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From PolitiCal: Karen Bass off and running. Gavin Newsom get closer. Republican primary heats up.

February 17, 2010 |  4:51 pm
Here are some of the stories we're following on PolitiCal, our California politics blog: Backers of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman tried to shove Steve Poizner out of the governor's race Wednesday, while one former Poizner backer switched his support to Whitman. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom inched closer to a run for lieutenant governor. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass made her run for Congress official -- and got an endorsement from Diane Watson. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) promised no more late-night budget sessions. Get the latest from California politics as it happens. Follow PolitiCal on Twitter. --Anthony York