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The California Republican Party is lost in an identity crisis.  The divide pits the conservative, nationalistic wing against the establishment, business-friendly wing.  That split was on full display at the state's G-O-P's convention this weekend.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, many California Republicans -- including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -- are fighting back against Steve Bannon's declared war on the GOP establishment. via KPCC

The four Democratic candidates in next year's California governor's race debated for the first time over the past weekend, and they really only had one disagreement:  single-payer health care.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Sonoma County sheriff's officials are blaming the far-right website Breitbart for spreading false information about an arson arrest tied to Norther California's deadly wildfires.  Capital Public radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the website's inflammatory claims.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

  1. The state and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are fighting a desert water project that recently got a green light from the Trump administration.
  2. Riverside County supervisors voted to impose a contract on sheriff’s deputies
  3. State Assemblyman Jose Medina’s bill to close a loophole in environmental laws was vetoed by Gov. Brown.

More than 140 women this week signed a letter about pervasive sexual harassment in the California Legislature, but only a handful have ever taken their complaints to higher-ups.  They say the Capitol's review policies don't go far enough to protect women, and that accusing elected officials could mean risking their reputations and their jobs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports on the Legislature's complaint process, and why so few women are using it.

California Republicans gather in Anaheim this weekend for the state party's semi-annual convention - with former White House advisor Steve Bannon headlining the list of speakers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Democratic candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa has repeatedly claimed Los Angeles saw a nearly 50 percent decline in violent crime during his time as the city's mayor.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the candidate's statement.


Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced a new documentary, "The Vietnam War," for PBS.  It's a 16-hour series that will premier tongiht on KVCR-TV at 8 p.m.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a local series for 91.9 KVCR, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which we'll hear her talk with veterans from our Inland Empire region.  Here's Part 1.

Conservatives mounting a campaign to repeal California's new gas tax are getting a financial boost that could help them qualify for next November's ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains.

California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.  That's as a lawsuit by 19 states goes forward challenging the president's actions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


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