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Capital Public Radio Fall 2012 Election Coverage

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    Did Prop 30 Balance the Budget? Not Quite

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    All year long, California Governor Jerry Brown had promised his sales and income tax measure would finally balance the state budget. It may – eventually.

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    Strong Success for Calif. Tax Measures May Not Be New Trend

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    California voters had rejected every statewide tax measure since 2004 until they approved two of them last week. They also said yes to 70 percent of the local tax and bond measures on last week’s ballot. But this may not be the start of a new trend.

Election Brings Few Women to the Legislature
Mon, Nov 12, 2012

The number of women serving in California’s legislature will be at its lowest point in more than a decade when the newly-elected members are sworn in next month.


Bera's Lead Over Lungren Grows in U.S. House District 7 Race
Fri, Nov 09, 2012

Democratic challenger Ami Bera's vote margin grew to nearly 1,800 over incumbent Republican Dan Lungren in the race for U.S. House of Representatives District 7; Sacramento City races also tight.


Impact of "Top Two"? Perhaps Not Much
Thu, Nov 08, 2012

The first election cycle for California’s new “Top Two” open primary system is now in the books. Supporters had hoped the system would give more power to voters who were marginalized under the old system. But it didn’t exactly turn out that way.


Apparent Passage of Measure T Allows Council To Change Trash Pickup Schedule
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

People who live in the City of Sacramento will likely see a change in how and when their yard waste is picked up beginning next summer.


Senate Leader Says New Power Doesn't Mean New Taxes
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

It appears California legislative Democrats have gained a supermajority in both chambers. The Senate’s top Democrat says he’ll focus on tax reform, not increasing taxes.


Governor Brown Shares Priorities for Work with New Legislature
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown shared a list of priorities for working with a new state legislature, which appears to be reaching a two-thirds majority in both houses.


Latest State, Regional Election Coverage and Results (BLOG)
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Supporters of Prop 37 say despite the initiative's failure, they got the message out about genetically-engineered foods. Senate leader Darrel Steinberg talks about the state's new democratic supermajority. UPDATED at 4:45 p.m.


Ballot Fails, But Food Labeling Campaign Says the Fight Isn't Over
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Voters rejected a statewide ballot measure that would have required labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. But organizers say the campaign was still a victory.


Voters Approve Brown's Tax Measure
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

After a campaign full of twists and turns, California voters approved Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax measure – but not without a suspenseful Election Night.


Round Up of Proposition Results
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Californians reject Propositions 31, 33, 34, 37, approve 30, 36, 35, 39. Updated at 9 a.m.


Californians Reject Proposition 32
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Proposition 32 had become one of the most expensive and contentious battles over campaign finance. California voters rejected the measure that would have banned union and corporate campaign contributions.


Sacramento Measure M Soundly Defeated
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

The defeat of Measure M by voters in the City of Sacramento was a victory for Mayor Kevin Johnson.


Challenger Silva Wins Stockton Mayor Contest
Wed, Nov 07, 2012

Stockton voters decided it was a time for a change this election. The one-two punch of crime and bankruptcy spelled the end for incumbent Mayor Ann Johnston.


Sacramento Polling Place Features 'Mini Health Fair'
Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Sacramento County Health and Human Services helped organize a vote and vaccinate effort at three polling places.


Voting Going Fairly Smoothly So Far, Counties Report
Tue, Nov 06, 2012

California counties are reporting healthy voter turnout and few problems at polling places so far this election day.


Why Do You Vote?
Tue, Nov 06, 2012

This Election Day there are record numbers of registered voters both statewide and in Sacramento County. We caught up with a few to find out what’s motivating them to cast their ballots.


Vote By Mail More Popular Than Ever in Sacramento County
Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Many of the Sacramento County voters heading to the polls today won’t spend any time in the voting booth. They’re dropping off vote by mail ballots.


Poll:Fewer Will Cast Ballots This Presidential Election
Tue, Nov 06, 2012

A record number of Californians have registered to vote. But Election Day might not have record turnout.


Some Sacramentans Will Vote and Vaccinate at the Polls
Mon, Nov 05, 2012

Some Sacramento County voters will have the chance to get a free flu vaccine while they’re at the polls tomorrow.


State Campaign Finance Watchdog Says Arizona Group Laundered Money
Mon, Nov 05, 2012

California’s campaign finance watchdog has accused an Arizona nonprofit of money laundering. Americans for Responsible Leadership revealed Monday that its contributors were other nonprofits.


Voter Guide: Propositions Round-up
Mon, Nov 05, 2012

The ballot facing California voters this year includes 11 propositions. Capital Public Radio senior editor Alan Ray and our team of reporters take you through the ballot initiatives and referendum with this voter's guide.


Increase in Vote By Mail Ballots Could Delay Election Night Results
Mon, Nov 05, 2012

Election Day could become Election Month with so many Californians voting by mail. California is on a path of trading speed for convenience.


Voter Turnout Could Be Key for California's Prop 30
Mon, Nov 05, 2012

It’s crunch time for get-out-the-vote efforts in California’s legislative and proposition races ahead of Tuesday's election, and the fate of Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative might rest on how strongly its supporters turn out.


Overall Calif. Voter Registration Rate Steady; GOP at Lowest Ever
Fri, Nov 02, 2012

The Secretary of State's final registration report before Tuesday's election shows a record 18,245,000 Californians are now registered to vote.


Sacramento District Two Candidates Differ in Cures for Economy
Fri, Nov 02, 2012

Sacramento’s District Two is one of the poorest areas of the city. The two men running for the open City Council seat want business to return. Their definitions of a service and who provides it are the foundations of their revitalization plans.


Violent Crime and Bankruptcy Top Issues for Stockton Mayoral Race
Fri, Nov 02, 2012

Violent crime and bankruptcy...those are the top issues for the two candidates running for Mayor in Stockton.


Poll: Prop 32 Losing Ground, Prop 34 Gains Lead
Fri, Nov 02, 2012

The controversial California ballot measure that deals with union and corporate campaign contributions trails by a wide margin in a new Field Poll out Friday morning. But another measure that would abolish the death penalty has a narrow lead.


Campaign Finance Case Has Implications Beyond 2012 Election
Thu, Nov 01, 2012

The court case involving an Arizona group’s $11 million contribution to two California ballot measure campaigns may not be resolved by Election Day. But it’s turned into a crucial test of California’s campaign finance system.


Nevada's Presidential Campaigns Use Early Voting Strategies
Thu, Nov 01, 2012

Nevada is considered one of several battleground states in the presidential election. Nevadans’ ability to vote early has added another dimension to the campaigns.


High Stakes for Jerry Brown with Prop 30
Thu, Nov 01, 2012

Analysts say California Governor Jerry Brown’s political power could rise or fall depending on the outcome of his November tax initiative – with great impact on the rest of his governorship.


Poll: Prop 30 Up 10 (but Below 50%), Prop 38 Down 15
Thu, Nov 01, 2012

A new poll shows the two rival tax measures on California’s November ballot are each drawing support away from the other. But Thursday's Field Poll suggests Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative still has a chance.


Early Voting Numbers Give Campaigns Information
Wed, Oct 31, 2012

California has several close races this election year. With just a few days of campaigning left, candidates and campaigns are starting to get an idea of who’s voted so far.


Judge Tentatively Rules State Can Examine $11 Million Mystery Donation
Tue, Oct 30, 2012

A California judge has tentatively ruled that the state can examine the sources behind an Arizona nonprofit that made an $11-million political contribution.


Calif. GOP Lawmakers: Find Other Trigger Cuts if Prop 30 Fails
Tue, Oct 30, 2012

California’s budget calls for $6 billion in automatic education cuts if voters reject Proposition 30 next week. But legislative Republicans say they would support reversing those cuts if the governor’s tax measure fails.


Let's Say Calif. Dems Win State Sen. Supermajority. So What?
Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Even if California Democrats reach their highly sought-after two-thirds supermajority in the State Senate, it may not be the legislative panacea they've been hoping for.


More than $350 Million Raised For and Against Ballot Measures
Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Political contributions for and against California’s 11 ballot measures have totaled more than $350 million. Much of the money is coming from wealthy individuals and outside organizations.


Measure M Asks Voters to Consider Commission For Charter Changes
Mon, Oct 29, 2012

A week from today, City of Sacramento voters will decide if a commission should be created to review the City’s Charter.


California Making It Easier to Vote; Other States Tighten Rules
Mon, Oct 29, 2012

While other states have passed laws to make it harder to vote, California has been making it easier.


Democrats Hope for Two-Thirds Supermajority in Senate
Mon, Oct 29, 2012

When California voters go to the polls on Election Day, they could usher in a change that hasn’t happened since 1965. They could give one party a two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate. Democrats are campaigning hard to make that happen.


California Ballot Measures Dominated By Wealthy
Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Millions of dollars are being spent on California’s ballot initiatives this election…and a large portion of it is coming from single wealthy individuals.


PPIC Poll: Prop 30 Drops Below 50%, but Still Leads
Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax measure has fallen below 50 percent support for the first time in a Public Policy Institute of California poll, but it still holds a narrow lead.


LAO: "No on 30" Camp Mostly Wrong on Gas Tax Claim
Wed, Oct 24, 2012

The campaigns for and against California Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative are locked in a big argument over whether Proposition 30 would raise the sales tax on gasoline.


Many Calif. Small Businesses Wary of Brown's Prop 30
Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Small business groups in California are some of the leading opponents of Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative, Proposition 30, because many small business owners pay taxes as individuals.


California Voter Registration Likely to Hit Record High
Tue, Oct 23, 2012

California is on track to reach a record high number of registered voters for the November election.


Prop 40: State Senate Redistricting Referendum
Mon, Oct 22, 2012

We wrap up our series on the 11 ballot measures Californians will decide this fall with a look at Prop 40 - the referendum that seeks to overturn the current state Senate district map. Its supporters have abandoned it, but voters will still weigh in.


How Elections Officials Work to Stop Voter Fraud
Mon, Oct 22, 2012

It’s easier than ever to register to vote, but does registering online make it easier to commit voter fraud?


Prop 39: Ending a Tax Break for Businesses
Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Next in our series on California's November ballot measures, we take a look at Proposition 39. It would change a critical piece of corporate tax law and provide more money to the state – but higher taxes for some businesses.


$100 Million Raised To Support And Oppose Prop 32
Thu, Oct 18, 2012

A new analysis of political contributions shows that more than $100 million has poured into the state to fight and support Proposition 32.


Brown Won't Rule Out Future Budget Cuts if Prop 30 Passes
Thu, Oct 18, 2012

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is taking his “Yes on Prop 30” message to the campaign trail - and the media. He sat down with Capital Public Radio to talk about his November tax initiative and the state budget.


Prop 38: Molly Munger Tax Initiative
Thu, Oct 18, 2012

Californians will soon decide whether they want to increase taxes to support public schools. Our election 2012 coverage continues with a report on Proposition 38.


544,000 Online Voter Applications in Calif. Program's 1st Month
Wed, Oct 17, 2012

California’s online voter registration program is off to a fast start. More than half a million people have applied in the month since the system was launched.


Prop 37: Battle Over Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Ramps Up
Wed, Oct 17, 2012

In November Californians will decide whether to require that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients say so on the package. On its face Proposition 37 seems like a simple addition to a label, but it could have much broader ramifications.


Brown Starts First Prop 30 Campaign Swing in Two Months
Tue, Oct 16, 2012

For the first time since August, California Governor Jerry Brown is back on the campaign trail touting his November sales and income tax initiative.


Jerry McNerny and Ricky Gill Debate in Tight Congressional Race
Tue, Oct 16, 2012

One of the nationally watched Congressional battles this election season is the campaign for California’s 9th District. Last night, Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney and Republican challenger Ricky Gill squared off in their first and only debate.


Prop 36 Would Change Sentencing Guidelines For Felonies
Tue, Oct 16, 2012

A challenge to California’s “Three Strikes” sentencing law is on the ballot this fall. Proponents say some felonies should not result in life in prison. Opponents say a change in the law would allow dangerous criminals to be released.


Prop 35 Would Increase Penalties on Human Traffickers
Sun, Oct 14, 2012

As part of our ongoing series about California initiatives in November’s election, we take a look at Proposition 35.


Local Colleges Track VP Debate Style and Substance
Fri, Oct 12, 2012

At Sacramento State, students provided in-person reaction to the vice presidential debate while at UC Davis, assistant professors crunched data culled from a real-time app tracking responses to the candidates.


Prop 34: Death Penalty Repeal
Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Our series on the initiatives Californians will be voting on next month continues with a look at Proposition 34 which would repeal the death penalty.


New Poll Shows GMO Labeling Proposition Losing Support
Thu, Oct 11, 2012

A new poll finds support for Proposition 37 on California’s November’s ballot dropping.


Prop 33: Auto Insurance Rules
Thu, Oct 11, 2012

We continue our look at next month’s California election ballot with Proposition 33. It would change state laws on auto insurance premiums.


Prop 32: Union and Corporate Campaign Contributions
Wed, Oct 10, 2012

In our next story in our series on California’s 11 November ballot measures, we look at what could be the loudest fight on the airwaves: Proposition 32, which deals with union and corporate campaign contributions.


Clinton Stumping for Dems at UC Davis
Tue, Oct 09, 2012

California has four congressional races that are up for grabs. Former President Bill Clinton stumped in Davis for four of the candidates.


Battle Between Two Rival Tax Measures Heats Up
Tue, Oct 09, 2012

The battle between two rival tax measures on California’s November ballot is heating up. Proposition 38 proponent Molly Munger has released a new TV ad blasting Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30.


Prop 31: Changing the Budgeting Process
Tue, Oct 09, 2012

Our election 2012 coverage continues with a report on Proposition 31. The measure would change California’s budgeting process. But it does much more than that.


Prop 30: Gov. Brown's Tax Initiative
Mon, Oct 08, 2012

Voting in California begins this week as counties send out vote-by-mail ballots. So we're kicking off our look at the 11 statewide measures Californians will decide this fall with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30.


Presidential Debate Raises Questions For Students
Thu, Oct 04, 2012

Even those who were firmly in one camp or the other had some fact-checking to do after the debate.


Rival Tax Measures Release New TV Ads
Wed, Oct 03, 2012

The campaigns for two rival tax measures on California’s November ballot each have new TV ads going on the air, including the first ones in support of Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax initiative.


Study: Calif. Youth Voting Rate Going Up, But Still Lagging
Wed, Oct 03, 2012

The number of young Californians who are registered to vote is going up – but the percentage of youth registered voters still lags well behind the population as a whole, according to a new UC Davis study out Wednesday.


Lungren-Bera Debate Gets Personal
Tue, Sep 25, 2012

Republican Congressman Dan Lungren and his Democratic challenger, Ami Bera, disagreed on Medicare and traded personal jabs during their debate Tuesday in Sacramento.


Field Poll: Prop 31 Trails, Prop 34 About Even
Tue, Sep 25, 2012

New poll results suggest Californians are split over whether to abolish the death penalty and reluctant to sign off on changes to the state’s budget process.


Poll Shows Prop 32 Trailing
Fri, Sep 21, 2012

For the second time this week, a new poll shows Proposition 32 on California’s November ballot faces a tough road to passage.


Capitol Roundup: New Polls on Ballot Measures, CSU Takes Heat on Prop 30
Thu, Sep 20, 2012

With less than 50 days until the election, two new polls show California Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax measure slipping slightly but still holding majority support.


Prop 32 TV Ad Battle Begins
Tue, Sep 18, 2012

The highly anticipated battle over Proposition 32 on California's November ballot is now officially under way, as both sides released their first TV ads today.


School Boards Back Both November Tax Measures
Mon, Sep 17, 2012

California school boards are urging voters to support not one but two November tax measures that deal with education funding. They’re backing both Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 and a rival measure, Proposition 38.


Registering to Vote Will Soon Be Paperless for Californians
Mon, Sep 17, 2012

Californians can soon register to vote completely online. Paperless registration will be available to anyone who has a California driver’s license or I-D.


Some Industries Support Prop 30, Hoping to Avoid Their Own Tax Measure
Mon, Sep 17, 2012

Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative have raised more than $25 million since the start of the year. That includes large donations not just from traditional Democratic allies like unions but some major industries and corporations.


Prop 30 Supporters Outraising Opponents - But Munger Looms
Mon, Sep 10, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown and supporters of his sales and income tax measure are out-raising Proposition 30 opponents by a wide margin. But the campaign for a rival November tax measure has plenty of money to spend as well.


Local Delegates at Democratic National Convention Praise President’s Record
Wed, Sep 05, 2012

Sacramento delegates at the Democratic National Convention report having a good time in-spite of experiencing minor bumps in the road.


Insight: DNC Day Two
Wed, Sep 05, 2012

Political Reporter Matt Laslo explains what California delegates are doing at the Democratic National Convention. Plus, we check in on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who isn't a delegate, but who will address the College Democrats of America.


Insight: Update from the Democratic National Convention
Tue, Sep 04, 2012

As the Democratic National Convention gets going in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sacramento Bee political reporter Tory Van Oot tells us what the California delegation is doing. Plus, Davis Enterprise reporter Jeff Hudson discusses Yolo Co. issues.


Brown's Prop 30 is Focus as Campaign Season Kicks Off
Mon, Sep 03, 2012

It’s often said that Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff to campaign season. And as California voters begin to turn their attention now to the 11 statewide ballot measures this fall, one initiative is by far drawing the most attention.


Northern California Republicans Energized Following Convention
Fri, Aug 31, 2012

Northern California delegates who attended the Republican National Convention accuse the media of portraying Mitt Romney in a bad light. Now, many are praising last evening's convention speech while preparing to volunteer for the campaign.


Local Delegates Say Ryan Provides Republicans With Balanced Ticket
Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Northern California delegates at the Republican National Convention in Florida say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare isn't a liability.


Insight: Capitol Chat from the RNC
Thu, Aug 30, 2012

In this week's Capitol Chat, we'll see how California's delegates are spending their time in Tampa, Florida at the Republican National Convention and what they think of the speech given last night by Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.


Area Delegates at Republican National Convention Talk Up California’s Close Congressional Races
Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Northern California delegates are on a mission at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: they want to attract federal dollars to some of the closer U-S House races in the state.


Insight: Update from Republican National Convention
Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Mitt Romney is now the official Republican candidate for president in this year's election. We'll discuss this and hear about California's delegation to the Republican National Convention with National News Reporter Matt Laslo.


Sacramento Area Republicans Take Part in Tampa Convention
Mon, Aug 27, 2012

Some Republicans from Sacramento are among the California delegation taking part in Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention.


Romney Names Paul Ryan as Running Mate
Sat, Aug 11, 2012

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice as running mate for the 2012 Republican presidential ticket. The official word, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.


What Your Friends Think Has Big Impact On Your Vote
Wed, Aug 01, 2012

A new study says political campaigns might be wasting their efforts depending on how they’re campaigning.


Backers of Repealing Senate Districts Won't Campaign
Thu, Jul 12, 2012

Backers of a referendum to overturn California’s newly drawn State Senate districts say they won’t run an active campaign.


Brown's Tax Measure, Two Others Qualify for Nov. Ballot
Wed, Jun 20, 2012

California’s November ballot has just grown a lot longer. The Secretary of State says three separate tax initiatives have qualified, including the one backed by Governor Jerry Brown. That brings the total number of November measures to 11.


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