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    Salas' staffers departures stun so close to primary

    BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer
    Thursday, Apr 17 2014 06:30 PM

    Two employees have resigned from the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, this week, prompting an accusation from a former staffer's spouse of "unethical" behavior.

    Their departures come less than two months before the June 3 primary -- though Salas is sure to finish in the top two and go on to the November general election. He faces two Republicans in June in the Democratic-heavy 32nd Assembly District.

    Salas' district coordinator, Willie Rivera, a Bakersfield councilman who represents the southeast, left Tuesday to start a new position in Bakersfield the following day with the Corporation for Better Housing.

    The assemblyman's senior field representative, Elva Lopez Martinez, left on Wednesday. They join at least three...

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    Democratic congressional candidates take aim at Valadao, each other

    Amanda Renteria touted her San Joaquin Valley roots and John Hernandez pushed for building more infrastructure as the two Democratic candidates for the 21st Congressional District visited the "First Look with Scott Cox" show Monday....

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    Candidates pitch qualifications for assessor's job

    Three candidates are asking voters to give them control of the Kern County Assessor-Recorder's office -- the Kern County agency that sets the value of private property for tax purposes. Russell Johnson is a Bakersfield City Council member...

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    Valadao, Renteria trade barbs over taxes, immigration

    The congressional campaigns of incumbent David Valadao and challenger Amanda Renteria -- and their supporters -- exchanged a flurry of snark this week over underpaid taxes and immigration reform. Valadao's allies dinged Renteria -- one of...

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    Vidak, Chavez air differences on water, fracking, high-speed rail

    It was little surprise in a record drought year that a question about water at an election forum Thursday set state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and challenger Luis Chavez in starkest contrast. Chavez, a Democrat and Fresno Unified School...

  6. Candidates report early fundraising totals

    Campaign finance reports released by candidates for state and local office show a lopsided cash contest in all but a couple of races. Thanks to a $200,000 cash dump from the California State Democratic Central Committee, Democrat Luis...

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    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a county supervisor

    First District Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason has a new ride. The former U.S. Navy jet jockey has traded his two-hour drive from Ridgecrest to Bakersfield in for a 30-minute commute over the mountains in a '66 Beechcraft Debonair. A...

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    Election Notebook: Democratic Party gives Chavez $200,000

    It remains to be seen whether Fresno Democrat Luis Chavez can take out incumbent state Sen. Andy Vidak. Or even seriously challenge the Hanford Republican. The Democrats say they're ready to fight for the seat, which Vidak won just last...

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    Six of seven county races uncontested: Why?

    Two Kern County supervisors, the sheriff, the district attorney and the auditor-controller have already won re-election to their respective offices. And the hand-picked successor to Treasurer-Tax Collector Jackie Denney will handed her...

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    Political notebook: Senate election forum coming up

    The two candidates facing off in the 14th Senate District race will speak at a forum 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 27 at the Richard Prado East Bakersfield Senior Center. The 14th District race will match up state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford,...

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    Councilman Johnson to run for county assessor

    Bakersfield City Councilman Russell Johnson filed nomination papers Wednesday to run for Kern County assessor, setting up a contest with Assessor-Recorder employees Jon Lifquist and Lupe Esquivias. The three-way race is a rare contest for...

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    Election match-ups solidify as deadline passes

    Pedro Rios paced the floor at the Kern County Elections Department Friday as the clock ticked toward 5 p.m. He was waiting for supporters to bring him a handful of signed nomination forms -- the last paperwork he needed to set up a...

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    Election notebook: Renteria tapped for "Red to Blue" program

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named 21st Congressional District candidate Amanda Renteria to the "Red to Blue" program, her campaign announced Monday. The program is designed to flow financial and logistical help...

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