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Republicans hope a gas tax repeal will drive voters to the polls




California gas stations post signs showing that each gallon of gas carries a federal 18-cent tax and a 27.8-cent state tax. Sales taxes are also charged on gas purchases.
California gas stations post signs showing that each gallon of gas carries a federal 18-cent tax and a 27.8-cent state tax. Sales taxes are also charged on gas purchases.
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Take Two takes a look back at politics in the Golden State. This week:

• Republican law makers shell out thousands to repeal the "gas tax." Will it be enough to bring Republican voters to the poles? 

Claremont McKenna's Jack Pitney outlines the best case scenario for Republicans if a "gas tax" repeal makes it on the ballot

It boosts GOP turnout a little which, in turn, may tip a couple of the close races for Congress and the state legislature. It's probably not going to make a difference in the statewide races – it's been a long time since we've elected a Republican in a statewide office, and that's probably not going to happen in 2018. 

A group continues to push for the state-secession plan known as Calexit, while others propose breaking California into three separate states. 

A new poll shows Republican candidates are ahead of Villaraigosa in race for governor. 

•  Senator Kamala Harris shows popularity as potential presidential candidate among Democrats.

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