CDCAN: CALIFORNIA PRIMARY ELECTION: BROWN EASILY COMES IN FIRST – WILL FACE REPUBLICAN KASHKARI IN NOVEMBER

From our colleagues at CDCAN: 

    Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, as expected, came in first with an overwhelming 54.5% in the primary election race for governor, on his way to an historic record breaking election in November to a 4th term.  Brown will face Republican Neel Kashkari, who came in second with 19%, beating out Assemblymember Tim Donnelly who garnered 14.8%.
    In two statewide races – State Controller and Attorney General the spot for second place is too close to call.
    Yesterday’s election was the first statewide primary where the top two vote getters advance to the November election regardless of party affiliation. 
    With 100.0% ( 22,353 of 22,353 ) precincts partially reporting as of June 4, 2014, 3:08 AM here are the results (top two vote getters advance to November election):
 
GOVERNOR
Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown (Democrat):  1,716,920  (54.5%)
Neel Kashkari (Republican):  599,543 (19.0%)
Tim Donnelly (Republican):  467,655 (14.8%)
 
LT GOVERNOR
Gavin Newsom (Democrat):  1,517,758  (49.9%)
Ron Nehring (Republican):  706,021  (23.2%)
David Fennell (Republican):  266,371  (8.8%)
 
SECRETARY OF STATE
Alex Padilla (Democrat):  884,857  (30.1%)
Pete Peterson (Republican):  871,388  (29.6%)
Leland Yee (Democrat):  287,590  (9.8%)
Dan Schnur (No Political Party):  263,028  (8.9%)
 
STATE CONTROLLER
Ashley Swearengin (Republican):  719,046  (24.4%)
John A. Pérez (Democrat):  638,545  (21.7%)
David Evans (Republican): 636,109 (21.6%)
Betty T. Yee (Democrat):  632,902  (21.5%)
 
STATE TREASURER
John Chiang (Democrat):  1,642,188  (55.1%)
Greg Conlon (Republican):  1,146,449 (38.4%)
 
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Kamala D. Harris (Democrat):  1,584,800  (53.1%)
Ronald Gold (Republican):  380,642  (12.7%)
Phil Wyman (Republican):  344,458  (11.5%)
 
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Dave Jones (Democrat):  1,537,082  (53.1%)
Ted Gaines (Republican):1,201,738  (41.6%)
 
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Tom Torlakson:  1,303,161  (46.9%)
Marshall Tuck:  795,419  (28.6%)
Lydia A. Gutiérrez:  679,056  (24.4%)
 
BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SCHEDULED TO HOLD SECOND HEARING WEDNESDAY POSSIBLY AT 11 AM
    The Budget Conference Committee is tentatively scheduled to hold its second hearing on Wednesday, June 4th, at 11:00 AM, at the State Capitol in Room 4202.  While it is certain the committee will meet Wednesday, the exact time could change. 
    As previously reported, the Budget Conference Committee met for the first time late Monday afternoon for about 3 hours, making a first pass covering the two agendas dealing with human services and health budget items and, as expected, holding “open” for further review and action nearly all of those items
    The Budget Conference Committee will make a first run through of the other remaining five agendas covering K-12 Education; Higher Education; Cap and Trade. Resources and Transportation; Public Safety; State Administration and General Government, though it has not yet been announced which order of the agendas they will take up on Wednesday.
    The Budget Conference Committee currently has a schedule to meet through June 9th before sending a revised spending plan to the floors of both houses for final votes before the June 15th State Constitutional deadline to pass a budget.
    Though no public comments are taken at conference committee hearings, all hearings are televised live on CalChannel and streamed live on the CalChannel website (see below for details)
 
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TAKES ACTION ON MEDI-CAL MANDATORY EXPANSION BUDGET ITEM ON HEALTH AGENDA MONDAY
Note: this is a correction to this budget item reported by CDCAN on Tuesday which showed the item being held “open”. 
 

  • Governor proposed in May, an increase of $513 million in State general funds as a result of updated caseload projections and updated cost estimates related to expansion of Medi-Cal for people now eligible under the federal Affordable Care Act mandatory expansion.  The expansion also required simplifying of eligibility and enrollment rules and increased program awareness and outreach for people not yet enrolled in Medi-Cal but who were eligible under the previous eligibility rules.
  • The State Senate approved last week a proposal to reduce the Governor’s budget estimate for that expansion by $300 million in State general funds.
  • The Assembly approved last week a proposal also reducing the expansion costs in the Governor’s plan, by $342 million.
  • This issue, while not impacting directly current levels of services in Medi-Cal, is significant because the budget savings resulting in the actions by both houses to reduce the Governor’s projected costs for the expansion of Medi-Cal is needed to pay for several funding restorations for other services and programs. 
  • ACTION TAKEN 06/02/2014: Budget Conference Committee APPROVED the Assembly proposal by vote of 6-2 (Voting YES: Senate Democrats Hancock, Lara and Leno and Assembly Democrats Bloom, Skinner and Weber.Voting NO: Senate Republican Nielsen and Assembly Republican Gorrell )
     

WHY THE JUNE 15TH BUDGET DEADLINE IS SIGNIFICANT
    As previously reported, the June 15th deadline for the Legislature to pass a state budget – a deadline in the State Constitution that prior to November 2010 was almost always ignored without penalty by the Legislature – holds major significance now.
    Voters in November 2010 approved 55-45% Proposition 25 that changed the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget and budget related bills (often referred to as “budget trailer” bills because they follow or trail the main budget bill) from two-thirds (54 votes in the Assembly and 27 votes in the State Senate) to a simple majority (41 votes in the Assembly and 21 votes in the State Senate).
    But a key provision in Proposition 25 – now a part of the State Constitution, provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15th, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any salary and reimbursement for expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill.
    There are no penalties for a governor in Proposition 25 to sign a budget by a certain deadline – though major ramifications exist if there is no spending plan enacted after a certain point in time simply because the State would run out of cash and authority to spend money, as happened in previous years. 
    It should be noted that the June 15th State Constitutional deadline is only for the Legislature to send a budget to the Governor – not that the Governor has to sign it by that day also. 
    In addition, if the Governor vetoes that spending plan, forcing the Legislature to send another proposed budget bill after the June 15th deadline – something that happened in 2011 –  the penalties don’t apply, though that issue has not been fully tested in court.
 
BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Budget Conference Committee, a special joint committee, is composed of 4 members (3 Democrats and 1 Republican) each from the Assembly and State Senate. This year the members of the conference committee are:
SENATE DEMOCRATS (3):  Sen. Loni Hancock (Democrat – Berkeley, 9th State Senate District), Sen. Ricardo Lara (Democrat – Bell Gardens, 33rd State Senate District), and Sen. Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco, 11th State Senate)
SENATE REPUBLICAN (1): Sen. Jim Nielsen (Republican –Gerber, 4th State Senate District)
ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS (3): Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Democrat – Santa Monica, 50th Assembly District), Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (Democrat – Berkeley, 15th Assembly District), and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Democrat – San Diego, 79th Assembly District).
ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN (1): Assemblymember Jeff Gorrell (Republican – Camarillo, 44th Assembly District
 
HOW CAN I MONITOR THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET AND POLICY COMMITTEE OR SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS IF I CANNOT ATTEND?
People can monitor California legislative policy and budget hearings in several ways including live cable televised broadcasts (limited to cable services that offer it); live audio; and live internet streaming from the CalChannel and legislative websites.
Nearly all hearings – even those not televised live – can be watched later (at least by the next day) in the video archive.  See below for information. 
 
LIVE VIDEO STREAM – INTERNET
Most of the scheduled hearings can be viewed live on the CalChannel website at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/
The page will say “LIVE Webcast California Legislative Hearings”  Below that heading, look for the floor session, committee or subcommittee you wish to monitor and the scheduled time of the hearing or floor session and at that time. 
When the hearing or floor session starts, the posted date and time will changed to “In Progress – View Event”  Click on that, and a box should open up with the live stream.  
 
WATCHING A HEARING LATER
CalChannel.com keeps an archive of all the hearings held that can be viewed by anyone.  Viewing the live or recorded hearings from the CalChannel website is free.
To view a recorded hearing, go to the CalChannel website and click the tab “Video on Demand” or click on this link: http://www.calchannel.com/video-on-demand/
The page will list all the hearings recorded by date and committee name.  If you wish to download the entire hearing on your computer, click on the “MP4 Download” link next to the hearing you want.  If you wish to view the hearing from the website click the “video” link next to the hearing you want, under the “Watch” column. Both are free to the public.
 
LIVE CABLE TV BROADCAST
People can also view the hearing via cable TV through CalChannel.  To find what channel it may be on (if you cable company carries CalChannel) check this listing for your city or area and local cable company: http://www.calchannel.com/local-listing/
To find out what hearings will be televised live on your cable channel, go to the CalChannel.com website for the schedule of hearings that will be broadcast live (this is DIFFERENT from hearings that are streamed live) at http://www.calchannel.com/tv-schedule/
 
AUDIO ONLY INTERNET BROADCAST AND LIVE VIDEO STREAM
Look for the hearing you want to listen to below, find the room number, and then click on the Assembly website link: http://assembly.ca.gov/listentorooms
Then click on the room number (or chamber) where the hearing or floor session is located.  
The audio quality varies depending on the room and who is speaking.  (It doesn’t matter if the floor session or hearing is an Assembly or Senate floor session or hearing – you can access either through this site). 
The live video stream also available on this page is different from the CalChannel video stream, with the video camera in a fixed position and the quality not as good.

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