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California politics: Union-backed Democrats face off against anti-union Democrats

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Californians head to the polls on Tuesday for a primary election likely to highlight divisions in the state’s dominant Democratic party, as incumbent labor-backed candidates fight reformers positioning themselves to take on unions in several races. The election to choose candidates for governor,…

California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…