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All eyes, at least among political junkies, are on Fresno, where the second televised debate between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown will be taped Saturday morning at Fresno State's Satellite Student Union.

The debate is being pitched to Latino audiences statewide. It's hosted by KFTV Univisión 21 Fresno and moderated by Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, the co-anchors of "Noticiero Univisión," the network's evening news program.

Any bets the first question will include some version of the word "immigration"?

Univisión will air the debate later Saturday at 4 p.m. across California, with English and Spanish subtitles. After the broadcast, the debate will be available online at, and other local Univisión websites.

So, how are Brown and Whitman doing among Latino voters?

A Field Poll conducted Sept. 14 through 21 found Latinos slightly favoring Brown over Whitman, 43 percent to 40 percent.

And a survey conducted Sept. 19 through 26 by the Public Policy Institute of California found Latino likely voters favoring Brown, 32 percent to 25 percent.

Note, however, that the surveys were taken before news broke about Whitman's employment of an undocumented housekeeper from Mexico.

The disclosure has knocked Whitman off message and, as columnist Dan Walters puts it, sent her campaign in Defcon 1 mode. Check's Capitol and California page for our latest coverage.

Back under the Capitol dome, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Assembly Natural Resources Committee is holding an informational hearing today on Proposition 23, which would suspend California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law, AB 32. Look for that hearing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112.


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