Contentious California gubernatorial debate turns to insults

File photo of California Governor Jerry Brown speaking during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state’s election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration. Brown said he would sign a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags passed last week by the state legislature, an environmentalist-backed effort that Kashkari ridiculed, along with other recent bills he had supported restricting full-on tackle football practices for middle- and high-school students to avoid concussions and a measure allowing dogs on restaurant patios.

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