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The 19th Amendment turns 90 years old today.

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to descend on the state Capitol today to celebrate Women's Equality Day, which marks nine decades of women having the right to cast a ballot.

Today's rally will double as a protest to bring attention to GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman's spotty voting record. That angle isn't surprising seeing as the California Nurses Association has been canvassing the state campaigning against the candidate they not so affectionately call "Queen Meg."

Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera dismissed the rally as "ridiculous ploy from a group of radical union bosses who have consistently misrepresented the views of their members and hardworking nurses throughout the state."

Demonstrators, some of whom will be dressed in period clothing, will march from the Sacramento Convention Center to the Capitol's west steps for a 3 p.m. rally.

Earlier in the day, groups supporting female candidates for public office will launch a new project aimed at elevating more women to appointed positions under the next gubernatorial administration.

Proponents of the California Women's State Appointment Project Coalition aim to collect thousands of resumes of women interested in high level, paid and volunteer appointed positions for the next governor to consider.

California Inspector General Laura Chick and California Women Lead Executive Director Rachel Michelin are scheduled to speak at the 10 a.m. rally on the south steps.

UNDER THE DOME : Both houses have floor sessions scheduled again today. The Assembly and Senate are both set to start working the files at 9 10 a.m.

The temperatures may still be boiling outside today, but members and staffers should be advised to tote their sweaters and jackets with them to the chambers.

As Jim Sanders reports in today's Bee, the Assembly is looking to tighten enforcement of its longstanding dress code, requiring a jacket and tie for men and, possibly, a sweater or jacket for women.

GOVERNOR: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make what is being characterized as a "public safety announcement" at an 11 a.m. event with officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and representatives from federal and regional law enforcement agencies.

GOV2010: Democratic nominee Jerry Brown tours New Leaf Biofuels' San Diego facility at 10:30 a.m.



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