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    Following a scandal-ridden early 2014 that yielded the suspension of three members, the California State Senate will hold a “day of reflection” on ethics today. Regular business has been canceled so lawmakers and legislative aides can attend closed-door training sessions led by Scott Raecker, CEO of the Josephson Institute, a Los Angeles ethics consulting firm, starting at 9 a.m. at the State Library and Courts Building on Capitol Mall. The training will also include a panel discussion with three political attorneys.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Green Party secretary of state candidate to crash Sacramento debate

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Green candidate plans to be a party crasher at debate

David Curtis, the Green Party candidate for secretary of state, said he will show up at today’s Sacramento Press Club debate featuring four of his rivals for the state’s top elections post – even though he wasn’t invited.

Curtis, whom the latest Field Poll shows leading two candidates included in Wednesday’s lineup, has criticized the club and challenged its nonprofit status. “I was very disappointed to learn that a social group of supposedly prominent journalists would feel it appropriate to exclude any candidates,” Curtis said.

On the press club’s Facebook page, club President Juliet Williams said the group issued invitations before the poll’s release. The nonprofit never heard from Curtis until he posted a Facebook message the weekend of April 12. Before the club had a chance to respond, Williams wrote, “Mr. Curtis began a tirade of insulting and threatening social media posts about our organization.

“Upon receiving a phone call from our program director, Mr. Curtis became belligerent and rude, making a conversation impossible. Our decision was clear, given our intent to hold a civil and informative discussion on the issues in the race.”

– Jim Miller

Worth repeating

“Do you smoke your marijuana in your home in front of kids?”

ASSEMBLYMAN ISADORE HALL, Compton Democrat, responding to Santa Clarita Republican Scott Wilk, who asked if Hall’s bill to ban smoking in day care homes would apply to marijuana.



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