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October 9, 2012
Bill Clinton stumps for California Dems in tight congressional races

clinton.jpgFormer President Bill Clinton rallied thousands on the quad of UC Davis this morning, endorsing four California Democrats running for Congress and encouraging Californians to vote for Proposition 30 and against Proposition 32.

Clinton endorsed current Reps. John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney as well as challengers Ami Bera and Jose Hernandez. The four contests they're in are among the most competitive in the nation, and the national Republican and Democratic parties are spending big to try to take the seats.

The districts at stake span a 200-mile swath of the northern Central Valley from Modesto to Yuba City.

"The four people I'm on the stage with -- two in Congress, two trying to get there -- each in their own way, they represent the American dream," Clinton said. "They prove that a commitment to shared prosperity works better than 'trickle down, you're on your own.'"

October 9, 2012
Tax rival Munger unloads on Gov. Jerry Brown initiative

Molly Munger, an attorney who has spent more than $30 million on the Proposition 38 campaign to raise taxes, launched an ad today criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown's rival tax increase measure, Proposition 30, for allowing "politicians" to "take" money away from schools.

Her proposal would raise income taxes on all but the poorest residents to generate $7 billion annually for education and early childhood programs and $3 billion for the state budget.

Brown's campaign, meanwhile, continued accusing Munger and her brother, Charles Munger Jr., of trying to damage education funding in California.

October 9, 2012
Live stream: Bill Clinton hosts rally at UC Davis

President Bill Clinton is on the UC Davis quad this morning for a rally hosted by the Davis College Democrats. He'll be endorsing four Nor-Cal Democrats who are running for Congress in competitive races.

Watch the event live via the Fox40 News live stream here.

Related story: Bill Clinton stumps for Democrats.

October 9, 2012
AM Alert: Bill Clinton stumps for Democrats in Davis

clinton_threeB.jpgPresident Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear on the UC Davis quad this morning for a rally hosted by the Davis College Democrats. He'll be endorsing four Nor-Cal Democrats who are running for Congress in competitive races. The candidates getting a boost from the 42nd POTUS are Congressman John Garamendi (CD3), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CD9), Ami Bera (CD7) and Jose Hernandez (CD10).

Thanks to the "top two" primary system, the race for California's 5th Assembly District is one of nine that pit Republican against Republican for the Nov. 6 general election, as The Bee's Jim Sanders reported yesterday. Frank Bigelow and Rico Oller, who are competing to represent the district that stretches from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite will be at an election forum tonight in Placerville. The forum at the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center also includes education funding panelists to discuss propositions 30 and 38 and criminal justice experts who will address propositions 34, 35 and 36. It's at 6 p.m. at 6699 Campus Way in Placerville.

Congratulations to Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his wife Danielle on the birth Saturday night of their second daughter, Evangelina Felicity. Big sister Elliana said via press release that she's excited to share her toys with the newest resident of the 43rd Assembly District.

The bookends of California's education system are the focus of two hearings under the dome today: Improving child care for the littlest Californians is the focus of a 12:30 p.m. hearing of the Assembly Select Committee On High Quality Early Childhood Education in Room 126. Improving graduation rates for California State University students is the subject of a 1:30 p.m. briefing in Room 127.

Friends and family will remember Al Wagner today at a 10 a.m. memorial at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield. Wagner, a Democratic strategist who had worked for Senators Michael Rubio and Dean Florez, died unexpectedly last week at age 56. The church is live-streaming the memorial here.

Photo caption: Students and faculty listen to former President Bill Clinton at a rally on the campus quad sponsored by the Davis College Democrats on Tuesday morning. Photo by Renee C. Byer /


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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