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Rick Perry 2012.JPGIf you spot Texas Gov. Rick Perry today, it's not a figment of your imagination.

Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue, who's quite a fan of Perry's, told Bee colleague Torey Van Oot yesterday that about 30 GOP legislators plan to meet with the Texan at 3:30 p.m. today at an undisclosed location in downtown Sacramento.

What's on the agenda? Job creation, for one. "We want to know his formula, his successful formula to grow the economy," Logue said.

The Linda Republican was among the California lawmakers who traveled to the Lone Star State back in April to meet with Perry and investigate its jobs strategy.

He's also the man behind the creation of the Committee to Draft Rick Perry for President -- and yes, Logue says that encouraging Perry to join the other Republicans running for commander in chief is also on today's agenda.

Perry is making his second swing through donor-rich California in less than three weeks. The Associated Press reported that his schedule includes private meetings in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach this morning before he flies to Sacramento.

"We were invited to go to Orange County, and we had told the representative that we thought we were going to be in session Thursday so we couldn't go down there," Logue said. "So we asked if he could come up here, and they said yes."

It's also the last day of the fiscal year, and Assembly Republicans are celebrating the demise of the higher sales tax rate and vehicle license fee that have been around since 2009.

Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway is joining GOP colleagues -- including Assembly members Beth Gaines, Shannon Grove, Cameron Smyth, Brian Jones and Tim Donnelly -- at a Sacramento car dealership to highlight the lower rates, which go into effect Friday. The news conference starts at 10:15 a.m. at Downtown Ford, 525 N. 16th St.

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, both Concord Democrats, will be on hand at their hometown farmers market to talk about the legislative Democrats' latest majority-vote budget. That event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Todos Santos Plaza at 2151 Salvio St. in Concord.

Sen. Doug LaMalfa heads to Redding tonight instead with the state Republican Party's California Speak Out tour, hosted by Tom Del Beccaro, the party's chairman. That public town hall starts at 7 p.m. at the Redding Memorial Veterans Hall, 1605 Yuba St.

DOMESTIC WORKERS: Members of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and the Southern California Domestic Workers Alliance will be at the Capitol today lobbying legislators to back Assembly Bill 889, the so-called Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, by Democratic Assemblymen Tom Ammiano and V. Manuel Pérez. The California Association for Health Services at Home strongly opposes the measure, saying it would significantly increase the cost of home care for seniors and others.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, turns 43 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a Boy Scout ceremony Wednesday, June 29, 2011, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, as he kicks off a swing through California. (Associated Press Photo/ Gregory Bull)


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