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California's Senate vacancy: There's more to it than just wanting the seat
California's Senate vacancy: There's more to it than just wanting the seat

We had a little public do-si-do this week over whether California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris or Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, would run to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer, who announced last week that she would not run for reelection next year. Naturally we reporters wanted a vigorous, quotable tussle, but we quickly learned that Harris is going for it and Newsom is not -- maybe to keep his powder dry to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. How did that happen? Newsom told the Times that it’s “nonsense" to suggest there was a backroom deal to divvy up the jobs between the two, but someone must have played Solomon to avoid the political carnage of a...

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