** Word is that California Senate leaders are considering adjourning the session early in the coming week. That would have the effect of deferring many bills to the next session, including the global warming bill. The “why” behind the potential move is unclear, but seems to have something to do with ongoing jockeying with the Assembly.
Needless to say, coming on the heels of the roundly-disbelieved and much-reviled kabuki play between the two houses over Democratic legislative leaders’ unfulfilled promise to pass redistricting reform this year, this is probably, shall we say, an unwise idea.
** It’s getting to be a trend. The LA Times political reporters will launch a blog via the Times web site. This follows the move by Democratic insiders, revealed here last April, to launch the new California Majority Report. The site, launched with great fanfare — no small amount of it here — last week with advance publicity in newspapers, a press conference, and a soiree at a hot Capitol restaurant featuring top Democratic politicians, is retooling after some early problems. No word yet when the Timesies will go Netive. The last Times person to blog on politics, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Michael Hiltzik, soon revealed his hyperpartisanship behind the Times’ veil of seeming objectivity, and flamed out.
** Sources say LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will return to the state Capitol on Monday to push through his bid to partially take over and reform the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District. There are a few wrinkles on the horizon, one of which I’ll note later which is not substantively related, but prospects look good.
** Track global and national energy futures prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices are hovering a couple dollars over $70 a barrel.
** Continuous coverage of the new global insecurity on Pajamas Media (PJM).