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THE NOONER for September 17, 2015
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Well, that was a fun night of television...are they sill talking? The consensus is that Carly Fiorina was the winner, while Donald Trump and Scott Walker were the losers. Politico's Mike Allen writes in this morning's Politico Playbook: "Carly Fiorina - who bested Trump, showing she deserved her place on the main stage -- will soar past Ben Carson in post-debate polling. .." [transcripts: Game 1 | Game 2]
22.9 million people tuned into the debate, the highest ever for CNN. In comparison, Monday Night Football drew 14 million. The next GOP debate is October 28 at the University of Colorado Boulder, and will be aired on CNBC.
As for the teevee tonight, go Broncos!
DISASTER: Butte and Valley fires among most destructive in state history [Bill Lindelof and Tony Biizjak @ SacBee] - "The Valley Fire, which started Saturday in Lake County, has claimed at least 585 homes. That number is expected to grow to 1,000 or more by the time officials finish conducting a formal count. The Butte Fire, which has been burning for a week in the hills of Calaveras and Amador counties, has taken at least 233 homes. . . . The worst fire in state history –in terms of both human and homes –occurred in the Oakland and Berkeley hills in 1991, claiming 25 lives and 2,900 structures."
LEAN ON ME: Obama calls Gov. Brown to share concerns about wildfire impact [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown spoke with President Obama by telephone on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the California wildfires and said afterward of the president: "He’ll be there when we need him.""
$$$: A good month, reports the Department Finance:
California continued to post solid job gains—the state added a third of all jobs gained in the nation in July. Unemployment in California is now at its lowest since February 2008. U.S. real GDP growth in the second quarter was revised up from 2.3 percent to 3.7 percent.
Preliminary General Fund agency cash for August total revenues was $108 million above the 2015-16 Budget Act forecast. In addition, the state received a settlement payment of $300 million two months earlier than expected. Year-to-date revenues are $474 million above the forecasted $13.364 billion.
All but Corporation taxes came in above forecast.
MONEY MATTERS: California initiative would require more campaign finance disclosure. [Christopher Cadelago] - "A coalition of political transparency advocates submitted an initiative proposal Wednesday for next year’s statewide ballot that would shed more light on campaign spending and eliminate some perks of elected office in California." [language]
CA17 (Milpitas): I normally don't cover endorsements in The Nooner, as they would take up the entire newsletter. However, big news that Kevin de León has endorsed Ro Khanna in his challenge of incumbent Mike Honda.
LET THERE BE LIGHT: California's Upward-Mobility Machine [David Leonhardt] - "The University of California is struggling with budget woes that have deeply affected campus life. Yet the system’s nine colleges still lead the nation in providing top-flight college education to the masses. At many other colleges, poor and truly middle-class students remain a distinct minority. Affluent students predominate at liberal-arts colleges like Oberlin and Bates, private universities like Cornell and Texas Christian and even many public universities, including Wisconsin, Penn State and Georgia Tech. The University of California, by contrast, enrolls large number of high-performing students of all economic backgrounds."
THE COSTLY TORCH: L.A. is on 2024 Olympic bid list as cost guidelines become focus [David Wharton @ LAT] - "As expected, Paris, Rome, Hamburg and Budapest will join Los Angeles in the two-year competition. Potential last-minute entries — Toronto and Baku, Azerbaijan — did not enter."
STANDING OVATION: Former lawmaker launches performing arts charity for 75th birthday [Alexei Kosoff @SacBee] - "The Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists will launch at a joint benefit concert and birthday party on Oct. 5 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, featuring performances from local singers including the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, which he helped found. . . . Attendees can R.S.V.P. to the free concert and donate now to the charity at dennis75.eventbrite.com/"
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Ed Chau, Ana Cubas of the Latina Public Service Academy, Revolvis's Duane Dichiara, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Randle Communication's Julie Hooper, and Assembly candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva and Jessie Ryan of the Campaign for College Opportunity!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Talks Wildfires With Obama, Keeps Goading GOP | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
California governor presses Republican presidential candidates on climate change
In Democratic California, Which 2016 Candidates Get The Most Money? You'll Be Surprised
The San Francisco Bay Area, one of the nation's biggest Democratic strongholds, has emerged with an unlikely distinction this year: It is California's biggest source of campaign money for GOP presidential candidates.
When Temporary Is Not Temporary :: Fox&hounds
But there were hints even before Proposition 30 passed that supporters were playing fast and loose with the effort to raise taxes. Remember the legislature changed the rules to make sure that the tax increase measure would be the first one voters saw in the list of ballot propositions? And, extremely rare was the provision to start the income tax portion of Proposition 30 retroactively to the beginning of that calendar year.
Obama To Arrested Teen: Your Clock Is Pretty 'cool' - Politico
Sen. Lindsey Graham sprinkled his jabs with a grain of salt as he jabbed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum during the earlier Republican presidential...
State Panel Outlaws 'dark Money' In California Political Campaigns
The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency on Thursday adopted new requirements that nonprofit groups that contribute through a political action committee to support or oppose ballot measures or candidates in California must disclose their donors.
Brady Says He's Supporting Trump For President | The Sacramento Bee
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his support behind presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday, hours before the second Republican debate.
Second GOP Debate: Carly Fiorina Made The Most Of It, And 4 Other Takeaways
More from Trail Guide Sept. 16 Pre-show: GOP debate from the Reagan Library Sept. 15 Trump zeroes in on immigration in national security speech aboard battleship Sept. 14 Scott Walker returns to his fight against labor unions Sept. 13 Donald Trump on Ben Carson: He's a doctor, not a deal maker...
Jerry Brown Considering Running For President?
Michael Warren @ weeklystandard.com
California governor Jerry Brown gave signs in a Wednesday interview on CNN that he may be considering running for president.
Analysis: Trump Underwhelms, Fiorina Shines In GOP Debate | The Sacramento Bee
STEVE PEOPLES @ sacbee.com
Republican voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
August State Budget Revenues Top Projections - Capradio.org
California tax revenues continue to stream in. The state is nearly half a billion dollars above budget projections just two months into the new fiscal year – though there’s one big caveat.
Former Lawmaker Launches Performing Arts Charity For 75th Birthday | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists will pay for training for low-income children
UC Regents Chair Defends Proposed Principles Against Intolerance
On the eve of what is expected to be a contentious debate over a proposed new UC policy statement on bias and free speech, the head of the UC regents board defended what are called “principles against intolerance" on Wednesday.
Catholic Church Quietly Guides Efforts Against Assisted Death Measure | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Catholics were vocal opponents of similar effort in 2007
Government Shutdown: House Wants 'martial Law' Power To Pass Spending Bill - Politico
The billionaire businessman emerges from the second presidential debate with a more subdued tone.
Forget The Debate: Cnn Orchestrates A Political Smackdown For GOP Presidential Candidates
Mere minutes into the second leg of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump offered his idea of foreign policy: Instead of fighting Islamic State in Syria, the United States should let the militants fight it out themselves and then pick up the remnants.
Republican Temperaments Are Tested In Simi Valley Presidential Debate
With Donald Trump hurling insults, a large field of Republican presidential hopefuls veered Wednesday night between petty squabbling and serious debate, staking sharp differences over immigration, foreign policy and a threatened government shutdown.
Sf Democrats Set To Vote On Endorsing Sanctuary City Policy - San Francisco Chronicle
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Cornyn: Senate Will Vote On Planned Parenthood Defunding - Politico
Clinton lawyer David Kendall said deleting the message could run afoul of promises he previously made to the House Benghazi committee.
Valley Fire Grows To 70,000 Acres As Rain Moves Into Area - Sfgate
Evan Sernoffsky, Vivian Ho @ sfgate.com
Water maintenance workers walk past burned out vehicles on Evergreen Drive as firefighters continue to battle the "Valley Fire" in the town of Cobb.
Valley, Butte Fire Regions Face Long Road To Economic Recovery | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler, Tony Bizjak, Phillip Reese and Bill Lindelof @ sacbee.com
Two men confirmed dead Wednesday in Butte fire
Hillary Clinton Emails: Lawyer For Clinton Balked At 1st Effort To Delete Classified Email - Politico
The Senate's last showdown on Iran ended as expected Thursday, as Democrats blocked two separate measures from Republicans meant to unravel President Barack...