Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Field Poll finds support for health care ballot measures

A new Field Poll has found strong early support for two contentious health care-related ballot measures.

Nearly 70 percent of likely voters back Proposition 45, which would give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates, while 58 percent are inclined to support Proposition 46, which would require drug and alcohol testing of doctors and raise the cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. With potentially enormous financial stakes for insurance companies, hospitals and trial lawyers, these intiatives have stirred up costly political battles ahead of the November election.

Christopher Cadelago has more in his story from today’s paper. Here are the statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert, and the publicly released results of the poll.

VIDEO: Once divided between the north and south, California politics now have an east-west split, Dan Walters says.

LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION: Apollo Creed and Hellboy want to keep film and television production in California. As an expanded tax credit works its way through the Legislature, actors Carl Weathers and Ron Perlman, along with technical crew members, will showcase the behind-the-scenes work that supports Hollywood jobs, including green screen and sound effects creation, noon on the north lawn of the Capitol.

RISE AGAIN: It’s been a bumpy road for 99Rise, the activist group that marched 480 miles to Sacramento seeking to get big money out of politics: After a series of arrests at the Capitol and a partisan squabble over access to the Senate chambers, the Legislature put an advisory measure about unlimited independent campaign spending on the November ballot only to see it booted by the California Supreme Court. Now the group is organizing a new series of protests against what it calls an “outrageous act of judicial activism,” noon at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building on Capitol Mall and at other California Supreme Court offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

PLAY BALL: Last year’s legislative softball game provided the rare win for Capitol Republicans over their Democratic peers. They’ll try to repeat the victory, 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field, during the partisan showdown benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area. Over 40 lawmakers are slated to play, with State Auditor Elaine Howle, a former softball pro, serving as umpire.

NEW JOB: Congratulations to Kaitlyn MacGregor, the California Republican Party’s new communications director, who jumps over from health education and advocacy non-profit HealthCorps.