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Assembly candidate Brian Dahle is taking the unusual tack of listing his cellphone number on ballot statements sent by counties to voters in the 1st Assembly District, which stretches from Modoc to Placer counties.
He did the same thing before the June primary and usually got a handful of calls each day.
"Most people were amazed that I answered the phone," said Dahle, a 46-year-old farmer, seed salesman and Lassen County supervisor who is running against fellow Republican Rick Bosetti for the newly drawn Assembly seat.
"I believe that you need to be transparent," Dahle said. "That's the way I run my life and my business."
Dahle, who is married and has three young children, said he has the cellphone take messages during "family time," but otherwise he tries to answer calls and will return those he misses.
Most callers are polite and want to ask about his positions, Dahle said, but occasionally someone is abusive or just wants to vent.
"I'll take a few bad with a lot of good," he said.
California now has an official marine reptile: the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. Assembly Bill 1776, by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino which Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday also designates Oct. 15 as Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day, starting in 2013. Public schools and agencies are encouraged to teach about the critter that day.
"When you meet with people in the Legislature in Sacramento, the most striking thing is how stupid everybody is."
JOSH BARRO, columnist on economics, finance and politics for Bloomberg News, in an online chat with James Fallows at New York magazine
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