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Activist Sandra Fluke, who drew national attention when she spoke out in favor of birth control coverage as a college student, has decided to run for the state Senate.

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  • A new Census Bureau report shows that Southern California counties were the nation’s most active in terms of human movement between 2007 and 2011. The nearly 42,000 people who moved from Los Angeles County to adjacent San Bernardino County was the largest county-to-county migration in the country. The nation’s five top relocations all involved Los Angeles County. Other Southern California shifts landed in the nation’s top 25, such as the nearly 20,000 who moved from Riverside to San Bernardino.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Sandra Fluke switches gears, eyes California state Senate seat

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist weighing a congressional bid, said Wednesday she will instead run for a Los Angeles-area state Senate seat.

Fluke’s surprise candidacy comes amid persistent calls for more women to challenge for the Legislature. In a statement, the Democrat said she was moved by the outpouring of support since announcing she was considering a run.

“My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said Wednesday.

The 26th Senate District came open when Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu decided to get in the race to succeed veteran Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. Fluke is no stranger to the campaign trail having appeared with everyone from President Barack Obama to a handful of California Democrats running for targeted congressional seats.

As a Georgetown University law student, Fluke became a household name after her congressional testimony advocating for birth control coverage inspired a viral rant by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. He later apologized for deriding her as a “slut” and “prostitute.”

– Christopher Cadelago

“Charles T. Munger Jr., PLEASE run for Governor! WE need you!”

Abel Maldonado, former lieutenant governor, urging the wealthy GOP activist to challenge Jerry Brown. He declined.

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