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It was not a great day for the Republican Party in most of the country Saturday, but you'd never suspect anything was amiss with the GOP presidential candidate at the Bakersfield Business Conference, a sea of red, white and true-blue American conservatism.

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When former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took to the stage, he said that, along with “that guy in the kitchen,” he was the only Democrat at the heavily conservative-populated Bakersfield Business Conference.

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The end of the Bakersfield Business Conference’s program is reserved for special guests, and this year featured a triple dose with a military twist.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s derogatory 2005 comments about women make his defeat by Democrat Hillary Clinton a virtual certainty, nationally syndicated radio show host Bill Press told a sparse afternoon audience in the political tent at the Bakersfield Business Conference.

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham addressed the 800-pound gorilla right away: She is not happy with Donald Trump’s lewd comments, recorded from a live mic 11 years ago and revealed by the Washington Post on Friday, two days before Sunday’s Trump-Clinton debate.

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As the political tone of the Bakersfield Business Conference reached a crescendo, with James Carville and Ann Coulter interrupting each other over who interrupted whom first, there could only be one antidote.

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Dr. Ben Carson, the only Republican during the primary season to offer a true challenge to Donald Trump, said nothing about the controversy crippling his former rival during his address at the Bakersfield Business Conference.

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders is a lonely woman. Perhaps not literally, but certainly in a political sense. As the “token” conservative in America’s most liberal city, she routinely finds herself defending conservative positions -- any and all of them, for many years now. …

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Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy joked that his powerhouse panel of former governors would address the elephant in the room, but that’s about as close as the congressman got - even obliquely - to the controversy enveloping his party’s nominee for president.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has earned a reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff” by housing Arizona prisoners in tents and cutting meat out of their diets, but in a Bakersfield Business conference speech he said he's got a huge soft spot for Donald J. Trump.

With 21 Bakersfield Business Conferences of stories to tell about world leaders, A-list entertainers and sports legends, George Martin is the dream dinner companion. There was the time Jesse Ventura, Martin’s pick for all-time worst guest, nearly poked Nancy Reagan in the eye with a cigar. O…

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The tents are going up at Cal State Bakersfield and the tickets are just about gone, no surprise considering the Bakersfield Business Conference is a once-in-six-years extravaganza put together by George Martin, the city’s impresario of impresarios.

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The Bakersfield Business Conference will return to Cal State Bakersfield next year, organizers said in an announcement that also named four more people — a television icon, a business leader, a political commentator and a talk show host — who have signed up to speak at the event.

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A former presidential candidate, the wife of one, a syndicated columnist and a conservative radio talk-show host are the latest names added to the list of 2016 Bakersfield Business Conference speakers.