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AM Alert: Republican convention kicks off in Burlingame

Businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich appear during a Republican presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on March 3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich appear during a Republican presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on March 3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) AP

California Republicans have a rare form of spring fever.

After years of listless presidential primaries in the Golden State, tickets for the headline events at the state GOP’s weekend convention are sold out.

Donald Trump supporters – and some protestors – are flocking to Burlingame to hear the primary frontrunner speak at a luncheon today to kick off the convention. Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes the stage at an evening banquet while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas speaks to party loyalists Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are still available for Carly Fiorina’s talk on Saturday night. Whatever the odds that Cruz or Fiorina will someday occupy the White House, the chance that the vice presidential hopeful will again break out in song might be worth the $100 dinner fee.

The next month marks an unusual moment of political relevance for California Republicans. Trump will be unable to lock in enough delegates to win the party’s nomination until June 7, when California and several other states hold primaries.

TOWN HALLS: Kasich is keeping busy this weekend. The Ohio governor will sandwich his GOP convention speech with two town hall events in the Bay Area. Kasich appears at 2 p.m. today at the Parc 55 San Francisco hotel and follows with a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

ON THE LEFT: On the other side of the bay, Bernie Sanders pushes forward in his uphill bid to become the Democratic nominee. The Vermont senator will open a campaign office in Oakland on Saturday, his second outpost in California.

THE MONEY TRAIL: Follow the money with the Bee’s new mobile-friendly tool to track fundraising and spending in legislative races and ballot measure campaigns.

IT’S JUST A DRILL: After the bizarre car incident earlier this month, the California Highway Patrol and legislative security officials were smart to give a heads-up about an emergency exercise planned for the Capitol today. The drill may call for a full evacuation of the building, including the aging Capitol annex, so workers therein may be happy to know that today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 79.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, who turns 45 on Sunday, and Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, who celebrates the big 4-0.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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