Hold Off on PG&E Criticism….at Least for Now

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

There’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there about whether PG&E is doing this as part of a campaign for a bailout of the beleaguered utility. The fact is that the Legislature, Public Utilities Commission, and federal courts (the one overseeing the San Bruno probation, not bankruptcy) asked for this. While the federal court was […]

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Harris Campaign in Trouble

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Let’s not sugar-coat it. At 8% among likely Democratic primary voters in both the recent PPIC and IGS polls, junior U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign is in deep trouble. It’s not that number itself, but rather that 66% of California likely voters have settled on Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren. Only 9% […]

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The Trump-Inspired Tax Return Bill is Going to Court

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

The Supreme Court of California ordered the Secretary of State to show cause why the emergency writ of mandate to block SB 27 requested by the California Republican Party (CRP) and its chair Jessica Patterson should not be granted. The court asked attorneys from both sides to brief on a 1972 ballot measure, which added […]

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Lawsuits Multiply Against Law Requiring Tax Returns for Ballot Access

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

A lawsuit by Rocky De La Fuente was filed last week challenging the constitutionality of SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener), the bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to file tax returns to get on California primary ballots.  That federal suit was filed in the Southern District of California by De […]

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Supreme Court Precedent May Guide Judges in New Gun Lawsuit

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

In the Los Angeles Times, Patrick McGreevy reports that gun rights groups have filed suit in the Southern District of California to challenge California’s law barring the sale of long guns to persons under age 21. Last year, the Legislature expanded the existing ban of the sale of handguns to persons under 21 to also […]

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What Happens Now with SB 50?

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

What’s important to note is that, like the gas tax for road repair, SB 50 (Wiener) to override local zoning laws to encourage more housing density near transit and job-dense corridors can be done legislatively. Then, if there is enough opposition, there can be a referendum or a statutory initiative to change it. Only that way can you […]

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Ripple Effects from Gov. Newsom’s Death Penalty Decision

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

People have gone to their instinctive corners on Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium. The only legal clarification is that Newsom made no changes to the law that prescribes the death penalty. He gave reprieves under Article V, Section 8 of the California Constitution. Most electeds who responded in opposition to his action acknowledged that, but there […]

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What’s Next for Kevin de León?

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

While there were a couple of rough spots, like when he criticized Dianne Feinstein’s handling of the Kavanaugh accusations, most observers judge State Senator Kevin de León’s performance in the U.S. Senate campaign positively. He didn’t have much money or opportunity for free media via debates, but right now has 4,860,859 (45.7%) votes, nearly 300,000 more […]

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Dissecting the Methodology Behind New Gubernatorial Polls

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

The John Cox for Governor campaign and its supporters are excited about a new poll from Thomas Partners Strategies/Optimus. The poll, conducted for iHeartMedia, KFI-AM and KNBC finds Gavin Newsom at 45.2% and John Cox (R) at 41.1% among likely voters. It further has Cox with a lead among 35.2%-48.3% among likely No Party Preference […]

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Milken Institute Takes a look at CA Issues

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Yesterday, elected, business, education and policy leaders gathered for the first California Policy Summit sponsored by Milken Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank funded by investor Michael Milken. It was a thorough day on pressing issues facing the Golden State on issues such as the housing crisis, higher education degree access and completion to meet the […]

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