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budgetsign.jpgAgreements have been reached on controversial issues involving overtime pay for home care workers, the use of cap-and-trade money and expansion of pre-kindergarten, but some details of next year's budget still need to be hammered out.

With the deadline just two days away, look for the deal to be mostly wrapped up today. If lawmakers don't pass a budget by midnight Sunday, they begin losing wages, and legislators are scheduled to return to Sacramento for floor sessions on Sunday afternoon.

Sorry, Capitol dads. Looks like this year's Father's Day will be a little less relaxing than the standard breakfast in bed.

VIDEO: Rep. Kevin McCarthy's likely ascension to House majority leader is bad news for California's high-speed rail proponents, Dan Walters says.

DEAR GRADUATES: Just a month after his last visit to the state on a fundraising tour through Southern California and Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama returns to California to deliver the commencement address at UC Irvine. Obama arrives in Palm Springs tonight and will be there for most of the weekend. He will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Los Angeles Saturday morning before heading to Angel Stadium in Anaheim to speak at UC Irvine's graduation ceremony, which kicks off the school's 50th anniversary celebration.

CLASH OF THE GOVS: Texas Gov. Rick Perry fanned the flames of his political rivalry with Gov. Jerry Brown during a visit to the Capitol this week. Is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie next to enter the fray? He'll appear with Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during a "small business tour" of San Francisco at 8:30 a.m.

OH FATHER: Father's Day isn't just for family celebrations; it's also an opportunity for political action. The Fathers' Rights Movement and the Grandparents' Rights Association of the USA hold a rally at 8 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol calling for greater rights for fathers and grandparents in raising children. Fathers for Justice will be on the north steps at 11 a.m. urging an overhaul of the divorce and family law courts that allows for "equal parenting rights."

CELEBRATIONS: An early happy birthday to Assembly members Nora Campos, D-San Jose, who turns 49 on Sunday, and Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, who turns 44. And, of course, a happy, mostly budget-free Father's Day to all of the dads in the Capitol community.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a copy of the signed state budget at the Capitol on Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Sacramento as then-Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, left, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, center, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, right, celebrate in the background. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling


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