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THE NOONER for February 28, 2016
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The California Democratic Party's Convention had it's main business conducted yesterday. Attorney General Kamala Harris overwhelmingly (78.1%) won the party's endorsement for United States Senate. After an embarrassing delay by local activists unhappy with his votes on trade, Ami Bera won endorsement for re-election to CA07, and Mike Honda got the endorsement for another term in CA17. Grace Napolitano received the endorsement for re-election to CA32, where she is being challenged by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez.
State Senator Isadore Hall received the nod in the crowded CA44, currently held by Janice Hahn who is running for county supervisor, over his leading competitor, fellow Democrat Nanette Barragan. That south Los Angeles area has featured many high-profile races over the years between African-American and Latino candidates, but the turnout operation in the African-American voters has dominated the Latino majority of voters.
It's Sunday, meaning that lots of people are still in bed from last night's "receptions," or have gotten out of Dodge. The convention hall is thus likely quite empty as the remaining delegates ratify the party's platform, which is largely non-controversial and the lower-profile speakers get a chance at the podium after yesterday's highlights with Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown.
You can watch videos from speakers at the convention here.
TALKING POINTS: Democratic bigwigs confident of victory in November, but some of the rank and file not so sure [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “Even as party bigwigs assure the more than 3,000 Democratic activists gathered at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center that the Republican presidential candidates' "food fight" will virtually guarantee that a Democrat stays in the White House, some of the rank-and-file don't seem so sure as they watch the Dem-on-Dem spats on the convention floor.”
CAN I GET AN AMEN? US senator wants government to set airline seat-size rules [Michael Balsamo @ AP] - “U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines."”
LAW AND ORDER: Jerry Brown 'hopeful' in California Supreme Court ruling [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.”
NON-SMOKING SECTION: Coalition that helped defeat marijuana legalization in 2010 gears up to oppose Sean Parker's initiative [Brooke Edwards Staggs @ OCR] - “The organization that helped defeat marijuana legalization six years ago has started raising money to oppose the leading initiative headed toward the ballot this November.”
THE OC: 3 people stabbed, 12 arrested at Klan rally in Anaheim [Sean Emery @ OCR] - “Three people were stabbed, one with a flagpole, and 12 people were arrested during a brawl on Saturday morning between self-described Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters at an Anaheim park, police said.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to SEIU's Favel Jens and Clint Weirick!
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