The editorial board of a progressive flagship newspaper in California took Hillary Clinton to task over the weekend for her use of a private server.

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"Although Sen. Sanders famously said in their Oct. 13 debate that 'the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,' the controversy has been as persistent as her coughing during speeches," wrote the editorial board of the Orange County Register. "That's because this really is a serious national security matter."

The paper went on to recall how, as secretary of state, Clinton used an unapproved Blackberry that surreptitiously filtered emails through the private server she kept in her basement. It also quoted a Washington Post report claiming that "dozens" of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were on the case, though the paper has retracted at least one estimate that it previously provided.

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"These developments come as Mrs. Clinton faces increasing competition from Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination," the paper added. "Of six statewide contests from March 22-26, she won only Arizona. Her problem remains that she does best in red states that Republicans are heavily favored to win in November, while Sen. Sanders has done best in Democratic or swing states, such as Hawaii and Washington on March 26."

California's Democratic voters will vote in their primary on June 7. Orange County is the third-most populous county in the state, and the Register, the county's newspaper, has a reputation for being at the forefront of progressive causes.

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"We'll know before too long whether the FBI, and the Justice Department under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, consider these security breaches worthy of prosecution," the paper concludes.