Monday, August 27, 2012

AM Alert: Legislature's last push coincides with GOP convention - The Sacramento Bee's Capital Alert (blog)

VIDEO: Dan Walters talks about three issues pending in the California Legislature that get lobbyists all excited. Find his daily report on Capitol Alert.

Republicans are gathering this week for Republican National Convention in Tampa, but few of California's GOP legislators are going. Torey Van Oot, in this Capitol Alert post, reveals who's Florida-bound, and who's not.

Here's what legislators face in Sacramento -- Sausage Week.

Alert readers already know that Friday is the end of the legislative session. Late last week, a Senate spokesman estimated that the Legislature still has about 400 bills on its plate. (Not to mention the proposals that Dan Walters would dub "transmogrified.")

Lawmakers will take a break at noon to hang out with an Olympic athlete. Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is presenting a Senate resolution to Tyler Clary on the Senate floor. Clary, a Redlands native who attended Riverside Poly High School, won gold in the 200-meter backstroke event in London. He beat out teammate Ryan Lochte with a time of 1:53:41, setting an Olympic record.

Come back later to Capitol Alert. We'll be tracking the action both in the Legislature and in Tampa, where Torey Van Oot and David Siders are on the ground. It's going to be a long week.

Meanwhile, fundraisers continue today at Sacramento restaurants near the Capitol, with three Democratic state senators collecting campaign donations: Ellen Corbett, Juan Vargas and Rod Wright.

Two legislator-wannabees are also holding fundraisers today: Redding City Councilman Rick Bosetti, who is facing fellow Republican Brian Dahle, a Lassen County supervisor, in the sprawling 1st Assembly District; and Democrat Mark Stone, a Santa Cruz County supervisor running in the Central Coast's 29th Assembly District.

NEW GIG: Oscar Hidalgo, most recently spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, is now director of communications and public relations for the California Health Benefit Exchange. He'll be paid $160,000 a year, according to a news release announcing the move.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill turns 59 today.

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