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Gov. Jerry Brown, who's kept close to the Capitol since his election in an effort to reach a budget-balancing deal, heads out today for a different kind of campaigning.

In the next two days, he'll visit the districts of two Republican lawmakers he hopes will provide votes he needs to put tax extensions on the ballot: Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga and Sen. Tom Harman of Huntington Beach.

Dutton's district encompasses all of Riverside, where Brown will appear at an elementary school today. Capitol Alert suspects the subject of education funding might come up.

The city is also represented by Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries of Lake Elsinore, who issued a statement welcoming Brown to town:

"The message I hear from the people of Riverside is clear - they oppose higher taxes, support a spending cap and pension reform, and want Sacramento to lift heavy-handed regulations that prevent businesses from creating jobs. We have some of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country here, and I welcome Gov. Brown to speak to some of the actual private sector employers in Riverside so he can hear that same message that we just can't afford it anymore," said Jeffries, who was never considered a possible vote for Brown's spending plan.

On Saturday, Brown stops by the California Cadet Corps Centennial Celebration at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Harman, a moderate who happens to be termed out of the Legislature in 2012, represents the area.

No word on whether Dutton or Harman will get lunch or a hug.

LONGHORN BEETLES -- The Pacific Legal Foundation announces filing a federal lawsuit in an effort to remove the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the Endangered Species Act list. The 10 a.m. press conference will be held across the street from 251 Commerce Circle (the Boy Scouts of America building) in Sacramento.

BREASTFEEDING POLICIES - The California WIC Association hosts an educational forum, sponsored by the Senate Health Committee, from 10 a.m. to noon at the state Capitol, Room 2040.

NATIONAL GUARD - The California Army National Guard holds a 10 a.m. ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Okinawa Armory. The address is 8450 Okinawa Street in Sacramento.


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