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With 2010 coming to a close, Capitol Alert wants to hear what readers think the biggest story in state politics was this year. A collection of links to memorable moments reported by The Bee Capitol bureau is posted after the jump. Think the top story was one that didn't make our list? Go ahead and submit it -- if you choose this option, we suggest writing your submission in the post comments field for other entrants to consider.

The deadline for submitting entries in the form below is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. We will post the top 10 stories that get the most votes before the New Year.

This post was originally published Dec. 22, 2010.

A sampling of big state political stories from 2010:

Tom Campbell switches to U.S. Senate Tom Campbell announced in a news release and video this morning that he was leaving the Republican gubernatorial race in California to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. (1.14.10)

Steve Poizner claims political extortion by gubernatorial rival Whitman The so-far snooze-inducing GOP gubernatorial primary race heated up Monday, with charges of political extortion leveled at one candidate and questions of mental stability raised about the other. (02.02.10)

Constitutional convention effort officially put on 'pause' Faced with a steep cash shortage and a ticking clock to qualify for the November ballot, leaders of an effort to stage a constitutional convention said today they have "called it quits." (2.12.10)

Demon sheep invade Senate campaign We would be derelict in our reporting duty not to note for the record that the blogosphere and Twitter World have been abuzz over the aforementioned animal. In case you missed it, we're talking about the gone-viral ad put out by the Carly Fiorina Senate campaign attacking GOP rival Tom Campbell.The longish Web ad depicts fiscal conservatives as sheep -- now there's an interesting choice for the ad's story line -- and paints Campbell as a bad sheep menacing the good fiscal-conservative sheep as they munch away in a meadow. (2.5.10)

GOP Sen. Roy Ashburn comes out Republican Sen. Roy Ashburn, who has been on leave from the Senate since his DUI arrest last week, confirmed today that he is gay. (03.08.10)

Voters approve top-two primary system Disgruntled California voters have blown up their election system by approving Proposition 14, which tosses out the current political party-based primary system in all but presidential races. (06.08.10)

Judge rules Proposition 8 unconstitutional Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker issued a landmark decision today by overturning Proposition 8, finding that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the federal constitutional rights of gay people. (08.04.10)

Corruption scandals in the city of Bell roil the Capitol Public anger over sky-high salaries by the tiny city of Bell in Los Angeles County has sparked new legislation designed to restrict compensation of city council members. (08.12.10) ; State Controller John Chiang today declared that Bell, a Southern California city enmeshed in a scandal over high salaries paid to city officials, has been illegally assessing ultra-high property taxes. (08.13.10)

Whitman discloses she employed illegal immigrant for nine years In a disclosure that rattled the governor's race, Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman acknowledged Wednesday that she employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper for nine years until she began running for governor last year. (9.30.10)

Court upholds furloughs but not Schwarzenegger's power to order them The California Supreme Court handed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a victory when it ruled Monday that state worker furloughs were legal and employees are not owed back pay.But by unanimously pinning responsibility on the Legislature, the court rejected the governor's bid to expand executive power, making it more difficult for future governors to order unpaid days off. (10.4.10)

SEIU, Schwarzenegger agree to labor pact with pension concessions The Schwarzenegger administration and Service Employees International Union Local 1000 have just announced a tentative labor agreement that includes higher employee contributions to their retirement plans and rolls back pension formulas for new hires to pre-1999 levels. (10.7.10)

"Marathon session, Schwarzenegger's vetoes end California's record budget stand-off" (California's record-long budget impasse ended in a whirlwind Friday that included an all-night legislative session followed by nearly $1 billion in line-item vetoes by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (10.8.10)

Brown staffer calls Whitman a 'whore' This much is clear: Someone in Jerry Brown's inner campaign circle suggested GOP rival Meg Whitman is a "whore." (10.9.10)

Jerry Brown wins gubernatorial campaign The most expensive non-presidential race in U.S. history ended Tuesday with Democrat Jerry Brown back in the Governor's Office after surviving more than $160 million in campaign spending by Republican Meg Whitman. (11.02.10)

California voters reject Proposition 19 California, which 14 years ago became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use, has decided it isn't going to sanction pot use for recreation.By a wide margin, voters defeated Proposition 19. (11.02.10)

Steve Cooley concedes defeat to Kamala Harris for attorney general Kamala Harris' challenger threw in the towel Wednesday, clearing the path for the San Franciscan to become California's top cop and give Democrats a clean sweep of statewide offices. (11.25.10)



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