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California's shameful patronage system in action

California's shameful patronage system in action

California farmers are unhappy about Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of former Democratic state Sen. Isadore Hall III of Compton to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. During a confirmation hearing by the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, grower representatives questioned Hall’s suitability for the job. What does a career politician from urban Los Angeles County know about the state’s agricultural industry?

They are especially concerned about Hall’s ability to be...

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