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Diane L. Harkey
Controller's race adds drama to Board of Equalization makeup
Controller's race adds drama to Board of Equalization makeup

Despite overseeing more than $44 billion in yearly tax collections, California's Board of Equalization and the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for the wonky panel remain little known to most voters. That obscurity tends to drain political drama from the campaigns for the board's four massive districts, each with roughly 9.5 million residents, and which for years have been evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. Although the upcoming election doesn't promise to be an exception, there is a wild card. The state controller serves as the fifth member of the board, giving an otherwise evenly split panel a partisan majority as well as its philosophical direction....

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