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In case you missed it:

The ballot battle over the $11.1 billion water bond is already heating up.

And plans are in the works for the first gubernatorial debate of the general election.

Federal health care legislation is expected to deliver another hit to California's budget.

The Assembly approved a measure urging Congress to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The lower house also approved a bill allowing felons to qualify for food stamps.

The Fair Political Practices Commission fined a CalPERS board member for violating disclosure requirements for the third time in four years.

Mexico's six border governors will boycott the 28th annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference if it is held as scheduled in Phoenix as a protest of Arizona's new immigration law.

Steve Poizner is using Pete Wilson's words to attack Meg Whitman in new Spanish-language radio spots.

Two Republican members of an Assembly subcommittee have joined a largely Democratic move to stop a $41.6 million plan to fingerprint recipients of subsidized in-home care.

A federal judge has granted a request to put the SD 15 special primary on hold until a hearing next week in a lawsuit seeking to delay the election.

Election officials in the county affected by the suit say they're still trying to get ready.

Just because Mickey Kaus is challenging Democrat Barbara Boxer in the primary doesn't mean he has a beef with her.

In tomorrow's Bee:

Kevin Yamamura reports that one of the proposals expected in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget revision would revive a plan to house 15,000 nonviolent felons in county jails instead of state prisons.

Mark Glover breaks down the arguments over Proposition 16.

Jack Chang checks the facts in Meg Whitman's recent ad attacking Steve Poizner for taking "liberal" positions.

Columnist Dan Walters finds another sign that crony capitalism is alive and well in California.

And Board of Equalization chairwoman Betty Yee argues in a guest op-ed that lawmakers have to put billions of dollars in tax breaks on the table if they hope to balance the budget.


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