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October 11, 2012
Dollars to Andy Pugno this week are bucks to fight gay marriage

Two donations for the price of one?

Assembly candidate Andy Pugno made supporters an offer today that he hopes they can't refuse: For every dollar donated to his debt-ridden campaign this week, an equal amount will be sent to the group defending Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage law, in its fight at the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This would be an offer to both support my campaign and help support a charitable cause at the same time," the Republican candidate and Folsom attorney told The Bee.

Pugno's fundraising appeal said that a "generous financial supporter of Proposition 8" will match up to $25,000 in campaign contributions he receives through Sunday.

October 11, 2012
Molly Munger says Jerry Brown using 'impostor strategy' to win votes

Tax proponent Molly Munger said Thursday she plans to fund her Proposition 38 efforts up to Election Day and has no reason to back away from an ad critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax campaign.

Munger has become the focal point of California political conversations this week after launching an ad Tuesday that calls Brown's campaign "misleading." She said, in an interview with The Bee, the governor's Proposition 30 campaign was pursuing an "impostor strategy" by claiming the mantle of boosting school funding and sidestepping Sacramento politicians.

Public polls have shown Brown's initiative hovering just above 50 percent while Proposition 38 has been in the low 40s. Munger, a wealthy attorney who has spent more than $30 million on her campaign and attacking Proposition 30, said her own polls show "a nearly dead heat" and both below 50 percent, though she would not provide data.

October 11, 2012
California legislators rarely break from party line in floor votes

How often do California state legislators break from their party line when voting on bills?

Hardly ever.

An analysis by The Bee's Phillip Reese shows that Democrats voted the same way as most of their fellow party members 99 percent of the time in the 2011-2012 legislative session. Republicans voted with GOP colleagues 94 percent of the time.

Click here to see the full analysis.

October 11, 2012
AM Alert: Biden, Ryan debate; Sacramento State hosts viewing

Given last week's debate performance from President Barack Obama, tonight's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin promises to draw more eyeballs than many such No. 2 matchups.

Capitol denizens, if they wish, may take their eyeballs to a viewing of the debate at Sacramento State. What's at stake? As McClatchy Newspapers' Lesley Clark reports in this story, Democrats want to regain momentum after last week's debate while Republicans hope to boost their numbers.

Both sides have been trying to lower expectations before Biden and Ryan meet at Centre College in Danville, Ky., a town of about 16,000 where officials have suspended garbage collection and closed roads in advance of the event.

Martha Raddatz, the senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate. Raddatz was ABC's White House correspondent during former President George W. Bush's last term, her bio says. She's also the author of "The Long Road Home -- A Story of War and Family" about the war in Iraq.

The format this time divides the 90 minutes into nine time segments. Raddatz will ask an opening question in each segment, and Biden and Ryan will each have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the rest of the time left in each segment for discussion of that question. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic issues.

The debate runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The Sacramento State viewing starts at 5:45 p.m. in Amador Hall, Room 150, at 6000 J St. Hosting the viewing is Professor Kim Nalder, the director of the Project for an Informed Electorate. Audience members will be polled both before and after the debate.


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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