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AirTalk elections interview: incumbent Xavier Becerra for state attorney general




California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a press conference at the California State Capitol on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, California.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a press conference at the California State Capitol on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, California.
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is running for reelection, where he will face Steven Bailey in the general election for the state attorney general seat.

Becerra, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the seat vacated by Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate, has led the state’s opposition on all things Donald Trump.

Bailey, a Republican, is a retired El Dorado County Superior Court judge, who started his career as a legislative assistant and later became deputy legislative director for the state’s Department of Social Services. The two candidates disagree on a wide array of issues. Most notably, the retired judge has criticized Becerra for seeking to end the state's existing money bail system, which the attorney general said hits the poor harder.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association that has endorsed Bailey sued Becerra four times. Bailey has numerously said that while Becerra was busy fighting Washington, “crime has increased, homelessness has reached record levels, and drug abuse has taken more lives.”

Becerra has filed more than 30 lawsuits against the Trump administration. The lawsuits involved health care, reproductive rights, education, the transgender military ban, immigration and the 2020 Census. More than half of the lawsuits filed have dealt with protecting the environment. The Attorney General also pledged to go after street gangs and sex-trafficking rings.

Today, Larry sits down with Atty. Gen. Becerra to discuss his campaign ahead of election day. Call us at 866-893-5722 with your questions or comment below.

To listen to our interview with Steven Bailey, click here.

Ready for Election Day? Get up to speed on what you need to know with our Voter Game Plan at elections.laist.com. Read up on the candidates and ballot measures, find out about registration deadlines or ask us your questions.

Guest:

Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General running for reelection; he tweets @XavierBecerra