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    ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Poll shows Renteria closing in on Valadao

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 04:57 PM

    Amanda Renteria's campaign for the 21st Congressional District touted a strong bit of news for the second day in a row Wednesday.

    Her campaign quoted a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KFSN-TV, Channel 30 in Fresno that shows she has cut deeply into the lead her opponent, Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, held just six weeks ago.

    Campaign staff said they were handed a copy of the poll during an interview with the station. The survey of 600 voters, 100 more voters than in the previous poll, indicated Renteria has 42 percent of the vote to Valadao's 47 percent.

    That's compared to a 19-point lead the same polling firm found between the two candidates six weeks ago. Pollsters also asked voters which candidate best represented their views on...

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    ELECTION 2014: Proposition 47 lowers penalties for some crimes

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the people and issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. The others can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. SACRAMENTO - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such...

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    Renteria's team cheers early ballot returns in campaign against Valadao

    No independent-expenditure money is pouring in. The Washington Beltway crowd has largely stopped paying attention. But 21st Congressional District Democratic challenger Amanda Renteria says early mail ballot returns show she's in a...

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    Ask TBC: Do I have to affix postage to my vote by mail ballot?

    Q: I live in a permanent vote by mail precinct. The instructions included with the ballot state on the last line: "Be sure to sign your return envelope and affix the required 49 cent first class postage stamp." However, the envelope is...

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    ELECTION 2014: Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the people and issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. The others can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. SACRAMENTO -- California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in...

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    COUNCIL ELECTION PROFILE: McCallum pushes public safety, jobs in Ward 3

    This is the tenth of 12 candidate profiles for Bakersfield City Council races in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Remaining profiles will be published in subsequent days. All will be online at Bakersfield.com/politics. The election is Nov. 4....

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    ELECTION 2014: Chiang seeks shuffle from controller to treasurer

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the issues and people on the November ballot. Previous installments can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. LOS ANGELES -- Termed-out as state controller, Democrat John Chiang is playing...

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    ELECTION 2014: Similar ideas mark race for elections chief

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the issues and people on the November ballot. Previous installments can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. LOS ANGELES -- The Democratic candidate running to become California's top...

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    ELECTION 2014: Brown promotes restraint in bid for fourth term

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the issues and people on the November ballot. Previous installments can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. SACRAMENTO -- Mandarin Restraint and steady progress don't necessarily make for...

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    ELECTION 2014: Kashkari aims to rebrand GOP in gubernatorial bid

    SACRAMENTO -- Neel Kashkari is trying to rewrite the playbook for Republican gubernatorial candidates in California and nudge the party back to relevance after years of declining registration. Taking a somewhat unusual approach for a...

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    COUNCIL ELECTION PRIMARY: Public safety, infrastructure big for Ward 3's Carter Escudero

    This is the ninth of 12 candidate profiles for Bakersfield City Council races in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Remaining profiles will be published in subsequent days. All will be online at bakersfield.com/politics. The election is Nov. 4....

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    ELECTION 2014: Historic drought is backdrop for water bond vote

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the issues and people on the November ballot. Previous installments can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. FRESNO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are hoping California's worsening...

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    Tax bill increases become election issue

    Assessor-Recorder candidate Russell Johnson brought two unhappy taxpayers with him to the Kern County Board of Supervisors' meeting Tuesday. Current Assessor-Recorder Jim Fitch, who backs Johnson's opponent, office Chief Appraiser Jon...

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