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Clovis businessman Alex Ott would like to be the newest member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Ott serves as the Executive Director of the California Apple Commission, The California Blueberry Commission, The California Olive Committee and the California Blueberry Association. On this week's Valley Edition Ott joins Host Joe Moore for a discussion on why thinks he should join the board. 

To listen to the interview click play above. 

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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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

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.

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The democratic candidates for president are turning their attention to California and the Hillary Clinton campaign is bringing the big guns to the Central Valley.  Former president Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in the valley this week

  “I am here today to introduce William Jefferson Clinton the 42nd president of the United States,”

Joaquin Armabula, 31st district assemblyman introduced the former president who bounded on stage to give the sales pitch for his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Former California Senators Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Rod Wright.

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California’s November ballot will be jammed with statewide propositions, but there’s just one measure in the June primary. Prop 50, which stems from scandals that hit the state Senate, would allow the state Legislature to suspend lawmakers without pay.

The story behind Proposition 50 starts in 2013, when the FBI raided the office of Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon.

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Jeff Barnard / AP

The battle over whether California should ban single-use plastic bags is already headed to voters this fall. Now, it looks like they’ll also be asked where proceeds from bag fees charged to consumers should be spent.

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a statewide plastic bag ban in 2014, the American plastic bag industry immediately began working to overturn it, placing a referendum on this November’s ballot.

Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.
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Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

For Bernie Sanders to defeat Hillary Clinton in California’s June 7th Democratic presidential primary, he’ll likely need strong support from independents. But new data suggest the Sanders campaign faces a big hurdle.

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