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The Nooner for Friday, January 10, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners
Happy Budget Day! I doubt I'll have much by Nooner publication time as the release usually doesn't occur until part-way through (or even after) Governor Newsom's press conference scheduled for 10:30am. Anyway, you now know about my hot date tonight with the documents.
There are lots of budget preview articles today on Rough & Tumble.
VOTER REG: In the Bee, Bryan Anderson reports on the claim made yesterday on Twitter by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) that there was a "flood" of SD28 Republican voters who have their voter registrations changed to No Party Preference. Melendez is running in the special election to succeed fellow Republican Jeff Stone, who resigned in late 2019. Anderson writes:
Voters who are listed with “no party preference” have received postcards over the last month informing them that they can request a ballot for the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party, leading some Republicans to spread theories that they are intentionally being taken off the GOP voter rolls.
While it’s true hundreds of Californians, including some lifelong Republicans, have been unknowingly switched to no party preference, Secretary of State Alex Padilla is largely not to blame for the problem.
There are several ways a California voter may have accidentally switched parties. They could have done it on their own and forgotten, mistakenly filled out a complex government form or had an election worker improperly enter their voter data. None of these errors would come from the Secretary of State’s Office, as Melendez suggested.
Additionally, postcard recipients concerned they’ve been wrongly registered can still change their party affiliation and cast a ballot before Election Day, or even on Election Day.
Paul Mitchell wrote on the voter confusion on Tuesday for Capitol Weekly, which I think I missed.
AB 5 (Gonzalez): For Salon, Nicole Karlis reports on the changes to Uber's app this week as the company tries to stave off a crackdown in California classifying its drivers as "independent contractors rather than employees. Karlis writes:
The changes that Uber made as a result of AB5 give drivers more control over their rides — a change which on the surface may seem benign. Yet the sinister purpose of such a change is to let drivers skirt the law and be more clearly defined as contractors. (A full-time employee, presumably, would not have a choice as to which riders they do and do not take.)
This is Uber’s attempt to keep their workers classified as independent contractors, and avoid paying them benefits or salaries.
ISN'T THAT SPECIAL? Last night was the filing deadline for the March 3 special elections in CA25 (Palmdale-Santa Clarita) and SD28 (Temecula-Blythe). CA25 also has a regular March 3 election, although that filing deadline was on December 11. SD28 is not up for a full term until 2022.
Here's what the lists look like:
CA25 special election (March 3/May 12):
CA25 regular election (March 3/November 3):
SD28 special election (March 3/May 12):
In the special elections, if no candidate receives 50%+1 on March 3, there will be a special general on May 12. In CA25 with thirteen candidates, there will almost certainly be a special general. SD28 was Trump+1.8% in 2016 so while Melendez is a favorite, it too likely will go to a special general with Silver likely to face Melendez.
ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: Joel Fox writes on the impact on March 3 races due to the energized Democratic presidential primary and splits among the GOP.
FARM WORKERS: For Capitol Weekly, Scott Soriano writes on the issue of sexual assault of the state's farm workers.
Farm worker survivors of sexual assault and those who are there to help them, California’s rape crisis centers, face many obstacles: Survivors’ lack of English proficiency, immigration status, nature of employment, fear of employer retaliation, and distrust of authorities.
These problems are further complicated by a failure to prosecute those accused of sexually assaulting or raping farm workers, criminal networks engaged in human trafficking and extortion, and a lack of reliable data on these crimes.
VAXX: In the Times, Anita Chabria reports that the anti-vaccination protestor who through a menstrual cup on to the Senate Floor on the last night of the legislative session in September has now been charged with two felonies.
Rebecca Dalelio, 43, has been charged with one felony count of assault on a public official and one felony count of vandalism. If convicted, she could face up to three years in county jail.
The charges stem from a September incident in which Dalelio allegedly threw blood contained in a feminine hygiene device off the balcony of the Senate chamber’s visitors gallery and on to senators sitting below. The incident occurred on the final day of the 2019 legislative session and was suspected to be in protest of legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that week that limited exemptions for childhood vaccinations.
PHARMA: For the LAT, Soumya Karlamangla provides a Q&A on Governor Newsom's proposal for the state to enter the generic pharmaceutical biz.
NOT A FLUKE: Yesterday, the national progressive advocacy organization Voices for Progress announced that it has named Sandra Fluke as President. From a release:
Voices for Progress members have been making an impact at the federal level for a decade, advocating against tax cuts for themselves (the wealthiest Americans) and for campaign finance reform to reduce their own personal influence. They recently helped to secure historic increases in federal childcare funding and adequate funding for the Census. At the California State level, Voices for Progress members were instrumental in passing the nation’s strongest net neutrality legislation, enacting model climate legislation to prevent offshore drilling, expand renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, and more.
Last cycle, the recently expanded Voices for Progress political program engaged in House races for the first time, assessing over 85 congressional candidates to be featured on candidate menus. The California State political program had a nearly 70 percent win rate for its endorsed candidates, 92 percent of whom were women, people of color, or members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Voices for Progress intends to further expand its political program in advance of the 2020 election.
If the name sounds familiar, attorney Fluke was a candidate for the crowded SD26 race in 2012, losing to Ben Allen (D). She previously gained national notoriety when Republicans refused to allow her to testify in favor of contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act in the House Oversight Committee.
Also yesterday, new polls were released for the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary. They are qualifying early state polls for the debates sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, including the one Tuesday, jointly with the Des Moines Register and CNN in Des Moines. The two polls vaulted California businessman/activist Tom Steyer onto stage after exceeding 5%.
That brings the number to 6 and, while today is the qualification deadline, no further polls are expected.
From RealClearPolitics, the polls break down as follows:
BLOOMBERG: Kathleen Ronayne reports on some big California hires just announced by the Bloomberg campaign:
Courtni Pugh, who led Harris’ strategy in the senator’s home state, is joining Bloomberg’s team as a senior adviser focused on paid media targeting constituency groups such as Latino and black voters, the campaign announced Friday. Bloomberg also has hired Crystal Strait, the former head of the state’s Planned Parenthood chapter, as political director, and Alex Gallardo Rooker, a vice chair of the state Democratic party, as a senior adviser.
While they are eligible to vote in the Democratic primary, independents must take steps to do so. Those who show up at a polling place will be given an option to get a ballot for the Democratic primary. But the roughly 4 million independents who are expected to vote by mail must affirmatively ask for a ballot, either by returning a form in the mail, calling or emailing county elections officials.
As of last week, just 8% of independents who vote by mail had asked for a ballot in the presidential primary, according to data collection by Paul Mitchell, who runs the nonpartisan Political Data Inc., which collects and sells voter data to campaigns. Not all counties had reported data.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ann Ransford and Denise Tugade!