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September 29, 2010
AM Alert: Next round

Still hungry for rhetorical battles after last night's bout between gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman?

You're in luck: Candidates for three offices go head to head today in events around California.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina face off from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. during a radio debate sponsored by KPCC Public Radio and La Opinión Spanish-language newspaper.

The debate, the second of the Senate contest, will be broadcast on public radio stations across the state and streamed online here.

KPCC's Patt Morrison and La Opinión's metro editor, Gabriel Lerner, will co-moderate.

This morning, education will be the focus of a Los Angeles forum including state superintendent of public instruction candidates Tom Torlakson, a Democratic Assembly member, and Larry Aceves, a former school district superintendent.

The 10 a.m. forum, "Education, Creativity and California's Future," will look at the role of arts education in the public schools.

The event will also feature panelists from the entertainment industry, including actor and comedian Jack Black and former "O.C" heartthrob Ben McKenzie.

Torlakson and Aceves will also address K-12 educational issues at a candidates forum tonight at Education Center West in Downey, starting at 7 p.m. The forum will be telecast live on The California Channel, and streamed at

Back in the Sacramento area, three Republican candidates in the 1st Senate District special election to replace late Sen. Dave Cox are set for a 6 p.m. debate sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Lincoln Club.

Assemblyman Ted Gaines, Assemblyman Roger Niello and former Assemblywoman Barbara Alby will face off at the Granite Bay Golf Club in Roseville. KTKZ 1380 AM's Eric Hogue has signed on as moderator.

Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley, a Democrat, is also running but will not participate in the debate.


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