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AM Alert: Speaker’s Cup replenishes Democratic coffers

Golfers walk off one of the greens at Pebble Beach during January's AT&T tournament.
Golfers walk off one of the greens at Pebble Beach during January's AT&T tournament. The Sacramento Bee

An already-dominant California Democratic Party will be restocking its war chest in style this weekend: it’s Speaker’s Cup time.

Framed by the lovely environs of Pebble Beach, supporters willing to plunk down thousands of dollars – sponsorships start at $35,000 – will be able to get in a round of golf and unwind in the spa in close proximity to party leaders. In keeping with a proud swag tradition at such events, each attendee will be getting a GoPro camera. So plenty of generous-minded folks will soon be able to film those golf swings.

“It’s the largest fundraiser of the year,” said spokesman Steve Maviglio. “We expect a large turnout.”

TRUST ACTION: In honor of May Day, immigration activists will be rallying on the west steps today. Advocates achieved a major victory with a landmark law barring California law enforcement from holding onto minor immigrant offenders for federal immigration authorities. While there are signs the law is working, advocates allege sheriffs such as Sacramento County’s Scott Jones, are not always complying with the law, a concern that will be aired at today’s protest.

ROMOANCE: This one’s for you, San Francisco Giants fans: relief pitcher Sergio Romio will be among the honorees at the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation’s Latino Spirit awards ceremony on Sunday night. Longtime labor official Maria Elena Durazo and Judge Frances Muñoz, made California’s first female Mexican judge by Gov. Jerry Brown 1.0 in 1978, will also be honored at the Citizen Hotel.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to a pair of 2014 Republican pickups: Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, who turns 44 today, and state Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, who is 39.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.