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THE Nooner for June 11, 2016
(still working on getting through all 153 districts!)
FURRIES Election oddities include man in bear suit defeating former mayor [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "For my money, we could use more candidates dressed up as animals."
Yes, this is Josh Newman, the Dem candidate who came in second in SD29, defeating former Irvine mayor Sukhee Kang (D) and will face off with Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang (R) in November for the seat held by Bob Huff. The two Democrats combined for 54.6% of the vote, and will be an interesting race to watch in November.
That reminds me of the gem of former Congressman David Wu (D-Oregon):
AURAL PLEASURE: There is a new episode of the California Politics Podcast. I haven't listened it to yet and have idea what they talk about. Okay, now I have listened, and of course they closed talking a heckuva losing "streak" by Paul Mitchell.
OPEN OR CLOSED? There was a lot of communication among voters about why those registered as independents could not vote in the GOP primary for president, but they could for congressional races.
Now, let's look at the open congressional races and total votes for all candidates:
Thus, while numberes will change (162,724 ballots were counted yesterday, leaving 2,423,607 uncounted ballots), it's still fun to look at. Well, it's Scott Lay Saturday morning geek fun.
LABoS: Runoff for Antonovich county seat remains up in the air [Abby Sewell @ LAT]:
Antonovich’s chief of staff, Kathryn Barger, remained in the top position by a healthy margin with 30% of the vote, assuring her a spot in November’s runoff.
But the second runoff spot remained in play, with entrepreneur Darrell Park holding a slim lead over state Sen. Bob Huff, each of whom received about 15% of the vote.
SECOND ACT: From politics to reality TV: Abel Maldonado branches out [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "A video compilation that has rocketed around the Internet recently opens with an apparent working title: Meet the Maldonados. In it, the former state legislator and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate can be seen drinking wine with his daughter, asking his son about having a condom and laughing after his wife informs their daughter that 'we watched porn when you were conceived.'"
Senator Barbara Boxer was on Real Time With Bill Maher last night. Boxer has a new book out, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life.
FRIENDLY FIRE: California Democrats trying to keep Senate race from becoming awkward [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "With two Democrats on the ballot for the U.S. Senate for the first time in state history, California’s House Democrats are attempting to minimize the awkwardness that could come with the intra-party fight."
LAW AND DISORDER: State lawmakers want judge in Stanford rape case investigated [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "But a legal ethics expert cast doubt Friday on the contention that Judge Aaron Persky had violated rules of judicial conduct in sentencing a former Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexual assault. And an organizer of a campaign to recall Persky said the last word should belong to the voters of Santa Clara County."
DECISION 2016: Thoughts on the primary [Jeff Horseman @ PE]
WATER WARS: Pressure mounting on Nestlé’s water operations in San Bernardino Mountains [Jim Sternberg @ SBSun] - "Environmentalists and other organizations are turning up the heat under international food and beverage provider Nestlé as a legal challenge to the company’s water operations in the San Bernardino National Forest heads toward a long-awaited federal court hearing Monday."
That explains those feel good Arrowhead water ads.
THE 916: Is Sacramento’s ‘city within a city’ ready to rise? [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood."
SB10: Insuring illegal immigrants: California Legislature approves bill allowing families to buy plans through state exchange [Jessica Calefati @ Merc News] - "Senate Bill 10 authorizes the state to apply for a waiver to a federal rule that blocks illegal immigrants from using their own money to obtain coverage through Covered California. It was one of hundreds of pieces of legislation lawmakers debated this week ahead of Friday's deadline to cast floor votes in the chamber where the bills originated."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to PIFC's Jim Anderson, CA Alliance Group's Paul Fickas, and Deputy Controller Nicole Winger!
Statement by Senator Moorlach Following Conference Committee Vote on Budget Deal
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) today issued the following statement regarding the budget deal struck by Governor Brown and legislative Democrats in the conference committee yesterday:
Budget Deal Earmarks $4.4 Million For Cal Fire Investigations Unit | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Money will pay for 14 positions
Chargers Reach Key Stadium Ballot Goal | Sandiegouniontribune.com
In this April file photo, a Chargers fan signs a petition in support of a downtown stadium ballot initiative. — John Gastaldo
Change In California Jury Rules Prompts Testy Budget Exchange | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Language reduces from 10 to six the number of peremptory challenges in misdemeanor cases
Deceased Family Member Of Rep. Peters Listed As Campaign Donor | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Scott Peters and his wife, Lynn Gorguze. [Union-Tribune file]
Coastal Commission Chief Won't Vote On Banning Ranch After He Didn't Disclose Meetings With Developer - The Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI @ ocregister.com
The chairman of the California Coastal Commission won’t vote on the Banning Ranch project, another episode in a long-running bureaucratic drama that might lead to the last beachfront housing development in Orange County.
A GOP senator might vote for Hillary Clinton. Here's how rare that is.
A quick history lesson on senators defecting in a presidential election
El Dorado Voters Pass One Growth Limit, Reject Another Amid $1 Million In Spending | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @ sacbee.com
Real estate, development interests spent more than $1 million fighting slow-growth measures
Did You Have Trouble Voting Tuesday? Some Poll Workers Say They're Not Surprised
Gov. Jerry Brown Agrees To Seek Health Insurance For Undocumented Immigrants | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Bill would ask feds to let immigrants use Covered California
Christie denies suggesting that Trump has 'made mistakes' during campaign
The governor also said the presidential candidate has a "shot" in New Jersey.
Pressure Mounting On Nestlé’s Water Operations In San Bernardino Mountains
Lawyers in Trump University case seek maximum political pain
Legal fight is escalating over potential release of real estate mogul's deposition videos.
High-profile GOP Donor Meg Whitman Indicates She Is Likely To Support Hillary Clinton, Say Sources
ABC News @ abcnews.go.com
Meg Whitman Likens Donald Trump to Fascists at Republican Retreat
Ms. Whitman is said to have warned the gathering that if the party compromises its principles to win an election, it is entering fraught territory.
Venice Group: Don't Put Homeless Storage In Our Neighborhood | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Some Venice residents are threatening to sue the city of Los Angeles if it goes forward with a proposal to convert a shuttered senior center into a warehouse for the homeless to store belongings.
Ap News: The Orange County Register
Privacy Concerns Halt Ucsd’s Posting Of Patients’ Physician Critiques | San Diego News From Inewsource
Although patients’ names are always scrubbed from their comment postings, “sometimes the patient might write something thinking they were writing a confidential comment about a doctor, but which they never anticipated would be out on the internet,” Savides said.
Muhammad Ali's memorial service in photos
Political heavyweights, journalists and celebrities joined thousands of fans of boxing great Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Friday. Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Orrin Hatch delivered remarks at the service. The legendary boxer and political activist died on June 3, at age 74.