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AM Alert: California Democrats storm Philadelphia

Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage on July 22, 2016 in Philadelphia.
Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage on July 22, 2016 in Philadelphia. AP

The Legislature’s back for it’s final month-long push a week from now, but today the big question is...Who’s in charge in the meantime?

Democrat-dominated California is remarkably devoid of onsite leadership as top elected officials party in Philadelphia for this week’s Democratic National Convention.

The state’s 551-person delegation will be led by Gov. Jerry Brown, and the biggest Democratic stars in California politics are scheduled to speak to the delegation. Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Controller Betty Yee, Senate President pro Tem Kevin De León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon are on the agenda for the daily delegation meetings.

The mass exodus of high-level officials leaves an opportunity for state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to serve as acting governor at some point during the week. Torlakson is eighth in the line of succession for governor.

The Bee Capitol Bureau’s Christopher Cadelago and David Siders will be in Philadelphia covering the convention all week. They have profiled a half dozen delegates and previewed the lingering rancor between Sanders and Clinton backers from California. Check Capitol Alert for the latest inside convention news. Republican convention coverage featured water slides, disease outbreaks and a third-party presidential candidate endorsing a controversial California ballot measure.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Two California delegates offer different views of the convention.

WORTH REPEATING: “To a certain degree, I think the wall can be sold to Latinos.”

Frank Visco, GOP convention delegate and former California Republican Party chairman, on Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border.

AID-IN-DYING CHALLENGE: Opponents of California’s aid-in-dying law have taken their complaints to court. The Riverside County Superior Court will hold a preliminary hearing today on whether the law, which went into effect last month and allows terminally ill patients to get medicine from their doctors that would end their lives, is constitutional. A previous attempt to block the law with a temporary restraining order failed.

WORKING ON BREAK: The Assembly select committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities will hold a public information session to hear from health professionals and the public on different ways to battle HIV/AIDS. There will be a presentation by a Department of Public Health doctor, a panel discussion and public comment on prevention methods, including medications like PrEP and PEP. The meeting, which will begin at noon at the University of California, San Diego, will be the third in a series of sessions held across the state. The ultimate goal of the meetings is to gather information to help develop a plan for the Legislature to address HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs

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