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THE NOONER for February 5, 2016
COOKIE CUTTERS: Campaign mailers 2.0? DIY websites let candidates design their own hit pieces [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "A new crop of websites allows candidates to create and mail oversized postcards without hiring their own professional operatives. Think of it as a 2.0 moment for a voter-targeting method that, for all the advances in technology, continues to be a major way candidates communicate with voters."
ENDORSEMENTS: Presidential race plays out in Congress: Which candidates do California's members support? [Sarah D. Wire LAT] - "At least 83% of the Democrats representing California in Congress support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. . . Half of the 14 Republican members also have endorsed candidates. Others, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), haven’t publicly announced who they will support."
California Here They Come, Maybe. Really. [Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe @ Fox & Hounds]:
If all three now-top-tier candidates remain viable until June, it is hard to foresee who would come out ahead in delegates garnered from the CA Primary, in which 159 GOP delegates are distributed winner-take-all by Congressional district.
It is hard to imagine that the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders fight for the Democratic nomination will come down to California. Even with a big win in New Hampshire, it is doubtful that Senator Sanders can sustain momentum in states whose populations are more diverse than those of Iowa and New Hampshire. The rosy scenario for Secretary Clinton is to prevail in the delegate count before the uber-expensive California primary and without alienating Sanders’ base of younger voters.
CA24 (Santa Barbara): Celebrity donors pour money into this open California congressional seat [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Among the four open seats in California’s congressional delegation, the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps (Santa Barbara) is attracting some of the most attention. As the crowded field of at least seven candidates prepared to debate Thursday, here is a look at the dollars flooding the district."
MR SPEAKER-ELECT: Essential Politics: The long view of Anthony Rendon [John Myers @ LAT]
PRISON CULTURE: Legislators lock up bills to limit solitary confinement of juveniles [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "In California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature, bills to restrict the use of solitary confinement on youth have stalled for the last four years amid objections from labor and law enforcement groups that run juvenile halls."
WATER WARS: Debate over new supplies is microcosm of state’s water war [Dan Walters @ SacBee] — "The core issue is whether we should primarily rely on conservation of what may be a permanently diminished water supply, or make more energetic efforts to increase the supply with new dams and reservoirs, desalination plants, etc."
COASTAL WARS: Coastal Commission chief defends his record as panel moves to fire him [Tony Barbosa @ LAT] - "In an open memo to the commission, Executive Director Charles Lester offers a defense of the agency’s work to protect public access and the environment, prepare for climate change and sea-level rise and review development projects up and down the coast."
POWER POLITICS: California lawmakers, wary of coal, question Buffett's firm joining state power grid [Bloomberg] - "California lawmakers expressed concerns in a letter Thursday that allowing a utility of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to join the state’s power grid may undermine the state’s clean energy goals by connecting it to coal plants."
$$$: California controller seeks $4.8 million to fund litigation over failed payroll system [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - "Locked in a finger-pointing lawsuit [against SAP] over a failed state IT project, State Controller Betty Yee has asked lawmakers for $4.8 million to cover court court costs through the end of this year. That’s on top of $6.8 million spent on litigation during the last six months of 2015. The project, MyCalPays, was suspended in February 2013."
Iowa blew both nomination races wide open [Dave Jacobson @ OCR] - "If there’s one piece of information that truly underscores what the results of the Iowa caucuses mean, it’s that both Democratic and Republican candidates for president will likely be engaged in a marathon – not a sprint – to their respective nominations."
The Daily Show addresses the Sacramento Kings dust-up between Lunar New Year and Black History Month.
AWESOME: Fullerton couple says it will cover college tuition for this Class of 2032 [Denissee Salazar @ OCR] - "Marty Burbank, who’s been sailing since age 3, considered buying himself a new 40-foot sloop sailboat. Instead, he will pay the college tuition of a kindergarten class at Rio Vista Elementary School."
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for lobbyist Alan Edelstein!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
June Ballot Measure A Reminder Of Capitol Corruption :: Fox&hounds
If passed by the voters, Prop. 50 would amend the state constitution to allow either chamber of the legislature, by a two-thirds vote, to suspend a member of that body without pay or benefits.
Top State Legislators Raise Concern About Electric Grid Expansion
California lawmakers questioned Thursday a proposal to expand the electric grid to include one of the largest users of coal-fired power plants in the west.
Cal Fire Director Told His Department Needs Change At The Top | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Questionable promotions prompts admonishment from State Personnel Board
UC Expands Its Recruiting Efforts Targeting Black And Latino Students
The pitch came hard and fast: The University of California is the nation's finest public system of higher education. Financial aid is aplenty. The commitment to diversity is strong.
California Controller Seeks $4.8 Million To Fund Litigation Over Failed Payroll System | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
State is fighting with SAP over blame for MyCalPays debacle
Fiorina: My Debate Exclusion Is An Insult To Voters - Politico
Carly Fiorina said the fact that she is banned from being on the stage during Saturday's ABC debate is an insult to voters.
Lawmakers Announce Deal On Medical Marijuana Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Regulations would be first in nearly two decades
California Teachers Pension To Divest U.S. Thermal Coal Assets - The Orange County Register
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System board voted to divest from U.S. companies that produce coal for energy generation because of the industry’s ailing finances and environmental impact.
Daniel Borenstein: Plan To Shore Up CalSTRS Doesn't Work As Billed
Daniel Borenstein @ contracostatimes.com
He said the state, school districts and teachers would share responsibility to "fully fund" the $74 billion shortfall of the nation's second largest pension system.
What Happens To The $63 Million If No One Claims California Lottery Ticket?
The California Lottery Commission projected schools would receive $1.4 billion from lottery sales in fiscal year 2015-16, according to state education officials.
Martin Shkreli Takes The Fifth Before House Panel, Then Tweets About 'imbecile' Lawmakers
Marcy Gordon and Matthew Perrone @ contracostatimes.com
Shkreli appeared to smirk throughout his hour-long appearance, and moments afterward, insulting tweets began to appear under his official account calling the lawmakers "imbeciles."
Martin Shkreli Isn't Alone In Ripping Off Patients With Crazy Drug Prices
Martin Shkreli, the former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, speaks on Capitol Hill on Thursday. He pleaded the 5th Amendment at a congressional committee hearing on drug-price hikes, but tweeted that lawmakers were "imbeciles."
Sinosphere: Ties to Chinese State Media Overshadow an Election Campaign in U.S.
Phillip Yin, a candidate for lieutenant governor of Washington State, was until last year a news anchor for CCTV, the Chinese state television broadcaster.
Sanders wants health care distance from Clinton, but she's having none of it
They also clashed on education.
Celebrity Donors Pour Money Into This Open California Congressional Seat
What do Christopher Lloyd, the director of “Ghostbusters,” one of the nation’s largest coal companies, James Cameron and a political action committee representing the nation’s dentists have in common? They all have opened their wallets to influence what is shaping up to be the hottest open-seat...
Sanchez Makes Pants On Fire Claim About California Gun Database | Politifact California
subject @ politifact.com
Critics have repeatedly attacked California Attorney General Kamala Harris for what they say is her slow progress investigating gun owners who are legally prohibited from having them.
California Here They Come, Maybe. Really. :: Fox&hounds
Unless Ohio Governor John Kasich, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or former Florida Governor Jeb Bush outscores Rubio in New Hampshire or South Carolina, the Republican nomination battle may settle down into a long slog, with the three Iowa leaders engaging in hand-to-hand combat through the remaining primary and caucus states and, maybe, into the July GOP convention.
Officials Seek Action To Correct Emissions Breaches At Port Of Los Angeles
Elected officials are demanding swift action and increased oversight at the Port of Los Angeles following disclosure that a second major shipping company has been allowed to skirt requirements to reduce harmful diesel emissions.
How High-cost Specialty Drugs Impact California | State Of Health | Kqed News
Drugmakers are following the money, said Joel Hay, professor of pharmaceutical economics and policy at USC. Companies invest in specialty drugs that target a small population because their high price tags can be spread over a large insurance pool, he said.
Clinton Pollster: Voters Don't Care About Hillary's Paid-speech Transcripts - Politico
Hillary Clinton's pollster doesn't think voters care about her paid speeches, a point that Bernie Sanders has tried to use to illustrate the former...
In Nh, Bernie And Hillary Speak To Different Worlds « Calbuzz
In their New Hampshire debate Thursday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton played to entirely different audiences: He spoke directly and forcefully to left-liberal voters of the Live Free or Die State, where he holds a 20-point lead in polling; she spoke to the nationwide electorate at play in November.
New Law Could Spark Golden Era Of California Spirits - San Francisco Chronicle
Lou Bustamante @ sfchronicle.com
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