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National Dems Vow to 'Retire' Congressmen Valadao and Nunes
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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March 14, 2018

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In the wake of a tight special election for an open congressional seat in Pennsylvania, the Democrats are targeting David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Devin Nunes (R-Tulare).


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The Pennsylvania race between Democrat Conor Lamb, a former Marine, and Republican candidate Rick Saccone showed Lamb leading by 641 votes, with some absentee ballots remaining to be counted, as of Wednesday morning. Donald Trump had carried the conservative 18th District by 20 percentage points in 2016 en route to his presidential victory.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee now has added Valadao and Nunes to their “retirement watch list.”
“A huge number of House Republicans woke up today and realized that their district is a lot more friendly to Democrats than Pennsylvania’s deep-red 18th District,” DCCC Spokesman Tyler Law said in a news release about Valadao’s district.
Valadao’s main Democratic opponent, Fresno businessman TJ Cox, announced his entry into the 21st District race last week. Cox had previously announced that he would run in CA-10, where the incumbent is Jeff Denham (R-Turlock).
Both Valadao and Cox likely will field questions from voters about their financial dealings.
The San Jose Mercury News broke the news Monday that Valadao faces “lawsuits accusing his family farm of defaulting on more than $9 million in debts.”
On March 8, the Mercury News reported that an arbitrator ordered Cox to pay more than $1.3 million for breach of contractual warranty in a dispute involving Cox’s sale of a storage-unit property.
As for Nunes, who is being challenged by three Democratic opponents in CA-22, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) tweeted that the incumbent also is on the DCCC’s retirement list.

Upon Further Review, Burrus Is In

Add one more name in the crowded field for Fresno City Council District 3.
Businessman Larry Burrus has qualified for the ballot in the race to replace Oliver Baines, who terms out in January.
He joins the following in the June 5 primary:
Daren Miller, Kimberly Tapscott-Munson, Sean Sanchez, Craig Scharton, Miguel Arias and Tate Hill.
The top two advance to November, unless someone garners 50% plus one of the vote.

Madera DA Linn Sues Board

From The Sierra News:
Madera County District Attorney David Linn, and his wife, Betty, filed a $15 million lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors and other county employees for defamation and other claims. This stems from the board censuring Linn in November 2017.
Linn is running for re-election against two competitors: Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Sally Orme Moreno, and Madera County Deputy District Attorney Paul Hornick.

Central Unified Approves Interim Super Contract

Central Unified Interim Superintendent Kelly Porterfield (photo: David Taub)
The Central Unified Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new contract for interim superintendent Kelly Porterfield.
Porterfield will earn an annual salary of $171,222.32. His contract’s end date reads “until the vacancy in the Superintendent position is filled and the new Superintendent reports for duty.”
Last month, the board dismissed Mark Sutton as superintendent. There is talk of a recall effort against some of the board members who voted to terminate Sutton.

Allen Stumps This Weekend

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) brings his campaign for governor to Tulare on Sunday,  March 18. The “Rally in the Valley: Take Back California” event starts 1 p.m. at the International Agri-Center.

Brown Re-appoints Locals to Partnership Board

Gov. Jerry Brown re-appointed five Central Valley members of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board of Directors, his office announced this week.

James Aleru (photo: California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley)
Elaine Craig (photo: California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley)
Lee Ann Eager (photo: California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley)
Bryn Forhan (photo: California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley)
Chuck Riojas (photo: David Taub)
The 46-member board discusses challenges of the eight-county Valley. Among the local delegation re-appointed for two-year terms:
James Aleru, a Fresno accountant, who has served since 2007.
Elaine Craig, executive director at the Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation, who has served since 2015.
Lee Ann Eager, president and chief executive officer at the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation, who has served since 2013.
Bryn Forhan, a Fresno consultant, who has served since 2013.
Chuck Riojas, a Fresno labor leader, who has served since 2017.
Senate confirmation is not required. There is no compensation.
The next board meeting is Friday, 10 a.m. at Merced College.
 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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