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The good news for Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat searching for re-election, is that she is main her opponent Kevin de León by lots in a poll launched final week: 46 % to 24 %. The maybe not-so-good news is that when once more, Ms. Feinstein has failed to entice greater than 50 % of the voters in a ballot.
There’s a sample right here. Back in September, in one other poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, 50 % of voters mentioned they most popular that Ms. Feinstein, 85, not run once more. In the June major, she gained in a crowded area, but with 44 % of the vote. The government committee of the California Democratic Party gave Mr. de León, who can also be a Democrat, its official nomination in early July.
At first look, it could appear that Ms. Feinstein would match the definition of a time-for-her-to-go incumbent throughout this period of sturdy anti-incumbent sentiment. But in fact, most likely not.
“Voters are completely lukewarm toward her,” mentioned Mike Murphy, a nationwide Republican marketing consultant based mostly in Los Angeles. “If she had a real primary opponent with money and a story, she would have had the race of her life. She is stumbling forward without a lot of support but with the right letter after her name.”
None of that is to say that Mr. de León, who because the chief of the State Senate championed insurance policies taking over President Trump, couldn’t win. It’s simply unlikely.
“The biggest obstacle is money,” mentioned Courtni Pugh, his political marketing consultant. “He has nowhere to go but up. I think voters are looking for a change. If Kevin could match her dollar for dollar….”
Eric Bauman, the state Democratic Party chief, mentioned Mr. de León can be lifted by the backing of the state Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation. “The question is, what he can do with that?” Mr. Bauman mentioned. Not that the state occasion appears overly involved.
“Whether Senator Feinstein wins or Senator de León wins, California is going to have a good Democrat as its next senator,” he mentioned. “And the California Democratic Party is not going to say anything disrespectful or demeaning of Senator Feinstein.”
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• Many of the 37,000 individuals who had been pressured to evacuate due to the Carr Fire have discovered short-term refuge in shelters in Redding. “All that matters is we’re alive,” one mentioned. [The New York Times]
• The superstar chef Guy Fieri served meals to emergency crews and evacuees in Redding over the weekend. [Redding Record Searchlight]
• Record temperatures in current weeks have wreaked havoc on 4 continents. [The New York Times]
• Migrant households had been reunited final week, but legal professionals in San Diego and Washington are actually scrambling to forestall the Trump administration from deporting up to 1,000 of the households. [The New York Times]
• In memoriam: Ron Dellums, a former congressman and mayor of Oakland who championed human rights and protested the Vietnam War. He was 82. [The New York Times]
• The lively ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup was added to California’s record of cancer-causing chemical compounds final yr. But the state has been spraying it into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the nexus of California’s water system. [The Sacramento Bee]
• Two Sacramento residents sued Senator Richard Pan, saying that their First Amendment rights had been violated when he blocked them from his Twitter account. [The Associated Press]
• Uber will cease creating self-driving vehicles and focus its autonomous automobile expertise on automobiles, the corporate mentioned. [Reuters]
• Chris Pratt and different forged members of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise launched a letter of help for James Gunn, the director who was fired after offensive jokes he wrote on Twitter got here to mild. The firing has stirred debate about how Hollywood ought to deal with transgressions because it seeks to clear up its tradition. [The New York Times]
• A author describes his household’s historical past in San Francisco, “California’s particular anomie: the sensation of coming from nowhere,” and the way the Bay Area’s present standing as a cultural energy is paying homage to its current previous. [The New Yorker]
• LeBron James could also be leaving Ohio for L.A., but he left his mark on his hometown, Akron, with the opening of the I Promise School. [The New York Times]
• Fantasy Studios, the famed Berkeley recording studios the place artists resembling Santana, Journey and Green Day produced a few of their most iconic albums, will shut in September. [SFGate]
• Plants are actually changing extra carbon dioxide into natural matter, researchers at U.C. Santa Cruz discovered. But the so-called world greening is nothing to have a good time. [The New York Times]
• And in the High Sierra, birds are making exceptional ecological diversifications in response to local weather change. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
Could a robotic make your mattress in the future?
Our tech reporters visited the world’s high synthetic intelligence labs in San Francisco and Berkeley, the place researchers are getting nearer to creating robotic fingers that may mimic the actual factor.
Dactyl, a robotic hand developed by OpenAI, can take an alphabet block and present you the letters you ask for.
And on the Autolab, at U.C. Berkeley, a “gripper” can decide up instruments and kind them into bins.
In the previous, researchers had to program a robotic to carry out every activity. Now it could possibly study these duties by itself.