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Legislators have bid farewell to the Capitol for a week of spring recess.

There will be the occasional off-site hearing, such as today's Long Beach gathering of the Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Workforce Development, but expect little action on the legislative front until lawmakers return to work April 5.

What better way to kick off the break than a round of golf?

Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon is hosting a "Spring Fling" fundraiser at a Carmichael golf course. Greens fees for a group of four will set back donors $3,000.

In other fundraising news, a big name in Republican politics is headlining a Santa Barbara reception for GOP Sen. Tony Strickland this weekend.

That would be Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush.

Guests itching to shake the hand of the strategist credited with crafting Bush's campaigns and policies will have to chip in $7,800 to support Strickland, who is running for controller. Tickets range from $500 and up, though all guests will walk away with a copy of Rove's book.

Rove isn't the only Bush 43 insider making the West Coast rounds in the coming days.

Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Los Angeles tonight where he is being honored with the Statesmanship Award from The Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank.

And former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who's been weighing in on some contested California primary races with endorsements of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, will address a group that supports under-privileged women with breast cancer in San Francisco on Monday.


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