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20130311_HA_TIM_DONNELLY.JPGThe Libertarian Party of California, which is holding its convention at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento this weekend, is hosting a rally nearby on the Capitol's west steps today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with longshot gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, scheduled to speak.

While Libertarians outline ways to make inroads among the state's voters, an organization founded by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will be brainstorming avenues to a California Republican revival. The California Trailblazers' candidate school will be meeting Saturday, also at the Hyatt Regency.

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Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, is holding the latest in a series of public forums looking for input on how to spend the extra revenue to be generated by the tax changes that voters approved last fall with Proposition 39, some of which will go to green building projects. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Riverside Adult School in Riverside.

While de León's meeting is going on, other lawmakers will be talking about a less environmentally friendly topic in Richmond. Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will be discussing the causes of a fire at a Chevron refinery in August 2012.

For all of you political junkies out there, the C-SPAN bus is rolling into Sacramento today as part of a national tour commemorating its 20th anniversary. The bus will be at California State University, Sacramento, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

A happy birthday in advance to Gov. Jerry Brown, who reaches a big milestone with his 75th birthday on Sunday. He has the distinction of being the nation's oldest governor.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, listens during session in the Assembly chambers in Sacramento on Monday, March 11, 2013. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee



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