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AM Alert: California Republicans amass in Anaheim

In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Ames, Iowa.
In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Ames, Iowa. AP

While their party’s presidential hopefuls tear each other to pieces, California Republicans will try to put on a show of unity at the state GOP convention in Anaheim this weekend.

There has already been some speaker drama, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backing out so he could campaign and getting replaced by former United Nations ambassador John Bolton. Attendees will still get to hear from a presidential candidate though, with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee slated to deliver today’s lunch address. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, will give the Saturday lunch talk.

Other events will include a panel discussing California’s public pension debt, a perennial target for fiscal conservatives, and a talk dissecting the big 2014 win of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, in a hard-fought East Bay race, a possible model for future GOP victories.

Our crack reporters will be in Anaheim bringing you the latest. Follow David Siders and Christopher Cadelago and check our blog for updates.

CEREMONIAL: Taking a break from updating us on wildfires and parsing the mountain of bills on his desk, Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Los Angeles today speaking at a dedication for The Broad Museum. The contemporary art museum is a project of Eli Broad, a prolific political donor who has given money to Brown’s campaigns.

COMMONERS: A subpar first round of test scores from new Common Core aligned assessments has prompted ample consternation. Today state officials will be doing some ‘splainin in Menlo Park: California State Board of Education president Michael Kirst and former California School Boards Association president Josephine Lucey will be offering some interpretations at an event hosted by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday in advance to Sunday celebrators and Assembly members Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who is turning 67, and Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, who will celebrate the big 5-0.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert