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The three Republicans seeking to knock Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer out of her seat will trade blows in their first on-air debate today.

The noon debate on KTKZ AM's "The Capitol Hour" marks the first time the three primary candidates -- ex-U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell, former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina and state Assemblyman. Chuck DeVore -- face off on the issues.

The debate, moderated by Capitol Hour host Eric Hogue, will air at

DeVore and Fiorina will have a chance go for round two later in the day, when both appear at the L.A. County Young Republican Federation Candidate Forum.

Also in Los Angeles today, Inspector General Laura N. Chick, State Auditor Elaine Howle and California Recovery Task Force Director Herb Schultz are set to testify at a congressional hearing on how stimulus funds are spent in California.

The 1 p.m. field hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will look at the state's efforts to monitor the money and how budget shortfalls have affected the state's ability to assign and complete stimulus-funded projects.

Back in Sacramento, representatives from environmental groups plan to gather at a Valero gas station on Broadway and Riverside to protest the oil giant's role in financing a proposed initiative to repeal AB 32.

And finally, for the bodybuilding files: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the Buckeye State to preside over the annual Arnold Sports Festival.

The three-day health and fitness expo is billed as "the largest multi-sport event in the nation and the greatest sports-fitness experience of your life."

Schwarzenegger will also use the trip to pump up support for Ohio Republican Steve Stivers' bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy.

An earlier version of this post referred to Chuck DeVore as a state senator. He is in the Assembly.


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