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April 30, 2010
AM Alert: Up for debate

GOP guv-hopefuls Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner will face off this weekend in the second -- and likely last -- gubernatorial debate before the June 8 primary.

KQED's John Myers is moderating the Sunday debate at the San Jose's Tech Museum. A panel of state political reporters, including Bee colleague Jack Chang, will contribute questions.

The 5 p.m. war of the words will be aired live on CSPAN, CalChannel and Comcast Home Town Network (channel 104 for NorCal viewers). It will also be streamed on and KQED radio and its affiliate stations.

For those who just can't wait until Sunday to watch candidates for statewide office spar, four rivals running to replace Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell are participating in a forum this morning.

The candidates weighing in today are: former teacher and school district superintendent Larry Aceves, former educator and businesswoman Diane Lenning, Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch.

The 11:30 a.m. event, put on by the California State PTA and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, takes place at the Sacramento Convention Center. For those who can't make a midday debate, the forum will be rebroadcast on CalChannel at 7 p.m.

Today is the last day on the job for the top official at California's political watchdog agency.

Fair Political Practices Chairman Ross Johnson announced earlier this month that he would step down because of health issues. Johnson, who served in the state Legislature for more than 25 years, was appointed to the post in 2007.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is tasked with picking a replacement to fill the remainder of Johnson's term, which ends January 2011. The nominee cannot be registered to the same political party as his last appointee -- Democrat Tim Hodson.

Spokesman Aaron McLear said the office is in the process of selecting someone to fill the spot.

REDISTRICTING: The three-member Application Review Panel tasked with selecting finalists to serve on the Citizens Redistricting Commissionmeets at 9:30 a.m. today.

The panel will discuss their process for reviewing the thousands of round two applications. The auditor's office says that last-minute applications brought the total pool of candidates for the 14 spots to about 4,300.

Click here for the meeting agenda.


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