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I'm finally getting back to doing district analyses for Nooner Premium subscribers. As you know, I've been doing more long-form original content in The Nooner, which takes more research and fact-checking. But, I'll catch up now that fields are starting to be clear. Right now I'm prioritizing statewide race changes (i.e. GOV), and the three April 3 specials, and then any "Toss-up or Leans" districts and uber-competitive primaries within parties.
If you have a specific district you want me to move toward the top of my list, let me know!
The beauty of yesterday was disrupted by another school shooting. The news broke as I was on my post-Nooner walk and a meeting and the story kept getting worse...and worse...and worse. And, there are still five victims in "life-threatening" condition as I write as the sun comes up at Nooner Global Headquarters.
I've talked candidly in this space of my feelings. I grew up hunting and was taught gun safety before I ever touched a gun by my father. I've shot an AR-15 style gun "for fun" on the family's rural ranch in Live Oak County, TX.
Never has such a gun been brought up into a "blind" or along for a bird hunt. I don't shoot for the sake of shooting and would only shoot something that I would eat and don't feel guilty as long as I am an omnivore and the habitat and wildlife protection at the ranch is better than in commercial production.
I'll leave it at that, as the issue of military-style guns won't be decided today and it'll be characterized as "too early."
Nevertheless, it is never too early to have a conversation, and I'll leave it at that. There would be universal agreement that this is a day for every parent of school age children to talk to them about disturbed classmates, particularly if they show guns in person or on social media. "See something, say something" shouldn't be solely a slogan on light rail and subways and mostly hinting at international terrorists. This kid allegedly posted that he wanted to kill cops, had pictures of guns, and showed guns to classmates.
Talk to your kids about "see something, say something." Being a "narc" can save their friends' lives. The FBI apparently had been warned by a student via email about the shooter's social media posts. Email is not enough. Write down the number for the FBI tip line, which is more likely to be acted upon than an email.
The moral obligation of "see something/say something" includes parents/guardians/siblings. If you are deeply concerned about someone who you think might have the motivation and capability to cause violence, call your local police department or the FBI. It can be an anonymous "knock knock" discussion with the possible assailant. Nobody's rights are being violated, and you can save lives.
Allegedly, the suspect bought the gun legally, including passing a background check, even after he was expelled from the school.
Congress, get a bipartisan working group together to at least talk. Kids and teachers are dying. Don't let this drag out and be an issue to be "addressed" after the election.
Meanwhile, President Trump announced this morning that he's going to Florida, likely Friday to be with the victims. He hasn't visited California after the wildfires and mudslide that killed 65 in late 2017 and burned thousands of homes.
RENTERIA: For Fox&Hounds, I expand on yesterday's write-up on the entrance in the governor's race of Amanda Renteria (D). I expand by looking at whether a Hillary Clinton endorsement would help Renteria, who was Hillary's 2016 national political director, and look at where June's likely women voters stood on the race before Renteria's filing. While you're at F&H, read Joel Fox's political notes, including whether an independent can win statewide office, such as Steve Poizner's announced run for insurance commish.
The Bee's Billy Cobin gives us five things to know about Renteria.
IT GETS WORSE: Yesterday, an attorney representing four former employees of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia submitted a letter to the Assembly Rules Committee with a detailed allegations of inappropriate conduct by the member in her office. I'll just let you read the letter.
That makes six accusations.
The filing deadline for Garcia's AD58 if she runs is in 22 days on March 9 and 27 days if she doesn't. Like the investigation of Senator Tony Mendoza, the independent investigation is likely not to be complete before then.
Cristina Garcia, who is on a voluntary paid leave of absence is known for being tenacious, or to some particularly in her district unaffiliated with the factions, a political hardball bully. Even with these additional accusations and even if an investigation finds wrongdoing, she could very well run for re-election. She is eligible for three additional terms and has pulled papers for a signatures in lieu of filing fees, but not actual nomination papers (the period opened on Monday).
It appears there will be a race, with or without a conclusion of the investigation. Commerce councilman Ivan Altamirano (D) pulled papers yesterday, and three others have already pulled papers (one of whom has submitted).
HARASSMENT: Meanwhile, Dan Walters writes for CALmatters on the inconsistency of how harassment complaints are handled, as demonstrated by the Friday document dump. The LAT's Melanie Mason reports that Stockton Assemblywoman Susan Talamentes Eggman has temporarily taken over the leadershop of the California Legislative Women's Caucus while Garcia is on leave.
LT GOV: A billboard-style advertisement was spoted yesterday in San Francisco for lieutenant governor Eleni Kounalakis. It was paid for by the independent expenditure committee opened by the California Medical Association (CMA) with "major funding from Angelo Tsakapolous," Eleni's father. CMA isn't so crazy about an optometrist (O.D.) being elevated because of scope of practice issues with the opthamologists (M.D.).
FULL HOUSE (RACES): For The Cook Political Report, David Wasserman looks at the crowded Democratic fields in competitive House seats in California and asks whether it's a blessing or a curse.
CA48 (Huntington Beach): In the Times, Christine Mai-Duc reports that the Democratic candidates battling for a chance to take out Dana Rohrabacher (R) have escalated their campaigns to take out each other.
DACA: On the Crooked Conversations podcast yesterday, congressmen Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) discussed their bipartisan bill with a DACA fix and border security bill. There are 53 coauthors, including 24 Republicans with Jeff Denham, Steve Knight, and David Valadao from California.
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: For the Bee, Emily Cadei looks at the tough position House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is in on immigration. He finds himself in conflicting roles as #2 in the GOP caucus while representing a district where agriculture dominates the economy.
Meanwhile, on the rumor of Kevin McCarthy being on the short list for White House Chief of Staff should John Kelly "step aside," Politico's John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade report that Bakersfield congressman really wants to be Speaker of the House.
THE PIPELINE: Cal State LA executive vice president Jose A. Gomez had an op-ed in the Bee last week on the campus's partnership with the YMCA to encourage college readiness and provide guaranteed admission to participants in the program if they meet CSU guidelines. (Note: Cal State LA is an ongoing advertiser in The Nooner, but did not pay for this placement. Regular readers know that I am passionate about higher ed access, success, and equity.)
OFF MESSAGE: Politico reports that President Trump suggested to a bipartisan group of lawmakers yesterday a 25 cent per gallon tax increase on gas and diesel fuels to help pay for roads, highways, and bridges as part of his envisioned $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. The much criticized increase for similar projects in California approved by lawmakers and is under threat by initiative was 12 cents per gallon of gas and 20 cent/gallon for diesel.
ISN'T THAT SPECIAL, FINAL. Two would-be candidates had insufficient signatures to qualify for the special election, but can still file for the June 5 regular primary election. They are C.R. Cochrane in AD45 and Steve Dunwoody in AD54, both Democrats. In AD45, former LA City Council member Dennis Zine has withdrawn, but his name will appear on the ballot since he had already completed the filing process, after which law doesn't allow withdrawal.
AD39 (East San Fernando Valley - Bocanegra)
AD45 (West San Fernando Valley - Dababneh)
AD54 (Culver City - Ridley-Thomas)
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? The Bee has been appending advertisements to its "AM/PM Alerts" for the slimy celebrity gossip site ZergNet. This morning, we get "The Unfortunate Shady Side of Guy Fieri" and "The Untold Truth of Rachel Maddow." ZergNet itself is a link farm, sending clickers of the advertisement on the Bee through a blurb on ZergNet to a third party site, which gives a referral kickbacka to ZergNet and then to The Bee.
Trust me, I get how difficult the media market is these days. I'm thankful to my advertisers and subscribers that allow me to write this daily scribe and pay for the infrastructure required to do so. But, in the same way I believe in journalistic ethics, I believe in advertising ethics
People ask about my advertising policy. I've run ads I disagree with and have had critical commentary of advertisers. My general rule is that I accept any advertisement as long as it's not illegal. However, you won't find crap like ZergNet (which is really a big deception) in The Nooner, and it's an absolute insult to the hardworking, underpaid writers at The Bee.
I'm not linking to the AM Alert this morning, because I don't want to encourage a bunch of exploratory readers of The Nooner to trigger this multi-level deceptive advertising.
You can Google that crap if you choose to do so.
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