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Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins gets a new weapon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sometimes, politics is not all about partisan bickering and dramatic behind-the-scenes wrestling to get enough votes to pass legislation.

California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) will attest that politics can be fun and rewarding.

Today, Atkins won the top honors at the Capital Rollers sushi-making competition at the Circle of Life reception sponsored by the California Rice Commission. She made a killer California Roll to capture the title and the prize: a mounted Samurai sword. No word yet on whether the Majority Leader would be wielding that Samurai sword to keep her fellow Assemblymembers in line.

“This event was great fun and I am looking forward to displaying the samurai sword,” Atkins said. “Even more important is the spotlight this event puts on California’s rice farmers, who provide an important staple in our diet and whose product is part of virtually every piece of sushi made in the U.S.”

According to Atkins, the Circle of Life reception celebrates California rice, which generates $1.8 billion each year for California’s economy and provides habitat for 230 wildlife species.