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E-219 - Sunday, July 26, 2019
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IN TODAY'S NOONER:
Happy Sunday! The heat continues in Sacramento today with a forecast high of 105 for the final day of the State Fair. Maybe the heat killed yesterday's Nooner!
President Trump continued the personal attacks of House Democrats this morning, tweeting:
"Speaking of failing badly, has anyone seen what is happening to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. It is not even recognizeable lately. Something must be done before it is too late. The Dems should stop wasting time on the Witch Hunt Hoax and start focusing on our Country!"
San Francisco has challenges for sure. Of course, his visits to California as President have been to see the border wall prototype and to tour Paradise after the fire. Oh, and there was that fundraising swing through Beverly Hills and his Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
OFFICEHOLDER ACCOUNTS: As the semi-annual filing reports pour in, there are always interesting nuggets. On Thursday, former senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) filed a statement for his 2014 State Senate officeholder account. Three issues. Anderson is no longer an officeholder and the report includes $1,419.25 in two payments to Aristotle International. The officeholder committee has a balance of $7,792.79.
Officeholder accounts have to be terminated within 90 days of leaving office and there are specific regulations on how funds may be disposed of.
He also filed a campaign statement for Tax Fighters for Anderson Senate 2014, which now has a zero balance. In the first six months of the year, the committee paid phone, cell, Constant Contact, and cable bills.
I have nothing against Anderson but somebody has to read these things!
VOTING SECURITY: A new U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on election security finds that the mix of state and local systems makes it difficult to protect elections from cyberattacks, reports the AP. "Concerns were compounded in September 2017 when Homeland Security officials notified election officials in 21 states that their systems had been targeted by Russian hackers. Authorities say they believe all states were targeted to varying degrees."
The report "called for the reinforcement of state oversight of elections — a view assailed as inadequate by Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and member of the committee. He called on Congress to establish mandatory cybersecurity requirements across the country.
“We would not ask a local sheriff to go to war against the missiles, planes and tanks of the Russian Army,” Wyden wrote. “We shouldn’t ask a county election IT employee to fight a war against the full capabilities and vast resources of Russia’s cyber army. That approach failed in 2016 and it will fail again.”
OIL SPILL: In the LAT, Louis Sahagun reports on how the residents in McKittrick feel about the oil spill and their fears that it may lead to increased regulations on the industry that drives the local economy.
"When Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has taken a more anti-oil stance than his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, ventured to the spill site for a firsthand look on Wednesday, the sarcastic response heard across town was, “There goes the neighborhood.”
But the future of California’s billion-dollar oil industry was already being shaped by shifting political winds, building concerns about toxic emissions from oil and natural production, development of alternative energy facilities and a recent overhaul of the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, the state’s primary oil regulatory agency."
Around one million gallons of oil and water have emerged since mid-May, one third of which is oil.
DR. PAN RECALL: Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has opened a committee to fight the recall petition by opponents of his vaccinations bill. The committee is named "Keep California Healthy. Keep Dr. Richard Pan. No on The Recall."
STATE BAR: The California State Bar sent law school deans the essay questions for the California Bar Exam, which is Tuesday, reports Elaine Chen for the Bee. The email is usually sent after the exam. Last night, the Bar sent the topics to all test-takers to level the playing field.
"Those topics are civil procedure; remedies/constitutional law; criminal law and procedure; professional responsibility; and contracts. The State Bar also inadvertently shared the task and topic of the performance test question, which will be a memo format with evidence issues.
“The good news for exam takers is that it eliminates about a dozen possible essay topics, so they know exactly which essay topics to focus on and which to ignore in their last days of preparation,” said Tammi Rice, vice president of Kaplan Bar Review, one of the largest bar preparation companies in the country.
The premature disclosure of essay topics relieves a large source of uncertainty for test-takers preparing for an exam generally considered to be the most challenging in the country."
Remembering back to 2000, I'm not sure I would want to know three days before the exam. The brain is full!
CAKEDAY after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Battin, Todd Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Sarah Huchel, and Matt Rogers!