VIDEO: Dan Walters explains in his latest video report why a recent development might give California rebel judges a boost in the Legislature.
It's T minus one day for Tuesday's presidential primary, and Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo will be on hand today to answer questions about the latest polls on voters' views of election-related issues. Come back to sacbee.com/live from noon to 1 p.m. for that live chat, and bring your questions.
With standard bearers already chosen for both Democrats and Republicans, it doesn't look likely that turnout will hit the level it did in 2008, when nearly 58 percent of California's registered voters cast a ballot in the presidential primary.
Even so, the state counts 1 million more registered voters than it did four years ago. More than 17.1 million California residents are now registered to vote, according to figures that the Secretary of State's Office released last Friday.
A few things haven't changed in four years. Alameda still takes the top spot as the county with the highest percentage of Democratic voters (56 percent). Modoc County still is No. 1 in Republican voters (50 percent). And San Francisco County still has the highest percentage of "no-party-preference" voters (almost 31 percent).
Meanwhile, the statewide voter share has barely changed since April, with Democrats still at 43 percent, Republicans at 30 percent, and "no-party-preference" voters at 21 percent. Click here to read historical data based on the official 15-day report of registration dated May 21. You'll find the May 2008 data at this link.
Under the dome, the Assembly has set its floor session for noon. The Senate meets at 2 p.m. The Legislature's next deadline, of course, is June 15 -- the budget bill must be passed by midnight.
CAPITOL STEPS: The California Center for Cooperative Development is sponsoring a Coop Day at the Capitol starting at 10 a.m. on the west steps. Republican candidate John Thomas Flynn, who's running in the 8th Assembly District, will be on the south steps at noon to address a rally opposing Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to make the state Technology Agency a department under the new Government Operations Agency. And from 2 to 4:30 p.m., a rally on the south steps welcomes bicyclists from Push America on their way to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for the developmentally disabled.
WEBSITE: Assembly Republicans have launched a new website, www.CAFactCheck.com, giving their take on state policies.