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DAN WALTERS DAILY: In his video report, Dan notes that the new poet laureate loves libraries, but the man who appointed him -- Gov. Jerry Brown -- has not always been their friend.

With the weekend around the corner, a bipartisan team of state assemblymen is planning to do some bumping and grinding in the Coachella Valley.

It's not necessarily what you think.

Assemblymen Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, and V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, plan to meet up Saturday morning at the "Bump and Grind" trail in Palm Desert to announce a new bill designed to resolve what has become quite a controversy in those parts.

According to the Desert Sun, the Department of Fish and Game closed the popular trail last summer to shield the local bighorn sheep from hikers.

It was not a popular decision, and local hikers have been protesting ever since, demanding more evidence from the state that their presence threatens the sheep.

The lawmakers' bill theoretically could ramp up the heat on Gov. Jerry Brown to get Fish and Game to change their ways.

As for the trail's name, Capitol Alert had a hard time pinning down the exact origin of "bump and grind." One local said it's what the bighorn sheep do up there. Another said it's because the trail is bumpy and the top part is quite a grind.

FORE!: Got 60K lying around? Want to spend some quality time with Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg around the golf course? Today marks the beginning of the Pro Tem Cup at La Jolla's Torrey Pines Golf Course. As Torey Van Oot reports, the fundraiser for the California Democratic Party is designed to help Steinberg win a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

RALLY: The north steps of the state Capitol today is scheduled to be one of some 140 sites nationwide for a protest against the Obama Administration's mandate that employer-based health insurers provide free contraceptives. Sponsored by a group called "Catholics for Religious Liberty," the rally is scheduled to begin at noon. Other California rally locations are Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, Murrieta, San Francisco and Redding.


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