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  • porterville mayor
  • A group in the South Valley is angry over controversial remarks made by a local mayor.
porterville, tulare county, politics, rick montanez
  • Campaign signs sprout around Valley
  • Some of you might not realize the June election is just around the corner so candidates are trying to remind you in big bold letters.
fresno, fresno county, politics, dale yurong
  • Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a state budget that includes record-high spending as part of a plan that shows California government awash in tax revenue.
california budget, jerry brown, politics
  • State to offer money for drought relief programs
  • The state Legislature is making $200 million available to try and help irrigators and communities deal with the drought.
drought, water, california, politics, gene haagenson
  • California High-Speed Rail Authority approves Fresno-Bakersfield section
  • The High-speed rail authority has approved the portion of the rail line from Fresno to Bakersfield.
high speed rail, fresno, fresno downtown, fresno county, central valley, california, politics, gene haagenson
  • Fresno to Bakersfield HSR approval heads to vote
  • Wednesday morning the High-Speed Rail Authority will be voting to approve the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the bullet train.
high speed rail, fresno, fresno county, bakersfield, kern county, politics, rick montanez
  • Smittcamp leads Egan in DAs race on Action News poll
  • Our exclusive Action News poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp ahead of Elizabeth Egan by double digits.
fresno county, fresno, politics, corin hoggard
  • Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say a small window of opportunity now exists to get a bill passed this year.
immigration, immigration reform, agriculture, united farm workers, central valley, california, politics, dale yurong
  • The Clovis City Council is fighting back against a state Assembly bill aimed at changing the way some cities are run.
clovis, fresno county, politics, rick montanez
  • Holocaust image used in Fresno council campaign
  • A Fresno City Council candidate tried to make a point about urban blight, but ended up offending thousands with Holocaust imagery.
fresno city council, fresno, fresno county, politics, corin hoggard
  • The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is subpoenaing Secretary of State John Kerry to testify this month on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
john kerry, politics
  • da race debate
  • Current District Attorney Elizabeth Egan is going head to head against a former employee, Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp.
fresno, fresno county, politics, mariana jacob
  • pesticides and schools
  • A new push is underway for state leaders to take action against agricultural pesticides near schools.
politics, linda mumma
  • indigent healthcare
  • The fight to keep health care for the undocumented residents of Fresno County is still underway.
fresno, fresno county, affordable care act, immigration, health care, health insurance, politics, gene haagenson
  • Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer took the unusual step Friday of endorsing the challenger in the district attorney's race.
election day, jerry dyer, elizabeth egan, sheriff margaret mims, fresno, fresno county, politics, corin hoggard
  • williamson act
  • The owners of 45 acre estates on the rolling hills east of Fresno are getting a break on their property taxes.
fresno county, fresno, fresno county board of supervisors, politics, gene haagenson
  • Paul Lo is now a Merced County judge. He is the first Hmong man to be a superior court judge in the history of the United States.
merced, merced county, politics, veronica miracle
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  • Two Democrats are hoping to unseat Republican David Valadao in the race for the 21st Congressional District.
david valadao, politics
  • Bogus Fresno Bee letter adds intrigue to DA campaign
  • One of the most interesting political campaigns of the season just added a little more intrigue.
fresno, fresno county, politics, corin hoggard
  • A new Field Poll shows Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading the race for state controller.
ashley swearengin, state politics, election day, fresno, fresno county, politics
  • Here in California, proposed legislation hopes to help put more mental health professionals on K-through-12 campuses.
  • Fresno County DA faces election challenge
  • The race for Fresno County District Attorney pits the current DA against a former employee.
fresno, fresno county, politics, gene haagenson
  • Campaign Donations
  • The race for one Fresno City Council seat has generated a lot of candidates, and they're trying to raise a lot of money.
politics, gene haagenson
  • Breaking News from ABC30 in Fresno, California
  • California State Senator Leland Yee is dropping out of the Secretary of State race after being accused of corruption.
  • Merced County Library Closure
  • Rows of books and access to computers may soon be harder for some Merced County residents to find.
merced county, merced, dos palos, stevinson, politics, sara sandrik
  • The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls.
president barack obama, national security agency, politics
  • Fresno Bans Pot
  • The city of Fresno already bans outdoor marijuana growing. One opponent of extending it indoors told the City Council it would deprive medical marijuana users of their medicine.
marijuana, medical marijuana, fresno, fresno county, politics, gene haagenson
  • Valley Water Bond
  • Action News Reporter Anthony Pura has the latest on the effort to bring more water to the Central Valley.
water, drought, california water, fresno county, fresno, politics, anthony pura
  • Former Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, will announce on Friday that he will not run for governor this year.
george radanovich, jerry brown, mariposa, mariposa county, politics
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  • Fresno businessman Cary Catalano has announced his candidacy for Fresno City Council District 1.
fresno city council, fresno, politics
  • Who will be Mayor?
  • Who political experts believe could be top contenders to head the City of Fresno if Swearengin gets elected as State Controller.
fresno, fresno county, ashley swearengin, jim patterson, jerry dyer, politics, mariana jacob
  • Neel Kashkari visits Fresno, talks high speed rail
  • One of the candidates looking to unseat Jerry Brown as California Governor made a campaign stop here in Fresno on Wednesday.
fresno, fresno chinatown, fresno county, fresno downtown, election day, high speed rail, politics
  • Fresno mayor seeks state controller position
  • Barely a year into her second term as Fresno mayor, Ashley Swearengin is now seeking the position of State Controller.
ashley swearengin, politics
  • Copies of President Barack Obamas proposed fiscal 2015 federal budget are set out for distribution by Senate Budget Committee Clerk Adam Kamp, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs
president barack obama, politics
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to assist drought-affected areas and provide funding to better use local water supplies.
drought, sacramento, california, central valley, jerry brown, politics
  • 140228_KFSN_4PM_FultonMallFolo
  • After hours of discussion and debate, the Fresno City Council voted on Thursday to open the Fulton Mall to traffic.
fresno, fresno downtown, fresno county, politics, gene haagenson
  • 140228_KFSN_6PM_DroughtLegislation
  • New legislation proposed by Fresno Congressman Jim Costa is aimed at increasing water storage around the state.
drought, jim costa, fresno, fresno county, central valley, california, politics, dale yurong
  • Fresnos Fulton Mall will open to traffic
  • History was made by the City of Fresno late Thursday night. Council members voted to open the Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno to traffic.
fresno downtown, fresno county, fresno, politics, rick montanez
  • Twitter picture of Governor Jerry Brown taking out papers to run for re-election.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will run for re-election.
election day, jerry brown, politics
  • FC Animal Shelter
  • The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is moving ahead with plans to build its own animal shelter.
animal, fresno, fresno county, politics, gene haagenson
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings Monday as part of a broad reshaping of priorities after more than a decade of war.
president barack obama, chuck hagel, united states army, united states marine corps, united states navy, politics
  • Drought creates political divide
  • The drought brought President Obama to Fresno for the first time and he called for a truce in the political water war.
california water, water, drought, politics, gene haagenson
  • President Obama remarks on the Central Valley drought
  • The administration's new drought plan was releases early Friday morning -- ahead of the president's first trip to Fresno. The plan promises money and resources to everyone impacted by drought. Mr. Obama's plan will expedite assistance. Items that usually take 6-8 months to process will be available in 60 days -- around April 15th
fresno, fresno county, fresno east central, president barack obama, water, california water, drought, politics, amanda venegas
  • POTUS visit preps
  • President Obama is set to make his first Valley visit on Friday. The president is due to arrive in Fresno at 2:30pm.
california water, water, drought, president barack obama, fresno county, fresno, merced county, politics, dale yurong
  • Input Callout
  • Obama to visit Fresno, details unknown
  • President Obama's upcoming visit to Fresno Friday will be his first to the city.
president barack obama, fresno, central valley, politics, gene haagenson
  • Obama
  • The White House confirmed to Action News President Obama is planning to visit Fresno next Friday, Feb. 14 to learn about the historic drought first-hand.
politics, anthony pura
  • Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps
  • President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.
president barack obama, politics
  • HSR Plan
  • The city council unanimously approved plans for the design of the system through Fresno.
fresno, fresno county, high speed rail, politics, gene haagenson
  • The House of Representatives today approved a bill enacting a comprehensive solution to the drought crisis plaguing California. Led by Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Devin Nunes (CA-22), H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act gained support from the entire California GOP delegation.
drought, water, california water, politics