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Christine Kehoe
Next Assembly speaker's focus on poor is grounded in experience
Next Assembly speaker's focus on poor is grounded in experience

It's rather refreshing that the next California Assembly Speaker spent her early years in a house with no indoor plumbing. Her family carried in water from a spring for drinking, cooking and washing. For a bathroom, they trekked to an outhouse. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins' father was a coal and lead miner; her mother a seamstress. The parents and their four kids crammed themselves into a little four-room house in rural southern Virginia. So when the Democrat, a San Diego transplant, talks about poor people and their housing needs, she isn't just whistling Dixie. Moreover, Atkins' Appalachia roots seem to have nurtured a touch of humility mixed with an upbeat...

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