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absentee_ballots.JPGAre you sick of the 2014 election yet? Too bad, because we're just getting started.

Though some campaigns have been ongoing for months, today marks the beginning of the candidate filing period for the June 3 primary. By March 7, we'll have a clearer picture of the candidate fields for California's 80 Assembly seats, 20 Senate races, eight statewide offices and four Board of Equalization jobs..

If you can't wait that long, then check out our Capitol Alert Insider Edition app. Last week, veteran political analyst Tony Quinn offered his take on the year's key legislative races, as Republicans seek to cut into Democrats' supermajority status this fall. All five parts are available as an Insider Edition exclusive. You can subscribe to the app for iPad and iPhone.

VIDEO: California is experiencing an eruption of corruption, Dan Walters says.

REMEMBERING THE PAST: As part of Black History Month, the Assembly's Black Caucus hosts a ceremony on the chamber floor at 9 a.m. recognizing "unsung heroes" of the Civil Rights Movement. Among those to be honored is Harold K. Brown, a former San Diego State University professor who fought housing discrimination and chaired the Congress on Racial Equality in San Diego. An exhibit is on display in the Capitol throughout the month of February.

CAMPUS CRIMES: State Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, is joining with the leadership of the Legislative Women's Caucus -- Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, and state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara -- to introduce legislation addressing sexual assault on college campuses. The bill calls for California schools to adopt victim-centered sexual assault response policies, strengthen the adjudication process and ensure confidentiality protections for victims, among other requirements. It will be announced during a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol.

YOUTH ADVOCACY: Current and former foster youth will be at the Capitol today to advocate for legislation that improves sibling visitation rights for children in California's foster care system. The California Youth Connection will be joined by state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, for a rally on the west steps at noon before members head to meetings with their representatives.

CAPITOL STARS: A new awards ceremony debuts tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Sacramento State's Union Ballroom, as the California College Democrats hand out their inaugural Hall of Fame Awards. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and Sen. Mitchell are among the honorees.

CELEBRATIONS: A belated happy birthday to Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, who turned 45 yesterday.

Editor's Note: This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2014 to remove a reference to Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner as part of the leadership group of the women's caucus. Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, is the chair of the group and is attending the press conference.

PHOTO: Yolo County registrar seasonal workers get buried in some of the 30,000 plus absentee ballots prepared for the Feb. 5, 2008 presidential primary election. The Sacramento Bee/Anne Chadwick Williams


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