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THE Nooner for November 20, 2017
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Happy turkey/tofurkey week!
As of this morning, you are no longer paying to house Charles Manson, who has died at 83. The LAT's Miles Corwin reports "[I]n the summer of 1969, Manson masterminded a string of bizarre murders in Los Angeles that both horrified and fascinated the nation and signified to many the symbolic end of the 1960s and the idealism and naiveté the decade represented."
BREAKING: Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D) announced that he will not seek reelection next year "citing “persistent rumors and speculation” regarding sexual harassment claims," reports Melanie Mason in the Times. He will resign September 1, 2018, meaning there will not be a special election. Look for Bocanegra ally, LA Councillwoman Nury Martinez, to jump into the race. Currently, there is Republican Ricardo Benitez and Green Steve Correa, but this is a safe Democratic seat. While her husband is Bocanegra's district director, it's unlikely to bring her down as voters look for a woman to assume the seat.
AD72 (Seal Beach): The change from Safe to Leans Rep is because the district went from having no Democrat to having Josh Lowenthal, son of Senator Alan Lowenthal and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal. While they were from adjacent districts, it gives him immediate fundraising cred.
For CapPubRad, Ben Adler reports on what led to the indefinite suspension of Senate fellows director David Pacheco over the sexual harassment complaints against Senator Tony Mendoza.
In the Bee, Marjie Lundstrom and Alexei Koseff look at the broader issue of sexual harassment and retaliation in the Capitol and beyong in state government.
Some readers questioned the change in the race ratings in CD48 (Huntington Beach) from Toss-up to Leans Democrat and SD34 (Huntington Beach) from Likely Republican to Leans Republican. Aside from the previous reasons I have outlined, most notably cash on hand--the top threee Dem candidates (Kierstead, Rouda, and Siddiqui) each have over $300,000 on hand compared to less than $100,000 in total raised by Rohrabacher's 2014 opponent.
There is another issue that was on my mind--the Russia investigation (which I talk about in my full race analysis).
Dana Rohrabacher has emerged among the congressmen most friendly with Russia. We don't know where the Robert Mueller investigation will go, but it's clearly not going away soon. There are no indications that Rohrabacher is the subject of the investigation, but it can certainly make a difference in races in this region. Why in particular?
Both districts are home to Orange County's Little Saigon, the largest Vietnamese population in the United States. Historically Republican, the 183,000-strong population is also vehemently anti-communist. While Russia is not actually a communist regime, many would still see it as quasi-Republican.
Obviously, this could create a bigger problem for Rohrabacher, as Senator Janet Nguyen has been an effective advocate for that position. So much so, that she was actually ejected from the Senate chamber as she protested during a memorialization of former Senator Tom Hayden for his opposition to the Vietnam War. That said, she could be effected by CA46, and also because of ongoing divides within Orange County's Vietnamese-American community.
CA48 is just a hair from still being a toss-up and the Mueller investigation is the main factor. Race ratings change based on a variety of factors. SD34's change from Likely to Leans doesn't mean much. She is still the favorite, and is just a hair from Likely.
I never take these issues lightly and there is no such thing as perfection in this business.
RED TO BLUE: Somehow I missed this story by Chuck McFadden in Capitol Weekly about the GOP seats that are being targetted by Dems. "Given President Trump’s unpopularity in deep-blue California, embracing him too tightly carries political peril. But at the same time, a Republican incumbent must recognize Trump’s 70 percent approval rating among California Republicans and cannot therefore go too far in the pursuit of independents and Trump non-admirers."
THE GREEN GREEN: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that California is preparing to ensure that cannibis sellers pay their taxes under the new system set up to allow recreational marijuana sales. "Tax amnesty programs have been discussed in the past, but state officials say they are prepared to strictly enforce the law when the new system begins operating in less than two months."
THE CADEM NOD: As expected, the California Democratic Party executive board adopted rules changes to even the playing field between incumbents and challengers to receive the party's endorsement, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. The new rules provide that both would require 60% of the vote to receive the party's endorsement.
TAXING ISSUES: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the tax breaks for corporations that California grants at the cost of state individual taxpayers, even as leading California Democrats blast the congressional GOP's plan.
DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Former U.S. Small Business Administration secretary and secretary of the state's Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing agency Maria Contreras-Sweet is making an offer to take over the Weinstein Co. and install a majority-female board for the former film company of the disgraced Harvey Weinstein.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Bob Hertzberg (yesterday), Clark Lee, Eduardo Martinez, Robby Sumner, Jennifer Tobkin, Tim Yaryan!
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