Election focus on western water, willing workers

Finding water and willing workers to produce the nation’s crops are turning out to be big issues in this election period, especially in congressional, Senate and governors’ races.

In California, these are key issues in the governor’s race and the Senate race. The Republican candidates are pushing for guest workers and for fair allocation of water for growers. The Democrat Senate incumbent, Barbara Boxer, and Democrat governor candidate Jerry Brown are taking hits for not doing more on water and worker issues.

Even television comic Stephen Colbert got involved in the labor issue, with a jokey appearance before a Congressional committee. Colbert even went into the fields and harvested produce. It all sounds like an old-time folk tune, “Colbert picked corn, and we don’t care.” Still, his appearance brought out dozens of TV cameras.

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