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Wednesday, Jul 31 2013 02:05 PM

'First Look': Lois Henry tackles ballot, CHP issues

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry and reporter James Burger on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Californian columnist Lois Henry tackled recent news issues in her weekly appearance Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

* The Kern County District Attorney's office is looking into reports that people supporting then-Senate candidate Leticia Perez asked voters to give them their completed ballots to turn in, Henry and reporter James Burger explained.

Only family members who live with a voter can turn in a ballot on the voter's behalf, per state Elections Code.

Perez, who lost her bid for the seat, has said she was not aware of the allegations, and wrote that "our campaign was very clear not to take ballots."

Burger, who appeared on the simulcast, said, "There are the legal ramifications and there are the political ramifications."

* Henry talked about her Sunday column about the California Highway Patrol's stance of not providing the names of the officers who were present in the incident with David Sal Silva, and policies on hobbling and hogtying.

The columnist said, "They have a badge and a gun and a unique ability to take your life and liberty."

She said she does not like the word awesome, but here it applies because officers have an awesome amount of power and one of the first checks the public has on that power is knowing who the officers are.

 

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