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THE NOONER for April 26, 2016

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Kamala Harris In Driver's Seat At California's First U.S. Senate Debate
latimes.com
The top five Senate candidates met for a debate, and frontrunner Kamala Harris remained unscathed.

California U.S. Senate Candidates Quarrel Over Illegal Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
Sanchez, Sundheim differ over border technology

Why Millions Of Californians Won't See Any Presidential Candidates On Their Mail Ballots - Capradio.org
Amy Quinton @
capradio.org
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California U.S. Senate Candidates All Over The Map On Crime Plans | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
Del Beccaro takes opportunity to unload on frontrunner

Senate Debate: Kamala Harris Wins By Not Losing
calbuzz.com
Media matters: Excellent work by our old pal Diaz, who politely but firmly followed up with several candidates who tried to ignore his original questions, and strongly represented his colleagues in the newspaper trade amid a shifting cast of KCRA talking heads, all of whom seemed to be directly imported from happy talk morning shows.

Supreme Court Strengthens Free-speech Rights Of Public Employees
latimes.com
Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened legal protections for the nation’s 22 million public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.

Drawn To Political Outsiders, California's Young Voters' Commitment Faces A Test | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Young voters' participation this year has varied from state to state, but they have generally turned out in larger numbers in primaries and caucuses.

Big Feud Over School Accountability Rages In Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Conflict mirrors larger battle over schools

Women Vote: 'Spin' | Campaign 2016

Emily’s List Super PAC Women Vote released an ad on April 11 attacking Senate candidate and former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.).

California Assembly Approves Tobacco-free College Campuses | Sandiegouniontribune.com
ALISON NOON Associated Press @
sandiegouniontribune.com
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Senate Candidates Spar Over Sanctuary Cities, The Military — And Style | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
Sanchez shot back, saying she did attend the hearings, adding that the chair of another committee that met at the same time was out sick so she had to fill in for him. Sanchez also criticized what she called an over-reliance on military solutions.

Keyser Falls Short Of Colorado Senate Ballot - Politico
politico.com
Former state Rep. Jon Keyser failed to qualify for the Republican Senate primary in Colorado, the state's chief elections official said Monday.

Students Rally To Save UC Berkeley Program That Produces Primary Care Doctors | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
The unique medical program at the University of California, Berkeley is housed in its School of Public Health. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Tax Official Got $130,000 Worth Of Office Furniture | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
Purchases include $115 umbrella stand, two dozen $1,200 white leather chairs

Here Are All The Sports Events California State Lawmakers Attended For Free
latimes.com
AT&T Park in San Francisco is the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

California Senate Rejects Drug-sentencing Legislation - Sfgate
sfgate.com


Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Voter ID Law
nytimes.com
The state demonstrated a legitimate interest in requiring voters to provide certain credentials before casting their ballots, he ruled.

Loretta Sanchez Stands Her Ground On Muslims Comment - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @
ocregister.com
At Monday’s U.S. Senate debate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez was asked about her comment last December that as many as 20 percent of Muslims worldwide support establishing an Islamic caliphate “in any way possible.” She stood resolutely by the estimate and said afterward that more people seem to be accepting that estimate.

School Budget Laws Complicate Tracking Of Common Core Spending | Edsource
edsource.org
Teacher at Advanced Learning Academy, a Santa Ana Unified-operated charter, discusses vocabulary words with students.