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November 20, 2012
Richard Pan opens Senate committee - one day after Assembly win

Assemblyman Richard Pan opened a campaign committee to raise money for a possible Senate campaign just one day after winning re-election to the lower house from a newly drawn district he had moved into to run, records show.

The Sacramento Democrat signed documents to launch the "Dr. Richard Pan for Senate 2014" committee on Nov. 7, while absentee and provisional ballots were still being counted in Pan's easy victory over Republican Tony Amador. The filing was reported by the secretary of state's office Tuesday.

November 20, 2012
Obama administration issues proposed health care guidelines

As the country races toward a health care overhaul in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election, his administration proposed rules today including one requiring insurers to cover everybody regardless of health condition.

The new regulations are intended to carry out the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has survived a U.S. Supreme Court challenge and Republican opposition.

California leaders are closely reading the federal rules to determine how they will deploy the Affordable Care Act in the nation's most populous state. State lawmakers and a new state marketplace for subsidized health coverage - Covered California - will use the rules to guide how they shape health care in the next year.

November 20, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Will Democrats overreach?

Dan says the assumption that legislative Democrats will overreach with their two-thirds majority may not be so accurate.

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

November 20, 2012
AM Alert: Operation gobble

VIDEO: Dan Walters questions assumptions that the legislative Democrats will overreach with their new supermajority power.

With Thanksgiving just two days away, isn't unusual to see politicians spending some quality time with turkey.

Before they roast, smoke or deep fry their own birds, at least three Sacramento-area legislators are taking part today in the annual tradition of distributing free turkeys to families in need.

The husband-and-wife team of Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and Sen. Ted Gaines are set to give out about 600 turkeys at their neighboring district offices in Roseville starting at 9:30 a.m. today.

Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will join Elk Grove Mayor-elect Gary Davis and Sacramento City Councilmembers Darrell Fong and Bonnie Pannell will have 300 turkeys to share with families and nonprofits at Sacramento State University at 11 a.m.

The turkeys for both events were provided by Save Mart Supermarkets as part of "Operation Gobble," an annual partnership between water companies and politicians across the state. For those wondering, the value of those donated turkeys do count as behested payments that must be reported to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

TOP TWEETERS: Who are your favorite Capitol types on Twitter? The Bee is compiling a list of stellar tweeters on California's political scene. We want your input. Who do you follow to keep up with the buzz in and around the Capitol? Send your suggestions to

NEW JOBS: The chief of staff to outgoing Sen. Joseph Simitian, D-Palo Alto, will spend the upcoming session trying to influence bills from outside the Capitol. Cory Jasperson was hired by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to lead the court system's governmental affairs office. The Bay Area News Group's Josh Richmond has more on the hire at this link. Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, announced yesterday that he has hired Sylvia Tang as his new chief of staff. Tang, who ran her own fundraising firm, previously held positions in the offices of Controller John Chiang, Board of Equalization Member Betty T. Yee, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, former Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, and multiple state agencies.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Happy birthday to Sen. Leland Yee. The San Francisco Democrat turns 64 today.

The AM Alert will be taking a break for the holiday and will return on Monday. In the meantime, check Capitol Alert for breaking news.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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