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It's not every day that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg sends out press releases from Washington, D.C.

Steinberg just got back from our nation's capital, where he met with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and other Californians in Congress about what's at stake for the Golden State in the debate over raising the federal debt ceiling.

"No state will get hit harder than California if the extreme budget measures being pushed by House Republicans are enacted," Steinberg said in a statement Tuesday, adding, "We cannot afford to let Republicans take a hatchet to California's projected job growth we have worked so hard to protect in our own budget."

Tonight, the Sacramento Democrat is holding a town hall on what's next for California's economy and what he believes the Legislature could do about it. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joe Mims Jr. Community Center in Hagginwood Park. Click here to see a flier.

Meanwhile, Meg Whitman's recent shopping trip to Costco has created a bit of a buzz. Deidre Fitzpatrick of Sacramento's KCRA 3 television station tagged along and interviewed her in her Atherton house.

Would the former Republican candidate for governor consider running for another office? "I don't know," she told Fitzpatrick. "You know, you never say never. As I sit here right now, probably not."

Whitman is now an adviser and finance chair for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

How far are Californians from Gov. Jerry Brown when it comes to environmental issues? Not far, as Dan Walters reports about a new Public Policy Institute of California poll, but they don't much like how he's handled such matters.

The institute's Mark Baldassare and Sonja Petek will be discussing the poll at a lunchtime meeting. Click here for more information.



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