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Orly Taitz, left, seen a year ago with supporters Gregory Kofman, center, and Alexander Gofen, has filed to run for state attorney general. She did not specify a political party.

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  • By the numbers

    There are 828,638 Californians enrolled in health coverage via the state health exchange as of mid-February. The tally puts Covered California on pace to exceed its projected base enrollment for the first six months of the program. Through January, 626,210 enrollees are eligible for subsidies, and roughly eight in 10 have paid their first month’s premium. Sign-ups among 18-to-34-year-olds increased slightly to 26 percent. Federal officials have said they need 40 percent of enrollees to be under age 35.

    – Christopher Cadelago

The Buzz: Obama 'birther' critic Orly Taitz files against Kamala Harris in California race for attorney general

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - 8:30 pm

‘Birther’ files to run for attorney general

Last month, Orly Taitz was in a federal courtroom in Sacramento as part of her ongoing unsuccessful effort to wrest the presidency away from Barack Obama.

In June, the attorney-dentist-real estate agent from Orange County might appear on the statewide ballot opposite California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Taitz, who secured 3 percent of the vote in her U.S. Senate run in 2012, has filed initial paperwork to seek the state’s top law enforcement position via an unknown party.

She is widely known for trying to document her belief that Obama lied about his birthplace and therefore is ineligible to serve as commander in chief. Among the pledges listed on her campaign website: Nullification of unconstitutional spying on law-abiding state residents and ending the “unconstitutional discriminatory Obamacare tax levied on some of the citizens of CA and waived for corporations.”

Harris, a Democrat with more than $3 million on hand, said she isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of the filing deadline.

“I am superstitious. I really am,” she said Wednesday. “Let’s have this conversation after March 7.”

– Christopher Cadelago

Worth repeating

“I do apologize for my poor choice of words.”

JOE BACA, former congressman from Rialto who called fellow Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod, 72, “a bimbo” Tuesday after Negrete McLeod announced she would not run for re-election to Congress.

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