"This is war!" declares a powerful Los Angeles radio station. The California Republican Party is threatening to censure its own legislators. A kill-the-budget-deal labor rally is planned at the Capitol Friday.

Pressure mounts as lawmakers brace for a tense vote scheduled Saturday on a bitterly contested proposal to ease the state's $40 billion budget shortfall.

Hundreds of calls and e-mails flooded the Capitol on Thursday from friends and foes of the tentative plan to ease the state's fiscal mess through $15.8 billion in spending cuts, $14.3 billion in taxes and $10.9 billion in borrowing. Both Republicans and Democrats were caught in the crossfire.

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