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VIDEO: The election is two weeks off and slate mailers are starting to show up. Dan Walters says they're not worth much.

California may not be seeing much in the way of presidential campaigning this election season, but the newly re-drawn congressional districts have led to plenty of competitive races for the House - and all the hoopla that accompanies a real political fight. More evidence of that is on display today as former President Bill Clinton hits the Golden State for the second time this month.

Two weeks ago Clinton came to UC Davis to endorse four NorCal congressional candidates. Today he'll be at UC Irvine, stumping for five SoCal congressional candidates. Getting the nod from the Democratic Party's big dog are: Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (CD26), Sen. Alan Lowenthal (CD47), Scott Peters (CD52), Raul Ruiz (CD36) and Mark Takano (CD41).

PROP. 30: Gov. Jerry Brown makes four campaign stops today in his pitch to get voters to approve his Proposition 30 tax increase. He's scheduled to appear at events in Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield and Fresno.

CEQA: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is raising money tonight for his 2018 run for Lieutenant Governor at the home of Sacramento attorney Tina Thomas and her husband Bill Abbott. Thomas is an expert in land-use law and co-wrote the book, "Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act." She has represented major developers including Angelo K. Tsakopoulos and Mark Friedman, and worked on former state Treasurer Phil Angelides' unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2006. Steinberg, you may remember, has said that overhauling CEQA is a high priority for him in the upcoming legislative session. Tickets for tonight's event start at $250.

I-POKER: The National Congress of American Indians continues its annual conference today at the Sacramento Convention Center with a discussion about Internet gambling. Several attempts to legalize online gambling have fallen flat in California but the issue is still percolating here and across the country as tribes see a potential money-maker and state governments see a source of tax revenue. Speaking today are Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians; Robert Martin, chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians; Jason Giles, executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association; and W. Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

SENATE: The state Senate is holding two hearings today: The Elections committee meets in Santa Ana to discuss voter participation, while the Health and Human Services committee discusses developmental centers under the Dome.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Best wishes to Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, on her 62nd birthday.



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