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  1. As Kevin climbs, he can't forget to look down

    Congratulations are in order for Rep. Kevin McCarthy. On Thursday in Washington, D.C., the GOP Congressman from Bakersfield completed the biggest leap of his political career when his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives...

  2. Next time, we might not be so fortunate

    Evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday in the Wofford Heights area after fire crews from Kern County and around the state worked tirelessly to contain the Shirley Fire, which burned more than 2,600 acres and, to date, cost more than $7...

  3. Good sportsmanship one way to solve ref shortage

    "If you're wearing a striped shirt, you're going to get yelled at. It goes with the territory." That quote comes from Randy Horne, president of the Kern County Officials Association, who last week explained to The Californian why it can be...

  4. Ask a Texan: Maybe Perry's way has merit

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a California fixation, but at least he's willing to admit it. As governor of Texas, he's looking to lure away as many California businesses as possible, and he's doing it at a rate that should alarm every...

  5. True test of patriotism: Voting in a dull primary

    Political pundits predict Tuesday's primary election may set a California record, and not a desirable one. Fewer registered voters may cast ballots for statewide and local races than ever before in a state primary. Historically, primary...

  6. Again we ask: Could we have done something?

    The pain is still fresh from the latest massacre. This time, it was closer to home. It was last week in Isla Vista, where six University of California Santa Barbara students were fatally shot or stabbed and many more injured before the...

  7. Democrats dominate statewide races

    With voter registration numbers down and only a few seasoned candidates in play, the California Republican Party is outgunned in this year's statewide contests. About 29 percent of the state's registered voters list themselves as...

  8. Choose Salas or Agbalog in 32nd District

    A Democratic-dominated state Assembly seat that is being targeted by Republicans for a takeover is certain to produce lots of fireworks in both the June 3 primary and November general elections. Incumbent Democrat Rudy Salas of Bakersfield...

  9. Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction

    If public education in California is improving, it is doing so at glacial speed. Student performance in this state remains among the nation's poorest and attempts at educational reforms are often retreads of failed past efforts. We need...

  10. Keep our govt open by voting yes on Prop 42

    Voters need to recognize only two things when they cast their ballots for Proposition 42 on June 3: Government should work for them and be accountable to them. A "yes" vote for Proposition 42 will give constitutional protection to...

  11. Enough nonsense; Harris best choice for AG

    Attorney General Kamala Harris is expected to easily win re-election to a second term. There are two reasons: Harris, a Democrat, has done an excellent job as California's top prosecutor; and Republicans have fielded a pitifully weak slate...

  12. Help veterans by voting yes on Prop. 41

    "Support our troops" is a familiar slogan in Kern County and similarly disposed corners of America, especially those places that are home to large numbers of former U.S. military. Few would argue that it's just as important for us to...

  13. Controller: Go with two with actual records

    Voters elect California's controller to maintain a watch on state government spending. A controller sounds the alarm when budgets are out of whack and when problems -- such as upside-down pension funds -- crop up. Consider when the current...

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