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CALIFORNIA

Bill would create annual Reagan Day

SACRAMENTO | California is one step closer to establishing an annual day honoring Ronald Reagan, the former president, governor and actor.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill designating Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day. It encourages schools to spend the day commemorating Reagan’s life and accomplishments.

The legislation, which heads to the Assembly, is one of three Reagan-themed bills Republican lawmakers hope to pass before Feb. 6, 2011. That would have been the 100th birthday of the conservative icon, who died in 2004.

Ronald Reagan Day would be the third special day of recognition in California dedicated to an individual.

The first honors conservationist John Muir. Last year, lawmakers honored Harvey Milk, a gay activist and former San Francisco supervisor who was slain at City Hall in 1978.

HOUSE

Party urges Stupak to seek re-election

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. | The two top-ranking Democrats in the U.S. House fear Rep. Bart Stupak may retire after drawing fierce criticism during the health care debate and have urged him to seek re-election, congressional aides told Associated Press on Wednesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer phoned Mr. Stupak recently and encouraged the Michigan Democrat to run for a 10th term, said two Democratic House leadership aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the private conversations.

A statement released by Mr. Stupak’s office said he always consults with family and constituents before deciding whether to seek re-election.

“This year is no different,” the statement said. “In the meantime, campaign plans are proceeding, and the congressman is pleased with the outpouring of support across his district. In fact, he’s already acquired over a thousand signatures needed to file for re-election on May 11.”

Mr. Stupak led a small group of House Democrats who withheld support for the health care overhaul until the last minute because of fears it would allow public money to be spent for abortions.

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