California isn’t letting Barbara Boxer go quietly.
The 75-year-old U.S. senator is leaving office in a few months, capping a 33-year congressional career in which she earned a reputation as a champion for liberal causes. Boxer, who once penned a song to convince her male counterparts to allow women to use the House gym, served 10 years in the House before serving four terms in the Senate.
Now Boxer is in the midst of a farewell tour of sorts. She spoke at a luncheon in Fresno last week, urging more women to enter politics (Two women, Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez, are vying to replace her). Boxer also addressed California Democrats last month in her final speech at a national party convention as a senator.
Her tour stops at the Sterling Hotel on H Street today, where the Harry S Truman Democratic Club is sponsoring a luncheon. Boxer is expected to discuss her book and political career, which begins at 11:30 a.m.
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Boxer continues on to Roseville for a reception co-hosted by the Democratic Party organizations of Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties. Doors open at 1 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center Reception Hall and the program kicks off at 2 p.m.
BILL COUNT: It’s the last three days of the 2015-16 session, but before lawmakers can escape Sacramento they have to take up hundreds of outstanding bills. The Assembly convenes at 1 p.m. today with 270 bills left. The session kicks off earlier at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Senate also meets at 1 p.m. Monday with roughly 170 bills to go. The Senate starts at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday.
FARMWORKERS: After an awkward false start last week, the Assembly is expected to take up a bill that gives farmworkers more overtime pay today. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, announced that it would come up for a vote Thursday. But when that failed to materialize, frustrated workers chanted outside the chamber prompting Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to promise a vote on the measure today.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m really relieved, I didn’t realize how scared how I was.” – Elizabeth Wallner, Sacramento woman with stage 4 colon cancer, happy the state’s assisted death law was not blocked Friday.
NUMBER NUGGET: San Bernardino Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown faces fellow Democrat Eloise Reyes in a fall runoff that will build on the multimillion dollar battle before the June 7 primary. Recently released voting and registration numbers for the primary illuminate the November contest. Brown was the top vote-getter in 119 of the district’s 201 precincts in June,, with Reyes finishing first in 55. In the precincts she won, Brown averaged about 48 percent of the vote while Reyes had about 36.4 percent. In predominantly Democratic precincts, Brown averaged 44.2 percent of the vote and Reyes about 36 percent. And in the district’s fewer than 20 Republican-heavy precincts, Brown got about a third of the vote, Reyes a quarter, and Republican Aissa Chanel Sanchez got the bulk.
BID ADIEU: The Legislative Black Caucus is hosting a reception for outgoing chair Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, who is competing for a Los Angeles-area congressional district seat. The staff and member-only party is slated to begin after session concludes Monday on the third floor patio. The caucus expects to elect a lawmaker to replace Hall in the coming weeks.
WORTH READING: The Bee Capitol Bureau’s David Siders’ takes a deep look at the wealthy farmer taking on Gov. Jerry Brown.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: Special interests are continuing to pour money into the November election, hoping to advance candidates who might be friendly to their causes. Check out the Bee’s Money Trail tool to track the spending.