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  1. Assessor race: Voters, just take your pick

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 05:02 PM

    Back in June, we endorsed Jon Lifquist for Kern County Assessor-Recorder. Now we're scratching our heads. We still like Lifquist's experience in the assessor's office and the continuity that his promotion would provide Kern County taxpayers. But so many peripheral issues have clouded his campaign against an inexperienced outsider -- the familiar and otherwise competent Russell Johnson -- we don't know what to think.

    So we're backing away. Kern County voters, you're on your own. It's not like voters don't have enough material to work with. The assessor's race, usually just a matter of rubber-stamping the only name on the ballot, has become far and away the liveliest local campaign in this election, with incumbent Jim Fitch having opted...

  2. Peterson best Secretary of State option

    Few people probably give much thought to the position of California Secretary of State. Perhaps more people ought to: If they wish to vote or do business in California, the character and abilities of this elected official are vitally...

  3. Re-elect Vidak, Fuller to state Senate seats

    Democratic and Republican legislators should heed 14th District Sen. Andy Vidak's words. The Hanford Republican recently told The Fresno Bee that despite being a member of a minority party, he can get things done in Sacramento because "I...

  4. Vote Valadao, McCarthy for congressional seats

    One big difference between the two candidates running for the 21st Congressional District seat is that the incumbent has a lifelong involvement in the district and his challenger just recently returned and is pursuing a political...

  5. Weir the best choice in city's Ward 3 election

    Ward 3 Councilman Ken Weir will never win a Mr. Personality contest. He can be gruff, aloof and sour. He has been accused of ignoring voters' concerns over the desires of developers. Shortly after his election in 2006, he was the target of...

  6. Re-elect Rudy Salas, Shannon Grove to Assembly

    Incumbent 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, is a much stronger contender in this year's rematch with Republican challenger Pedro Rios of Delano. In 2012, Salas, a Bakersfield City Councilman and former member of state Sen...

  7. Elect Parlier to fill Council's Ward 7 seat

    An open seat on the Bakersfield City Council is rare indeed. Ward 7 Councilman Russell Johnson's decision to seek the Kern County assessor's post, rather than run for re-election, has triggered a three-way race for his open seat...

  8. Choose Rivera in Ward 1, Smith in Ward 4

    Incumbent Bakersfield City Councilmen Willie Rivera and Bob Smith were recently endorsed by voters. Ward 1's Rivera was elected to the council last year to complete Rudy Salas' term, after Salas' election to the Assembly. Ward 4's Smith was...

  9. Re-elect Brown: The right man at the right time

    By all reckoning, Jerry Brown is expected to be re-elected in November to a fourth term as California governor. The 76-year-old Democrat was first elected governor in the 1970s, before voters imposed a two-term limit on the post. Brown now...

  10. We have to have one, so re-elect Gavin Newsom

    Before he became one, Gavin Newsom called for the elimination of the do-nothing, waste-of-money lieutenant governor's post. Although you don't hear Newsom pushing to eliminate the job he now holds, he was right. In these modern times, there...

  11. Kamala Harris: Only practical choice for AG

    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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

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