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THE NOONER for May 23, 2016

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

Charter School Advocates Flood Sacramento Education Races With $300,000 | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
Charter schools spend heavily on candidates for Sacramento County Office of Education board

With State Transportation Funds Strained, Counties Ask Voters For Help | The California Report | Kqed News
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a revision of his state budget proposal. But in terms of the long-range picture for transportation funding, the revised spending plan didn’t change much.

Bernie Sanders Faithful Look For Victories In Likely Defeat | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Vermont senator has nudged Hillary Clinton to the left

Senate Primary Likely To Weed Out The Republicans
Matthew Artz @
But getting wiped out in the June primary to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer would be a new low for a party drifting toward irrelevance in the Golden State -- one that even many Democratic leaders don't want to see happen.

Northern California Boy, 12, Headed To University Of California | The Press Democrat
Tanishq Abraham has been accepted to UC Davis and received a regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz, but he has yet to decide which university he'll attend, reported Sacramento television station CBS 13 Sunday.

Bill Clinton Tells Farmworkers Election Is About Building Walls Or Bridges | Fresno Bee
Theo Douglas @
Former president speaks at UFW convention in Bakersfield

Sen. Jim Beall Faces Challenge From Departing Assemblywoman Nora Campos -
Campos jumped into the race against her fellow Democrat at the last minute, bringing with her the big-bucks backing of oil companies to what's expected to develop into an interparty brawl leading up to November. That $340,000 in independent funding from the likes of Chevron and Valero was answered by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who ponied up half a million dollars in support of Beall.

O.C. Watchdog: Unfunded Pension Debt Approaching $1 Trillion? - The Orange County Register
So if you don’t live in Irwindale, rejoice: There, even when you look at it through rose-colored glasses, public pension liabilities equal $32,447 for each and every household in the city.

Bernie Sanders Softens Criticism Of Hillary Clinton, But Argues That He'd Be The Strongest Democratic Nominee
Sen. Bernie Sanders is seeking a win in California’s June 7 presidential primary, and he’s tinkering with the path toward it.At a rally...

California Housing Shortage Sets Up Battle Over Land-use Control | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
State has steadily assumed more land-use power

House to move on Puerto Rico bill; Congress gets closer to updating toxic substances law; health officials brace for Zika without money from Congress

Your daily roundup of budget, tax and congressional news.

Beverly Hilton Owner Wants Voters To Approve 26-story Condo Tower
Developer Beny Alagem wants voters to sign off on a 26-story condo tower and 1.7 acre park next to the Beverly Hilton.

Supreme Court leaves in place Va. redistricting decision, rejects GOP lawmakersâ

Those who challenged the lower court’s ruling do not have the necessary legal right to proceed, high court says.

2016 Poll: Democrats Starting To Pay More Attention To Election - Politico
More Republicans still say they are following the news of the presidential election closer than do their Democratic counterparts.

Obama Chides Congress Over Zika Funding
President Obama told lawmakers that they should not leave town for a Memorial Day break unless they send him public health legislation he is willing to sign.

Clinton, Sanders Take Different Paths To California Primary - San Francisco Chronicle
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Folsom Student Confirmed To Have Bacterial Meningitis | The Sacramento Bee
Jessica Hice @
Vista del Lago High School student hospitalized

GOP sues to strip 200,000 felons from Virginia voter rolls

House and Senate leaders want court to reverse McAuliffe’s order to restore voting rights.

Bernie Sanders Pushes Democrats To Reject Puerto Rico Debt Deal - Politico
More Republicans still say they are following the news of the presidential election closer than do their Democratic counterparts.

Sanders Supporters, Independents File Lawsuit Seeking Voter Registration Extension In California - Sfgate
A group of

Nader bid for Harvard board comes up short
The organizer of the slate that got on the Harvard ballot by petition, California businessman and Republican Senate candidate Ron Unz, said he was disappointed by the outcome.

The 2016 Race: Bernie Sanders Does Better vs. Trump? Wouldnâ
A weekly politics chat also looks at John McCain’s tough re-election campaign and the damage Mitt Romney could do to Mr. Trump with a third-party run.