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Mayor Villaraigosa stumps for Obama in Florida

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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With the presidential election down to the wire, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Tampa and Florida Monday to campaign on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will campaign for President Barack Obama until the last minute before Tuesday's election, making final stops Monday in Tampa and Miami.

The mayor - who chaired the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina - has stumped in New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Iowa and Florida on the president’s behalf. He also attended presidential debates in Colorado and New York.

Villaraigosa’s schedule in Florida included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo and Spanish-language radio. He also visited Obama campaign headquarters and a field office in Tampa.

“I think the biggest reason to vote for President Obama is that we have, what now, 31 straight months of growth,” Villaraigosa told CNN. “The other reason is that 32 million people have health care and that 12 million jobs will be created, according to Moody’s analytics, in the next four years if we keep charting the course ahead." 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: John Noguez wants bail money, FPPC requires donors' names, DA's race in homestretch

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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who is facing 24 felony counts. He is now asking his supporters' to contribute to his $1.16 million bail.

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Today is Monday, Nov. 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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County Assessor John Noguez is asking his supporters to help him raise money to pay his $1.16 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the San Fernando Valley Democrats get out the vote in Nevada, and charter amendments and ordinances for the March 2013 ballot go out for signatures.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will release the names of individuals who donated to an anti-Prop 30 campaign, reports KPCC. The California Supreme Court determined that Americans for Responsible Leadership must immediately provide documents to the state's elections watchdog.

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Top two system shuts out third party candidates in CA races

Early Voting Begins In Iowa For Presidential Election

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Republicans and Democrats will face candidates from their own party on Tuesday's ballot thanks to California's new top-two primary system.

Voters heading to the polls on Tuesday may be surprised to look at their ballots and see races of Democrat versus Democrat and Republican versus Republican. It will be the first general election since California instituted the new top two primary system.

Two years ago, California voters approved Proposition 14, which mandates that the top two vote-getters in a primary – regardless of party affiliation – face off in the general election. The new rules apply to Congressional and state legislative races. Gone are the days when a candidate only had to beat members of his own party in the primary to advance.

“I think at the end of the day this was a continuation of California’s long tradition of fighting political parties,” said Raphe Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA.

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Redistricting opens door to independent challenger in coastal district

Democratic incumbent Congressman Henry Waxman spent Sunday morning campaigning at Westside farmers markets.

Businessman Bob Bloomfield dropped his Republican party affiliation for his Congressional campaign.


Redistricting has opened the door to challengers in what used to be safe Congressional seats. One of those districts runs along the coast from Malibu to Manhattan Beach, where a veteran Democrat has been challenged by a political novice who isn't claiming any party affiliation.

Congressman Henry Waxman spent his Sunday meeting voters at local farmers markets, from Beverly Hills to Pacific Palisades.  Most recognized him, one man calling out, "Good luck Henry!" as he walked past the produce.   

That happens a lot. Waxman has served for nearly four decades in Congress.  Gerald Ford was in the White House when he first arrived on Capitol Hill.  But Waxman hasn't had a serious challenge in years. Until now.

Bill Bloomfield, whose father made a fortune with coin operated laundry machines, jumped into the race — funding most of his multi-million dollar campaign himself. He’s running as an independent, saying the two major parties are at a stalemate. 

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Fight over identity of anti-Prop 30 donors heads for U.S. Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court issued a rare Sunday ruling, ordering an Arizona non-profit group to submit to an audit that could result in revealing who donated $11 million to a campaign involved with two hot-button propositions on Tuesday's ballot.

The California justices voted 7-0 and ordered Americans for Responsible Leadership to immediately provide documents to the state's elections watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.

RELATED: Officials: Names of anti-Prop 30 donors to be revealed Monday morning

However, attorneys for the Phoenix-based group are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Matt Ross, spokesman for Americans for Responsible Leadership's legal team, issued this statement Sunday night: "We are disappointed by the California Supreme Court's ruling. We have been in contact with the FPPC in an attempt to comply with the order. While we are working to deliver the records we still believe that the FPPC does not have the authority to take such action and have filed a request for immediate stay with the United States Supreme Court."

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