Doug LaMalfa

McCarthy would bring California clout, though limited, as House speaker

WASHINGTON _ Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin McCarthy will get a better salary, a bigger staff and a lot more clout on his state's behalf when he becomes House speaker, as all in Congress now expect.tmpplchld But the old days of bringing home the bacon are now gone, or have at least been put on a diet.tmpplchld A congressional earmark ban will limit McCarthy's ability to steer federal dollars toward his San Joaquin Valley congressional district, which encompasses most of Kern and Tulare counties. Republican divisions render all but impossible passage of an immigration bill sought by valley farmers and immigrants. Special-interest legislation faces stricter scrutiny.tmpplchld...