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Tim Donnelly 20120104_PK_LEGISLATURE 0034.JPGToday's one of the days Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has been dreaming of -- it's the signature deadline for his referendum to overturn the California Dream Act.

That's the ballot proposal to block the new law allowing some undocumented immigrants to qualify for state-funded college aid. Proponents must submit 504,760 valid voter signatures to county election officials by today in order to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Alert readers will recall that Donnelly told reporters Wednesday, after he was cited for having a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at the Ontario airport, that he "tends to always be armed" because of death threats he said he has received since launching the referendum.

(The Twin Peaks Republican also told John Oliver of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in an episode that ran last month about California's direct democracy and the Amazon tax, "Oh, I can tie anything to illegal immigration.")

In legal news, the shoplifting case of Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is on the docket this morning in San Francisco Superior Court. The Castro Valley Democrat is not expected to make an appearance.

Sunday, meanwhile, marks the one-year anniversary of the shootings in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The Brady Campaign is planning vigils nationwide to mark the date, including events in Compton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other California cities.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, both Sacramento Democrats, are expected to take part in a bell ceremony and candlelight vigil from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St.., down the street from the Capitol in Sacramento.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly waits for the opening of the legislative session in Sacramento, on Jan. 4, 2012. Paul Kitagaki Jr./ Sacramento Bee


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