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THE NOONER for May 27, 2016
Good morning California (and our California ex-pat subscribers)! Happy Suspense Day, where the fate of hundreds of bills will be decided. Oh, and its a per diem Friday, with quick legislative sessions so the stipends continue over the long weekend as Californians bow their heads in memory of those lost in defending the country.
Our friend Yolo Supervisor Matt Rexroad of Meridian Pacific has been posting to Facebook remembrances of those lost over the years.
BALLOT UPDATE from Paul Mitchell, Political Data Inc.:
A GOLDEN STATE DEBATE? Back-to-back appearances by Donald Trump (Wednesday night) and Bernie Sanders (last night) left open the possibility that the two may face off in California before the June 7 primary. If it happens, it would be bad news for Hillary Clinton, as it would elevate Sanders and suck up the news cycle for 48 hours in the waning days of the campaign.
While voters are casting ballots already, they are mostly ones already decided--the most passionate voters.
I'm watching CNN right now and there is a man behind Trump at a rally yesterday wearing an orange shirt. Advance staff: avoid that, as it highlights the odd color of the candidate's hair. And, try to keep flies from using Trump's hair as a nest.
Our old friend Tamara Keith gives us aural pleasure on Morning Edition with a story suggesting Hillary Clinton supporters are laying low to avoid criticism by their friends who feel the Bern.
YOU'VE GOT OIL: Democratic women are flummexed in the AD04 race to succeed Bill Dodd after a PAC supporting candidate Cecilia Aguiar-Curry mailed to them specifically with a commitment to increase Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. And, what did they send with the STEM mailer to give hope to our young women? Potholders . . . $72,000 worth of them.
The PAC is largely funded by energy companies, specifically Chevron ($2m), Valero ($2m), California Resorces Corporation ($500k), and Tesoro ($1m). The committee has spent just over $2 million this far on behalf of:
The PAC also reports paying $75,000 for its efforts to Ross Communications and Management, the firm founded by longtime Democratic campaign guru Richie Ross. As noted, the PAC's effort includes IEs for Republicans Catharine Baker (AD16) and Scott Wilk (SD21). Dems are prioritizing taking back AD16 in particular, a seat lost in 2014 after a divisive primary among Democrats Steve Glazer and Tim Sbranti, in which Sbranti went far to the left and couldn't bring moderate Dems and NPP-leaners back in the general.
The Bee's Jim Miller takes a look at where the money is coming from for the independent expenditure campaigns. "As of midweek, more than 50 outside spending groups had pumped more than $19.5 million of TV ads, mailers and other advocacy into almost four dozen Assembly and Senate races on next month’s ballot."
I've added the daily independent expenditure report from ElectionTrack following the classifieds.
CA32 (West Covina): The aftermath of Wednesday's court hearing in which Baldwin Park councilmember Susan Rubio alleged that husband Assemblymember Roger Hernández repeatedly acted violently toward her continued yesterday as Republicans called for Hernández's resignation. Hernández, who is challenging Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, released a statement claiming that the allegations are false and that he has no intention to resign or leave the race for Congress.
Nothing like a good divorce fight in an election year.
AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports [Mark Noack @ Mountain View Voice] - "In recent campaign contribution filings, [Barry] Chang reported dozens of large donations made nearly a year ago that were supposed to be disclosed much earlier. About two weeks ago, his campaign submitted an omnibus late contribution report that listed $289,000 in donations, the bulk of his war chest."
CAP AND TRADE: Dan Walters writes that the state's cap and trade program is falling far short of revenue projections, dashing hopes of special interests who were looking at it as a lobbying buffet bonanza.
This month’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances, which was supposed to generate more than a half-billion dollars for politicians to spend, brought in a paltry $10 million as the Air Resources Board sold a tiny fraction of the allowances it was offering.
It could be a one-time adjustment, of course, but those who study the complex market believe that the underlying conditions are more systemic than situational, the most prominent being an increasing concern that the program will expire in 2020.
U.S. SENATE: California’s Marquee Senate Race: A Good Omen for Hillary Clinton [Dave Jacobson @ HuffPo] - “Coincidentally, [Kamala] Harris and [Loretta] Sanchez’s base consolidation efforts, along with their money poured into air campaigns on television, online and in mailboxes, plus field operations of door knocking and phone banking, and more, are all providing a crucial game-time assist to one of the contestants at the top of the ticket for President. That candidate is former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.”
SPORTS PAGE: The Golden State Warriors live to fight another day after a 120-111 victory over Oklahoma City last night. Game 6 is tomorrow night at 6pm PDT on TNT. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Eastern Conference finals last night, and game 1 against the San Jose Sharks is Monday at 5:00pm PDT on NBC.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political guru Mike Madrid!
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Eastvale is in Riverside, not San Bernardino, county.
Large Majority Of California Voters Favors Raising Tobacco Tax $2 Per Pack, Poll Says
A new poll finds that 67% of likely voters in California support a proposed initiative that would increase the state’s tobacco tax by $...
Connecting The Donor Dots In California Outside Spending Campaigns | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Outside groups had spent more than $19.5 million in legislative races through Wednesday
Pink Razors And Blue Razors Should Cost The Same Under Gender-pricing Measure The California Senate Just Approved
The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit businesses in California from charging customers different prices for ...
The federal court suit by Kathryn SteinleâÂÂs parents said Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who has admitted firing the fatal shot, was freed from jail only because of blunders by both Mirkarimi and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lopez-Sanchez, deported five times in the past, had just spent 46 months in federal prison for illegal re-entry when federal officials turned him over to San Francisco in March 2015 to face an old marijuana charge. The sheriff, relying on his interpretation of San FranciscoâÂÂs sanctuary-city law, had prohibited his deputies from cooperating with immigration officialsâÂÂ orders to hold immigrants for possible deportation. The lawsuit by James Steinle and his wife, Elizabeth Sullivan, of Livermore, said MirkarimiâÂÂs policy violated both city and state law, citing Mayor Ed LeeâÂÂs statement after the shooting that the sanctuary ordinance did not prohibit the sheriffâÂÂs office from contacting federal agents. [...] the suit said, federal law prohibited local governments from restricting communications with immigration officials about detaineesâÂÂ immigration status. "The Steinle Family hopes that their actions today will serve to highlight the lax enforcement of gun safety regulations among the law enforcement agencies involved and bureaucratic confusion so that this will not happen to others," said Frank Pitre, the familyâÂÂs lawyer.
Senate Bill Says Religion No Excuse For Lgbt Discrimination | The Sacramento Bee
Rachel Cohrs @ sacbee.com
SB 1146 would tighten requirements for university exemptions from anti-discrimination laws
Water Board Moves To Dismiss Record Fine Against Irrigation District
State water regulators are proposing to dismiss a record $1.5-million fine they levied against a Northern California irrigation district accused of ignoring drought-related cuts in water diversions.
Trump Candidacy Spurs Latinos To Seek Citizenship, Register To Vote | Fresno Bee
Andrea Castillo @ fresnobee.com
Almost 25 percent more immigrants became citizens in Fresno last year compared to 2014
An Ode To Chewbacca Mom, In The Worst Of Times | The Sacramento Bee
Shawn Hubler @ sacbee.com
Moments of random communion punctuate a tribal era
Clean-up Of Porter Ranch Homes Resumes After Health Department Lifts Stop-work Order
California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Juvenile Sentence - The Orange County Register
SUDHIN THANAWALA @ ocregister.com
SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a criminal sentence of 50 years to life for a juvenile convicted of murder who argued that the punishment violated a U.S. Supreme Court decision because it was the equivalent of life without parole and required by law.
Generation Forward: 'Actions' | Campaign 2016
A super PAC established to promote the presidential candidacy of former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley released a video comparing Democrats' records on gun control.
Document: Socal Beach Water Quality's Up, But La County Still Has 3 Of California's Most Polluted Beaches | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
File: Swimmers enjoy waters of Pacific near the famous Santa Monica Pier on Aug. 20, 2013. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images
Orrin Hatch Repeats: No Hearings For Merrick Garland Before Election - Politico
The Florida senator leaves the door open a crack to reversing his planned retirement from the Senate after one term.
California Supreme Court To Weigh In On Juvenile Sentences | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
General population cells house inmates that are not suspected of ties to prison gangs. There are fewer inmates in general population at Corcoran State Prison than there are inmates in isolation or special needs yards. Grant Slater/KPCC
Surge Of Haitian Migrants Floods San Ysidro Port Of Entry | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Three Africans wait to present themselves Thursday to U.S. authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, part of a recent surge that has included a significant number of Haitians. These men said they were from the Congo and Guinea, and hoped to seek asylum.
California Foreclosures Ripple Even After Major Settlement | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
In the home Rosario Frisse rents in a quiet neighborhood in Antioch — a city about 45 miles east of San Francisco — there aren’t many decorations on her walls. Even though she’s been living there for a few years, there are unpacked boxes on her patio outside and more in the garage.
Why Trump Just Might Win :: Fox&hounds
So when Donald Trump, and to a lesser degree Bernie Sanders, hit out against a privileged elite in Washington that makes economic policy in its own self interest, they strike a deep chord of dissatisfaction with the political establishment, and with an economic recovery that has provided few financial benefits for 80 percent of Americans.
As Lausd Battles Insurers, Taxpayers Left With Bill For Teacher Sex Abuse Settlements | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
FILE - A press conference at De La Torre Elementary School. Rebecca Hill/KPCC