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October 15, 2012
Legislator says officials 'should be shot' as lousy tax stewards

Assemblyman Mike Morrell's opponent released videotaped remarks of a campaign speech in which the Republican incumbent said that government officials "should be shot" for how they handle tax money.

Democrat Russ Warner's campaign released the tape today, calling Morell "too extreme for our Democracy."

Warner, fighting Morell for San Bernardino County's 40th Assembly District seat, said the controversial remarks came during an appearance by Morell at the Salt and Light Conference in Highland on Sept. 29.

Morell was videotaped saying the following:

"Government picks winners and losers. So what I decided to do in California; study how good of a job does government do with our tax money in helping the poor. ... (Laughter from the audience) ... Somehow I don't think you guys think they do very well. Well, let me tell ya. Let me tell ya. It ain't very good. I mean, it's, they should be shot."

October 15, 2012
Munger phasing out ad critical of Gov. Jerry Brown initiative

Wealthy attorney Molly Munger is phasing out her ad critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, her campaign said.

Munger formed a committee earlier this month to point out flaws in Brown's Proposition 30, which raises $6 billion in taxes on wealthy earners and sales to help the state budget and schools. She launched a 30-second ad last week that called Brown's campaign misleading and depicted politicians taking money from a schoolhouse.

The statewide ad, backed by nearly $5 million in new donations from Munger, sent chills through education groups and labor unions supporting Brown's initiative. Many leaders called on Munger to drop her ad, including state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who is supporting both measures.

October 15, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Campaigns' audience shrinks as voting starts

VIDEO: Dan notes that political campaigns are now pitching to a steadily declining audience of voters.

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October 15, 2012
AM Alert: Jerry McNerney, Ricky Gill debate in Stockton

Update: Because of incorrect information provided by event sponsors, this post has been updated in two instances. it now includes the correct link to the webcast of the Delta hearing. It also has been changed to reflect that the Sac State initiative discussion will be at 3 p.m. today. Updated at 9:48 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and his GOP challenger, Ricky Gill of Lodi, face off tonight in what's expected to be their only debate in the nationally watched battle for the Stockton-based 9th Congressional District.

In addition to the McNerney-Gill matchup, two Assembly candidates will also debate at the same forum: Stockton Republican K. Jeffrey Jafri, a retired electrical engineer described by the Stockton Record as "a frequent candidate for public office," and Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Eggman, a Democrat.

Jafri and Eggman are vying in the new Stockton-based 13th Assembly District, where at last count Democrats held a 14-point voter registration advantage over Republicans. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Long Theater, 1041 Dave Brubeck Way, at the University of the Pacific's Stockton campus. The university is co-hosting the event with the League of Women Voters. It starts at 6 p.m.

Earlier today, the Senate Select Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability, headed by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, meets at 9:30 a.m. at Contra Costa County board chambers, 651 Pine St., Room 107, in Martinez to talk about policy and financing for actions aimed at bettering the Delta's fish populations and water reliability. Listed speakers include Phil Isenberg, Delta Stewardship Council chairman, as well as Ken Vogel, chair of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, and others. The link for the hearing webcast can be be found at Wolk's home page at this link. Information on the hearing can be found at this link.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Monday, Fair Political Practices Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel joins Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and others to talk up his Assembly Bill 481, which is aimed at increasing campaign disclosure requirements for independent expenditure committees. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure in September. Ravel was a sponsor. That presser starts at 10 a.m. at Alquist State Building in San Jose.

DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan says that Californians already returning vote-by-mail ballots, campaigns battle to engage an audience that shrinks day by day. Watch the video at this link.

CYBER-THREATS: Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, is at Folsom Lake College's Community Room today at noon with Alan Paller, founder of a cyber-security training institute in Bethesda, Md., to discuss what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" attack.

FOOD: Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, conducts a hearing of the Select Committee On California Food, Local, Organic, And Sustainable Systems, at Santa Rosa City Hall starting at 1:30 p.m. The topic: sustainable food and wine production.

PROPOSITIONS: Sacramento State's Project for an Informed Electorate has set up two forums on the ins and outs of the 11 propositions on the November ballot. The first is today at 3 p.m. at the university's Hinde Auditorium in the University Union. The second will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Sacramento Public Library Galleria, 828 I St.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, turns 53 today.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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