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Political advertising season is in full swing, as anyone who's turned on a television or opened a mailbox this week can attest. To help you identify the half-truths and distortions in many of the ads you see, The Bee is sorting fact from fiction with our regular Ad Watch feature. Unsure about a political ad you just saw? Check out the whole collection of our Ad Watch pieces here.

ON THE TUBE: Speaking of television, between watching those political ads you might want to check out Dr. Phil. Sen. Leland Yee will be on the show today touting his Senate Bill 9 that gives some juveniles convicted of murder the chance to get out after serving 25 years. The show will highlight the case of Californian Sara Kruzan, who was 17 in 1995 when she killed her alleged pimp. The show airs in Sacramento today at 10 a.m. on channel 31 and at 3 p.m. on channel 13.

IN THE FLESH: The region's congressional representatives are both holding press conferences today: Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento will be at the HALO health clinic to highlight a new program to provide health care to Sacramento County's low-income residents. Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River will be at a business in Rancho Cordova to receive endorsements from the Sacramento Metro, Elk Grove, Folsom, Hispanic and Rancho Cordova Chambers of Commerce.

BALLOT EXPLAINER: Anyone confused about the 11 propositions on the California ballot this fall can attend a forum tonight intended to unpack the details, explain the pros and cons and tell you where the money is coming from in each fight. Panelists for the forum organized by Sacramento State's Project for an Informed Electorate include Nick Robinson, head of the Institute for Governmental Studies library at UC Berkeley; Philip Ung of California Common Cause; and Kim Nalder, a professor of government at Sacramento State. It's tonight at 6 pm at the Sacramento Public Library Galleria, 828 I Street.

TAXING THE WEALTHY: It's not just the subject of Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, it's also the subject of some research by academics at Princeton and Stanford. They'll be presenting their work, "Flight of the Millionaires? Experiments in Taxing High Incomes in New Jersey and California" at the UC Center Sacramento on Monday. The talk is free but you must register by today. Here's all the info.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Happy birthday to Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, who is turning 55.

Editor's note, 11:50 a.m.: This post has been updated to correct the description of SB 9.


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