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October 18, 2013
Nancy Pelosi, Doris Matsui talk up Dems' agenda in Sacramento

nancy_pelosi_doris_matsui_101813.JPGHouse Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that her Republican colleagues in Congress either "didn't know ... or didn't care" that shutting the federal government down for more than two weeks would injure the nation's economy.

"We lost $25 billion in our economy," Pelosi said while talking to members of the media following an appearance at Sacramento State.

"Either they didn't know that or they didn't care about it. I think they probably care about it. Now they know about it, and hopefully they will make different decisions."

The San Francisco Democrat was in Sacramento as part of a nationwide tour promoting congressional Democrats' agenda to raise the national minimum wage, support the expansion of subsidized preschool and increase the availability of paid medical leave for workers. She appeared alongside Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.

October 18, 2013
AM Alert: Another California special election takes shape

RBVoters4.JPGA leisurely Friday offers as good a chance as any to do a little prognosticating about California's newest special election.

With Assembly Democrats again knocking on the door of a two-thirds supermajority, the steady stream of specials takes on additional significance. We already know that Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley will be squaring off on Nov. 19 for the 45th Assembly District seat formerly held by Bob Blumenfield.

Now we have a sense of the field vying for the seat recently vacated by another Los Angeles Democrat. Holly J. Mitchell's move to the Senate has produced a candidate list of three Democratic men hoping to represent the 54th Assembly District. They are accountant and former Culver City mayor Christopher Armenta, real estate broker John Jake and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, son of chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and formerly a policy adviser to former Sen. Curren Price. The special primary arrives Dec. 3, with a runoff on Feb. 4 if necessary.

VIDEO: Dan Walters reads some statistical tea leaves and finds a big change in how California consumers behave.

WINNING WOMEN: Two powerful California women will speak at an event laying out an economic agenda for women today. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, will be talking during a 2 p.m. forum at Sacramento State.

SOLITARY SOLIDARITY: A few weeks after advocates for prisoners in solitary confinement listened to sympathetic lawmakers address the issue at a Sacramento hearing, a United Nations torture expert will be speaking on panels in both Los Angeles and Berkeley. Juan Mendez will be at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles this morning and UC Berkeley's Valley Life Sciences building this afternoon.

CELEBRATIONS: We have a few different birthdays this weekend: On Saturday, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, arrives at the ripe old age of 28. The slightly more august Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, turns 39 on the same day. On Sunday, Attorney General Kamala Harris celebrates her 49th.

PHOTO: Voters cast ballots at the polling place in the Bible Baptist Church in El Dorado Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.

October 18, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: California consumers changing car customs

Despite California's population soaring over the last few decades, gasoline consumption hasn't kept pace. Dan takes a look at why.

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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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