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THE NOONER for March 24, 2015x
THE HOLOCAUST INITIATIVE: Kill Gays Ballot Measure: Is proponent eligible to sign his own initiative? [John Hrabe] - "Although there is no explicit requirement that a person be registered to vote in order to begin the initiative process with the State Attorney General’s office, state law mandates that the petition to the Secretary of State be submitted by a registered voter."
I've also been tweeting about this issue and can't evidence of registration.
Joe Mathews writes that AG Kamala Harris should do everything possible to block the initiative, regardless of legal precedent.
I still believe the State Bar is obligated to sanction Matthew McLaughlin, perhaps asking for him to turn in his bar card. Carol Dahmen's petition calling for disbarment has exceeded 20,000 supporters. Lawyers advocating murder have no place in the bar.
Meanwhile, we have a measure in response - the Jackass Suppression Act. [Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate]
LOOK NORTH: Alex Padilla says that Oregon's automatic voter registration for all eligible drivers makes sense. "One of the biggest barriers to citizen participation is the voter registration process. A new, enhanced Motor Voter law would strengthen our democracy. It would be a game changer," said Secretary Padilla. "While Oregon could expand its voter rolls by as much as 300,000 voters through their new enhanced Motor Voter process, California could expand it rolls by millions."
A step further would be Oregon's complete mail-in election process.
BUT, WE'RE BETTER THAN VENEZUELA! Study: CA ranks last in spending transparency [Steve Miller @ CalWatchdog]- "California ranked at the bottom for the second consecutive year on the annual report on state government transparency compiled by the Public Interest Research Group, an investigative and advocacy organization based in Boston. And the state's beleaguered Department of Technology, or CalTech, can be assigned part of the blame for the last-place showing."
FROM THE LEFT: Once again, California’s demise was greatly exaggerated [SacBee Editorial]
FROM THE RIGHT: CalChamber’s Campaign to Stop "Job Killer" Bills a Success as CA Gains Jobs [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]
REGRESS: Taco Bell biscuit taco replaces waffle taco on fast-food breakfast menu [Nancy Luna @ OCR]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stephaniie Couch!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Kill Gays Ballot Measure: Is proponent eligible to sign his own initiative?
An Orange County attorney who has proposed a ballot measure to kill gays and lesbians may not be able to sign his own initiative petition. A CalNewsroom.com review of state and national voter records failed to locate voter registration information for Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, the Huntington Beach attorney who submitted paperwork for a ballot measure that proposes to Âput to death by bullets to the headÂ gays and lesbians in California.
'sodomite Suppression Act' Is No Reason For Radical Initiative Reform
It is hard to imagine a more revolting ballot measure than the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” which, if approved, would criminalize sodomy and put to death those convicted of it. Its proponent, Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin, wants to qualify the initiative for the statewide ballot in November 2016.
More Than Money At Stake In University Of California Budget Negotiations | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.
Proposition 30 Closes Spending Gap Between State And Nation
John Fensterwald @ edsource.org
Revenue from temporary taxes from Proposition 30 has closed the K-12 spending gap between California and the national average by more than 60 percent, according to data released Monday by the California Budget and Policy Center, a nonprofit research organization.
Three California Senators Heading To Japan
Laurel Rosenhall @ sacbee.com
Three California state senators are traveling to Japan this week to meet with Japanese officials and study the countryâs approach to transportation, environmental policy and earthquake preparedness.
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law
As voters head to the polls in a general election, the Wisconsin law, which has faced scrutiny from various courts and is one of the strictest in the nation, is being enforced.
Opinion: Who Might Be Running For California Governor In 2018?
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Gov. Pat Brown, when asked a half-century ago when he would declare his intention to run for re-election, famously replied âwhen the snow flies in the Sierra.â
Challengers To Prison Solitary Gain Support From Justice Kennedy
Bob Egelko @ blog.sfgate.com
Inmates challenging lengthy solitary confinement in California prisons, a case scheduled to go to trial in Oakland this December, gained some high-placed moral support Monday from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
As Water Dwindles, Lawmakers Seek Access To Confidential Well Logs
Tom Knudson @ revealnews.org
Itâs not a secret that California is facing a groundwater crisis. But something else is: a vast repository of state records that scientists and water policy specialists say could dramatically improve our understanding of Californiaâs groundwater resources if they were made public.
2 supervisors want to tighten up law regulating short-term rentals
Emily Green @ sfgate.com
The proposed law is part of the ongoing back-and-forth between city officials and the popular vacation rental company. Progressive politicians say short-term rentals contribute to the cityâÂÂs housing crisis by taking off the market units that would otherwise be available for rent. Fans of the company say the problem is with an overpriced hotel industry and that city residents should be able to rent out their rooms or apartments as they want. âÂÂWe are talking about thousands of units in a market that is lacking affordability,âÂÂ said Campos, who represents the Mission District, where the housing crisis is particularly acute. âÂÂI think this (legislation) will absolutely make a difference in the housing prices,âÂÂ said Kim, the billâÂÂs co-sponsor. The legislation attempts to clean up the existing law, which went into effect Feb. 1, and set up a regulatory system to monitor short-term rentals. âÂÂElected officials spent three years debating all aspects of this issue before passing comprehensive legislation, but some folks still donâÂÂt think you should be able to occasionally share the home in which you live,âÂÂ Papas said.
California Chief Justice Seeks More Court Funding
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Marking an annual budget clash between Californiaâs courts and the other two branches of government, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye used her State of the Judiciary speech on Monday to once again urge Sacramento to augment funding for the judiciary.
Laws to prevent abuse of GI Bill benefits weren't enforced, records show
Helicopter flight training companies were able to collect tens of millions of dollars a year through a loophole in the latest GI Bill in part because officials didn't enforce laws aimed at preventing abuse of veteran education benefits, according to interviews, court records and state and...
Democratic budget aims to tax wealthy, protect Obamacare
JAMES F. DOBBINS @ politico.com
"The Republican budget proposal is the wrong direction for America," said Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
Leas Set Ambiguous Goals Around School Climate :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @ cabinetreport.com
According to a new survey of the Local Control Accountability Plans filed by California’s 50 largest school districts, nearly all identified actions and set goals for improving school climate – one of the eight state educational priorities spelled out in law.
Connected L.A. Money Stories :: Fox&hounds
Infusion of high tech money into the real estate market means increased property taxes for Los Angeles County. It also makes you think of the trouble long time residents would be in with their property taxes if the pre-Prop 13 property tax system were in place. Dramatic increases in property sales prices would ripple through the community increasing property valuations and thus taxes for all.
Doctors often fail to disclose Alzheimerâ
Physicians often fail to disclose a diagnosis of AlzheimerâÂÂs disease to patients or their families, delaying relatives from taking steps to protect their loved oneâÂÂs physical health and financial safety, according to report released Tuesday by a leading advocacy group for people with the mind-robbing, fatal disease. The AlzheimerâÂÂs Association, in a nationwide survey, found fewer than half of patients or their caregivers said their doctor informed them of their diagnosis. âÂÂWe hear doctors say things like 'ItâÂÂs a difficult diagnosisâÂÂ or 'ItâÂÂs a sensitive situation and I donâÂÂt want to upset the familyâÂÂ and 'ThereâÂÂs nothing I can do about it,âÂÂâÂÂ said William Fisher, chief executive officer of the AlzheimerâÂÂs AssociationâÂÂs Northern California and Northern Nevada chapters. An earlier diagnosis, she said, would have allowed her to take control of the family finances and avoid the problems that occurred when her husband failed to file their income taxes. âÂÂI have to make sure I donâÂÂt leave the car keys laying around and I have to sleep with one eye open,âÂÂ said Mason, 71, explaining that he sleepwalks. AlzheimerâÂÂs, a fatal degenerative brain disease, is the most common form of dementia and is caused when nerve cells in the brain that involve cognitive function have been damaged and no longer function normally. People with the disease show signs of memory loss, and the damage eventually affects a personâÂÂs ability to carry out functions as basic as walking and swallowing. The authors of TuesdayâÂÂs report said lack of early disclosure can impede immediate treatments that may slow down symptoms and prevent family members from making arrangements that could protect the patientâÂÂs physical and financial safety. Using Medicare claims data from 2008 through 2010, scientists identified individuals whose health care providers had submitted at least one claim related to AlzheimerâÂÂs and compared them with several common types of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease and others conditions. Mason and health specialists agreed an AlzheimerâÂÂs diagnosis remains stigmatized, rooted in fear. Dr. Catherine Madison, a neurologist and director of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center, said she understands why doctors âÂÂ particularly primary care physicians âÂÂ have trouble going down the path of an AlzheimerâÂÂs diagnosis. Physicians are also uncomfortable with giving a diagnosis they feel has the potential for emotional damage to the patient and family, one for which they donâÂÂt have a definitive cure or treatment. Improvements have been made in diagnostic techniques and some treatments are available, but the disease remains incurable, deadly and frightening. [...] increased funding for research and more public education would help change the perception and outlook of whatâÂÂs commonly referred to as the âÂÂA-word,âÂÂ Madison said.
Lawmaker Says It's 'unfair' For Olympus To Profit From Superbug Outbreaks
A federal lawmaker said it's wrong for device-maker Olympus Corp. to profit from recent superbug outbreaks as hospitals buy more of the company's scopes in response.
First Draft: Senator Coats, Republican of Indiana, Wonâ
Indiana will soon have an open senate seat to fill now that Senator Dan Coats has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016.
Try This, Republicans: Mend, Don't End, Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act is legislation long overdue and ranks up there with Social Security in terms of historical significance. The law's detractors are obstructionists exercising partisan politics intent on sabotaging the president's agenda rather than overhauling an antiquated system not inclusive of all Americans.
Senate's old guard just says 'no' to pot overhaul
JAMES F. DOBBINS @ politico.com
A generational split in the Senate spells trouble for the movement to change marijuana laws.
Wisconsin's Voter Id Law Stands; Supreme Court Rejects Challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging Wisconsin’s voter identification law Monday, making way for the state to require voters to show photo ID at the polls three years after the law was put on hold in a protracted legal battle.