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    Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles sits in her office with portraits of her great-grandmother and her brother and sister that she said will watch over her as she works in the State Capitol Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 in Sacramento. Mitchell is one in our year-end “people to watch” series.

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    Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan says close elections, like the state controller primary race, “bring with them very emotionally and politically charged dynamics.”

The Buzz: One registrar, two super-close statewide races

Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

County registrars hate close elections, and Dean Logan is in his second go-around with a statewide squeaker.

Logan is the registrar-recorder/county clerk in Los Angeles County, the state’s largest and likely a central front in any recount in the extremely tight finish in the California controller primary. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee leads former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez by just 481 votes, out of more than 4 million votes cast, for second place. People have until 5 p.m. today to request a recount.

It’s familiar territory for Logan. A decade ago, he was the elections chief in King County, Wash., during the lengthy recount fight after the November 2004 governor’s election. Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi by just 129 votes.

In an email, Logan said close elections “bring with them very emotionally and politically charged dynamics.”

“What I have learned from my experience administering elections in both states – and in dealing with election outcomes with very thin margins – is the importance of consistency, transparency and due diligence,” Logan said.

– Jim Miller


Almost eight years after he left the Legislature, House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy has shuttered his last state campaign committee. In a recent filing, the Bakersfield Republican reported spending $70,157.19 left in an account to run for lieutenant governor this year. Almost $22,000 went to the San Luis Obispo GOP, with about two dozen $2,000 donations to Bakersfield-area charities. McCarthy, elected to Congress in 2006, will replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the end of the month.

– Jim Miller


“If I say I weigh 119, I weigh 119.”

HOLLY MITCHELL, Los Angeles Democrat, jokingly urging DMV Director Jean M. Shiomoto to allow people to specify wannabe weights on their driver’s licenses at a Senate Rules Committee hearing.

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