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Charles M. Calderon
Legislative candidates hope to capitalize on corruption issue
Legislative candidates hope to capitalize on corruption issue

A trio of Democratic lawmakers, suspended from their posts and facing possible jail time on criminal charges, are star attractions in legislative races across California even though they're not running for reelection. Republicans are using the allegations — perjury, bribery, conspiracy — in an attempt to taint their rivals, hoping to prevail in swing districts in the June 3 primary election and to shatter the dominant party's hopes of regaining a powerful supermajority lost to the suspensions. Republican state Senate candidate Jeff Stone, a Riverside County supervisor, features corruption in a television ad against one of his GOP rivals, Bonnie Garcia, a former...

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