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October 22, 2012
Jerry Brown's dog, Sutter, dispatched to help tax campaign

Some politicians reward their campaign volunteers with dinner or a signed photograph. Gov. Jerry Brown will let you meet his dog.

The California Democratic Party announced this afternoon that Brown's Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, will visit 30 Democratic field offices throughout the state on behalf of Brown's initiative to raise taxes. The animal will appear on a "limited edition Sutter Brown trading card" available to volunteers, the party said.

"With only two full weeks left before Election Day we're unleashing our cutest and cuddliest secret weapon out into the field," party spokesman Tenoch Flores said in a prepared statement.

Brown can use all the help he can get. His tax measure, Proposition 30, hangs precariously above 50 percent in public opinion polls.

Brown has previously brought his dog to campaign events. At a news conference in August, the pet came dressed in a red vest with Proposition 30 stickers on it.

October 22, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Vote early; ignore mail attacks

VIDEO: Dan says the mud is flying in California races, with highly competitive contests this year for Assembly, Senate and House seats.

Have a question you'd like Dan to answer? Post it on our Facebook page.

See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

October 22, 2012
AM Alert: UC Davis students test app in Obama-Romney debate

VIDEO: With competitive races across California for Assembly, Senate and House seats, Dan Walters suggests voting early and ignoring the hit pieces landing in the mailbox.

Tonight's the last debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney, and UC Davis students will have their smartphones fired up and ready as they watch it.

About 50 students there will join their counterparts at at least six other universities across the country to field-test a new app, co-designed by a UC Davis faculty member, that gathers real-time reactions to allow instant polling on a large scale.

Amber Boydstun, assistant professor of political science and app co-designer, will be on hand along with Mindy Romero, a researcher with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, at the debate-watch gathering in the UC Davis Emergency Operations Center. The debate runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Poll results will be released Tuesday morning.

Hmm. What new meme will pop up during the debate to replace Big Bird and "binders full of women"?

Back in Sacramento, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gives the keynote talk at the National Congress of American Indians' 69th annual convention and marketplace. He's expected to discuss the Obama administration's relationship with the tribal governments of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Salazar will also introduce the department's new assistant secretary for Indian affairs, Kevin K. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and the former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law. The convention is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., and Salazar is set to speak at 10:30 a.m.

ELECTION 2012: Today's the deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 6 election. If you're a procrastinator and live in the Sacramento area, the Secretary of State's Office is hosting a registration drive, complete with balloons and costumed characters, at Cal Expo's main gate. Find it at Exposition Boulevard and Heritage Way from 11 a.m. to midnight. You also have until midnight to submit an online application at


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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