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THE NOONER for June 12, 2015
REALLY? Bible-waving California lawmaker blames state's drought on God's wrath over abortion [Bethania Palma Markus @ Raw Story] - "California State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, a Republican, hinted last week that if the drought-stricken state would adopt laws restricting abortions like Texas, God would make it rain. "Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill," RH Reality Check reports she said at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet, held in Sacramento last Monday. "It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California."
REARVIEW MIRROR: An Outsider's Guide to Running—and Losing—a California Election [Pete Peterson @ Zocalo Public Square] - "I learned many things on the campaign trail, but my most significant gain was a deep respect for those who make the choice to enter the arena in the first place—never knowing if they will win, but knowing they should."
DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Carly Fiorina lays out plan for improving women's lot [Josh Richman @ BANG] - "Carly Fiorina, the only woman in an historically crowded Republican presidential primary field, spoke out Thursday on how American women are better served by conservative ideals — a key effort to distinguish herself both from her GOP rivals and from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton."
SAPD BLUE & GREEN: Video: Santa Ana police raid pot shop, then eat its edibles, attorney says [Veronica Rocha @ LAT] - "The pot shop's surveillance video, released to reporters by attorney Matthew Pappas, shows Santa Ana police officers entering Sky High Holistic, a marijuana dispensary, and forcing patrons to the ground as they raid the facility. At some point, officers appear to be removing security cameras and playing darts. An officer examines what appears to be an edible. Then he tosses it into his mouth and flashes a thumbs-up gesture."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to NAACP's Sean Dugar, the Judicial Council's Laura Enderton-Speed, and communications guru Cherri Senders! Weekend greetings to Linda Michalowski (Saturday), Toni Roberts (Saturday), Sam Sukaton (Saturday)!
Stay cool, my Sacramento friends. I'm off to watch dinosaurs.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Democrats' Budget Has More Money For Uc, CSU - Capradio.org
Don’t expect a California budget deal before the Legislature’s constitutional deadline Monday. Lawmakers will instead vote that day on a plan by legislative leaders that relies on higher revenue estimates to fund several Democratic priorities - including more money for the UC and CSU systems.
We've Arrived: Jerry Brown And The Drought Make Jon Stewart
Nina Leleveld @ latimes.com
On Tuesday night, California Gov. Jerry Brown sat down to talk drought with L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner. On Wednesday night, some of Brown's loftier words at that USC talk made it onto "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "He's still good old Gov. Moonbeam putting the water scarcity in terms...
Healthcare Chaos Looms If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare Subsidies
By the end of this month, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to throw out a crucial piece of the 2010 healthcare law: the insurance subsidies for lower-income Americans in the 34 states that have insurance-buying marketplaces operated by the federal government. The prospect that the subsidies might be eliminated has some Obamacare critics in the GOP tingling in anticipation, but others are rightly worried about the potential for health insurance chaos and harm to their constituents. The problem for the latter is coming up with a plan that wouldn't leave people worse off than they were before Obamacare.
Sanchez, A No On Trade, Points To Vietnam Rights Violations
U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she'll vote against President Barack Obama's trade agenda because his administration has not addressed Vietnam's human rights violations.
The Swami Is Gone; Can We Kill The "Bradley Effect"?
As every California school child knows, Bradley, the black Democratic former mayor of Los Angeles held a slight lead over former Republican Attorney General Deukmejian in the final Field Poll before the vote for governor in November 1982.
Stanford University President John L. Hennessy To Leave Office Next Year
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
Stanford University President John L. Hennessy, who helped make the prestigious northern California school among the most wealthy and well-connected to nearby Silicon Valley over the last 15 years, will retire next summer, the campus announced Thursday.
Supervisor Julie Christensen seeks leverage with Chinatown voters
Supervisor Julie Christensen was out in front of the Stockton Tunnel early Thursday, telling a small group of onlookers how she had persuaded Mayor Ed Lee to put money in the budget to study improvements to the aging link between Union Square and Chinatown. [...] while the appearance was billed as a standard, inform-the-community event for the rookie supervisor, everything is political when an officeholder is locked in a tight November election race. [...] talking to voters about her close ties to a very popular mayor can only help ChristensenâÂÂs chances. [...] while she was out front to greet the mayor when he arrived and walked him through the building, just ahead of a team of lion dancers, she quickly found herself seated next to former Supervisor Aaron Peskin, her opponent for the District Three seat. âÂÂWhen we found that (former Mayor) Willie Brown wasnâÂÂt coming, we needed someone to speak about the early days of the project,âÂÂ and Peskin was the local supervisor at the time, said the Rev. Norman Fong, executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, which developed the family housing site. [...] in politics, having an advantage is way better than a fair deal, and Christensen and Peskin are scrambling to pull ahead in Chinatown, a major center of a district that also includes Union Square, the Financial District, North Beach, FishermanâÂÂs Wharf, Polk Street and Nob Hill. Earlier this year, he told a private meeting of business, labor and tech leaders that there could be consequences if they backed Peskin. âÂÂJulie shares my vision of creating a stronger and more affordable San Francisco, with a focus on inclusiveness, jobs, housing and world-class transit,âÂÂ Lee said in appointing Christensen. Lee angered many of his supporters in the Asian community, however, by naming Christensen, a Telegraph Hill resident best known for her community work in North Beach, to replace David Chiu after he was elected to the state Assembly. In an interview Thursday, he suggested that the mayor âÂÂ and, by inference, Christensen âÂÂ was too willing to bow to the development and business communities, at the expense of the rest of the city.
National Briefing | Plains: Governor of Kansas Is Denied in Tax Battle
Legislators voted against a plan backed by Gov. Sam Brownback that would have raised sales taxes, but the move means the state may face deep cuts to schools.
State Attorney General Challenges Ruling Against Tiered Water Rates
Matt Stevens @ latimes.com
The California attorney general’s office has asked the state Supreme Court to depublish a controversial ruling that it argues will impede the state's ability to encourage conservation by charging people higher rates when they use excessive amounts of water.
Bible-waving California Lawmaker Blames State's Drought On God's Wrath Over Abortion
Bethania Palma Markus @ rawstory.com
California State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, a Republican, hinted last week that if the drought-stricken state would adopt laws restricting abortions like Texas, God would make it rain.
We Ask California Legislators: Do You Help Draft Bills For Influential Groups?
John Myers @ ww2.kqed.org
Multiple state Capitol sources will confirm, quite comfortably as long as they arenât on the record, that legislators routinely ask their own lawyers â at taxpayer expense â to privately draft bills for influential groups and lobbyists, bills those powerful players can then attempt to inject into the legislative bloodstream at just the right time for quick action. But saying it on the record? Thatâs a different story.
LAUSD Adds $889.5 Million In Spending Power In $8.09 Billion Budget
Thomas Himes @ dailynews.com
Los Angeles Unified revealed an $8.09 billion operating budget Thursday, summarizing its plans to spend a windfall of state funding in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Chief Critic Of California High-Speed Rail Continues His Quest
Curtis Tate @ sacbee.com
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., who has tried multiple times to derail federal funding, successfully pushed a measure through the House of Representatives this week that would nullify a three-year-old agreement between the stateâs high-speed rail authority and the Federal Railroad Administration. It basically calls for the state to make good on the original agreement with the rail agency that it would match federal aid dollar for dollar.
What happened to the marijuana stigma?
William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn @ latimes.com
Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were â criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those known to use drugs.
Partisan Divide Stalls Ideas For Boosting California Road-repair Funding
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First Draft: Today in Politics: In Tight Contest, Trade Deal Heads to the Bottom of the Ninth
s candidate summit meeting, but the primary action is in the House, which is scrambling to complete a vote over the trade deal that has aligned President Obama with Republicans and that sent him to a baseball diamond on Thursday to press for the votes he needs.
Cal-OSHA Settles Farmworker Suits Over Heat-Related Deaths
Geoffrey Mohan @ latimes.com
The state's worker safety agency has agreed to refocus its enforcement of heat-related regulations covering farmworkers, audit those activities, and make complaints more accessible to the public as part of a settlement of two lawsuits.
Walker toys with Rubio as VP suggestion
The Republican governor is not expected to announce his candidacy until the end of his state's legislative session, but it is clear that he has been giving it some thought.
Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union
In Wisconsin, where the labor movement took root a century ago, a campaign by the governor has broken its power. His political allies hope he can take a similar campaign nationwide.
California Official: Supreme Court Risks 'horrible Moral Precedent' On Obamacare
The head of California's Obamacare exchange says the U.S. Supreme Court risks setting a "horrible moral precedent" if it strikes down health-law subsidies across much of the country.
Study: Disneyland Resort Generates $5.7 Billion Of Southern California Economy
Joseph Pimentel @ ocregister.com
Disneyland Resort generates an estimated $5.7 billion annually in economic activity for the Southern California economy, according to an independent study commissioned by The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division.
Lawsuit: Barstow Police Used Excessive Force On Pregnant Woman
A woman who was eight months' pregnant when she was handcuffed and slammed to the ground has filed a lawsuit against the Barstow Police Department, alleging officers used excessive force when they arrested her for refusing to identify herself.