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Assembly candidates' divergent pasts provide fodder for mudslinging
Assembly candidates' divergent pasts provide fodder for mudslinging

Their platforms are similar and their party the same, but the candidates' profiles could hardly be more different. One is a former police officer with a carefully crafted political resume and a campaign backed by business interests and big-name politicians. The other is a former prison inmate whose political debut rests on a stirring story of redemption and a campaign bankrolled by Hollywood stars. With the election for the state Assembly seat they covet just three days away, the door-knocking and mud-slinging are in full swing. But the campaign claims in this race do more than frame the politicians; they erect a philosophical dividing line for voters to consider: Are...

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