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VIDEO: 'Tis the season of rule-making, Dan Walters says in today's video post.

PROPOSITION 30: Gov. Jerry Brown will be at UCLA today, stumping for his Proposition 30 tax increase. It's likely the first of several campaign events he'll hold on college campuses in the next three weeks, as the governor tries to motivate a hard-to-nudge crowd: students. As we reported in today's Bee, many students so far are unengaged - even though their tuition will rise or fall with the fate of Proposition 30.

DEBATE: President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off again tonight for their second debate, a town hall format in which audience members will ask questions on domestic and foreign policy. If you think Obama is going to try to bring a stronger game this time, drink!

Well, maybe not at this hour. But perhaps you'd like to take your favorite debate-watching drinking game to one of these viewing parties:

  • Metro Edge - the Sacramento Metro Chamber's group for under-40 professionals - is hosting an event at the California Museum, touting mingling, munchies, and a panel of pros dissecting the issues. Kitty O'Neal of KFBK moderates the panel including Sac State Professor Emeritus Barbara O'Connor, Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad, GOP consultant Tony Quinn, political blogger Greg Lucas and others. All the details are here.
  • The University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy hosts a 6 pm debate-watch followed by a 7:30 pm discussion with Janet Denhardt, a professor of public administration. It's at USC's State Capital Center, 1800 I Street, Sacramento. For more information, email kawilson@usc.edu or call 916-637-8981.

NEW JOB: Kim Belshé, former Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the new executive director of First 5 LA, the county-level agency created by Proposition 10 in 1998 that promotes the well-being of children from birth to age five.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Best wishes to Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Gardena, on his 65th birthday.



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