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Tim_Donnelly.JPGWith about $54,000 in hand to take on Gov. Jerry Brown, the $17 Million Man, in November's election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly launches a "Save California" bus tour today that will hit more than 40 cities over the next ten days.

His ride on the Liberty Express kicks off in Roseville with a rally and fundraiser at the Glass Guru window repair store at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are a relatively modest $99, or $150 for a couple — only a fraction of the thousands that Sacramento politicians typically charge for events.

Donnelly continues with a speaking engagement at the Placer County Republican Assembly's annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner, 7 p.m. at the Old Spaghetti Factory. He will also hit Monterey County, the Bay Area and the Central Valley, as well as more locations in the Sacramento area, over the course of the trip.

VIDEO: Tackling the gap in Internet use among California's black and Latino population could also help with the achievement gap in test scores, Dan Walters says.

BACK IN ACTION: After cancelling last Tuesday, state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has rescheduled a press conference to discuss his resolution calling upon President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants who are eligible to become legal citizens. This is the first piece of legislation Calderon has promoted since becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal last fall. The resolution now has seven co-authors, including Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Lou Correa of Santa Ana. The press conference takes place at 8:30 a.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.

FARM BILL FOLLIES: Following months of debate over cuts to food stamps, Congress is poised to pass a long-delayed Farm Bill. At 10:45 a.m., California State Board of Food and Agriculture holds a panel discussion on the legislation, which would revamp agricultural subsidies and cut about $800 million from the food stamp program. The board's agenda also includes items on immigration and the drought. Today's meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the Department of Food and Agriculture's N Street headquarters.

INSIDER EXCLUSIVE: Subscribers to the Capitol Alert Insider Edition can get veteran political analyst Tony Quinn's take on key legislative races, as Republicans seek to cut into Democrats' supermajority status this year. In the first of five parts released this week, Quinn and reporter Christopher Cadelago looks at some of the most interesting Assembly races happening in Northern California. You can subscribe to the Insider Edition app for iPad and iPhone.

PHOTO: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, announces he's running for California Governor in Baldwin Park, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2013. The Associated Press/Nick Ut


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