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Carly Fiorina returned to California on Saturday night, making a quick appearance at the state Republican Party convention in Burlingame to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has named her his vice presidential nominee.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California Senate candidate took aim at the state’s environmental policies and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Targeting Republican voters in the Central Valley, both Cruz and Fiorina called out the delta smelt in their speeches, using the tiny fish as a symbol of environmentalists prioritizing fish over jobs.

Pete Wilson Embraces Ted Cruz at GOP Convention

Apr 30, 2016

Declaring that “never has a California election been so crucial to the future of our nation,” former governor Pete Wilson Saturday threw his full support behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the state GOP convention in Burlingame.

Wilson, whose promotion of the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994 is widely blamed for starting the party’s demise in California, said the Cuban-American Cruz was “obviously not anti-immigrant or anti-Latino.”

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Update 9:10 p.m. Fiorina Returns To California, Urges Support For Cruz

Carly Fiorina was scheduled to speak at this weekend's California Republican Party convention well before Ted Cruz picked her to be his running mate. But for Cruz, the timing couldn't have been better.

A big reason Cruz chose Fiorina is his hope that she can help him win delegates in California's June 7 primary.

For California Republicans, It's Showtime

Apr 29, 2016
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Protests get violent in Costa Mesa as Trump rally draws to a close

Apr 28, 2016
Protestors, Trump supporters and police gather outside a rally for Donald Trump at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Thursday night, April 28, 2016.
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Protestors, Trump supporters and police gather outside a rally for Donald Trump at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Thursday night, April 28, 2016. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Hundreds of protesters closed streets and clashed with police around the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa Thursday night following Donald Trump's first campaign rally in Southern California.

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Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina As Running Mate

Apr 27, 2016
California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina talks to volunteers and supporters at California GOP election night headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
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California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina talks to volunteers and supporters at California GOP election night headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

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California Counts Poll: What do you want to ask our US Senate candidates?

Apr 26, 2016

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring, and KPBS, as part of the multi-station California Counts election collaborative, will host a live debate May 10 at KPBS in San Diego with the top five candidates running to succeed her.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz will answer questions on the economy, immigration, health care, crime and policing.

Karen Goh for Maryor Facebook

There are 25 candidates who hope to become the next mayor of Bakersfield, including a hula-hoop instructor, a tattoo artist and a former Kern County Supervisor.

Karen Goh is the latter, as well as the President and CEO of the local non-profit Garden Pathways, and a former publishing executive. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her vision for Kern County’s largest city.   

To listen to the interview click play above. 

Jeremy Pearce For City Council Facebook

Jeremy Pearce is no stranger to big crowds or bright lights, even though he is a newcomer when it comes to running for political office. As one of the San Joaquin Valley’s top Elvis tribute artists, Pearce knows his way around a stage.

He now hopes to parlay his fame as an entertainer into a seat on the Fresno City Council representing District 6, in Northeast Fresno. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his vision for the city in issues from how to pay for hiring more cops, to downtown revitalization to homelessness. 

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