Archive for September 2nd, 2012

InlandPolitics: This and That!

Sunday, September 2, 2012 – 05:30 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Sunday evening.

Rasmussen Tracking has Romney up

Rasmussen Reports rolling 3-Day tracking poll of 1,500 ‘likely’ voters has Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 48% to 44%. A four point lead outside the polls +/- 3.0% margin of error.

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The Sun: More delays in long-running charter school case

Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/01/2012 11:48:19 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Five years after being indicted, the two men accused of helping cause the collapse of California’s largest charter school will have to wait a little longer for their day in court.

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September 01, 2012 3:08 PM
From Staff Reports

Paul Cook and Gregg Imus will square off in November to represent the 8th Congressional District, which encompasses the High Desert and parts of Inyo and Mono counties.

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Published: 01 September 2012 – 05:46 PM

Raising California police officers’ retirement age could lead to more middle-aged, infirm cops on patrol duty, said Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff and law enforcement advocacy groups.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

With his decisions, the California governor risks alienating unions, business groups and other powerful interests whose support he wants for his November tax initiative.

By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2012, 11:59 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has spent months persuading some of California’s most powerful interests to invest millions of dollars in his November tax initiative. Now, that drive for campaign cash looms over the Capitol as he considers bills that could profoundly affect his donors.

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By Steven Harmon
Bay Area News Group

Posted: 09/02/2012 03:52:44 AM PDT
Updated: 09/02/2012 03:52:50 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — In what was essentially an audition for the fall campaign to raise taxes, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature on Friday finished a grueling eight months of painful governing.

The question is: Was it enough to cut through the grating noises of dysfunction emanating from the Capitol this summer?

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SFChronicle: State pension reform no long-term fix

Marisa Lagos and Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 10:15 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sacramento –The pension deal Gov. Jerry Brown cut with Democratic lawmakers is expected to help solve some of the majority party’s short-term political problems, but it won’t fix the pension system’s long-term debt.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: The legislative process does count

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012 – 10:32 am

A 170-page overhaul of California’s multi- billion-dollar workers’ compensation system – hammered out during months of secret negotiations between business and labor union lobbyists – was dumped on the desks of 80 Assembly members late Friday after being whisked through two perfunctory committee hearings.

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LATimes: A conservative assemblyman gets in his right jabs

Republican Tim Donnelly, a fiercely conservative lawmaker from the mountains of San Bernardino County, tests colleagues’ patience with scorched-earth rhetoric on his favorite subjects.

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2012, 3:26 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was thundering on the chamber floor against a proposal to make drivers stay 3 feet from cyclists, a regulation he said would chip away at Californians’ liberty. As his voice rose, a Democratic colleague stepped in.

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