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In one of this first speeches since securing enough delegates to win the nomination, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump rallied supporters at the Selland Arena in downtown Fresno today.

The speech touched on familiar themes but also took on a topic important to the Central Valley.

“Wow! Thank you, everybody! What a crowd. What a crowd,” said the ever-confident Trump as he took the stage, waving, smiling at cheering supporters and giving his signature thumbs up.

In her campaign for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris often mentions the record settlement her office negotiated with five of the largest mortgage lenders after the home foreclosure crisis.

The deal that brought about $20 billion in relief to California won national media attention for Harris. But the mortgage meltdown continues affecting homeowners to this day.

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Some Valley residents may remember Measure E, a bond passed in 2002 that funded repairs and improvements at community colleges in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties. Now, 14 years later, the community college district is asking for money—on an even bigger ballot measure.

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A new national ranking of American cities shows Fresno is no longer in last place when it comes to providing access to public green space. 

The City of Fresno moved up one spot from dead last to second to last in a ranking of the 100 largest US cities when it comes to public access to parks. Adrian Benepe is Senior Vice President with the group behind the ranking, The Trust For Public Land. 

Clinton and Sanders Neck and Neck in California Poll

May 25, 2016

As state election officials report surging voter interest in the June 7 primary, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has closed the gap against Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination.

High-Speed Rail Authority

Supporters of California’s ambitious High-Speed rail project are making a lot of big promises about what the line can achieve, everything from less greenhouse gas emissions to fewer cars on the road. One of the most far-reaching claims is the potential to revolutionize towns where there will be stations like Fresno and Merced.

About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave unions a shoutout at a recent rally in Oakland.

“We need strong unions, and I will stand up for that basic American right,” she told a cheering crowd.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is beginning to turn her attention to the general election, but both she and Bernie Sanders consider California key to finally closing the book on the primary race.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned throughout California on his wife’s behalf over the weekend and yesterday. At a rally of about a 1,000 people at Sacramento State, he laid out the stakes.

Brown Endorses Harris For U.S. Senate

May 23, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.
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Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has won the endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown in the campaign for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat – just two weeks before the June 7th primary.

You might have noticed a different look to the California Secretary of State’s official voter information guide this election cycle: For the first time in eight years, it’s in color!

Red and blue join the usual black on the recycled gray paper booklet that’s mailed to every household with a registered California voter.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla acknowledges there’s an extra cost to taxpayers – 2.6 cents per guide, which comes to approximately $320,000.