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    McCarthy leads delegation to Middle East

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Dec 17 2014 03:42 PM

    Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy just returned from leading a congressional delegation to the Middle East, including Iraq, to learn more about the fight against ISIL and other regional threats, his office announced Wednesday.

    Traveling with the House majority leader was the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, and chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.

    McCarthy also got to mingle with a constituent -- Bakersfield native Sgt. Jodi Bradshaw, who is serving in Iraq. "The United States is continually mindful of the significant challenges posed by ISIL and other radical...

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    No resolution yet in city's bullet train lawsuit

    After a nearly two-hour closed session City Council meeting Tuesday, the city of Bakersfield appeared to be chugging along on its quest to stop the bullet train -- but its exact destination was unknown. The council, City Attorney Ginny...

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    House passes GOP California drought bill, but Senate approval unlikely

    Legislation addressing California's drought reached an inconclusive high-water mark Tuesday, passing the House on a largely party line vote before trickling off to a bleak fate in the Senate. While the Republican-controlled House approved...

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    Political notebook: Assemblywoman throws holiday open house

    Assemblywoman Shannon Grove , R-Bakersfield, is inviting constituents to a Christmas open house Dec. 11. The event is a chance for people to celebrate the season and offer feedback on legislative concerns and suggestions for the...

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    JOSE GASPAR: 20-somethings a new political force in Arvin

    One of the disappointing things about the midterm elections held Nov. 4 was the poor voter turnout at all levels. In Kern County, just 39.2 percent of registered voters thought it important enough to vote. Conventional wisdom often takes...

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    Local immigration advocates simultaneously celebrate, worry

    A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups gathered in front of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office Friday to celebrate President Obama's executive action on immigration and to call on Congress to address the issue permanently through...

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    Madera, Merced vote count updates assure Costa of another term in Congress

    For the second time in the past three elections, Fresno Democrat Jim Costa has rallied from an election night vote deficit to win re-election to Congress. Fresno, Madera and Merced counties on Wednesday finished their vote counting in the...

  8. Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

    WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone...

  9. Mitchell leads Renegade men to consolation title

    FULLERTON-- Demontrey Mitchell finished with 37 points and 18 rebounds to lead Bakersfield College to a 75-70 victory over Victor Valley College for the consolation championship of the Fullerton Tournament. Mitchell was also selected to the...

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    CITY BEAT: Mesa Marin lights on late for a reason

    WHY BALL FIELD LIGHTS ARE ON: Cities don't just trap warmth -- leading to their technical designation as "urban heat islands" by scientists who study them. They also give off light at night, thanks to thousands of street lights, traffic...

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    O they did see: Man's rendition of national anthem a hit on Facebook

    Donald Lora doesn't do Facebook. Not Twitter, either. "I'm not really a computer person," the 85-year-old Bakersfield man says. But he became a social media hit last week when video of him singing the national anthem -- including a...

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    Rep. Jim Costa takes slim lead in 16th District race

    Republican Johnny Tacherra is in Washington, D.C., at the orientation for new members of Congress, but he's no longer in the lead for the 16th Congressional District seat. Fresno County updated its vote count Wednesday afternoon, and...

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    Rios accepts $4,000 fine for campaign-finance violations

    Two-time unsuccessful state Assembly candidate Pedro Rios has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine for violating campaign-finance rules during his 2012 run. Rios and Pedro Rios for Assembly 2012 accepted voluntary expenditure limits -- which comes...

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