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DAN WALTERS DAILY: In his video, Dan follows up on Gov. Jerry Brown's "man up" message for the Legislature.

It's tax-filing day, albeit two days later than usual, and labor is taking the opportunity to press its case against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal and by extension U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren, who supports it.

The California Labor Federation, joined by local seniors, will showcase one of the "patriotic millionaires" at an 11 a.m. press conference at the Sacramento Federal Building, 501 I Street.

Their goal is to criticize Lungren's support for changes to Medicare while the wealthy are paying a smaller proportion of their income than the middle class.

The effort comes a day after a liberal effort to make millionaires pay more went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate.

Among press conference participants will be Anthony Wright of Health Access, Bill Camp of the Sacramento Central Labor Council and David Watson, a member of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength and a self-described music entrepreneur.

LEGISLATORS' VOTING RECORDS: How often has a California legislator broken party ranks, abstained or switched sides? The Sacramento Bee has a database of the voting records of every member of the state Senate and Assembly. Enter a lawmaker's last and first names to see how he or she voted, or enter a bill number to see how every legislator voted on it. Check it out at this link.

DEATH PENALTY: Marc Klaas, father of murdered 12-year old Polly Klaas, will testify today for SB 1514, a bill intended to end automatic appeal of death sentences, at the Senate Public Safety Committee.

His daughter's killer, Richard Allen Davis, was sentenced to death in 1996 and remains on death row at San Quentin. The hearing is set for 9 a.m. in room 4203 at the Capitol.

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen's bill to make inappropriate conduct between teachers and students - even adult ones - a felony is up for its first hearing in Assembly Public Safety. The session begins at 9 a.m. in room 126 at the Capitol.

Buddy Roemer, bidding for the Americans Elect presidential nomination, will be in California today for three events. He begins at the University of the Pacific, then moves to UC Davis, where he'll speak at 2 p.m. in Arc Pavillion meeting room #1. He'll spend the evening at UC Berkeley.

He told Capitol Alert he knows he's coming down with a cold.


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