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DAN WALTERS DAILY: In his daily video, Dan says the top-two primary could revolutionize California politics.

Republican Congressman Dan Lungren and his Democratic challenger Dr. Ami Bera face off this afternoon in their first debate of the 2012 election season, sponsored by The Bee, News10 and Capital Public Radio. The race for the 7th Congressional District - which includes several Sacramento suburbs like Citrus Heights, Carmicahel and Elk Grove - is considered one of the tightest in the country.

You can watch the debate live at 3 p.m. on, featuring questions from Bee Capitol Bureau Chief Dan Smith, News10 Political Editor John Myers and Capital Public Radio senior reporter Marianne Russ, as well as you, our dear readers.

Check the printed paper tomorrow for full coverage. The debate will be re-broadcast tomorrow on News10 and Capital Public Radio.

BILL SIGNING - Gov. Jerry Brown will be at Google HQ in Mountain View today for a bill-signing ceremony. The search engine giant has lobbied on several bills this year, the most high-profile being SB 1298, its effort to clarify rules of the road for driverless cars. Brown's bill signing with Google co-founder Sergey Brin will be streamed live at 1 p.m. at

32 + 33 = 2: If you're studying up on the November ballot initiatives, today provides a two-fer. At 9:30 a.m. the Legislature's joint insurance committee will hold a hearing on Proposition 33, which would allow car insurance companies to charge higher rates to drivers who have had a lapse in coverage. At 10 a.m., the joint elections committee will hold a hearing on Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions from using payroll deduction to pay for political campaigns.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sending birthday wishes to Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Tulare, who turns 62 today.


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