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THE Nooner for October 16, 2016


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Happy Sunday folks. It was great to wake up to the sound of raindrops this morning. I'm glad I left my window open. Well, that Dodgers v. Cubs game last night sucked. Tied at 3-3, the Cubs managed a grand slam in the eighth inning. The Dodgers were only able to get one more run, with the game ending 8-4. Today's game starts at 4pm on FS1.

THE AG LIST: The list of possible candidates for attorney general has increased:

  • Anne Gust Brown, lawyer and wife of Jerry Brown
  • Mike Feuer, LA City Attorney
  • Dario Frommer, former assemblymember and a fellow UCD law grad
  • George Gascon, San Francisco DA
  • Joshua Groban, UCLA law lecturer and senior advisor to Jerry Bown, covering legal and judiciary issues
  • Bob Hertzberg, member of the senate, well respected on both sides
  • Dave Jones, insurance commissioner
  • Clark Kelso, professor of law at McGeorge and a Republican nominee appointed to insurance commish in 2000 when the vacancy arose after Chuck Quackenbush was compelled to resign and moved to serve as the state's chief information officer under both Davis and Schwarenegger. Easy confirmation. 
  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles DA
  • Nancy McFadden, executive secretary to Jerry Brown, and a key part of his inner circle
  • Bill Monning, State Senator
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County DA
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Adam Schiff, member of Congress and a former prosecutor. Generally lliked by both sides in DC, which is a feat
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District California

AURAL PLEASURE: Anthony York and Marisa Lagos tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast, talking about the US Senate race and the fight by Democrats for supermajorities in both houses.

MONEY MATTERS: The Democratic Party showered Assembly challengers with dough yesterday:

  • AD40 (Redlands): Abigail Medina - $150,000

US SENATE: Kamala Harris taking quiet path to Senate [Matthew Arts @ MercNews] - "[Kamala] Harris’ head-down, buttoned-up approach to politics helped her stand out in San Francisco, a city with an abundance of ego-driven Democratic political stars. And it has been her defining trait in her U.S. Senate run against fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, an Orange County congresswoman whose behavior on the campaign trail can sometimes be erratic."

SD11 (San Francisco): Bernie Sanders back in SF to support Jane Kim, drug measure [John Wildermuth @ SFChron] - "Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was back on the political stump in California on Saturday, firing up volunteers for state Senate candidate Jane Kim and pushing for passage of Proposition 61, which would set a cap on state costs for prescription drugs."

AD12 (Modesto): Assembly campaign choice: Tried and true, or fresh and new [Garth Stapley @ ModBee] - "The 12th Assembly District race is peculiar because of the surface sameness of the candidates: Heath Flora and Ken Vogel, both conservative Republican part-time farmers from San Joaquin County hoping to represent a district mostly in Stanislaus County."

AD33 (SB High Desert): Third time for Markovich, Obernolte [Beau Yarbrough @ PE] - "First-term Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake, is facing Republican-turned-Democrat Scott Markovich for the 33rd Assembly seat this fall. The November ballot actually will be the third time the two have vied for the same seat: In the June 7 primary, Obernolte won 60.7 percent, followed by Markovich’s 39.3 percent, according to the California secretary of state. And in the June 2014 primary, Markovich came in seventh in a field of nine candidates for the 33rd Assembly District seat. Markovich was one of eight Republicans in that primary."

AD42 (Yucaipa): California's 42nd Assembly District candidates face off during debate [Gabby Ferreira @ DesertSun] - "Incumbent Chad Mayes faced off against his challenger, Greg Rodriguez, at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, where the pair debated issues involving education, the Salton Sea and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, among others."

AD47 (Rialto): This Inland Assembly race features an unusual matchup [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Like Clinton, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, has the support of the Democratic establishment. In the rogue spirit of Sanders, Brown’s challenger, Grand Terrace Democrat Eloise Reyes, is backed by a more liberal wing that’s angry with moderate Assembly Democrats such as Brown."

AD66 (Torrance): Gloves come off in Hadley-Muratsuchi rematch for Assembly seat [Nick Greene @ DailyBreeze] - "In a race as bitter as it is tight, Republican incumbent David Hadley and Democratic challenger Al Muratsuchi are engaged in a bruising rematch of their battle two years ago for perhaps the most competitive Assembly district in California."

PROPS 51/55/58: Election polls show support for 3 education initiatives but passage for bond measure in doubt [Ashley Hopkinson @ EdSource] - "The polls show that passage seems likely in the case of Proposition 55, which will extend what was supposed to be a temporary income tax for high-income earners, and Proposition 58, giving school districts more control and flexibility in implementing bilingual education programs. Far less certain is the fate of Proposition 51, which would authorize a $9 billion school construction bond measure."

PROP 56: Everything you need to know about Prop. 56 which aims to tax vapers [Julie Watson @ AP] - "After 10 years of unsuccessful efforts to raise cigarette taxes, anti-smoking activists are trying a new approach — a ballot initiative that would not only steeply increase taxes on tobacco products but also add them to previously untaxed electronic cigarettes."

PROP 64: Greetings from Pot Country: A road trip through Colorado, where marijuana is legal [Brooke Edwards Staggs @ SCNG] - "It’s early for definitive answers on how legalizing marijuana impacts teen use and drugged driving. For now, most studies suggest little change. But with California weeks from voting on a similar marijuana legalization measure that’s coincidentally called Proposition 64, my husband and I dedicated a portion of our anniversary road trip to surveying life in a state with legal weed."

THE STRETCH: Election day has become election month in California [John Myers @ LAT] - "There’s a good chance that millions of Californians who receive a ballot in the mail this month will leave it sitting on a table for days or weeks, deciding for whatever reason to delay casting their vote in the Nov. 8 election. That may not seem like a big deal until you consider that absentee voters are now in the majority in the state, a shift in voting habits that’s part of what may be a major political evolution."

THE BIG PROJECTS: Was Jerry Brown kidding, or is he worried about legacy projects? [Dan Walters @ SacBee]:

Brown pointed out that Schwarzenegger not only signed the 2006 bill, but also championed two immense public works projects that Brown has adopted as his own.

“Arnold, thanks for being for climate change, cap and trade, the tunnels project, high-speed rail and all the other unpopular issues I’m saddled with,” Brown kidded Schwarzenegger.

However, maybe he was kidding on the square, revealing worries that boring two huge water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and running a bullet train up and down the state may be doomed."

US SENATE: Nationwide foreclosure settlement was a victory for California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, but an imperfect one [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was showered with applause at February’s California Democratic Party convention after spelling out how she went up against the nation’s five largest mortgage firms to help deliver a landmark $25-billion national settlement."

COVERED CALIFORNIA: California Obamacare customers in for a shock with rate hikes [Emily Bazar @ SBSun] - "After two years of moderate increases, Covered California officials announced in July that premiums will balloon by a statewide average of 13.2 percent in 2017."

RIGGED? Analysis: Rigged election claims may leave lasting damage [Julie Pace @ AP] - "Trump's claim — made without evidence — undercuts the essence of American democracy, the idea that U.S. elections are both free and fair, with the vanquished peacefully stepping aside for the victor. His repeated assertions are sowing suspicion among his most ardent supporters, raising the possibility that millions of people may not accept the results on Nov. 8 if Trump does not win."

THE OC: 1st district supervisors' race reflects a new Orange County [Jordan Graham @ OCR] - "And as the November election nears, trends of poverty and demographic change that are reshaping traditionally wealthy and Republican Orange County loom over a contest pitting a well-funded incumbent from the growing Asian community against a city councilwoman who would be the county board’s first Latina member."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Warren Furutani, Jorge Garrido, and Sally Havice






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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance To Get California Working Political Action Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $48,295 10/15/2016 10/15/2016
Loretta Sanchez Has Sparks Up U.S. Senate Race Against Kamala Harris
Elections, Politics, U.S. Senate Elections

Political Road Map: Election Day Has Become Election Month In California
Millions of California voters started receiving their ballots in the mail over the last few days, but why do so many hold on to them for weeks? Campaigns know who these voters are.

Election Polls Show Support For 3 Education Initiatives But Passage For Bond Measure In Doubt
Today's high

Was Jerry Brown Kidding, Or Is He Worried About Legacy Projects? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Candidates For La County Supervisor’s 5th District Seat Debate Gas Wells And Landfills
Today's high

Nationwide Foreclosure Settlement Was A Victory For California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, But An Imperfect One
One of Kamala Harris’ biggest accomplishments as attorney general has been $25-billion mortgage settlement. But she didn't deliver on all her promises.

Salk Scientist Wants To Solve Transplant Shortage By Growing Organs In Animals - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @

Everything You Need To Know About Trump And Clinton’s Third 2016 Presidential Debate - Politico
The debate take place on October 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Ap News: The Orange County Register
The Associated Press @

When Chicago Attacks L.A. With Lame Cliches, This Dodgers Fan Fights Back
The Chicago Tribune, plumbing the depths of its Midwestern wisdom, has seen fit to publish a column denigrating Los Angeles.

Bernie Sanders Back In Sf To Support Jane Kim, Drug Measure - San Francisco Chronicle
Jane Kim rally. Bernie Sanders makes appearance supporting Kim.

Orange County's Workforce Loses Millennials Who Can't Afford To Live Here - The Orange County Register

California Cracks Down On Stream Of Workers Compensation Fraud
Today's high

Nicola Sturgeon To Americans: Don’t Vote For Donald Trump – Politico
‘I expect the people of the United States will have the good sense not to elect him,’ she said.

Jetblue Tries To Take Alaska Airlines' Daily Route To Cuba
JetBlue asks the Department Transportation to award JetBlue the new route to Cuba awarded to Alaska Airlines.

Consider Colorado: How Has Legalized Pot Changed The State 4 Years Later? - The Orange County Register
As we crossed the mountainous border into southeastern Colorado, our rented Mitsubishi Mirage didn’t descend into a cloud of smoke.

'a Bloody Scene': 3 Killed, 12 Wounded In Gun Battle At West Adams Restaurant
A gun battle at a restaurant in the West Adams district left three people dead and 12 others wounded early Saturday, prompting a massive police dragnet for suspects.