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Should Democrats, Republicans and Independents put aside their political labels?

A new group called No Labels says that move would be in the best interest of the country, and it's officially launching its effort today in New York City.

Californians scheduled to be on hand include Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Are they Republican or Democrat? Alert readers surely know their political labels by now.

Maldonado, who pushed the successful and controversial Proposition 14 to establish a top-two primary system in California, will be featured on a panel discussing electoral reform. Other scheduled participants include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Delaware Rep. Michael Castle.

Villaraigosa is set to share the stage on another panel with Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and others as they argue for dropping labels in politics.

The group even has a song: "No Labels Anthem" by R&B singer/songwriter Akon.

Click here for an agenda of the meeting. Click here to sign up for watching the launch streamed live.

Meanwhile, back in Sacramento, the State Public Works Board is considering whether to authorize acquisition of property next to the Governor's Mansion for a visitor center.

We're talking about the big white house at 16th and H streets -- now a state historical park -- that Gov.-elect Jerry Brown lived in when his father was governor and he would come home to visit from college or law school.

That meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 113. Click here for a full agenda.


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