McCarthy would bring California clout, though limited, as House speaker

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy arrives for a closed Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Bakersfield native Kevin McCarthy will get a better salary, a bigger staff and a lot more clout on his state — and district’s — behalf when he becomes House speaker, as all in Congress now expect.

But political realities and changes to the old ways of doing things could limit what it ultimately means for the people back home.

The old days of bringing home the bacon are now gone, or have at least been put on a diet.

A congressional earmark ban will limit McCarthy’s ability to steer federal dollars toward his San Joaquin Valley

This oil rig stands next to a wheat field near Merced and Shafter avenues north of Bakersfield and west of Highway 99 in this file photo.

Farmers poised to attack oil permitting plan

A clash is brewing between Kern’s petroleum industry and members of the county’s agriculture sector over a plan to streamline local oil and gas permitting. Despite a compromise proposed to smooth relations between the two industries in cases of split ownership of farming properties,

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Lori Muzquiz remembers wanting to go back to a normal prison in Chowchilla rather than stay at Casa Aurora, the former all-woman rehabilitation facility on Jessie Street. She recalled threatened to start a fight just so she would be sent back — anything but speak of her traumatic history with



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