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First Take: Campbell goes dark. Lawmakers go blue. Jerry Brown’s first ad

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Well, this is never a good sign for a campaign. Tom Campbell has pulled all of his television advertising off the air in the final days of the campaign as he tries to catch his Senate primary rival Carly Fiorina.

Before the budget battles begin, lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger exchanged quips at the 28th annual California Roast in Sacramento. This year’s victim was Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

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Jerry Brown entered the gubernatorial conversation with a new Web ad that seeks to place the Democratic standard-bearer above the political fray.

Steve Lopez has his own take on the sea of political ads.

Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban openly carrying handguns.

The chief of staff of an Orange County assemblyman made an incredible two-day run at the World Series of Poker.

There are just five days to go before Election Day and two days before lwamakers face a key bill deadline in Sacramento. Stay tuned for the latest news throughout the day by following PolitiCal on Twitter.

-- Anthony York

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