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    Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson met with parents to talk about Common Core standards at a home in South Land Park.

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    Lawmakers may be breaking a political logjam over tax relief for beleaguered homeowners who receive write-offs from lenders for their underwater mortgages. On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved Assembly Bill 1393 to grant a retroactive income tax exemption for the 2013 tax year for home mortgage debt that is written off by lenders. Under the measure, by Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, homeowners who were hit with state income tax levies on the write-offs will have to file amended returns.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Campaign spending surges as unions weigh in for Torlakson, Pérez

Published: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 - 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Independent groups

ramp up election spending

Independent expenditures in California have more than doubled in the past week, with spending by dentists, teachers and dozens of other groups exceeding $11.4 million through May 13.

Almost half of the increase reflects a $2.7 million infusion into the race for state superintendent of public instruction by the California Teachers Association. With three weeks until the June 3 primary, a CTA committee supporting incumbent Tom Torlakson reported spending $1.36 million on radio ads to support Torlakson and $1.36 million on ads opposing his main rival, Marshall Tuck.

The largest state worker union, SEIU Local 1000, reported spending $50,000 on radio ads to help former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez in the controller’s race.

The fight in the Sacramento-area 6th Senate District exceeds $479,000 in independent spending. All of the money is either in support of Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, or opposing his Democratic rival, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento. Independent spending on Pan’s behalf is coming mostly from unions and a group that includes doctors, dentists and Realtors.

– Jim Miller

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“Our party must champion policies and principles that make opportunity and the American Dream more accessible for all.”

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, former secretary of state, endorsing Republican Neel Kashkari for governor.

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