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Tuesday
Sep182018

SACRAMENTO: 2018 elections, governor, U.S. Senate: "No Debates for Top California Offices? That Could Happen"; also, "Gavin Newsom, John Cox a world apart on environmental issues" ....

***California, 2018 elections, governor, U.S. Senate....

* New York Times:  "No Debates for Top California Offices? That Could Happen"

***ALSO:

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Gavin Newsom, John Cox a world apart on environmental issues"

 

Tuesday
Sep182018

AFTERNOON MEMOS: "GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California"; "For some, there is an easy way to avoid lines at the DMV"; "UC Berkeley professor in sex harassment case resigns, threatens to sue"; also, "U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign Born Since 1910, With More Coming from Asia" ....

***Various items this afternoon from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "UC Berkeley professor in sex harassment case resigns, threatens to sue"

* Daily News:  "For some, there is an easy way to avoid lines at the DMV"

* Los Angeles Times:  "GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California"

***ALSO:

*  New York Times:  "U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign-Born Since 1910, With More Coming from Asia"

 

Tuesday
Sep182018

POLITICS (National, State/ Ohio): Ohio Democratic Party, midterm elections: "Union dispute threatens Ohio Democrats" .... 

***Ohio Democratic Party, midterm elections....

* POLITICO:  "Union dispute threatens Ohio Democrats" - From POLITICO:

Less than two months ahead of the midterm elections, the Ohio Democratic Party finds itself at war with an unlikely adversary: a labor union made up of its own employees. In bruising negotiations over the past several weeks, party leaders have resisted pay increases and other union demands and hired a management-side law firm to push back. One of the party’s negotiators is even a registered Republican.

For Democrats to be at odds with labor this close to Election Day is awkward enough. That the drama is taking place in Ohio, the rare state where even Republicans chase union votes, makes the conflict potentially devastating to a party that’s always claimed to represent working people’s interests.

Campaign workers, well aware of the leverage that the election deadline gives them, are beginning to whisper about a strike if party leaders don’t come around soon . . . . . . . .

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The dispute tests the practicality of allowing unions to organize political campaigns ................

Tuesday
Sep182018

MISCELLANEOUS: Marketing, marijuana, negative words?: "Marijuana industry fights 'stoner,' 'pot' and other words that stigmatize people" ....  

***Marketing, marijuana, "negative words"?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Marijuana industry fights 'stoner,' 'pot' and other words that stigmatize people" - From the LAT:

There’s a badge on her uniform, possibly a gun on her hip, and her arms are spread a little, suggesting she’s ready for anything. You might think that you’re looking at a police officer walking a beat. But what you’ve seen on billboards and, more recently, the internet is an effort by MedMen Enterprises of Culver City to remind you that marijuana users come from all walks of life. They can be cops, nurses, teachers, scientists, construction foremen and grandmothers.

All these people appear in MedMen ads that also feature the word “stoner” with a line drawn through it. As in, let’s get rid of this. 

“That word can be used to negatively stereotype people,” said Daniel Yi, senior vice president of communications at MedMen, which operates 14 retail pot stores, including one in San Diego. “We want to take that stigma away. We want to make marijuana mainstream.”

MedMen’s $2-million “Forget Stoner” advertising campaign made its debut earlier this year and is part of a larger push by the cannabis industry to normalize the use of marijuana ....................

Tuesday
Sep182018

L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Police Department: "Three homelessmen in critical condition after baseball bat attacks in downtown L.A."; "Three Homeless Men Attacked With Baseball Bat in Downtown"; "Suspect wanted in brutal bat attacks on homeless men in downtown L.A." ....