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THE NOONER for February 26, 2016
THE "UNINTELLIBLE YELLING" EDITION
The was a hell of a GOP debate last night. Donald Trump called Ted Cruz a "basket case" and Marco Rubio a "choke artist," while Rubio called Trump a "con artist." Wolf Blitzer just lost control of the whole debate. Ben Carson begged the others to attack him so he could get more time to talk.
When CNN's closed caption writer just writes "unintelligible yelling," you know that it was crazy.
Trump followed up today with a rally in which he carefully chose a tie to match his face.
CA32 (West Covina): U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano recovering from stroke, will continue reelection campaign [Stephanie K. Baer @ SGVT] - “[Grace] Napolitano, 79, is seeking a 10th term in Congress this year and said that despite the health scare she is continuing her reelection campaign. She faces fellow Democrat and state Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, of West Covina, in the 32nd Congressional District race.”
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE? What’s going on at the California Democratic convention in San Jose? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “It’s that time of year when California Democratic activists hold a convention to celebrate their supremacy and help select their next crop of elected leaders.”
Winning the party endorsement is 'like trying to win an Iowa caucus' ... but in California [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “The high-stakes political battle over the Senate endorsement will play out during the state Democratic Party’s three-day political convention in San Jose, a festive strategy session and pep rally that will feature an address by Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday and a last hurrah for retiring, four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer.”
BOE: California tax board squabbles over chairmanship [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “. . . [Jerome] Horton nominated Republican Diane Harkey to succeed him, but his motion gained support only from Harkey and himself, while [Fiona] Ma, Republican George Runner and Yvette Stowers, the surrogate for Controller Betty Yee, opposed it.”
SMOKIN! Budding marijuana lobby gains influence at California Capitol [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “Once taboo, marijuana is in the midst of a renaissance across the country. In Sacramento, cannabis now is a welcome topic in many legislative offices and given rise to a budding micro-economy: marijuana lobbying.”
GASSED: CA gas prices expected to jump 30 cents by weekend [SDUT] - “The slide in California’s gasoline prices could abruptly end Friday, with prices possibly jumping 30 cents a gallon due to seasonal changes in the state’s refinery operations, a consumer group predicted Thursday.”
SPRAYED: To notify or not to notify? That's the issue being raised about aerial spraying over O.C. [Deepa Bharath @ OCR] - “State Sen. Janet Nguyen has proposed a new law that would force vector control officials to notify residents and businesses seven days before they launch aerial pesticide spraying.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Patrick O'Donnell's field rep Allison Gallagher andErik Swalwell's Comm. Dir. Josh Richman!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Budding Marijuana Lobby Gains Influence At California Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
More than two dozen interest groups lobbied marijuana issues in 2015
Like Magic, The Property Tax Initiative Is Gone :: Fox&hounds
What made an initiative measure seemingly on its way to the ballot suddenly disappear?
No Degree, Little Experience? California Has A State Job For You | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
Obama nominates local judge to federal appeals court in SF
Lucy Koh, a federal judge in San Jose who has refereed Silicon Valley wars over patents and employment, was nominated Thursday by President Obama to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a nomination with an uncertain future because of a partisan standoff over judicial appointments. Koh, 47, a former federal prosecutor, was nominated to the U.S. District Court by Obama in 2010 and confirmed 90-0 by the Senate. âÂÂIt doesnâÂÂt look very promising,âÂÂ said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and commentator on judicial appointments. Ashley Schapitl, a spokeswoman for Feinstein, said the senator was âÂÂhopeful that given Judge KohâÂÂs qualifications and unanimous Senate approval (in 2010) her nomination could move forward in a timely manner.âÂÂ Koh, the daughter of Korean immigrants, graduated from Harvard Law School, then served as a U.S. Justice Department attorney for three years, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles for three years and a lawyer with a Silicon Valley firm for six years before becoming a judge in 2008, when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the Santa Clara County Superior Court. On the federal bench, she presided over a lawsuit by thousands of employees that accused seven Silicon Valley companies âÂÂ Apple, Google, Intel, Lucasfilm, Adobe Systems, Intuit and Pixar âÂÂ of conspiring to hold salaries down by agreeing not to hire one anotherâÂÂs workers.
No On Measure A Extends Margin | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Election worker Shannon Quailey counts Measure A ballots at the Registrar of Voters on Thursday afternoon in San Diego. — Eduardo Contreras
California Tax Board Squabbles Over Chairmanship | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Jerome Horton leaves chair after five years
Houston Hellfire: Trump Bashing Won’t Matter Much
In the most churlish Republican presidential debate to date, Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz finally got around to bashing, smashing and slashing Donald Trump for being a fraud. Problem is, the attacks by the two Senate backbenchers Thursday night were based in, well, Truth and Reality and, as we’ve seen to date, The Donald’s hard core base of about 30 percent of GOP voters doesn’t care all that much for Actual Facts.
California Drought: San Jose Water Co. Drought Rules Upheld By State Regulators
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 at a meeting in San Francisco to reject appeals to drought regulations that San Jose Water Co. imposed on its residential customers. The vote also allows the rules to continue for as long as Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide emergency conservation mandates remain in place.
Charter School King Pleads Guilty To Felony | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Former Mountain Empire Unified School District Superintendent Steve Van Zant plead guilty in the felony conflict of interest charge filed by the DA stemming from an incident that occured May 12 2010 while he was in Mt. empire. — John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune
Proposed Rule Closes Lobbying Loophole In California Government - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Apple Court Papers: FBI Is Seeking 'dangerous Power' That Violates Its Constitutional Rights
Apple is battling the U.S. government over creating access to an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
Senator Janet Nguyen Joins Colleagues in Calling for Funding for Victims of Human Trafficking
Senator Janet Nguyen has joined with three of her Senate colleagues in calling for a $15 million budget appropriation for organizations that provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Funding would serve over 600 victims a year and would include but not be limited to case management, shelter, basic needs, and legal services.
California Gas Prices Expected To Jump Overnight, Possibly 30 Cents By Weekend
Gas prices are displayed at a Chevron gas station in Sacramento on Feb. 8.
Obama Staying Neutral In Honda Vs. Khanna Rematch
By Matt Artz Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 2:43 pm in Elections, Mike Honda.
How Easy Should It Be To Fire Bad Teachers? A Landmark Case May Decide For California
Vergara vs. California has erupted into a pivotal fight over the competing and complementary rights of students and teachers.
Ap News: The Orange County Register
Clinton Backers Not Looking For A Fight At State Convention - San Francisco Chronicle
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Road Trip! 8 Key Questions Of State Dem Convo « Calbuzz
4-What Will Calbuzz Do? The Saturday night party schedule confronts our vast staff with a classic conundrum: should we opt for entertainment and head for hours of hilarity at Karaoke Night with whacky Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and DemParty vice-chair Eric Bauman — or do our due diligence reporting at the Legalize Cannabis Hospitality Suite with Brownie Mary Democrats? Hmm.
Judge Orders Gas Company To Give Porter Ranch Residents Longer To Return Home After Leak
Eunice Kim walks back to her home in Porter Ranch on Feb. 18. Kim said that she and her husband had to move out of their home for more than two months because of physical discomfort from the poor air quality. They moved back in after temporarily staying at her brother's home in Westwood.
Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid
A group of Republicans is moving quickly to research ballot-access requirements for independent candidates in case Trump wraps up the GOP nomination next month.