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AM Alert: Kevin de León on the menu at California Roast

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León at the Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau on March 2, 2015.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León at the Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau on March 2, 2015. The Sacramento Bee file

It’s that time again when one lucky politician feels the heat from their colleagues at the California Center for Civic Participation’s annual charity roast. For this year’s 32nd edition, state Senate leader Kevin de León is on the burner, the sixth President Pro Tem to be feted in event history.

Former Assembly Speaker (and 2005 honoree) Fabian Nuñez will serve as the master of ceremonies, and the star-studded roasting panel will include California Republican Party Chairman (and 2014 target) Jim Brulte, former Speaker (and last year’s roastee) Toni Atkins, current Speaker Anthony Rendon and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, with tickets starting at $400. The proceeds will benefit the Center’s nonprofit, nonpartisan programs to inform youth about California politics. Around six hundred officials, staff, lobbyists, consultants, and others are expected to gather to witness the jokes at de León’s expense.

I’M A VOTE 4 U: You’ve got a week left to figure out who you’re voting for in the primary election. If you still need help, The Bee’s new candidate matching tool finds which legislative and congressional candidates are most compatible with your views. You can also track the millions flowing into races across the state with The Money Trail.

TILL THE FILE ENDS: The suspense file drama is now behind us, but there is plenty more legislative excitement to come this week. Facing a Friday deadline to get out of their house of origin, hundreds of bills will be moving through the Senate and Assembly for floor votes. Expect lengthy sessions every day, and look for the mod caucus to flex its muscle on some liberal priorities ahead of next week’s primary election. The marathon starts at noon in the Senate and 1 p.m. in the Assembly.

IF U SEEK HIGHER OFFICE: So you want to be California’s next governor. Now that you’ve announced your intentions, what should you do? Start building up a resume of public accomplishment to convince voters you’re better equipped for the job than your large pool of likely opponents. Two weeks into 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Treasurer John Chiang – who wants to be known as fiscally prudent – will be at the west steps of the Capitol at 9 a.m. to promote AB 2833, a bill he is sponsoring this session that would require state and local pension funds to disclose the fees they pay hedge funds.

ME AGAINST THE DEMOCRATS: By bill or by ballot, more gun control laws loom in California this year, and Republican legislators are not happy about it. Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia will be joined by fellow Assembly members James Gallagher of Plumas Lake, Brian Jones of Santee, Shannon Grove of Bakersfield, Bill Brough of Dana Point and Brian Dahle of Nubieber for a “Freedom Rally” in support of the Second Amendment, 12:30 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs

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