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Now that the talking heads have dissected last night's No. 2 match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, California political junkies can go back to watching what's being called a "murder-suicide."

That's one of the terms showing up in recent emails and conversations bouncing around the state's education community, should Molly Munger's ads attacking Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 take down both that proposal and her own Proposition 38.

"This is an absolutely unprecedented situation in California politics," Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, told The Bee's Kevin Yamamura. Read his story at this link.

Those propositions -- and the other nine on the ballot -- get an in-depth look in The Bee's print edition Sunday, which includes a 22-page special voter guide for the Nov. 5 election. Ready to mark your ballot? You can also access our online voter guide at this link.

Californians, meanwhile, have until Monday, Oct. 22, to register to vote in that election. You can now register online at But registering online isn't automatic. As the Secretary of State's Office explains in this FAQ, "Your county elections official will contact you when your voter registration application is approved or when more information is needed to confirm your eligibility."

Keep in mind that the deadline is midnight the night of Oct. 22 to submit your application online. If you're submitting a paper application, it must be postmarked or hand-delivered that day to your local elections office.

On the campaign front, one of this weekend's fundraisers that caught our eye is a birthday reception and dinner Sunday benefiting Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's 2014 re-election committee. Tickets start at $1,000. Newsom is hosting the event at the Marin County home he shares with his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Two Rancho Cucamonga Republicans celebrate their natal days this weekend. Sen. Bob Dutton turns 62 on Saturday, and Assemblyman Mike Morrell turns 60 on Sunday. Birthday wishes to both.


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