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Poor roads make vehicles work harder than they should

California is in a fight over fuel economy with Washington. But what California state officials and its drivers don’t realize is the quality of the state’s roads has an important impact the amount of fuel we use. It’s not just potholes either – the smoothness and stiffness of the roads we drive on determines how hard our vehicles have to work to reach their destination.

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New campaign provides loans to Latina-owned businesses

In California small businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the economy, employing nearly half of the state’s workforce, but they continue to have the hardest time accessing capital. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. grew five times faster than the national average. During this time, Latina businesses grew by 137 percent.

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San Joaquin Valley’s elected officials must stand up for immigrants

Since mid-July, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials have been making arrests at Fresno’s courthouses, violating people’s right to due process and continuing to stoke fear within the immigrant community. It’s no coincidence that Fresno County is home to one of the fiercest in-state critics of California’s sanctuary policies, Sheriff Margaret Mims, who has proudly announced that her deputies and ICE have a strong working relationship. Though she claims that she is complying with state laws, the experience of community members in the Valley proves that there continues to be tight entanglement between her office and ICE. In our daily interactions with the immigrant community, providing legal services and know your rights trainings, we have heard more and more stories about a growing fear of contacting local law enforcement because of legitimate concerns of potential deportation.

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Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer’ s claims about Proposition 47 are factually baseless, critic says

There is no more tragic a crime than the senseless murder of a young person at the hand of a violent and dangerous criminal. The recent murder of 17-year-old Nick Kauls in Fresno is a prime example. We all know there is not a simplistic explanation for such an act of random violence, and it is troubling that any public safety leader would treat this tragedy as an opportunity to champion a political agenda. The irresponsible response of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp to Kauls’ death are designed to stoke fear, anger and anxiety by claiming that “but for” Proposition 47, this brutal murder would not have occurred. Not only is their excuse disrespectful of the victim and his family, it is false.

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Political reforms could mean better elections and better candidates

Polarization divides people and hurts political parties. As a party’s size and base shrink, so does the diversity of its membership. Recent Gallup figures show that 43 percent of U.S. voters now identify as independent. Meanwhile, Pew surveys show that ideological entrenchment within each party is alienating moderate voters. In effect, the two parties are burning each other’s tents to the ground.

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America’s ‘Blue Water’ Vietnam veterans served in good faith, and now need our help

Over 2.5 million Americans served overseas during the Vietnam War. Many were barely 20 years old when they left behind their families, friends and way of life to defend democracy and freedom. These brave soldiers not only experienced gunfire, bombing and the terrors of war; they were also exposed to an extremely harmful chemical that our own forces were commanded to spray over Vietnam forests during their service.

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Californians should not pay for utility negligence when it comes to wildfires

Looking at billions of dollars in damages caused by last year’s wildfires in California, powerful special interests are already lobbying the state capitol to shift the liability. Major investor-owned utilities, insurance companies, trial lawyers and others are all playing “hot potato” with liability for damages. Those at risk of getting stuck with the tab are the groups getting cut out the process: Ratepayers.

A super PAC tries to present Rep. Devin Nunes with a 'Corrupties' trophy

A tuxedoed man representing American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, tries to give Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, a "Corrupties" trophy as the congressman approaches his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, Jan. 17.