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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. Giga battery factory belongs in California

    Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, the man behind rooftop solar company Solar City and the founder of SpaceX, is either a champion of self-promotion or the next Steve Jobs. Whatever the case, Musk has benefitted mightily from support...

  8. 21st race should pit 2 best candidates

    Some political pundits suspect Democrats may be secretly supporting Republican Tim Donnelly's June primary campaign for governor. The theory is that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who is headed for a landslide re-election victory in November,...

  9. Plenty of room for generosity in Kern County

    It was legendary actress Mae West who once opined, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." For certain special efforts, we think that's an appropriate outlook. Residents here have long held a reputation for turning out in huge numbers...

  10. What does Fitch's flub mean for Assessor race?

    Jim Fitch goofed. That much is clear. Kern County's retiring Assessor-Record used a county email account and department letterhead to announce his endorsement of candidate Jon Lifquist, and he should have known better. The Government Code...

  11. Brown is unbeatable, but let Kashkari try

    Barring unforeseen developments of a most significant nature, Jerry Brown will be re-elected to a fourth term as California's governor. Brown served two four-year terms in the 1970s as chief executive of the nation's most populous and...

  12. Schnur's autonomy suits Secretary of State

    Whether Americans have the opportunity to participate in fair, corruption-free elections should not be subject to the whims of a political party. That is particularly true in these troubled times: Three Democratic state senators accused of...

  13. When you are in a hole, quit digging

    As if Republicans weren't in enough trouble with women voters in California. The recent demeaning and sexist fake photo of Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that is posted on Breitbart News' California edition is sure to reinforce the...

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