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RB_Capitol_Dome.JPGHappy Tuesday! We hope you had a relaxing three-day weekend, because the next couple of weeks could prove stress-inducing. What with yesterday being a state holiday and no session on Thursday because of Rosh Hashana, the time frame to get things done looks pretty compressed.

The latest looming cutoff is Friday's deadline to amend bills on the floor. In the meantime, the Senate will hold day-long floor sessions today, tomorrow -- ending early on Wednesday, good news for those who need to get to evening services -- and Friday.

The Assembly has more or less the same schedule this week, although things get started at noon today.

VIDEO: Despite the relatively small number of bills remaining, compared to recent years, Dan Walters says there is still some major legislation pending.

CALIFORNIA POLITICS IS SOFTBALL: Feeling weary of all the political bloodsport? How about some real sports, featuring politicians? No? Well, regardless, Republicans and Democrats lawmakers will take their competitive nature from the state Capitol to the baseball diamond today with a charity game at Raley's Field. Proceeds will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, will manage the Democrats, with Assembly members Ian Calderon and Adam Gray serving as captains. The Republican skipper is Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, with Assembly members Travis Allen and Curt Hagman her lieutenants.

A side note: One of the great things about baseball is the different levels of play -- college ball, minor league teams from low-A to triple-A, and major league teams, all coming with distinct regional traditions that sometimes mirror different levels of government. It's the same story with today's game: There's also an annual congressional baseball game in Washington, D.C., which federal lawmakers take very, very seriously and which has been known to help jolt young careers.

CELEBRATIONS: A couple of weekend birthdays we missed: Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, turned 63 Monday, which was also the big 44 for Sen Ben Hueso, D-San Diego.


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