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Conway_budget.JPGState GOP chairman Jim Brulte's goal of reviving the Republican Party in California this year includes winning enough legislative seats to eliminate Democrats' two-thirds supermajority.

It will be a close fight come November, but California Trailblazers is on board. The program, which works to recruit and elect Republicans to the Legislature, is holding a training session in Sacramento today for a dozen candidates it has supported that advanced from last Tuesday's primary.

The all-day training, held at the Hyatt Regency on L Street, will include visits from Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway and members Brian Jones, R-Santee, and Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, as well as Kevin Riggs of Randle Communications and Mark Bogetich of MB Public Affairs. The training will cover messaging, grassroots outreach, voter contact, finance and opposition research.

VIDEO: The state controller's race is headed for a photo finish, with the top two changing daily, Dan Walters says.

SAVE OUR SEAS: The Ocean Protection Council, created to manage and conserve California's coastal ecosystems, holds a public workshop to get feedback on its plan for "collaborative stewardship" of the state's marine protected areas, 9:30 a.m. at the Natural Resources Agency Auditorium on 9th Street.

LGBTROOPS: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, honors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol. Dickinson is sponsoring a resolution that would mark June 11 as LGBT Veterans Day.

WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN?: The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care continues its series of informational hearings about the "faces of aging" in California with a look at aging in LGBT community, 2 p.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol.

LESS WATER, PLEASE: Among the steps Gov. Jerry Brown took earlier this year to address California's severe drought was urging a 20 percent reduction in water use. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Institute have prepared an analysis of potential water savings across the state, to be released at 10 a.m.

PHOTO: Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway speaks at a press conference in Sacramento on June 30, 2011 to celebrate the demise of a higher sales tax rate and vehicle license fee. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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