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First Take: The GOP debate debate. Prince Frederic for governor. Pension problems.

February 18, 2010 |  6:56 am

Steve Poizner has been trying to pressure Meg Whitman to debate at the upcoming state Republican Party convention. But the party released a statement Wednesday indicating no debate had ever been scheduled, and there were no plans to include a debate at the spring confab. If you're keeping score at home that's Whitman: 1. Poizner: 0.

Jerry Brown may still not be a declared candidate for governor, but Prince Frederic von Anhalt, husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, entered the race on a platform centered on marijuana, Cuban cigars and prostitution.

Marc Lifsher looks at California's growing pension liabilities.

Today in the state capitol, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and other lawmakers will speak out against a "Compton Cookout" party at UC San Diego that has been derided as racist.

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell will speak to Republican women in Orinda today about the nation's budget deficit. Carly Fiorina stumps in Fontana. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will officially file her paperwork in Rancho Mirage to run for reelection. Get the latest California political news as it happens. Follow PolitiCal on Twitter.