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Those of you who subscribe to our Capitol Alert Insider app learned this last night, but: three years out from the next presidential election, California Republicans now who they like best at this point.

Predicting the outcome of elections well in advance is a losing game, of course - the 2012 Republican field's candidate-of-the-week leaderboard fluctuations prove that - but it seems fitting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie represents, for now, the best choice for the California GOP.

Christie may be looked upon with unease by the tea party-inflected right, but that dynamic doesn't seem to be working against him in California. His status as the top choice of registered Republicans and Democrats alike emerges in a poll that shows a plurality of California Republicans simultaneously believing the tea party is a positive force and registering that the movement undermines the chances of Republican Congressional candidates. You can read more about California's perspective on the Republican field here.

VIDEO: Meanwhile, President Obama's numbers are on the wane in California - something Dan Walters says doesn't bode well for Democrats in 2014.

BONDING: The Assembly water bond tour continues today. Assemblymembers Brian Dahle, Mariko Yamada, Adam Gray and Anthony Rendon - chair of the working group and author of a $6.5 bond measure - will be in Redding today to discuss the proposal. Local voices will include representatives of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Third District Agricultural Association, the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority and the Sites Reservoir Joint Powers Authority. From 1:30 p.m. at the Shasta County Board of Supervisors chambers.

EMISSIONS MISSION: As California strives to reduce its emissions, low and zero-emission vehicles offer a crucial way to clear the air. But getting those cars on the road is only one part; ensuring there are sufficient public charging stations to make the vehicles viable also represents an obstacle, one that an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing will examine today.

Witnesses will include Denise Tyrrell of the California Public Utilities Commission, Analisa Bevan of the California Air Resources Board, Jim McGowan of the California Building Standards Commission and Jacob Lieb of the Southern California Association of Governments, in addition to representatives from
Southern California Edison, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Long Beach City Council chambers.

PRISON PRISM: It will be a Bay Area-dominated day at an Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment hearing in San Francisco today. Witnesses will include Richmond Chief of Police Chris Magnus, Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee of San Francisco Superior Court and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

PHOTO: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in New York on June 27, 2013. Associated Press/Julio Cortez.


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