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GOV: As ballots land in our mailboxes, Ben Adler gives a backgrounder on the gubernatorial candidates for Capital Public Radio before tonight's debate in San Jose sponsored by NBC Bay Area and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. And, yes, Gavin is expected to show up. Capital Public Radio will be streaming the debate, which begins at 6:30pm. It will also be televised on several NBC stations across the state.
Meanwhile, Joe Garafoli writes in the Chron that the race will likely get uglier as Election Day nears.
There's a new ad in rotation with Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords touting Gavin Newsom's gun control credentials.
CA39 (Fullerton): The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has dropped ads attack Republicans in the crowded race to succeed retiring Ed Royce.
$$$: For Capital Public Radio, Sammy Caiola reports on the $1 billion health care package for low income Californians, including undocumented residents, unveiled in an Assembly Budget subcommittee hearing yesterday. The proposal surfaced as state revenues have come in well above projections included in the governor's January proposed budget. Here's the agenda item.
INSURANCE COMMISH: I just saw the ad for Asid Mahmood for the first time this morning. Strong ad.
SD29 (Fullerton): In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports on the recall election sought against Sen. Josh Newman by Republicans over his vote on the gas tax. Newman isn't up for election until 2020, which is why it's a recall.
Joel Fox writes that the candidates who hope to succeed Newman aren't exactly lions. Of course, voters will be asked whether Newman should be recalled and, then, ask who they would have the office. If no candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in November. Of course, there is also a regular primary for SD29 next Tuesday.
As you know, I grew up in the heart of this district (dad still lives there). It's one of the most apolitical areas in the state. Sure, people have strong opinions on national politics, but local politics are just not something that's on most voters' agendas. And, in 2016, the district voted for Clinton over Trump by 12.7%. However, in 2014, Neel Kashkari dominated, defeating Jerry Brown by 7.8%. It's a district where voters frequently think nationally and ignore local politics, and there are few groups that organize to work on campaigns. Yup, I was a co-founder of Orange County Young Democrats with Paul Mitchell.
Obviously, as we see everywhere, turnout is different in presidential versus mid-term years. And, of course, primary elections are generally reflective a narrow segment of the most passionate voters. People really don't understand who can vote when. Republicans locked their presidential primary to only their registered voters, while the other parties opened it up for all. That was for the presidential primary. Any registered voter can vote in the June 5 election.
I haven't seen any polling on the recall election. Polling used to be so commonplace, but as I have written, has become a lot more expensive and less reliable.
The SD29 recall is a complete unknown at this point. Republicans want it to deny Democrats a continued supermajority, but that is so less relevant these days. That's reflected by the Republican-aligned interests (moneyed business groups), who really aren't playing big in the recall campaign. Of course, many of these groups supported the gas tax increase for roads, fearing general tax increases if it failed. There were no alternatives offered, to my knowledge.
ADWARS: The Tony Thurmond ad for SPI is a wonderful fete, and whoever did it needs to get the fists up.
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Assembly Democrats Make Pitch For $1 Billion In Healthcare Spending In Upcoming Budget Talks
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
As budget negotiating season heats up, Assembly Democrats are making their priorities clear, proposing $1 billion in new healthcare spending that includes expanding Medi-Cal coverage to young adults without legal status and subsidizing insurance premiums for the poor.
24,000 Union Workers To Strike In May At UC Hospitals, Campuses | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @ sacbee.com
More than 4,500 of the 24,000 AFSCME members work at the UC Davis campus and medical center.
Massive UC Workers' Strike Disrupts Dining, Classes And Medical Services
Teresa Watanabe, Joy Resmovits @ latimes.com
More than 20,000 workers across the University of California walked off their jobs Monday, disrupting dining, classes and medical services. Two more unions with 29,000 workers will join them Tuesday in a sympathy strike over wages, healthcare premiums and retirement terms.
Teacher Sex Harassment: Do Sporadic Incidents Leave Schools Powerless? | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
The leaders of the Roseville Joint Union High School District encouraged members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee last month to pass Assembly Bill 2128, which would allow school administrators to consider an employee's disciplinary history beyond the four years currently allowed by law during disciplinary hearings.
Sen. Kamala Harris To Skip UC Berkeley Commencement In Support Of Striking Workers
Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
Sen. Kamala Harris won't deliver the commencement address at UC Berkeley this weekend in support of the UC workers strike.
Billionaire Soros Drops $1.5 Million Into Pac Supporting Da Candidate Jones-wright - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Voter Guide: California 2018 Primary Election | The Sacramento Bee
Amy Chance @ sacbee.com
By Amy Chance
Dccc Drops First Tv Ads Of 2018, Attacking Republicans Running For Ed Royce Seat
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin airing ads in one Orange County congressional district on Tuesday, signaling it’s ready to take a more active role in one of the most competitive open House seats in the country.
Richard Marin Of The Stoner Duo Cheech And Chong Awarded For More Than Pot | The Sacramento Bee
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Tourists In Los Angeles County Pumped A Record $22.7 Billion Into The Local Economy
Hugo Martin @ latimes.com
The 48.5 million visitors to Los Angeles County last year spent $22.7 billion, which had a $34.9-billion economic impact.
Sacramento Housing: New Apartment Growth Expected To Top All U.S. Cities | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak And Ryan Lillis @ sacbee.com
A Los Angeles-based developer filed plans with the city of Sacramento on Monday to construct a six-story, 125-unit apartment building at Q Street and Redding Avenue, one block east of the light rail stop.
Kushner-backed Prison Reform Bill Finds New Life - Politico
The bill, backed by White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, would authorize funding for training programs to help rehabilitate prisoners. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo
Oliver North Set To Become The Next Nra President
Associated Press @ latimes.com
The National Rifle Assn. has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president.
California Governments Take Drugmakers To Court Over Opioid Crisis - Capradio.org
Sammy Caiola @ capradio.org
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Ca Peace Officers Memorial Honors 6 Killed In 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @ sacbee.com
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
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Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, are encouraging West Virginians not to vote for Don Blankenship, a popular Senate candidate with a complicated past.
Transgender Women In Immigrant Caravan Flee Violence, Discrimination - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gustavo Solis @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Flake Blames Trump For Rise Of Blankenship In West Virginia - Politico
Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, blamed Trump on Monday for the rise of controversial Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship in West Virginia.
California Justice Calls For New Rules On Eyewitness Identification In Court
Maura Dolan @ latimes.com
A California Supreme Court justice, dissenting Monday in a death penalty decision, said the legislative and judicial branches must establish new rules to thwart inaccurate eyewitness identifications, one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions.