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As evidenced by our recent report on Republicans fretting over their grim prospects in statewide races, the 2014 election is closer than you think. Soon, we'll see where the donation dollars fell in the latter half of 2013.

Today marks the campaign finance filing deadline for the second section of 2013, which means we'll see who gave what to whom between July and December. Contributions over $5,000 have to be reported more frequently, which allows us to feed you a steady diet of posts on contributions to the technically nonexistent re-election campaign of Gov. Jerry Brown, but the more comprehensive information that has to be in today will include smaller donations and help illustrate the state of Assembly and Senate races.

VIDEO: Car taxes again entered the political arena, a move Dan Walters says points to California's dire need for infrastructure dollars.

LEGALLY A LAWYER: The long odyssey of Sergio Garcia ends tomorrow. Despite passing California's bar exam, Garcia was prohibited from practicing law because he was brought to the country illegally as a child. A bill passed last year led the California Supreme Court to reverse its opposition, and Garcia will be formally sworn in on Saturday during a ceremony on the West steps.

POWER LUNCH: A pair of formidable Democratic women will be drumming up money in San Francisco today. First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, will be hosting a "women's lunch" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with the price of admission running from $500 for an individual to $32,500 for couples seeking deluxe VIP access.

FILM CREDITS: The push to sustain tax credits for movie production is rolling. The topic will be on the agenda at a California Film Commission board meeting in Los Angeles this afternoon, with Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, expected to give an update on the legislative prospects.

PARENT TRIGGER: Speaking of the movies, those of you interested in education reform can check out a film screening today of "We the Parents," a documentary examining how parents in Compton invoked California's "parent trigger" law to take over a struggling school. The screening follows the Senate passing a resolution by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, recognizing National School Choice Week in California. In room 3191 of the State Capitol at 11 a.m.

PHOTO: In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, a woman counts U.S. dollar banknotes at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey. The Associated Press/Emrah Gurel.



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