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City of Bakersfield

A drug and corruption scandal has rocked the Bakersfield Police Department. Former narcotics detective Damacio Diaz has accepted a plea deal in connection with federal charges that could send him to prison for life. Now that he’s cooperating with authorities, he has allegedly implicated others in the department, including his former partner on the force, Patrick Mara, who has also reportedly accepted a plea deal.

Andreas Borgeas For Supervisor campaign

It's been 25 years since Fresno County last considered making changes to the charter that essential acts as the constitution for the county. Now after Fresno Superior Court judges placed county probation chief Rick Chavez on administrative leave, the Board of Supervisors is considering making some significant changes to the document. Among them is a provision that would let the county's Chief Administrative Officer responsible for hiring and firing the probation chief, not the court. That change and others could wind up before voters in a future election.

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Closing out a highly political few weeks in the Valley ahead of the state primary on Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made an appearance in Fresno over the weekend.

Speaking to a crowded gymnasium on Saturday evening, Hillary Clinton packed high energy but few surprises into her campaign stop in Fresno. Her rally came just days after appearances from competitors Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

On Tuesday, Californians will send two U.S. Senate candidates to the November general election. Under the state’s “top two” primary system, those candidates can be from any political party – but polls show two Democrats in the lead.

Of the 12 Republicans on Tuesday’s primary ballot, just three have drawn enough support to qualify for televised debates.

Supporters attend a rally for Hillary Clinton at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally Sunday evening at Sacramento City College.

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned furiously throughout California this weekend ahead of Tuesday's primary. Clinton wrapped up with a rally in Sacramento Sunday night.

Clinton gave her standard stump speech - about half an hour - before a full house at the Sacramento City College gymnasium.

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A spokesman from Fresno Unified school district has confirmed that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be stopping at Edison High School on June 6 as part of her campaign swing through California.

She’ll be speaking 7 p.m. on Saturday in the school’s gymnasium. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The gym can accommodate roughly 2000 people.

Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. The earliest-arriving mail-in ballots are the first to be counted on election day.
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Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. The earliest-arriving mail-in ballots are the first to be counted on election day. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

For the last few weeks we've been answering questions about the election. With just a few days to go before California's primary on Tuesday we're back with more voting tips and help. 
 

The countdown is on. The candidates and their supporters have swarmed the state. It’s just a few days until the big California presidential primary and this time the Central Valley is flexing some political muscle.

The unusual attention lavished on the region could be a sign of things to come.

Over the course of a week, the Central Valley has had visits from some of the heaviest hitters in American politics.

Starting with former President Bill Clinton stumping for his wife, the Democratic front-runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

During a campaign speech in Sacramento on Wednesday, Donald Trump repeated claims about how many votes he’s received in the Republican presidential primary.

A large crowd gathered to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Vallejo last month.
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A large crowd gathered to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Vallejo last month.

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A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from two Bernie Sanders supporters over voting rules in next week’s California primary. The suit sought to make it easier for California independent voters to cast ballots in the presidential race.

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