On the third day, Melissa Hurtado crept ever so closer to victory.
Andy Vidak spent Wednesday and Thursday at his ranch in Orosi, where he has 20 acres of lemons. He cleared his head from the stress of election night — and a shocking, 3,000-vote deficit — by working on fixing a water trough that services some cattle of his father's.
One day after Democrats wrested control of Congress away from Republicans, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wasted no time in launching a bid for the role of minority leader, Politico reported Wednesday.
Democratic challenger Melissa Hurtado held on to win a tight, back and forth race with Republican incumbent Andy Vidak for a state Senate seat on a night when the GOP otherwise won by comfortable margins in local races for state and congressional seats.
Incumbent David Couch decisively defended his seat on the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night, overcoming a disruptive redistricting process that threatened to change the dynamic of the board — and most likely still will.
An infusion of oil and gas money into the Arvin City Council race seemed to be doing the trick late Tuesday — but then, Wednesday morning, came the final numbers.
At 2 a.m., 32nd Assembly District representative Rudy Salas trailed challenger Justin Mendes, a Hanford Republican, by a scant 48 votes with just four dozen precincts left to be counted.
LOS ANGELES — California voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to repeal a gasoline tax increase that the Legislature approved to fund road and transportation projects.
LOS ANGELES — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was leading Tuesday in her bid for a fifth full term against a challenge from a fellow Democrat, state Sen. Kevin de Leon.
An evening of upsets, upheaval and nail-biting started with a bang Tuesday in Bakersfield — a car vs. precinct crash that one might call votus interruptus.
No one was surprised when early voter numbers on Election Night showed Bakersfield incumbent Congressman Kevin McCarthy outpacing challenger Tatiana Matta by nearly 2-1 in the race for the 23rd Congressional District.
LOS ANGELES — Democrat Gavin Newsom was elected California governor Tuesday, ensuring harsh criticism and resistance to President Donald Trump will continue from the top official in the nation's most populous state.
WASHINGTON — Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
Democrats appeared to have locked up control of the House of Representatives Tuesday night, depriving Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy of a likely promotion to speaker of the House.
Bakersfield City Council candidate Gilberto de la Torre is crying foul over the Kern County District Attorney's Election Day announcement that he was being charged with election fraud.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who is staring down a monumental election, will not be in Bakersfield today as he usually is on Election Day. He flew this morning from Bakersfield to Washington D.C., his spokesman Matt Sparks said.
Nov. 6 marks Election Day across the country. Big races from the local to federal levels are taking place throughout California and the nation.
Seeking to help sweep the blue wave over Bakersfield, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom stopped by Bakersfield briefly on Tuesday evening to stump for candidates Melissa Hurtado and TJ Cox.
Bryan Colebrook, a candidate for the Kern High School District board of trustees, stormed out of an on-air radio interview Tuesday afternoon, saying he had been "set up" by the host's persistent questions about a controversial campaign mailer.
Californians who missed the Oct. 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the Nov. 6 election can still participate. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day, according…
Former Kern County Supervisor Barbara Patrick is supporting Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg for the Kern Community College District's board of trustees' Area 1 seat, Patrick announced Monday.
The Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's Political Action Committee has endorsed Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, for re-election in his 32nd Assembly District race against challenger Justin Mendes because of Salas' “proven, pro-business track record,” the chamber's PAC said in a press re…
Dorothy Velasquez and Gary Rodriguez, plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuit that forced Kern County to create a second Latino-majority district on the Board of Supervisors, say they will endorse Jose Gonzalez in the three-way race for 4th District supervisor, Gonzalez announced in a press r…
Eight of the nine candidates for Kern County Supervisor have accepted the voluntary campaign expenditure limits delineated under the Measure K-authorized county ordinance for the Nov. 6 general election, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk Mary B. Bedard announced Wednesday.
Voters’ choice for U.S. Senate is between two Democratic candidates – incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Leon. It is a one-party choice resulting from California’s top-two primary system.
Four of the seven members of the Bakersfield City Council are pressing their cases for re-election this fall and only one of them is a shoo-in.
The sparks are flying in the race for the newly reconfigured 4th District, but David Couch isn't the only Kern County supervisor facing a noteworthy challenge.
In almost any other year, in almost any other circumstance, The Californian would urge voters to re-elect Kern County Supervisor David Couch to the 4th District he has capably served for six years.
The race for the 4th District seat of the Kern County Board of Supervisors has the potential to shake up the political dynamics of county government.
Ideally, school boards that oversee districts with demographically diverse student populations are themselves diverse. They’re comprised of trustees with an understanding of and a heart for both well-to-do and paycheck-to-paycheck families, college bound and college averse students, boys and…
Jenifer Pitcher, candidate for the Kern High School District Board of Trustees for Area 4, has been endorsed by retired Congressman Bill Thomas.
Two local businessmen are complaining that contributions they made to a local political action committee funded an attack ad against Kern County District 4 Supervisor David Couch without their knowledge.
When it comes to education, parents shouldn't be the only ones who want the best for students. All Kern County residents should care about our schools, whether children are in their future, their past or not at all. Children turn into adults who are either equipped for productive lives or ar…
Former state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is the heavy favorite in the race for the state's 16th Senate District seat, with name recognition and legislative experience that could help her coast to victory.
Faced with increasing demands for public safety services and a shortage of staff to provide those services, Bakersfield city and Kern County officials have turned to voters for help.
One seeks to cut taxes on consumers and overhaul state regulations. The other wants to raise taxes on wealthy corporations and make sure Kern County gets its fair share of the revenues.
A question often arises in Central Valley politics: How can a legislator effectively represent the interests of a rural area when Sacramento continues to be dominated by big-city politicians?