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In the final stretch of his bid for Congress, Sen. Tom McClintock will attend two town hall-style meetings today in Roseville and Lincoln.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which is short on cash and has been deserting some GOP incumbents across the country, came to McClintock's aid this week with a new TV ad attacking his opponent, Democrat Charlie Brown.

The ad tries to tie Brown to Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- an unpopular name in the GOP-heavy 4th Congressional District.

The NRCC ad comes after its counterweight, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, released an attack ad of its own against McClintock, which covers a dizzying number of topics in 30 seconds.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom holds a fundraiser for the No on 8 campaign at his S.F. home tonight, said his political adviser Garry South.

South said the event had already brought in pledges of $100,000 -- with more to come.

Newsom first set in motion the events that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage earlier this year, when he allowed his city to perform such ceremonies in 2004.

He's been an active opponent of Proposition 8 -- and, initially, the face of the Yes campaign, which took footage of Newsom saying gay marriage was going to happen "whether you like it or not."

"They were trying to demonize him, and all it did was tick him off and make him work 10 times harder than he was going to do anyway," said South, who is working with Newsom as he explores a run for governor in 2010.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will campaign outside the Capitol for Proposition 11, the redistricting measure, joined by former state officials supporting the initiative. Schwarzenegger has a second Yes on 11 event in the Bay Area and will headline an evening fundraiser for Republican Assembly candidate Abram Wilson, who is running in the 15th Assembly District.

Lastly, Sen. Leland Yee's 2005 law to prevent ultra-violent video games from being rented or sold to minors faces a court test today. A federal judge struck down the statute last year, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case today in Sacramento.


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