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Republicans seek to tap California drought for a political edge
Republicans seek to tap California drought for a political edge

WASHINGTON — Beleaguered and outnumbered, California Republicans think they may have found a crucial ally — drought. Up and down the state's increasingly dry Central Valley, Republicans have pounded away at the argument that Democratic policies — particularly environmental rules — are to blame for the parched fields and dwindling reservoirs that threaten to bankrupt farms and wipe out jobs. In his latest campaign video, Republican Doug Ose stands in the middle of dried-out Folsom Lake. At a mere 17% capacity, the usually scenic reservoir favored by boaters and sunbathers looks like the set of "Mad Max." As the camera pans, Ose declares,...

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