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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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"...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

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