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The Daily Breeze - Nick Green

Democrat Al Muratsuchi narrowly edged Republican incumbent David Hadley at the polls Tuesday, but the two are headed to a general election reprise of their fierce election battle two years ago for the 66th Assembly District.

Final, unofficial returns early today showed Muratsuchi with 48.4 percent of the vote to Hadley’s 45.4 percent in a contest closely watched statewide, much as it was two years ago.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

Early on, California's June 7 primary promised to be an influential factor in the presidential race. Then, Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and hopes for a competitive primary were dashed.

Now, with polls showing Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a statistical dead heat, eyes are on the state primary once again.

Still, down-ticket races to which Californians may be paying less attention could make the biggest impact in the state by changing the makeup of the Legislature.

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Los Angeles Times - Javier Panzar

From the suburbs of Los Angeles up the Pacific coast to Santa Barbara and north to the Bay Area, the specter of Donald J. Trump looms in nearly every political corner of the Golden State ahead of the June 7 primary.

Democratic operatives are using Trump as a sort of all-purpose boogeyman in a diverse range of down-ticket races all over the state.

Even in districts where there is no meaningful Republican opposition in sight, Democratic campaigns are milking Trump's rhetoric to raise money and bring out voters.

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California Newswire - Christopher Simmons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Association of Global Automakers has announced Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi as their 2014 “Legislator of the Year.” The award was presented last night at a ceremony hosted by the association in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the second recipient of the Global Automakers’ annual award, which recognizes lawmakers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the auto industry and for supporting alternative fuel vehicles.

Honda Motor Company released a statement praising Assemblymember Muratsuchi for his pragmatic leadership and stewardship of California’s environment. “Honda applauds Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for being named Global Automakers’ Legislator of the Year. He is a bi-partisan leader looking for workable solutions to the challenges facing our state.

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Daily Breeze - Allan Zaremberg

Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 777, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, a bill that will help ensure that California creates a competitive environment and jobs within the emerging multibillion dollar space travel and supply industry.

California has long been the home of the world’s most advanced aeronautics and aerospace companies. Recently, the industry has seen exciting new innovations and advancement with the privatization of spaceflight transportation.

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Daily Breeze — George Bird, Palos Verdes Estates

Re “Muratsuchi says he’ll run for re-election” (Feb. 7):

How refreshing to see a member of the Assembly choose to stay and continue to serve those who elected him instead of jumping at the first opportunity to run for the state Senate.

Al Muratsuchi has placed the citizens of the 66th Assembly District before his self-interest by not running for the next office. Al Muratsuchi has well served the interest of the 66th District during his freshman year. The experience he gained will serve him well during his next term.

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Torrance Daily Breeze - Al Muratsuchi

The Torrance ExxonMobil refinery explosion on Feb. 18 was a wake-up call for me and for a growing number of South Bay residents. While ExxonMobil recently announced the sale of the refinery to PBF Energy, the dangerous conditions will remain the same unless local officials and residents demand changes.

Most importantly, it is time for the Torrance refinery to stop using modified hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic chemical that can threaten the lives and health of more than 250,000 South Bay residents living within a three-mile radius of the refinery. If the refinery refuses, the state of California should ban the use of this dangerous chemical in densely populated areas such as Torrance and the South Bay.

My wife, daughter, and I lived less than two miles south of the Torrance refinery when the February explosion occurred. The blast ripped apart major steel structures at the refinery, shook surrounding homes and neighborhoods like an earthquake, and scattered white ash and debris onto homes and businesses from Torrance to Redondo Beach. Luckily, no one was killed, but four workers suffered injuries.

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Muhammed El-Hasan, Daily Breeze

California plans to submit a proposal to Boeing on Tuesday in an effort to woo production work for the new 777X airliner to the Golden State, according to a source at the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

It was unclear what incentives California would offer Boeing.

Work on the airliner could bring thousands of jobs to Southern California, especially Long Beach, where Boeing builds the C-17 military cargo plane. The C-17 plant will close in 2015 due to insufficient orders, two years before Boeing plans to start production of the 777X.

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Daily Breeze - Al Muratsuchi

As your state Assembly member representing the South Bay, and as chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, my top priorities include attracting and keeping aerospace jobs in California. To this end, I am committed to defending the Los Angeles Air Force Base from a new round of base closures.

Located in El Segundo, the L.A. Air Force Base is a key part of the foundation supporting the Southern California aerospace industry. The base is home to the Space and Missile Systems Center, a leader in managing space systems since the beginning of our nation’s space program. The Aerospace Corp., a federally funded research and development center, is also located at the base.

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Larry Altman - Daily Breeze

Mike Herrera says he might not have accepted his job in 2006 as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the South Bay in Harbor City had he known about the financial mess that would quickly envelope him.

Before his arrival, the organization had built a sizable debt that exploded in 2008 when he received a notice from the state telling him he owed $2 million to pay off a $1.4 million government loan he knew nothing about.

“They were telling me, ‘You get 30 days to pay up,’ ” Herrera said.