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As both houses meet at 9 a.m., Sen. Ellen Corbett is introducing California craft brewers on the Senate floor -- just in time for Sacramento Beer Week.

The brewers include two from Sacramento -- Jan-Erik D. Paino of Ruhstaller and Steve Swinford of Rubicon. Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association, will also be on hand. Corbett is also putting up a resolution that proclaims February to be California Craft Brewery Month.

Lawmakers might be wishing for a beer as the Senate Budget Committee considers Gov. Jerry Brown's proposals on Medi-Cal and In-Home Supportive Services, including long-term care and managed care. The hearing, which is expected to be lengthy, starts in the Capitol's Room 4203 at 9:30 a.m. or after the session adjourns. For the Legislative Analyst's Office's view on integrating care for seniors and those with disabilities, click here to read the report issued last Friday.

Brown, as we've reported here, is heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama and governors at the National Governors Association's winter meeting.

Brown is also hitting the East Coast ATM. Democratic lobbyists Heather and Tony Podesta (who The Hill notes is the brother of former White House chief of staff John Podesta) are hosting a reception tonight for Brown and his tax increase ballot measure at their home, according to this invitation.

Speaking of Obama, things are looking up in the Golden State for the president. According to the latest Field Poll, 53 percent of California's voters think he's doing a good job, up five percentage points from last fall. Obama also leads Republican presidential hopefuls by wide margins among the state's voters, with 20 percentage points separating him and Mitt Romney, who does the best among the GOP candidates.

Dan Smith has more in today's Bee. If you want detailed numbers, click here for the statistical tabulations compiled especially for Capitol Alert. You'll find the publicly released poll at this link.

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR: Click here for the Senate's schedule, and click here for the Assembly's.

ANIMAL SHELTERS: The governor won't be there, but animal activists say they plan to deliver 45,000 signatures to his office at 10 a.m. urging him not to repeal former state senator and big name student activist Tom Hayden's law requiring animal shelters to keep dogs and cats longer before euthanizing them.

RETIREMENT: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, join David Pacheco of AARP California, Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen owner Andrew Blaskovich and others in front of the state treasurer's office at 10 a.m. to unveil a retirement savings plan for private-sector employees who don't have access to one in the workplace.

CONGRESS: Sen. Barbara Boxer is back in home territory, holding a presser at noon in San Francisco at the Ferry Building to talk about the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, the fight over contraception coverage, and the transportation bill to be debated next week on the Senate floor.


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