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    Reps. Mike Honda, left, and Ami Bera stand in for Sonny and Cher as they sing “I Got You Babe” during a karaoke event in Washington, D.C., last week.

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  • At the Capitol

    The Each Mind Matters campaign, which works to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, sponsors Mental Health Matters Day, with a rally on the south steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m. and a walk from the Capitol to Raley Field. The day will feature state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, among others.

    – Alexei Koseff

The Buzz: Targeted California Democrats blow off steam in Washington

Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 9:58 pm
Last Modified: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Reps. Ami Bera and Mike Honda, California Democrats facing tough re-election fights, are unlikely to convene with their challengers for a spirited round of “Kumbayah.”

But they aren’t above a little after-hours karaoke.

Last Wednesday, Bera and Honda (who we’re told is a big karaoke enthusiast) helped mark Asian Pacific Heritage Month at a Washington event held by Asian American young professionals. As captured in a photograph published by Roll Call, Bera hung an arm over Honda while the pair belted out a version of the 1960s classic “I Got You Babe.”

Sonny and Cher they were not, but the beat reportedly went on.

“Congressman Honda’s experience showed, and he definitely out-sang his protégé, but Congressman Bera had a certain something that captured much of the audience’s heart,” a Bera staff member told Roll Call.

Honda, of San Jose, has been something of a mentor to the Elk Grove freshman. This year, Bera is expecting a battle against one of three Republicans: Doug Ose, Igor Birman or Elizabeth Emken.

Honda is in a rare battle to retain his seat against fellow Democrat Ro Khanna.

– Christopher Cadelago


AT THE CAPITOL

The Each Mind Matters campaign, which works to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, sponsors Mental Health Matters Day, with a rally on the south steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m. and a walk from the Capitol to Raley Field. The day will feature state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, among others.

– Alexei Koseff


WORTH REPEATING

“Let’s try that again. Controller deserves a little more applause.”

John A. Pérez, outgoing Assembly speaker, after members gave a lukewarm response to John Chiang. Pérez is running for controller. Chiang docked members’ pay over a budget dispute in 2011.



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