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First Take: Kamala Harris takes the lead. Ted Lieu clears the field. Interpreting Proposition 26.

November 15, 2010 |  7:51 am

Lawyers, lobbyists and lawmakers alike are scrambling to figure out just how Proposition 26, passed by voters earlier this month, will effect politics in Sacramento.

Democrat Kamala Harris has taken a slim lead over Republican Steve Cooley in the race for attorney general.

Assemblyman Warren Furutani has dropped out of the race to succeed late Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), all but clearing the field for termed-out Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). Lieu has been endorsed by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, also considered a contender for the seat.

Governor-elect Jerry Brown returns from vacation this week as he works to assemble both his administration and his budget proposal for the new year.

Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Davis, Calif., Monday at the third annual Governors' Global Climate Summit. The conference has become a showpiece for Schwarzenegger to try to solidify his legacy and reputation as a champion of the environment.

-- Anthony York

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