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  • AD76 (Oceanside): added non-profit executive Phil Graham (R) (stepson of former governor Pete Wilson)


Happy Friday! You made it!

It's Friday. The Nooner global headquarters has moved to Vallejo's this morning for some huevos rancheros as long as my battery lasts. It's time to have my batteries replaced in both Noonerific A and Noonerific B. I keep reading reviews on whether to do Apple replacement or third-party replacement and need to make up my mind. These horses are ridden like no others.

Some folks are unhappy that I'm providing additional commentary and features to subscribers, like the budget analysis and last night's mapping analysis of CA50. There are literally hundreds of hours of time I spent on district layers. There's no way to create these automatically, but instead require investigation and creating the overlays. It's literally a two-hour process per district. I'd love to do all of them, but this one-person show is a bit limited.

WELCOME HOME! Last night, the Back to Session Bash took place. While many members including Anthony Rendon were having a visit out of the country, attendees heard from "Blow Job Betty, Gangsters and Strippers, Cocktales, Ain't no Bitches." Many women were wearing black to echo the Golden Globes.

But, providing more evidence to pending legal cases, several special interests held pre-bash open bars around the event. This was starting at 4:30 for a five-hour drinking fest. I'm not blaming alcohol, but rather tying it with the Capitol culture and the problems therein. 

CA50 (East SD County): Well, all hell broke loose yesterday after Washington's The Hill newspaper ran an exclusive that Congressman Darrell Issa is trying to push colleague Duncan Hunter (R-CA50) to resign under ethics cloud investigations over misuse of campaign funds. 

I knew about this story but I deferred to original reporters, and The Hill did a great job and I have to defer sometimes. There are also significant double-confirmed stories about Issa, going through a divorce has allegedly been sleeping with the wife of a colleague in the House.

For the college kid readers, but the following is a cock-block at the hottest club on grad night. For those of us from Davis, it was The Grad (which kept being brough up among my Wednesday night reunion.

I sent an alert to Nooner subscribers with an overlay map of the senate and assembly districts, but let's just say that Issa wouldn't have an easy walk. East county doesn't exactly look fondly on the coastal folks, and particularly for someone like Issa who represents and fundraises in Dana Point. 

Likely candidates include outgoing Senator Joel Anderson (campaign chair for Duncan Hunter), Assemblymembers Marie Waldron (AD75) and Randy Voepel (AD76). 

I know it pisses you off when I put things behind a paywall and I feel the same for every newspaper I read for you (and keep having to update credot cards), let alone the additional 8 hours I spend reading to give you the latest I can find. So, I hate to give exclusives to subscribers, like the CA50 overlay map, but need to. This is a manual process that takes hours. No, I can't do it for every district on my own, so I only focus on competitive districts.

Some of you were unhappy that I gave a budget analysis and CA50 outlook with an interactive map to paid subscribers, but know there isn't a big business behind this. It's just me and ideally with a MacBook with a charged battery.



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