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‘RadiCalifornia’: How the threat of ‘Californiacation’ is being leveraged in Nevada, Colorado and Texas races




A section of the California seal hangs on the front of the State of California Earl Warren building January 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California.
A section of the California seal hangs on the front of the State of California Earl Warren building January 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California.
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As November 6 draws nearer, it seems that California is becoming a point of contention in quite a few states, especially where GOP candidates are struggling with tough re-election campaigns.

As reported by the New York Times, the message from several Republican candidates in states such as Nevada, Colorado and Texas is this: you if you don’t want to end up like California, vote red.

In candidate speeches and ads, the Golden State is being pained as the land of overly progressive policies, congestion and sky-high taxes (and there are likely plenty of Californians who will both agree and disagree with these depictions).

These attacks might strike a chord with existing resentments in Nevada and Colorado over the influx of Californians that have moved to those states and have brought with them California values, manners and have also potentially driven up housing costs.

Today, we sit down with politics reporters from Nevada, Colorado and Texas to get a sense of how California is being characterized in their state races.

Guests:

Colton Lochhead, capitol bureau chief and politics reporter for the Las Vegas; he tweets @ColtonLochhead  

John Frank, political reporter and craft beer writer at the The Colorado Sun; he tweets @ByJohnFrank

Patrick Svitek, politics reporter for the Texas Tribune; he tweets @PatrickSvitek