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VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's report, says the "madhouse" that is the last month of the legislative session is fun for political junkies but isn't good for setting policy in California.

They're back: The Senate has a floor session scheduled for noon, and the Assembly is set to gavel in an hour later.

Committee hearings also crank back up today, with the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting at 9 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 4203. Click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.

Also cranking back up are political fundraisers, with at least four scheduled today, nine on Tuesday, 10 on Wednesday, six on Thursday, two on Friday, and one on Saturday. Capitol Alert's arithmetic adds those numbers up to 32.

Today's events benefit these candidates:

• Democrat Kevin Mullin, the South San Francisco City Council member running in the San Mateo County-based 22nd Assembly District.
• Democrat Rudy Salas, the Bakersfield City Council member running in the Kern and Kings County-based 32nd Assembly District.
• Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow, who's facing fellow Republican Rico Oller in the 5th Assembly District, which sprawls from Placer County to Alpine County and beyond.
• Democratic Sen. Juan Vargas, who's collecting money for his 2010 campaign.

Meanwhile, members of a group calling itself the Occupy Sacramento Foreclosure Team say they're setting up a round-the-clock vigil this morning outside Gov. Jerry Brown's loft at 16th and J streets. As the news release puts it, the group is looking to pressure the governor "to use his executive power to declare a state of fiscal emergency and an immediate foreclosure moratorium." The vigil starts at 9:30 a.m. The group isn't setting an end time.

NEW GIG: StudentsFirst, the education advocacy group headed by Sacramento first lady Michelle Rhee, has a new press secretary for its Western region: Erin Shaw. She has been Republican Sen. Sam Blakeslee's communications director since 2010.

TEA PARTY TALK: Board of Equalization Member George Runner is speaking to the Redding Tea Party tonight about his opposition to the state's new fire fee on rural property owners, which his website on the issue,, calls a tax. His talk starts at 6 p.m. at Destiny Christian Fellowship, 2570 S. Bonneview Road.


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