Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Special election for Los Angeles Assembly seat

jwhite@sacbee.comNovember 19, 2013 

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One of the last Los Angeles City Council election-prompted dominoes will fall today, with voters filling one of two legislative seats left vacant by lawmakers who migrated to L.A.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, already cruised to an easy victory in claiming the Senate seat formerly held by Curren Price, ensuring that Democrats in the Senate retain a margin of error on their supermajority.

Now the voters will select the successor to former Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield. Democrat Matt Dababneh will take on Republican Susan Shelley in 45th Assembly District, and Assembly Dems are poised to reclaim their supermajority if Dababneh prevails. If not, they'll get another shot via the special election to fill Mitchell's old seat in the 54th Assembly District - not a terribly tall order, given that all three certified candidates for the primary are Democrats.

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SEEING BROWN: Gov. Jerry Brown will be at Sacramento's Jefferson Elementary School today for a press conference heralding a nonprofit that gets needy kids free eyeglasses. Things get underway at 10 a.m.

BOOZE BOOSTERS: Liquor lovers rejoice: eagerly anticipating a new law that will soon allow craft distilleries to charge for tastings,members of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild will be kicking off a liquor-sampling special in Alameda, along with bill author Nancy Skinner.

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