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Sen. Dianne Feinstein's role as water referee is complicated by drought
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's role as water referee is complicated by drought

The long-range weather forecast is the biggest wild card in the battle over every available bucket of water in drought-stricken California — but a close second may be Dianne Feinstein. In a dispute in which positions have hardened after years of fighting, the state's senior U.S. senator, who is expected to broker any deal that reallocates water supply, is one of the few remaining enigmas. The only thing consistent about Feinstein's role as water referee is that the fights have left bruises on the exacting and thick-skinned senator over the years. The last few weeks have been particularly rough. A year that started with Central Valley figures branding her a radical...

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