M. Mobley, Jr. (Support) $44,533 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
California Republican Party The Hon. George Runner (Support) $52,855 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Rudy Salas (Support) $15,000 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (Oppose) $19,211 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (Oppose) $200,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Californians For Clean Water Roma Elba (Oppose) $2,023 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Californians For Clean Water Sergio Calderon (Oppose) $2,023 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Californians For Fiscal Accountability And Responsibility, Sponsored By Dentists, Physicians, Health Care Workers, Realtors And School Employees Dr. Richard Pan (Support) $34,123 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jose Solorio (Support) $65,624 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Rick Augustine (Support) $1,336 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Cindy Croucher (Support) $1,336 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Cdf Firefighters Small Contributor Pac Chris Winter (Support) $1,336 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Committee For Working Families, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Alex Padilla (Support) $169,250 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Committee For Working Families, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Andy Vidak (Oppose) $21,141 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Dart Container Corporation Richard Pan (Support) $50,312 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $8,683 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Jacqui Irwin (Support) $8,683 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $8,683 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Jacqui Irwin (Support) $8,683 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Keep Ca Strong Rudy Salas (Support) $28,450 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Marc Steinorth (Support) $46,842 09/22/2014 10/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Mike Gipson (Support) $13,514 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Marc Steinorth (Support) $28,806 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association James Vanderbilt (Oppose) $23,416 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Steve Cohn (Oppose) $38,985 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $27,090 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Pan For Senate 2014; Golden State Alliance Supporting Dr. Richard Dr. Richard Pan (Support) $18,735 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Personal Insurance Federation Committee Jose Solorio (Support) $18,162 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Dr. Jose F. Moreno (Support) $23,911 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Powerpac.org Voter Fund, A Sponsored Committee Of Powerpac.org Dr. Jose F. Moreno (Support) $1,498 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Kamala Harris (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Jose Solorio (Support) $33,360 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Elizabeth Echols (Support) $44,480 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Betty Yee (Support) $10,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Adam Gray (Support) $190,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Alex Padilla (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Jacqui Irwin (Support) $20,850 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Dave Jones (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) John Chiang (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $16,680 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Tom Torlakson (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Gavin Newsom (Support) $5,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Al Muratsuchi (Support) $23,630 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Fiona Ma (Support) $1,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Professional Engineers In California Government (pecg-pac) Jerry Brown (Support) $10,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Budget Stabilization Account (Support) $910 10/08/2014 10/15/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Budget Stabilization Account (Support) $176 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Funding For Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, And (Support) $910 10/08/2014 10/15/2014
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Funding For Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, And (Support) $176 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $50,019 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Janet Nguyen (Oppose) $57,523 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Solorio Senate 2014 Sponsored By Labor And Public Safty Organizations, Working Families For Jose Solorio (Support) $1,000 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Southern California Coalition Of Businesses And Taxpayers (sccbt) Jon Peat (Support) $5,639 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Tim Sbranti (Oppose) $27,304 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California David Hadley (Support) $16,464 10/15/2014 10/15/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Marshall Tuck (Oppose) $345,853 10/14/2014 10/15/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Tom Torlakson (Support) $477,606 10/14/2014 10/15/2014

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Controller candidate has unclaimed property with state controller's office
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A candidate for state controller has unclaimed property held by the state controller's office. Nevertheless, she attacks Controller John Chiang's office as "a disaster."

Sorry, Grimes: 'secrecy Of The Ballot Box' Not An Out For Nervous Politicians
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It’s the campaign gaffe heard 'round the world, or at least the political world. Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, refuses to say whether she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. 

CalPERS Board Strips Priya Mathur Of Posts After Ethics Law Violations
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Prop 1 Roots Go Back To Water Bonds That Built California :: Fox&hounds
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CPUC lawyers say bosses kept quiet on judge-shopping order
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California Needs Stronger Marijuana Regulation, Federal Official Says
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California should strengthen its regulation of the medical marijuana industry if the state wants to avoid federal intervention, U.S. Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole said Thursday in an interview with The Times.

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Chip Johnson @
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Attorney General Kamala Harris Starts Spitting Out Reports | Utsandiego.com
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Fundraising Of Two GOP Candidates In Open House Seats Varies Widely
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Two Lawmakers Involved In Shoot-out With Robbers Near Capitol
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Big Money, Complex Issues Make Prop. 45 Tough Issue For State Voters
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Ami Bera Maintains Campaign Money Lead After Ose Loan | The Sacramento Bee
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Golden Gate buses to run after labor deal
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Winter Forecast Suggests Drought Worries Not Over For California | The Sacramento Bee
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Former State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny Expects To Receive Presidential Appointment To Bi-national Environmental Board. | Utsandiego.com
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John Deasy Resigns; Ramon Cortines Named Interim Head Of L.A. Schools
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The Los Angeles Unified school board on Thursday officially accepted the resignation of Supt.  John Deasy  and voted to appoint his predecessor, Ramon Cortines, to fill the post on an interim basis.

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AbbVie urges shareholders to reject Shire deal due to tax rule change
latimes.com
The board of directors of Illinois drug maker AbbVie Inc. recommended that shareholders reject the acquisition of European rival Shire, saying recent changes to U.S. tax rules eliminated some of the financial benefits of the $52-billion deal.