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October 8, 2012
Nutrition group says Prop. 37 foes are mischaracterizing its position

A national group of nutritionists says its position on the safety of genetically-engineered foods has been misrepresented by opponents of Proposition 37 in the California voter guide.

"We are concerned that California's voters are being misled to believe the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals is against Proposition 37, when in fact, the Academy does not have a position on the issue," said a statement from Ethan A. Bergman, president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

October 8, 2012
Dan Logue drops out of 4th Senate District special election

With four weeks to go until Election Day, Assemblyman Dan Logue is abandoning his bid for an open state Senate seat because of health issues.

Logue was one of six candidates seeking to replace former Sen. Doug LaMalfa in the 4th Senate District. LaMalfa, who is running for Congress in a safe GOP district, resigned at the end of the legislative session so that the special primary for his seat could be consolidated with the November general election.

Logue's campaign said today that the Marysville Republican has been advised by his doctor to lay low while he recovers from kidney damage caused by an adverse reaction to antibiotics. While he will remain an active candidate in the 3rd Assembly District, where he is running for a third term, his health issues will prevent him from campaigning in the special election for the 4th Senate District, which spans 12 Northern California counties.

October 8, 2012
Beth Gaines receives new boost from Charles Munger Jr. group

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines once again is getting a campaign boost from a group funded largely by wealthy Stanford physicist Charles T. Munger Jr.

Munger's Spirit of Democracy reported spending about $80,000 on Gaines' behalf last week in her 6th District Assembly race against Andy Pugno, a Folsom attorney.

The two Republicans are fighting to represent a newly drawn Assembly district that is based in Placer County but extends into Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale and El Dorado Hills.

October 8, 2012
Yes on 30 asks Munger to avoid 'destructive course of action'

A day after Molly Munger said she would air television ads pinpointing flaws in Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, a coalition of educators, politicians and labor leaders called on the wealthy attorney to "re-think this destructive course of action."

Munger has already contributed more than $30 million toward her own measure, Proposition 38, which would hike income taxes on all but the poorest Californians to increase funding for schools and the state budget. Her measure trails Brown's Proposition 30 in polls, and she said Sunday on NBC 4 in Los Angeles that she will now air ads that make a "distinction" between her proposal and the governor's -- often a euphemism for attack spots.

The Yes on 30 campaign responded today with a letter calling on her to avoid negative attacks, asserting that school supporters "know well that it is our students who will pay the price if you insist on risking billions of dollars in cuts to our schools and universities just to pass your initiative."

October 8, 2012
Despite plea for cash, Andy Pugno's Assembly bid running on fumes

Andy Pugno is not really "running" against Beth Gaines for the Assembly - he's just limping along, judging from newly filed disclosure statements.

Pugno reported outstanding debt of $132,205 and campaign contributions totaling just $59,524 from July 1 through Sept. 30, a pittance for an Assembly race in which the opponent is a sitting lawmaker.

Gaines, by contrast, reported collecting more than twice as much during the three-month period, $125,850.

October 8, 2012
AM Alert: Obama continues fundraising swing through California

Fresh off his latest visit to Los Angeles, President Barack Obama makes a stop in Kern County this morning to formally announce a national monument honoring labor organizer César Chávez of the United Farm Workers.

The national monument will make its home on the site known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz in Keene, some 35 miles southeast of Bakersfield. La Paz was the home and workplace of Chávez as well as the UFW national headquarters, and includes his grave site. If you're down that way and didn't register for the dedication, you're way too late to think about attending, according to the Bakersfield Californian.

Before heading to Keene, Obama is scheduled to attend a breakfast fundraiser this morning with former President Bill Clinton at the Pacific Palisades home of Michael King of King World Productions.

Then Obama heads from Keene to San Francisco for another concert fundraiser, this one at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Individual tickets cost up to $2,500, with John Legend and Michael Franti scheduled to perform.

Chefs Alice Waters and Tyler Florence will also lend their culinary skills to a fundraiser dinner. It'll cost $20,000 a plate to get in the door. Expected guests include 49er Alex Smith.

CAPITOL STEPS: Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, joins Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones and representatives of Crime Victims United and other organizations to highlight what they see as negative effects of public safety realignment and to propose reforms. The presser starts at 11 a.m. on the west steps.

MARCH: Seniors and health care advocates are holding a Columbus Day march and rally starting at 11:15 a.m. at Rep. Tom McClintock's Granite Bay office, 8700 Auburn-Folsom Road, to protest the Elk Grove Republican's stance on converting Medicare to a voucher program.


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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