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California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari faces off against State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in a radio debate on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.

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  • By the Numbers

    California cities once led the nation in urban population growth, but sharp declines in migration and birthrates have slowed the state’s human expansion to well under 1 percent a year, a third of what was happening during the go-go 1980s. Now, a new Census Bureau report indicates, rapid growth – for better or worse – has shifted to other states. The nation’s five fastest growing cities over 50,000 population in the year ending July 1, 2013, were in Texas and Utah. Texas also had four other cities in the top 15.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Outside donor group comes to Neel Kashkari’s aid

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

Independent donor group comes to aid of Kashkari

Neel Kashkari will get a lift from a newly formed independent expenditure committee in the final days of the gubernatorial primary campaign.

Republican benefactor Charles Munger Jr. and billionaire Robert Day are financing mailers supporting Kashkari and opposing rival Tim Donnelly, according to reports filed with the state.

A group called “Californians for Kashkari for Governor 2014” filed its statement of organization on Monday, with a $350,000 donation from Munger and $50,000 from Day, chairman of Trust Company of the West.

James Hunter, vice chairman of Baron Real Estate, donated $10,000.

The group on Wednesday reported spending on mailers supporting Kashkari and opposing Donnelly.

The independent expenditure committee’s formation comes as Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, tries to make up ground on Donnelly, a tea party favorite and the frontrunner among Republicans running for governor.

Kashkari recently donated $2 million of his own money to his campaign, a move Donnelly has said “kind of reeks of desperation.”

– David Siders

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