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AM Alert: Capitol staffers hit the campaign trail

Jennifer Charron, 37, left, of Carmichael, Noralee Bauthues Stewart, 54, center, of Fair Oaks and Bob Fossgreen, 81, right, of Elk Grove get ready to precinct walk in Elk Grove to get out the word to vote on June 5, 2010.
Jennifer Charron, 37, left, of Carmichael, Noralee Bauthues Stewart, 54, center, of Fair Oaks and Bob Fossgreen, 81, right, of Elk Grove get ready to precinct walk in Elk Grove to get out the word to vote on June 5, 2010. rbyer@sacbee.com

It’s a common gripe from Democrats working for the state Legislature this time of year: Leadership expects you to hit the campaign trail, whether you like it or not.

Through the Assembly Democratic Caucus, Speaker Anthony Rendon in August sent an email reminder to Capitol and district staff about the need for help in “battleground Assembly seats,” calling dedicated volunteers “the backbone of our field operation.” The reminder came on the heels of Assembly Democrats University 2016, described as a weekly training session on “basic and advanced concepts of political campaigning” held in July in Sacramento. An email detailing the training lists Assembly staff as the participants.

The ask: Two days of walking, four nights of calling and six days of GOTV in the run up to the November election.

The Assembly Democratic Caucus coordinates the staff volunteers, careful to separate state business from campaign work.

On one hand, it makes sense for staff members to pound the pavement for the party, especially considering that Democratic lawmakers fill their offices with Democratic workers. At the same time, many work their butts off already, more so at the end of session, and aren’t jazzed about donating additional nights and weekends to the cause.

So, before you hang up on or chew out those pesky callers, remember they probably don’t want to be talking to you, either.

WORTH REPEATING: “They are destroying the Republican Party in California. Shameful.” - Tom Del Beccaro, former GOP Senate candidate, blaming Arnold Schwarzenegger and other Republicans who backed the top-two primary system

TACO TRUCKS ON EVERY CORNER: Donald Trump has made a series of offensive comments in the race for the presidency. His remarks about Latinos in particular – a powerful and growing segment of voters – could prove especially costly. Today California politicians will gather in Los Angeles to launch a voter mobilization effort to urge Latinos to cast their ballots on Nov. 8. In a jab at the “Latinos for Trump” founder, who inspired countless memes after he warned that America could end up with “taco trucks on every corner” if Trump isn’t elected, SEIU United Service Workers West is parking taco trucks on nearby corners where people can grab lunch and register to vote. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León will join the rally, which begins at 11 a.m. on Washington Boulevard.

BERNIE’S BACK: Bernie Sanders returns to the Golden State today to urge support for Proposition 61, a drug-pricing measure on the November ballot, and rally on behalf of Jane Kim, a candidate for state Senate. California Bernie believers can catch their beloved leader at three events in Northern and Southern California. Sanders begins with a drug-pricing rally in Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m. today. He heads to San Francisco Saturday to campaign for Kim at her headquarters on Grove Street at 10 a.m. Sanders moves on to a second rally for Proposition 61 at noon alongside Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, at the Marriott Marquis on Mission Street.

REMATCH: Eager to take back the 66th Assembly District, Rendon will walk door-to-door Saturday to convince Torrance voters to elect former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. Muratsuchi lost the seat to Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, by a mere 706 votes back in 2014, but recent polls give the Democrat a slight advantage in the rematch. Rendon is expected to lead a rally at 2 p.m.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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