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Trump and California reach rare agreement: Stop changing our clocks twice a year

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Learn why we change clocks twice a year in this brief history of Daylight Saving Time.
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Learn why we change clocks twice a year in this brief history of Daylight Saving Time.

The State of California and President Donald Trump might have finally found some common ground: Both have expressed a desire to do away end the twice-a-year clock-switching that comes -with Daylight Saving Time.

Last November, 60 percent of California voters approved Proposition 7, a ballot initiative to encourage the state to do away with the widely maligned biannual practice of setting one’s clock backward or forward.

The 45th president of the United States tweeted his support for keeping Daylight Saving Time year round on Monday.

“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” Trump tweeted.

Moving to year-round Daylight Saving Time in California would require both congressional and presidential approval. California could switch to year-round standard time without outside approval. The Legislature could do so with a two-thirds majority vote.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for McClatchy. He has covered crime and politics from Interior Alaska to North Dakota’s oil patch to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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