Capital Public Radio Spring 2012 Election Coverage

  • Prop 29 Supporters Concede "Narrow Defeat"

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    It looks like the most hotly-contested measure on California’s June Primary ballot will fall just short. Proposition 29 now trails by 27,000 votes with 110,000 left to count, and supporters are conceding defeat.

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    Redrawn Districts in California Trigger Surge in Campaign Spending

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    California is expected to be a battleground in the fall election, and not because President Obama tops the ticket. Democrats plan to pour millions of dollars into the state’s U.S. House races, including two redrawn districts in the Sacramento area.

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    Fate of Proposition 29 Still Uncertain

    Friday, June 08, 2012

    The California Secretary of State’s office reports more than a million ballots from Tuesday’ s primary election still have to be counted.

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    "Top-Two" Creates Same-Party Runoffs in Two-Dozen Races

    Wednesday, June 06, 2012

    “No Party Preference” candidates didn't fare too well Tuesday under California’s new “Top-Two” Primary system. But lots of state legislative races will feature same-party runoffs this fall, and that could lead to a more moderate legislature.

Supporters and Opponents Say Prop 29 Outcome Uncertain
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

The outcome of California’s most hotly contested measures on Tuesday’s ballot is still uncertain. Proposition 29 trails by just a thin margin…and neither side is conceding defeat.

Latest California Primary Coverage and Results
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

<b>5:00 P.M. update</b> Despite low turnout, California election officials are still playing catch up with the vote count.

Stockton Council Authorizes Manager to File Bankruptcy; Primary Results
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Incumbent Stockton Mayor Ann Johnson will face Anthony Silva in the general election in November. City council approves bankruptcy authorization.

Prop 29: Proponents Not Conceding
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Update: The ballot measure that would have added one dollar to the cost of a pack cigarettes still trails by a narrow margin. Prop 29 supporters say there are still 200,000 mail-in ballots to be counted, and have not conceded.

Johnson Wins Re-election Easily
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will serve a second term.

Taxes for Fire Protection Fail While Park Tax Approved
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Two Sacramento-area fire districts failed in Tuesday’s election to increase taxes on residents. The taxes would have gone to fire protection and paramedic services

Runoffs in November for Two Sacramento Council Seats
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

The Sacramento City Council had four races up for grabs in yesterday’s primary. The District 2 and 4 races will go to a runoff in November.

Prop 28: Voters Approve Term Limits Change
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

California voters have overwhelmingly approved a change to the state’s term limits law. Proposition 28 on Tuesday's Primary ballot passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Sac County Supervisor Incumbents Split In Effort To Avoid Runoff
Wed, Jun 06, 2012

The Sacramento City Council race received a lot more publicity, but there were also two Sacramento County Supervisor races in yesterday’s primary.

Latest California Primary Coverage and Results
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

<b>10:09 P.M. UPDATE</b> Voters approve term limit reform (Prop 28); Kevin Johnson has declared victory in his bid for a second turn as Sacramento Mayor. <div><a href="/173722" target="_blank">more</a></div>

Voters Have Mixed Reactions To New "Top Two" Open Primary
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

California voters experienced their first "top two" open primary Tuesday and the new system is getting mixed reactions from voters across the state.

Voters Will Decide On Term Limits
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to change term limits for California legislators.

California Holds First Top Two Primary
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

California voters will see a different kind of ballot Tuesday as the state holds its first Top Two Open Primary.

Voters Set to Decide Big Battle on Tobacco Tax
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

On Tuesday California voters will decide whether to raise the state’s tax on tobacco products to pay for cancer research. Proposition 29 has become the loudest battle of this Primary election.

Davis Voters To Decide Fate of Parks Maintenance Tax
Mon, Jun 04, 2012

A measure on tomorrow’s election ballot in Davis would extend an annual fee for park upkeep.

Candidates For City Council Districts 6 and 8 Talk Taxes
Mon, Jun 04, 2012

About half of the city of Sacramento will have the chance to pick a new council member tomorrow. If recent polling is to be believed, most votes will be based on the economy.

Business, Union Groups Try New Strategy in "Top-Two" Primaries
Mon, Jun 04, 2012

Some California Democrats are being asked to vote for Republicans in Tuesday’s Primary, and some Republicans are being asked to vote for Democrats.

17 Million Californians Register For June 5th Primary
Fri, Jun 01, 2012

The latest report from the Secretary of State shows a million more Californians have registered to vote since the last Presidential Primary

Sacramento District 4 Contestants Say How They Would Help the Economy
Fri, Jun 01, 2012

Sacramento’s unemployment rate is still among the worst in the country. The candidates say they have something unique to improve the region’s economy

Field Poll: Props 28 & 29 Hold Leads Ahead of Tuesday's Vote
Thu, May 31, 2012

California’s two statewide initiatives on Tuesday’s Primary ballot each hold leads heading into Election Day.

Sacramento District 2 Candidates Tell How They Would Create Jobs
Thu, May 31, 2012

The candidates for the Sacramento City Council District Two race say more needs to be done to help the economy. We asked the candidates what they bring to the job in the form of solutions.

Insight: The Top-Two Primary Explained
Wed, May 30, 2012

On June 5th Californians will vote in the state's new open, top-two primary. Allen Hoffenblum, Publisher of the California Target Book, explains the pros and cons of the top-two primary system.

Insight: A Discussion of Prop. 29
Wed, May 30, 2012

If passed, Prop 29 will increase the cost of cigarettes by a dollar a pack. New revenue will be used to fund cancer and tobacco-related research. Early polling suggested Prop. 29 would be likely to pass, but the gap between "yes" and "no" is closing.

Arena Deal Dead But Very Much Alive In Mayoral Race
Wed, May 30, 2012

Though the goal is City Hall, the candidates for the Sacramento Mayor's seat are still talking about the arena deal at the Railyards.

Insight: A Discussion of Prop. 28
Tue, May 29, 2012

Proponents of Proposition 28 say the ballot measure will reduce the time a California legislator can spend in office by up to five years. But opponents say prop 28 will actually increase the number of terms a legislator spends in the Capitol.

"Top-Two" How-To: A Primary Primer
Tue, May 29, 2012

The upcoming June 5th Primary is the first statewide election under California’s new “top two” primary system, and voters will see some very different looking ballots.

Poll: Prop 29 Support Drops; Large Lead for Prop 28
Wed, May 23, 2012

Tens of millions of dollars in opposition ads are driving down support for a tobacco tax on California’s June 5th Primary ballot. But a new poll still shows majority support for that measure – and for one dealing with state lawmaker term limits.

Two Perfect Storms for County Elections Officials
Mon, May 14, 2012

Elections officials in California's 58 counties are dealing with a pair of perfect storms. They're not just preparing for the June Primary; they're scrambling to count and verify voter signatures for several potential November ballot initiatives.

Brown Submits Signatures for Proposed Tax Measure
Thu, May 10, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown has turned in approximately 1.5 million signatures for his proposed tax initiative, well more than what’s needed to qualify for the November ballot.

Proposition 29 Would Increase Tobacco Tax
Mon, May 07, 2012

In the upcoming June Primary election, California voters will decide the fate of two ballot measures. Proposition 29, which would raise the tobacco tax to pay for cancer research.


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