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MICHELE BACHMANN 2 LA.JPGFresh off the Republican debate earlier this week in Nevada, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann makes a foray into blue-state country for a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

The Minnesota congresswoman's subject? "The Revival of American Competitiveness."

"Bachmann will present her views on pro-business economic policies that will allow private-sector businesses to compete in the global market while addressing the need for job-skill retraining, innovation, comprehensive tax reform and reduction of regulations that threaten jobs," the Commonwealth Club's website says.

The winner of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll has seen her standing in the polls slip since the rise and fall of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as well as the subsequent rise of pizza magnate Herman Cain, whose numbers currently rival those of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"She was the flavor of the month in July. I have the utmost respect for Michele Bachmann, but I think her opportunity to catch fire has clearly passed," conservative FlashReport blog publisher Jon Fleischman told the Bay Area News Group this week.

The event starts at noon. Tickets were still available last we checked. "Attendees subject to search," reminds the website.

Back in Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board is expected to OK a controversial cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. The public meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 1001 I St. in the second-floor Byron Sher Auditorium. Click here to read the agenda and find links to more information.

Meanwhile, second lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom -- who's married to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom -- has a big day today. Her documentary film, "Miss Representation," which challenges media portrayal of women and girls, has its broadcast premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network tonight. Click here for more information and watch a clip from the film.

PUNCH LINE CONTEST: Remember that joke-writing contest about Controller John Chiang we launched last week? A winner has been named. Check back with Capitol Alert later this morning for all the details.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: An Assembly select committee headed by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, considers issues facing victims of abuse, looks at gaps in services, and identifies strategies that have worked in Santa Clara County. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at Ujirani Family Resource Center, 591 North King Road, San Jose.

CLIMATE CHANGE: The impacts of climate change on Southern California get a look at a joint hearing of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and a select committee on the environment. Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairs the meeting, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Santa Monica City Hall's council chambers, 1685 Main St.

PHOTO CREDIT: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign stop at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, Friday, September 16, 2011. (Don Bartletti/ Los Angeles Times/ MCT)


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