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THE NOONER for March 23, 2015x




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Pretty quiet day on the political front, ergo my apologies! 

POTUS TOO LATUS: Jerry Brown: I'd need a time machine to run for president [Chris Megariam @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown may not be running for president, but that doesn't mean it's not on his mind."

Speaking of the race to be POTUS, I happened to hear the speech by Ted Cruz this morning, in which he became the first candidate. Introducing his candidacy to students at Jerry Falwells's Liberty University, he apparently sought to out-right Pat Buchanan.

BLESS JOHN OLIVER: On last night's show he points out that running a stop sign in California is a fine of $35. But, with surcharges and other fees, it becomes $238. At minimum wage that's 32 hours. For a big-firm lawyer, it is one hour.

FRESH AND NOT-SO-EASY: Four Fresh & Easy stores closing in Orange County; 30 closing in SoCal and will likely be sold [Sarah Tuley and Nancy Luna @ OCR] - "Four Fresh & Easy grocery stores in Orange County are among 30 in Southern California scheduled to close, a spokesman for the chain told the Register. "

FOB-BOB: David Whiting: Is it time to change the 14th Amendment giving citizenship to those born here? - "[I]mmigration policy shouldn’t be based on those who can afford an expensive birth tourism trip any more than it should favor immigrants who happen to live in an adjacent country. Policy must be based on what’s fair and what makes sense. "

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tim Capenter and Randy Perry! Belated birthday greetings to Anthony Cannella and Alex Padilla (yesterday) (h/t Bee).

FAREWELL: Senator Bill Campbell (1942-2015).





Lao: Consider Phasing Out Retiree Health Care | Calpensions
Workers contribute more, most going from zero to 3 percent of pay, and new hires not protected by vested rights get lower benefits, working five years longer to get health coverage capped at what they received on the job.

Jerry Brown: I'd Need A Time Machine To Run For President
Gov. Jerry Brown may not be running for president, but that doesn't mean it's not on his mind.

Jack Peltason dies at 91; former UC Irvine chancellor, head of UC system
Jack Peltason, a constitutional scholar with a modest manner and a homespun sense of humor who was a former chancellor of UC Irvine and president of the UC system for three years in the 1990s, has died. He was 91.

Opinion: Low-income Housing Plan Needs GOP Votes On Taxes | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Patrick Murphy To Run For Marco Rubio's Florida Senate Seat
Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy announced on Monday his candidacy for Senate in what's expected to be an open seat in next year's general election.&nbsp;

Daughters Of Charity Hospitals Attract Other Possible Suitors
While Daughters would not disclose any names, this newspaper has learned they include for-profit companies such as Alecto Healthcare Services, owned by the brother-in-law of Dr. Prem Reddy, Prime's founder and CEO. And even Prime -- which says it pulled out of the deal because of the "onerous and unprecedented conditions" imposed by Attorney General Kamala Harris -- might still be interested in buying one or more of Daughters' six California hospitals, either inside or outside of bankruptcy.

Patrick Murphy to run for Marco Rubio's Florida Senate seat
Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy announced on Monday his candidacy for Senate in what could be a wide open race in next year's general election.

U.S. Senate Race Fails To Strike Expected Sparks
The announcement came swiftly, catching many by surprise: After decades in Washington, the path-breaking U.S. senator announced she would retire after 2016.

Israel's president begins meetings that will lead to new government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began consultations Sunday with representatives of the country's political parties as a prelude to naming the head of a new government, presumably incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu.

California Tops Other States In Job Growth
SACRAMENTO &mdash; For years, business lobbyists complained about what they derided as "job killer" laws that drive employers out of California.

Fellow Texan Cornyn won't back Cruz in presidential primary
Cornyn denied seeking retribution for Cruz's refusal to back him during his Senate primary.

Ted Cruz courts young evangelicals for uphill presidential bid
an enthusiastic crowd at Virginia's Liberty University, courting the young evangelicals and social conservatives who will be critical to his underdog campaign.

Why this scandal won't hurt Hillary
History show us that presidential candidates tend to weather controversy better than senators and congressmen.

On Obamacare's 5th Anniversary, Americans Are Starting To Feel Appreciation
Coverage of the Affordable Care Act 's fifth anniversary Monday -- it was signed into law March 23, 2010--will undoubtedly focus on the gains in coverage and reductions in healthcare costs that have followed its rollout. To get the raw figures out of the way first, 16.4 million &nbsp;previously uninsured people now have insurance, the uncompensated care expenses &nbsp;of hospitals have fallen by more than 20%, and the rate of medical inflation is at a historic low.&nbsp;&nbsp;

Supreme Court declines to take up Wisconsin voter ID case
Texas' voter ID law also awaits a decision from a federal appeals court.

California Overtime Tops $1 Billion, Hits Pre-recession High
Today's high

Thirsty Crops Should Require State Regulation
This is what the Brown administration isn't talking about as it tightens the spigot on landscaping: Urban use accounts for only 20% of California's developed water. Agriculture sucks up 80%.

Obamacare: California sends 120,000 corrected tax forms, thousands more coming
California's Obamacare exchange has sent out 120,000 corrected tax forms, but it said tens of thousands of other consumers are still waiting for their information.

How Higher Education Helps Grow The Middle Class
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Today's high