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THE Nooner for June 9, 2016
Happy Thursday! Remember, kiddoes, today you need to have daddy buy your smokes as the smoking age increases to 21. Speaking of smokin', the Cavs showed up last night and we hope the Warriors turn out tomorrow night.
Well, Los Angeles has 570,289 ballots left to verify and count. That's almost 10% of the statewide total counted Tuesday and 30% of the state's largest county's.
Orange County has a similar percentage--245,070--of uncounted ballots. Apparently, everyone likes to vote by mail, except they like to bring those ballots to their polling places.
Pundits who are talking about turnout right now are quick on the draw. It's likely that there are 750,000-1 milllion ballots yet to be counted. I don't expect many races to change, but data about turnout are not yet clear. We won't get to 2008 primary levels, but we've already beat 2012, which was embarrassingly low. We're likely looking at 7 million ballots when all is said and done.
Meanwhile, Paul is probably right that the surge in new young voters failed to turn out. They are probably trying to vote today. "Tuesday? I thought you said Thursday. Dude, where's my car?"
The water cooler conversation is the backfire to the California Republican Party of top-two elections. Under preliminary results, there are 23 party-on-party elections in November. However, only three see Republicans facing off. Obviously, the attention is on the U.S. Senate, but it happened around the state. The system was organized, or "ransomed" as properly characterized by Jessica Calefati and Tracey Seipel of the Merc News--by former State Senator Abel Maldonado (R) in 2009 in exchange for his budget voter. The measure was then approved by voters as Proposition 14 in 2010.
What you need to know about California's legislative races after the primary [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - "Although California’s top-of-the-ticket races were said to be decided before voters even walked into the polls Tuesday, the show had to go on for the many legislative races at stake."
MY HOMETOWN: Placentia: More funds missing in embezzlement, nearly $5 million total [Denisse Salazar and Scott Schwebke @ OCR] - "Initially, authorities believed Michael Minh Nguyen had embezzled $4.3 million, but the ongoing investigation has uncovered an additional $600,000 in missing funds. Authorities say they have seized $2.7 million of that money."
Oh, yeah, and he went to my high school.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Katherine Daigle and Dan Wolk!
Treasurer John Chiang Calls For It Contracting Reforms
State Treasurer John Chiang on Tuesday said California must build partnerships with the private sector to develop IT projects that are fair, efficient and effective. “We can’t continue to have the same contracting process where the focus is on winning the bid and not staying focused on putting out an incredible product,” Chiang told TechWire in a wide-ranging phone interview to discuss his 2018 gubernatorial bid.His comments came a day after the state reached a $59 million settlement with SAP Public Services Inc., ending lawsuits over the 21st-century statewide payroll modernization project known as MyCalPays.As state controller in 2013, Chiang suspended the payroll project and terminated the $90 million contract with SAP after an unsuccessful pilot demonstration. He then sued the company. Chiang said the settlement, which he described as a long and protracted effort continued by his successor Betty Yee, saves California taxpayers about $80 million. Specifically, SAP will pay the controller's office $59 million in cash and abandon roughly $23 million in claims against the controller's office.“Unfortunately SAP failed to deliver what was promised,” Chiang said. “We wanted to make sure we held them accountable.”The settlement is also a political win for Chiang, who last month announced he is running for governor in 2018. He and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is also in the race, have called upon IT companies to be more forthright in their dealings with government.Newsom has described IT consulting companies as “cartels” who fleece state government, a characterization Chiang didn’t disagree with when asked about Newsom’s comments. He described instances where IT companies have taken advantage of the state, such as coming in with a “low budget bid and pulling in change orders” to increase the overall project tab after they have secured the contract.Chiang described the SAP lawsuit as a prime example of where “we’ve taken them on” and “we’re demonstrating things can be done.”Lawmakers critical of such abuses and a string of high-profile IT project failures have demanded changes in the state procurement process. After the cancellation of the MyCalPays contract, Chiang and Gov. Jerry Brown created the Task Force on Reengineering IT Procurement for Success, which issued 21 recommendations intended to help the state identify how it can hire the right vendors, at the best value and hold them accountable for their performance. Chiang on Tuesday urged people to look at those recommendations for guidance.Despite the tough talk, Chiang said he is looking for strong, collaborative partnerships with IT companies because the state doesn’t have the financial capacity or personnel to develop and maintain every single IT project.If elected governor, Chiang said he would beef up state technology personnel so there are people in agencies and departments who understand technology and can work with the private sector to ensure successful projects. He also called for more flexibility and honesty in the contracting process.“I want to build the partnerships,” Chiang said. “It can’t be the private sector working against government.”
California Voters To Consider Corporate Money In Politics | The Sacramento Bee
California voters will offer their opinions this fall on what role corporate donations should play in political campaigns.
Primary Election Sees Higher Number Of Ballots Cast, Lower Voter Turnout | The Daily Californian
According to data updated by the Alameda County registrar of voters on Wednesday, voter turnout for the 800,000 registered voters in Alameda County was 30.5 percent. This number falls slightly below the Alameda County voter turnout of the primary elections of 2012, which stood at 31.8 percent.
State Regains Control Of Central Valley Prison's Health Care | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
File photo of general population cells at Corcoran State Prison. Grant Slater/KPCC
How Loretta Sanchez Can Compete With Kamala Harris For U.S. Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Harris more than doubled Sanchez’s vote percentage
Trump Says 'no Reason' To Raise $1 Billion For Campaign - Bloomberg Politics
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump distanced himself from his own fundraising estimate of $1 billion, refusing to commit to collecting even half that amount, and saying his campaign didn't need much money to win the White House.
Republicans Who Didn't Vote For Trump? They're The Real Patriots
Capitol Journal: George Skelton on Trump's California voters
Nurses Union Head, Backing Sanders, Resists Call For Party Unity
On this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland asked the Senate to ratify an extradition treaty aimed at bringing Japanese-born criminal suspects back...
Hillary Clinton Up, Donald Trump Down After A Week That Flipped The Presidential Campaign
Donald Trump on Tuesday worked to repair relations with fellow Republicans. Hillary Clinton worked to expand her reach. By dint of Tuesday night's speeches, the campaign has changed
Senate Dem's Agenda Aims At Campaign Finance, Lobbying Laws - Politico
"At least he learned how to apologize, he's got political experience ... that would be Todd Akin," McCaskill said.
O.c.'s Loretta Sanchez Faces 'close To Impossible' Road To U.S. Senate - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL and TERI SFORZA @ ocregister.com
Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she’s happy to be advancing to the general election in the race for U.S. Senate, but make no mistake:
Next Up For Loretta Sanchez: A Campaign To Appeal To Republicans
Loretta Sanchez must now look to GOP voters if she wants to try and win the general election. Already, a GOP group has formed a super PAC on her behalf.
In Democrat-only Senate Race, Republicans Become Swing Votes
ABC News @ abcnews.go.com
Landmark San Francisco Bay Parcel Tax For Wetlands, Flood Control Appears To Win
The measure, which would raise $25 million a year for 20 years, and needed two-thirds to pass, and had 69.3 percent in favor Wednesday morning with all 4,643 precincts counted.
Gary Johnson's claim that states operate at a deficit because of federal education requirements
The Libertarian presidential nominee makes a sweeping claim about federal education requirements with no real data to back it up.
O.C. Judge Who Was Censured For Having Sex In Chambers Wins Reelection Bid
An Orange Orange County Superior Court judge who was censured for having sex with two women in his chambers will remain unseated after winning a reelection bid Tuesday over a veteran prosecutor.
California Democrats Target Trump In Congressional Races | The Sacramento Bee
ELLIOT SPAGAT @ sacbee.com
Democrats seeking to unseat several Republican members of Congress from California linked the incumbents to Donald Trump on Wednesday, hoping to tap discontent with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in districts with large numbers of Democrats and Latinos.
Scarborough Rips Trump: Prove You're Not A Bigot - Politico
Dramatic shortfall expected as donor dismay about their candidate takes a toll.
Clinton's Campaign Manager Says Raising The Specter Of A Trump Presidency Helped Seal Her Win In California
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Analyst: Surge In Younger Voters Failed To Materialize In California Primary | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Turnout for the California primary, which some expected to be pumped up by a surge in registrations among younger voters, fell short of analysts’ expectations. One major factor in that lower-than-anticipated turnout: For the most part, an analysis of vote-by-mail ballots suggests, those younger voters simply didn’t participate.