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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 / rbyer@sacbee.com



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