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Mike Thompson upset with lack of information on Rancho recall

North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson criticized federal regulators Wednesday for failing to answer his questions about the growing Rancho Feeding Corporation meat recall.

Four county supervisors endorse Healdsburg’s Jim Wood in Assembly race

Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.

Efren Carrillo enters rehab for alcohol abuse

A day after his arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has been admitted into a treatment facility for help with what Carrillo and his friends have said is a recurrent drinking problem.

Huffman off to Washington, ready to work

Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman takes his seat Thursday in the 113th Congress, facing big issues — budget cutbacks, the national debt limit and gun control — with a remarkably diverse freshman class and, he believes, a will to get things done.

Fewer and fewer Republicans on North Coast

Imagine a Republican county supervisor from Crescent City winning the North Coast seat in Congress and holding onto it for 20 years. That’s what happened when Don Clausen, a World War II veteran, won the 1962 election in a district that stretched — as it does now, with some variations — from Marin County to Oregon. But that area of rugged coastline and liberal-leaning voters now has no Republicans in Congress or the Legislature, nor does any GOP candidate have a shouting chance of success in today’s election.

Political surprise in Santa Rosa City Council race

The eight-way race for Santa Rosa City Council took a surprise turn Monday when two candidates most political observers expected to be rivals endorsed each other and called for a return to political collaboration in the city.

A push for votes at Labor Day breakfast in Santa Rosa

Politicians and union leaders rallied Monday at the annual Labor Day breakfast in Santa Rosa, emphatically urging the crowd to vote for Democratic and labor candidates and issues.

Casino at issue in Wappo tribe status

The leader of Alexander Valley’s Wappo Indians on Thursday disagreed sharply with Rep. Mike Thompson’s assertion that the tribe will try to build a casino if it attains federal recognition.

North Coast voters to begin choosing Woolsey’s successor Tuesday

Sonoma County voters on Tuesday will begin the process of replacing retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and filling a heavily contested Assembly seat, likely creating first-ever runoffs between two Democrats. In addition, with new district boundaries in force for the first time, voters will have a say in four other races for Congress, the Assembly and state Senate. Tuesday’s election, the first statewide vote under California’s top two primary system, is expected to set up three November run-offs between two Democrats instead of a Democrat and a Republican.

Thompson dominates fundraising in re-election bid

Rep. Mike Thompson is dominating fund-raising in the race for his Congressional seat as he seeks an eighth term in Congress. The St. Helena Democrat reported that his campaign has $1.2 million in cash on hand. Meanwhile, his two Republican opponents raised what appears to be less than 1 percent of Thompson’s war chest between them.

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