The Skinny

June 30 wasn’t just the last day of the fiscal year. It was the last day of the fundraising primary. Throughout July, reports will be trickling out, and candidates made strong pushes to boost their numbers before the deadline. Politicians’ Facebook pages and Twitter feeds were full of desperate financial pleas. And numerous lobbyists reported getting dozens of “give me money by midnight” calls from candidates. The reports must all be released by July 31 … There is an old addage in journalism — once you go flack, you don’t go back. That is, once you leave journalism to work for a politician, it is a breech that can never again be crossed. But like most mores involving journalism these days, apparently that one is no longer true. Mary Lynne Velinga, who left the Sacramento Bee to work for Sen. Fran Pavley, is returning to the Bee with a new title — business editor .. Speaking of comebacks, the porn tax is back. A proposed levy on sales of adult materials, championed multiple times by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, was revived last week by Assemblywoman Mary Salas. Salas used the gut-and-amend process on AB 847, a Calderon bill on goods shipped out of state, to call for a 20 percent tax on sales at “adult entertainment venues.” Word in the halls is that the bill is an effort to put Republicans on the spot for their stance of opposing all taxes.

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