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  1. Kamala Harris: Only practical choice for AG

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Oct 18 2014 11:01 PM

    The California attorney general's race demonstrates just how thin the state's bench of Republican candidates is. Seeking a second four-year term, incumbent Democrat Attorney General Kamala Harris easily should be re-elected.

    She faces Republican Ron Gold, a little-known, underfunded private attorney who promotes himself as a former deputy state attorney general. But that work experience was in the 1970s. Gold has never held an elected public office.

    In the June primary, Gold was barely the top vote-getter in a field of lightweight challengers that included Kern County's very own former assemblyman and state senator, Phil Wyman. (Likely few people even knew the career politician Wyman was an attorney.)

  2. Prop. 48: Look long and hard, then reject

    Proposition 48, which appears on the November ballot, can be likened to a stereogram, or what some call a Magic Eye image. At first, the image is incomprehensible. You have to stare long and hard before the message becomes clear. Voters...

  3. Props. 1 and 2: Not perfect, but worth supporting

    Propositions 1 and 2, the products of many months of negotiation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature, have the imprint of a seasoned statesman. Neither proposition is perfect, but they deserve voter support. They will help address...

  4. Keep Miller, Williams on KHSD board

    Voters can replace two members of the Kern High School District board of trustees next month or they can maintain the stabilizing course those two incumbents have helped establish and retain them. The Californian strongly urges voters to...

  5. Prop. 47 about lawmakers' lack of courage

    Proposition 47 is on the November ballot because California legislators -- yes, both Democrats and Republicans -- haven't had the political courage to do the right thing. They have pandered to voters by taking knee-jerk, "tough on crime"...

  6. Prop. 46: Trial lawyers' malpractice scam

    "Trojan horse" aptly describes Proposition 46, which appears on the November ballot. The initiative proposes to do three things: require random testing of California physicians to ferret out drug abusers; require physicians to check a...

  7. Prop. 45 fixes a problem that doesn't exist

    There was a time -- not so long ago -- when Californians were outraged over the soaring premiums for health care insurance. But the dust has settled over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The Covered California health...

  8. Schools superintendent: Vote Marshall Tuck

    Every four years, voters elect a non-partisan superintendent of public instruction who serves as the executive of the California Department of Education. But the governor appoints the 11 members of the State Board of Education, the policy...

  9. Re-elect Dave Jones insurance commissioner

    At first glance, it would seem Democrat incumbent Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and his Republican challenger, Ted Gaines, agree on most issues. Both say they want to protect Californians, create a fair and supportive business climate...

  10. Swearengin is the right pick for controller

    Ashley Swearengin, a rising Republican star and candidate for state controller, was a keynote speaker at last weekend's GOP convention. Swearengin is remembered less for what she said during the event than for what she would not say....

  11. Chiang a solid choice for state treasurer

    Termed out as state controller, Democrat John Chiang now is running for California treasurer. On the November ballot, he faces Republican Greg Conlon. A retired accountant, Conlon has run unsuccessfully for several California offices. In...

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    OUR VIEW: Take down intruder bears with darts, not lethal means

    The sudden recent increase in bear-human encounters is not pure happenstance: Relentless drought is the core cause, and there's not much that people or bears can do about it. What people can do, besides stay clear of any bear that may...

  13. Streets of Bakersfield haven't been very safe

    Reckless speeding. Red-light running. Impaired and distracted driving. These are just a few issues that have been cause for concern on local roadways. They have been for quite some time. In 2014, deadly wrecks and horrendous collisions have...

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