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Obama_Colorado_040313.jpgFresh off a pair of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee events in the Bay Area, President Barack Obama will be in Atherton this morning for fundraising events benefiting the Democratic National Committee. He returns to Washington, D.C., this evening.

It's not every day that we get leading luminaries from both major parties in California. While the president is ginning up contributions, the patron saint of tax opposition, Grover Norquist, will be talking up the conservative rationale for criminal justice reform. Norquist, who supported the Proposition 36 campaign to soften California's "three-strikes" law, will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Law School.

VIDEO: After taking a look at how bills have fared in the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Dan Walters says Democrats have their priorities scrambled.

WATER: Gov. Jerry Brown's massive plan to overhaul water delivery from the Delta has been in the spotlight lately, and elected and local officials from Sacramento will be discussing the prospects today. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, Sacramento Councilmember Darrell Fong and Regional Water Authority Executive Director John Woodling will be talking water politics at the Sacramento Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

RAIL: The California High-Speed Rail Authority will be discussing plans for the Fresno to Bakerfield leg of the planned high-speed rail system today. The meeting is happening in a few different places (thanks to technology), but the Sacramento iteration is happening at the Sacramento City Council chambers at 10 a.m.

APPOINTMENT: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, announced late on Wednesday that he was appointing former Assemblyman Pedro Nava to the Little Hoover Commission. Nava's tenure on the state panel runs through Jan. 1, 2017.

CARTOONS: Some of you have no doubt noticed that our political cartoons have acquired a new style recently with the arrival of cartoonist Jack Ohman. Today he talks to the Sacramento Press Club starting at 11:30 a.m. The RSVP deadline has already passed, but you can learn more at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: President Barack Obama boards Air Force One before departing Buckley Air Force Base, in Aurora, Colo., on Wednesday. Brennan Linsley / Associated Press


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