Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box

THE Nooner for September 25, 2017


Subscribe to The Nooner to access exclusive election analysis. | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner to reach over 8,000 readers

If the subscription price is a bit steep for you and you don't need the election analysis, help support independent coverage of California politics and policy by chipping in whatever you can afford. Thank you for your support!


Happy Monday! I don't care if you're reading while kneeling or fully erect, but I'm happy you're reading. 

What a weekend. The whole nation watched the first minute of each NFL game before going out to enjoy beautiful. Of course, our nation includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who couldn't watch anything because they have no power. The Nooner heart goes out and encourages support for our fellow Americans, and of course or brothers and sisters in Mexico under devestating earthquakes.

Browse and find the charity for you to give to at nonprofit Charity Navigator, and look local.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joseph Devlin, Djibril Diop, Anne Dunsmore, Stacy Fortner, and Lisa Kaplan! In particular, give some love for Kaplan's cause of funding WEAVE--Women escaping a violent enviornment. I have an affinity for My Sister's House because of my amazing ex-wife and other friends, WEAVE for contributions.



Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.


  • The New Leaders Council, Sacramento Chapter is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship Program. The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier national leadership training program for progressive young professionals. NLC equips its fellows with communication, fundraising, campaign, organizing, entrepreneurship and other professional skills and provides a network of local thought leaders. Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on October 1, 2017. Start your application here. 
  • For 30 Years PDI has been

Top Candidates For Board Of Supervisors Accepted Thousands In Tainted Dollars - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

UC Is Handing Out Generous Pensions, And Students Are Paying The Price With Higher Tuition
Jack Dolan @
Big spike in UC pensions helps drive latest tuition increases.

Important California Bills Waiting For Governor Jerry Brown’s Signature – Orange County Register
State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the 2017 session of the California Legislature was “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” Hundreds of bills are on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and he has until Oct. 15 to sign, not sign or veto. Here’s a look at some of the major bills on his desk.

There Is A Multibillion-dollar Hole In The Delta Tunnels Funding Plan
Bettina Boxall @
The Westlands Water District vote to bail out of the delta tunnels project is rooted in a big funding gap that has hung over the proposal since its inception.

Protesters Dragged Out Of Senate Hearing On Obamacare Repeal - Politico
Colleen Flanagan of Boston and other activists in wheelchairs opposed to the GOP's Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill are removed by U.S. Capitol Police after disrupting a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system Monday. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Senate Republicans Unsure What Their Healthcare Bill Would Do, Even As They Push Ahead On It
Noam N. Levey @
Despite almost no analysis of what their latest bill would do, Senate Republicans are pushing ahead with plans to vote this week

O.C. Democrats’ Big Dinner: Too Many Congressional Candidates? – Orange County Register
The Buzz is the Register’s weekly political news column.

Nigel Farage to Campaign for Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race

Mr. Farage, a right-wing British politician, is defying President Trump by endorsing Mr. Moore in a pivotal Republican Senate runoff.

GOP Tax Blueprint To Propose Slashing Corporate, Individual Rates - Politico
The Republican blueprint for tax reform will also propose eliminating a deduction for state and local taxes, a change that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had previewed during a POLITICO event. | Andres Kudacki/AP Photo

Analysis: Trump Picks A Fight With NFL Players That Is Full Of Risks - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s decision to pick a racially charged fight with the world of pro football — one of a dwindling number of institutions that unite Americans of all races, classes and religions — carries a lot more political risk than past Twitter wars with the media and Hollywood figures his supporters detest.

California’s Legislature Is Getting More Family-friendly ­— And It’s Not Just Politics Behind The Shift
Today's high

Is Disney Paying Its Share In Anaheim? The Money Battle Outside The Happiest Place On Earth
Over the last 20 years or so, Disneyland Resort has secured incentives, tax protections and subsidies that, in total, would be worth more than $1 billion.

Trump: Mccain ‘the Only Reason We Don’t Have’ Obamacare Repealed - Politico
Moore has tried to tie Strange, the establishment candidate, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who Trump has feuded with over his failure to shepherd a health care bill through the chamber.

See How California Lawmakers Are Putting More Teeth -- And More Money -- Into Reform
Millions, if not billions, in new dollars will flow to housing programs under a host of housing bills adopted in the final hours of the California Legislature. New rules will make it harder for local governments to block developments.

Chargers And Chiefs Players Join In Nfl-wide Protest Sunday - The San Diego Union-tribune
Tom Krasovic @

A $200-million Donation Threatens To Tar UC Irvine's Medical School As A Haven For Quacks
Michael Hiltzik @
UCI's acceptance of a $200-million donation from the Samueli family has critics warning of their affinity for quack medicine.