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RB_Capitol_Dome.JPGRedistricting, term limits, top-two primaries: These are among the reforms California has enacted over the last few years to make its political system less partisan and more accountable. Today, some prominent experts will look at how those changes have affected the state's political dynamics and will consider what comes next.

Speaking at the event will be former lawmaker Sam Blakeslee, founding director of Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy; John Cox, chairman of the Rescue California Educational Foundation; Phillip Ung, of California Common Cause; and Christopher Weare of the University of Southern California's public policy school.

Former Fair Political Practices Commission chair Dan Schnur will be moderating, so we're going to go ahead and say a ban on fundraising while the Legislature in session may be a discussion topic. At Mulvaney's from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

VIDEO: Another session finished, another missed opportunity to address California's pension issues, Dan Walters says.

2014 WATCH: In case you needed verification that former Republican congressman Doug Ose is gunning for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by freshman Democratic Rep Ami Bera of Elk Grove, Ose is holding a $250-minimum barbecue fundraiser in Wilton this Sunday.

CELEBRATIONS: We have a few this weekend. Today, Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, turns 48 (naturally, he's throwing a Brian Dahle for Assembly 2014 birthday bash fundraiser).

On Sunday we have two: Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, celebrates his 42nd and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, rings in his 63rd year.


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