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THE NOONER for March 9, 2016
Happy Tuesday. Let's start with some beautiful Sacramento camellias! They are just so beautiful and peaceful, unlike the presidential debates.
This morning, Nancy Reagan was taken to the Reagan Library to be buried "inches" from her dear "Ronnie." While I disagreed with them on a lot of policy issues (particularly on the issues of AIDS and homelessness), it really was Morning in America as we ended the Soviet Union. We were no longer getting under desks. Do you remember watching "The Day After on ABC in 1983?" I wasn't even allowed to watch it by my parents.
IN THE WORDS OF JOHN OLIVER, HOLY S***: Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law sued for sexual harassment [Lindsey Bever @ WaPo] - “The dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law has been sued for sexual harassment by his executive assistant, who claims he inappropriately hugged, kissed and touched her starting in 2014, according to court documents. . . . University officials reduced the dean’s salary by 10 percent for one year and ordered him to write a letter of apology to Sorrell, according to the documents.”
LET THERE BE FLIGHT: Basically, the case is signed, sealed and delivered since the University has already taken action. And this guy is still the dean? I don't want Davis's law school dean and my friend Kevin Johnson to leave, but the Boalt Hall alum is eminently qualified and far more ethically correct than that piece of crap leading Boalt--one of the nation's top law schools--right now into the abyss. Or, the King Hall's Assistant Dean Madhavi Sunder, also well qualified. And, with the crap about UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi's well paid board positions at a textbook company and diploma mill DeVry coming out, UC has real problems on its hands. I love the University from which I earned BA and JD degrees, but it's time to clean house.
THE MITCH: In political polling, art and science join hands [Paul Mitchell @ CapWeekly] - “Political polling is the art and science of determining voter attitudes, and it gets the most attention in the weeks or months leading up to a critical election. It is not magical, and it is not always predictive, but a good poll will tell you approximately where voters are at a given point in time, and in-depth polling can help us understand what issues are driving the electorate and the underlying rationale for who or what they are supporting.”
It's wild. If you're a geek like me, you follow the daily polls on realclearpolitics.com. And, any given day, there can be a ten-point variance in the results of different polls, and you wonder "why." Well, it's because polls rely on weighting. Pollsters can't assume a certain cross-representation of the voters and assume their likelihood of turnout, so they take the raw results and guesstimate (based on their methods) who will actually show up. These results in uncertainty, but there is no better way to do it. It's gotten worse since many of us no longer have a home phone and don't answer unidentified calls on our cell phones. (Heck, we even skip a lot of the identified calls, even from "Mom.")
CALI, CALI: Presidential contenders are going back-to-back, to Cali, Cali [Dave Jacobson @ HuffPo] - “At this point, unless Donald Trump pulls off epic victories in the winner-take-all states of either Ohio or Florida or both on March 15th, the bloody battle for the Republican nomination will almost certainly continue until California. That's because without wins in at least one of those states, the delegate math alone makes it a daunting task for Trump to clinch the magic number of 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the GOP nomination.”
Of course, I just can’t not to link to something that cites LL Cool J, even though I'd rather still be in Mexico.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to PG&E's Victor Arranaga.
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