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THE NOONER for December 7, 2015
Greetings from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, where I start writing today during a stopover for breakfast before reaching the destination of the temporary Nooner Global Headquarters.
On this Pearl Harbor Day thank you to all who served both on this day and throughout the war. And, our apologies (as adopted by Congress) to the Japanese-Americans that were ordered to internment camps.
Two views of World War II from the Japanese-American perspective:
I don't know about you, but I didn't learn about internment and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team--the most decorated unit in U.S. military history until I was in college (similarly, the story of the Tuskegee airmen). I bet a lot of the people that are reacting to recent events couldn't identify them either.
Reportedly, there were 3,500 Muslim-Americans serving in the U.S. military as of 2011. Some of the rhetoric has gone way too far. Increase our vigilence, but let's not round them up and put them behind barbed wire like these three boys.
BLURRED LINES: Court case could shake up California districts [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in a case out of Texas suggesting that equalizing the number of potential voters, rather than raw population, would be fairer."
From experts I have talked to, if SCOTUS ordered states and local governments to use Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) rather than raw population, there wouldn't a significant change in the overall partisanship of the state's congressional delegation and legislative delegations. However, it would have a huge effect on the majority-minority districts (Latino and African-American) in Los Angeles.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: The vote to succeed Toni Atkins as Assembly Speaker, presumably by Anthony Rendon will take place January 11, which the swearing-in ceremony on March 5.
MOVIN' OUT: GOP candidates leaving Democratic-leaning California [John Wildermuth @ SFChron] - "In what could be a sign of California’s growing partisan tilt, high-profile Republican candidates are fleeing the state’s Democrat-heavy political landscape after losing campaigns. 'If you’re an ambitious young Republican in California, run for Congress,' said Tony Quinn, a former GOP consultant turned political analyst. As long as Republicans control the House, 'the 14 California Republicans have more power than the 39 Democrats.'"
...Okay now I'm on Delta shortly before going over the Gulf of Mexico, so this may be a quickie.
WHO YOU CALLIN' LITE GOV? How Gavin Newsom keeps getting ahead of the pack, from gay marriage to gun control [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]:
[Gavin] Newsom's political image has been built on taking early and controversial positions, as he did with his support for same-sex marriage at a time most Democratic elected officials ran from it, and then seeing events confirm his view. When it came to marriage equality, confirmation came in the Supreme Court's validation of the right 11 years after Newsom pushed it as mayor of San Francisco.
When it comes to guns, Wednesday's bloodshed potentially positioned Newsom ahead of the pack again. And again it was on an issue that will put Newsom in the ring with moneyed opponents — in this case the National Rifle Assn. On Friday, in an early demonstration, he sent out a fundraising pitch blistering Congress for spurning new gun measures in deference to the NRA.
JOHNNY'S GOT A GUN (OR AS MANY AS THERE ARE DONORS): California candidate's gun giveaway fundraiser will go on [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Johnny Tacherra, running against Democratic Rep. Jim Costa in the Central Valley, is holding a fundraiser billed as a "2nd Amendment BBQ" at Full Spectrum Firearms in Fresno next weekend. Donors who give $2,700 to Tacherra's campaign will get either a 9 mm or a .40 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun."
SPAT BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORS: Nevada governor hits back against Jerry Brown’s gun control comments [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Brown, asked in Paris on Saturday if stricter gun control laws were warranted following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, said, “California has some of the toughest gun control laws of any state. And Nevada and Arizona are wide open, so that’s a gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk.”"
It's an interesting issue. When buying a firearm in Nevada (I don't know about Arizona or Oregon—which is also ranked of the most lenient on gun control, the purchaser is supposed to provide proof of Nevada residency. However, some argue that it's like a 21-year-old buying a group of 16-year-olds a 6-pack of PBR.
THE $$$ PARKING LOT: County supervisor Shawn Nelson's campaign account draws scrutiny [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Fundraising can seem like it never ends for politicians. One reason is that they can use campaign funds for non-campaign uses such as hosting constituent coffees or mailing out holiday cards or giving money to non-profits. Another reason is that, in many cases, they can transfer money from one account to another when they decide to seek a different office."
It would be interesting to tally up the amount parked in accounts, such as Bill Lockyer's (over $1.7 million), who are clearly not running again.
Anyway, gotta run, as I'm leaving American air space and GoGo is going to ByeBye very soon.
Finally, The Warriors are now 22-0, which is the best start of any American sports team ever. If the Niners had skipped the black uniforms and had started Blaine Gabbert as quarterback, they could very well have been a playoff contender.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to State Senator Jim Beall, Burke sr. field rep Odysseus Bostick, CASBO's Sarah Bachez Campos, communications guru Kassy Perry, and Dept. of Human Resources's John Simmons!
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One stay. One hotel. $1,886.
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