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California's the place to be for big-name guests at convention breakfasts

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California's a reliable blue state with the largest delegation at the Democratic National Convention and while we may not a swing state, we still get a lot of love from the Party Powers That Be.

Here are a few of the "bigger" names headlining at the California Democrats' breakfasts: Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (she's from California, so no big surprise); but also House members John Lewis, Jared Polis, Donna Edwards and Xavier Becerra. 

Both Senators — Boxer and Feinstein — are dropping by to speak, as well as Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

State officials are also taking the mic: Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, State Controller John Chiang, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Throw in a couple of mayors from L.A. and San Francisco (Antonio Villaraigosa and Ed Lee), the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and White House insider Valerie Jarrett.

There are also a few folks designed to fire up the ladies: Georgetown law graduate Sandra Fluke (who Rush Limbaugh labeled a "slut" and  "prostitute" for her support of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that insurance companies pay for contraceptives) — and the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards. 

Meanwhile, housing for most of the California delegation isn't quite finished. The Blake Hotel has been remodeling for months and I ran into electricians in the elevator, workers installing new iPod/clock radios on one floor, and plenty of "wet paint" signs in the lobby. 

The Blake is conveniently located right across the street from the park where the Occupy Charlotte folks have camped out for nearly a year. It's a smaller group than last November when I was in Charlotte.

But how appropriate for California, the place where the Free Speech movement was born.

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