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October 3, 2012
Charles Munger gives $10 million for Prop. 32, against Prop. 30

Editor's note, 2:03 p.m.: This post has been updated with responses from Beth Miller, spokeswoman for the Small Business Action Committee.

Republican activist Charles Munger Jr. has given more than $10 million to an independent committee supporting Proposition 32's campaign finance provisions and opposing Proposition 30's tax increase, according to a new state filing.

The committee has bought millions of dollars in advertising to support Proposition 32 and given some of the cash to a different campaign fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure.

October 3, 2012
VIDEO: Jerry Brown's tax campaign airs first TV ad

Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign to raise taxes went up this morning with its first television ad, painting Proposition 30 as an effort to protect school funding from "Sacramento politicians" - without once mentioning the tax increase or the fact it is a Sacramento politician proposing it.

"As state controller, my job is to watch the money," state Controller John Chiang says at the top of the ad. "I support Prop. 30 because it means no more school cuts with strict accountability. Sacramento politicians can't touch the money, and Prop. 30 requires annual audits posted online for everyone to see."

The ad includes no mention of the Democratic governor, whose public approval rating is only middling.

The campaign later said the ad is part of a series of five ads, two of which feature Brown.

October 3, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Schwarzenegger's new book missing one apology

VIDEO: Dan says Arnold Schwarzenegger missed his chance to apologize. Editor's note: This replaces an earlier version in which Dan misspoke in characterizing a judge's ruling on Schwarzenegger' commutation of a sentence.

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

October 3, 2012
AM Alert: Get your democracy on

It's debate day for presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. And appropriately enough, anyone looking to participate in the democratic process has a few entry points around the Capitol today.

First, UC Davis is launching its California Civic Engagement Project with a 9 a.m. event introducing its nonpartisan data repository and research initiative. The project, part of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, plans to collect civic engagement data from a broad range of sources and make them publicly available. Learn more about it at 9 a.m. at the UC Sacramento Center, 1130 K Street.

Also this morning, Sacramento State is hosting a forum on the "Implications of Proposition 30 for California Public Education and the Capital Region," featuring leaders from the local business and education scenes. On the line-up: Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, Five Star Bank President James Beckwith, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, New Faze Development CEO Allen W. Warren, business school dean Sanjay Varshney, Campaign for College Opportunity executive director Michele Siqueiros, and many others. PR mavens (and former political reporters) Kevin Riggs and Marcey Brightwell will serve as moderators. The event runs from 8:30 to noon at the Sac State Alumni Center on State University Drive South.

The presidential debate kicks off at 6 p.m., and with it, at least three debate viewing parties around town:

  1. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento hosts a debate watch and invites the public to join a post-debate discussion with senior fellow Robert Denhardt. At USC in Sacramento, 1800 I Street.
  2. Sac State Government Professor Kimberly Nalder hosts a group viewing. She'll poll audience members before and after the debate and moderate a post-debate discussion with political scientists. Sacramento State campus, 6000 J Street, Sequoia Hall, Room 301.
  3. The Sacramento County Young Democrats and the Democratic Party of Sacramento County are watching at the MiX, 1525 L Street, Downtown Sacramento.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Best wishes to Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, on her 62nd birthday.

VIDEO: Dan Walters says Arnold Schwarzenegger should apologize for the most outrageous thing he did as governor.

VOTER GUIDE: The Bee's online Voter Guide, with details about dozens of state and local races, is now live.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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