Between Tuesday's primary, the budget deadline and hot-button issues on tap under the dome, California political junkies are going to need a steady drip of caffeine to keep up with all that June has in store.
Capitol Alert is here to help.
A $25 gift card to a Sacramento coffee shop is yours if you secure the top slot in our 2012 primary election quiz.
This year's contest features a mix of trivia and predictions related to the June 5 balloting. The entrant with the most correct answers wins the gift card. Those playing from outside the Sacramento region can opt for Starbucks or another major chain. See all the rules at this link.
How to play: Read the questions listed after the jump and send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 a.m. Tuesday, June 5. The best way to submit your answers is by copying the questions into an e-mail and writing your answers below.
1.) Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg created buzz when he considered entering the 26th Senate District race earlier this year. Who was the last Assembly Speaker to win election to the state Senate?
2.) Who was the last independent elected to Congress in California?
3.) The child of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice is running for office in California this year. Name the candidate and the district.
4.) Which newly drawn state legislative districts have the highest number of a.) registered Democrats; b.) registered Republicans; and c.) no party preference voters? (Each correct answer is worth one-third of a point.)
5.) The newly drawn districts sent some incumbent legislators searching for new homes. Name two incumbent Republicans and two incumbent Democrats who moved to be eligible to run for re-election in the district they wanted to seek.
6.) Rep. Mary Bono Mack is one of at least two inked California Republicans serving in Congress. What does her tattoo depict?
7.) Which "no-party-preference" candidate running on the June 5 ballot was recently registered as a member of the conservative American Independent Party?
8.) Prediction: How many state legislative and congressional districts will see two candidates of the same party sent to the November runoff?
9.) Prediction: Who will be the top vote-getter in the 46th Assembly District?
10.) Prediction: How many "no-party-preference" candidates will make it into the runoff in state legislative races?
Tie breaker: What percentage of the vote will Democrat Dianne Feinstein get in the U.S. Senate race?