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September 14, 2012
AM Alert: Of dogs and bullies

In case you hadn't noticed, hunters in California really don't like Senate Bill 1221.

That's the legislation by Torrance Democrat Ted Lieu that would restrict the use of dogs in hunting bears and bobcats. Houndsmen who opposed the bill showed up en masse at the Capitol as the bill was making its way through the Legislature.

They'll be back today to relay their thoughts to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will decide the bill's fate by month's end. Hunting groups put out a press release urging their allies to rally against the "radical animal-rights agenda of the Humane Society" at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

TECH TALK: The intersection of politics and technology is the focus of the Envisioning California Conference under way today at the Sacramento Convention Center, where panelists will talk about the use of social media in political movements, whether new technologies can undermine democracy and California's role as a global innovator.

Historian and former state librarian Kevin Starr is the keynote speaker. Panelists include Democratic PR maven Steven Maviglio, News10 political editor John Myers and California's Capitol blogger Greg Lucas.

BULLY PROOF: State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is in San Francisco today to participate in the Bay Area Stop Bullying Summit, convened by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and The Bully Project. Torlakson will talk about anti-bullying measures in the state's schools.

CAKE AND CANDLES: HBD, as they say on Facebook, to two Assemblymen: Jeff Miller, R-Corona, who is turning 49 today, and Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, who is now 66.


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