Feinstein is Running for Senate. Who Else?

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Dianne Feinstein dusted off her personal Twitter account this morning and used it for the first time since April to tweet: @DianneFeinstein – “I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!” The tweet was followed by a Facebook post and press […]

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Lobbyists Checking the Personal Info Boxes is Wrong

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

The Bee’s Taryn Luna reports that the heads of six legislative caucuses to ask for the race and sexual orientation of lobbyists.This is wrong. Can I say it again? It is wrong even if “voluntary.” For those of us in the Capitol community, we know of many people who have different sexual orientations and that changes […]

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It’s All Over…But the Shouting: Democratic Convention Wrap-Up

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

The California Democratic Party Convention came to a raucous close Sunday afternoon following a convention with an energy brought forth by new delegates elected largely as Bernie Sanders supporters. The divide between new and returning delegates extended from caucus meetings to the state party chair’s race. In the end, the establishment largely won. The hottest issue was […]

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Analyzing the Election Vote and What it Means for Coming Elections

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the certified final results of the November 8 general election. Turnout among registered voters was about average of presidential general elections since 1976. (See below.) The vote margin Clinton garnered over Trump is 4,269,978. The national popular vote margin is ~2.9 million, meaning California accounts for all of Clinton’s popular vote margin, plus an additional […]

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They’re Off and Running for 2018

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

With the Senate race behind her, Loretta Sanchez has at least a few political routes forward. She could try for governor or another statewide office in 2018, wait to see if Dianne Feinstein retires and make another attempt at the Senate, or stay closer to home and run for a position in Orange County, such as on the Board […]

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Primary Vote Signals Trouble for CA GOP Congress Members

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

With Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter running away from the presumptive nominee, there is a panic at the GOP’s congressional committee, the NRCC. It’s very unlikely that Democrats sweep the 30 seats needed to give Nancy Pelosi the gavel again, but there are seats in play that weren’t a few months ago. Nobody expected this conversation in this decade following the […]

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Conflicting Thoughts About the Minimum Wage Increase

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

I neither disagree with $15/hour nor the political necessity to preempt dueling ballot measures on the November ballot, which would increase the wage much quicker. New York is following a similar plan, albeit a bit slower. However, as I was walking through farmers market after church this morning, I was thinking about our small family […]

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Gas Taxes and Roads

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

There’s an interesting debate in Sacramento right now about how to pay for needed highway repairs. It’s universally agreed upon that our roads are not in great shape. Anyone who has driven to Reno from Sacramento knows when they cross into The Silver State, not by the “Welcome to Nevada” sign, but rather the condition […]

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Opponents of Mandatory Vaccination Bill Continue the Fight

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Opponents of SB 277, the vaccinations bill, received the green light to begin collecting signatures to ask voters to recall State Senator Richard Pan. Backers need 35,926 signatures by December 31, which is 20% of the votes cast in the election of Pan in 2014. The last successful recall effort was that of Gray Davis in 2003, and the last […]

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Retention Elections for US Supreme Court Justices? No!

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Following the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage, presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is calling on retention elections for Supreme Court justices. I’m pretty certain that Cruz knows that it has zero chance of approval be 2/3 of the states, making it an easy bullet point to add to the platform. Cruz knows a bit about the Supreme […]

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