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Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are jumping in to a Dem-on-Dem contest in the 44th Congressional Distrct, lending a hand to Rep. Laura Richardson in her bid to defeat Rep. Janice Hahn for the Los Angeles seat.

Tonight, Sen. Curren Price and Assemblymembers Mike Davis, Holly Mitchell and Steve Bradford are scheduled to attend a 5 p.m. reception and fundraiser at the K Street office of the California arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Also listed as guests: California NAACP President Alice Huffman, former state Assembly speaker Rep. Karen Bass, and Rep. Maxine Waters. The fight for the Los Angeles seat is one of more than two dozen races statewide where voters will choose between two members of the same party, thanks to the new "top two" primary system.

NEW JOB: GOP political consultant Peter DeMarco has joined Randle Communications as a director. He will represent several of the firm's clients, including the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, Golden State Water Company, and the San Francisco Bar Pilots.

L'SHANA TOVA: Happy new year to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg; Senators Mark Leno, Alan Lowenthal and Lois Wolk; Assemblymembers Marty Block, Robert Blumenfield, Mike Feuer, Linda Halderman, Bonnie Lowenthal and Jeff Miller, and anyone else celebrating Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish new year begins today and lasts through Sept. 26.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sending birthday wishes to Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, who turns 53 today.



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