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First Take: Whitman housekeeper issue redux. Budget vote could come Thursday.

October 4, 2010 |  7:53 am

Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman tangled Saturday in Fresno in their second debate, with the most pointed exchange coming over the issue of Whitman's former housekeeper.

George Skelton says the real political problem for Meg Whitman, now that it has been revealed that she employed an undocumented immigrant for more than nine years, is that she looks like a hypocrite.

Lawmakers reached a tentative budget deal Friday night. A vote could come as early as Thursday.

Jack Dolan reports that  California welfare worth millions is drawn by people out of state.

John Hoeffel profiles the backer of Proposition 19, the measure on the November ballot that would legalize marijuana in California.

Republicans are hoping anti-incumbent fervor will help them retake an Orange County congressional seat held by Loretta Sanchez.

-- Anthony York