2014 election http://kvpr.org en County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully http://kvpr.org/post/county-registrars-overhaul-recount-process-carefully <div><p>The recount in the state controller’s race may be over, but that hasn’t stopped critics of California’s recount process from calling for an overhaul. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, county election officials are warning state lawmakers to write new rules carefully.</p></div><p>San Bernardino County Registrar Michael Scarpello spent last Friday staffing up. His county’s recount was scheduled to start on Monday. But it didn’t, because former Assembly Speaker John Pérez canceled his recount bid Friday afternoon.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:38 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 36098 at http://kvpr.org County Registrars: Overhaul Recount Process, But Carefully Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-calls-fresno-resilient-economic-recovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city is in the middle of a resilient economic recovery. But as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, her annual state of the city speech Wednesday afternoon also addressed some lingering problems. &nbsp;</span></p><p>In what could be her last such speech as Fresno’s mayor, Ashley Swearengin told the crowd at the Convention Center the economic cloud which has hovered over the city for the past five years is beginning to lift.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:56:55 +0000 Joe Moore 34775 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy http://kvpr.org/post/cantors-defeat-presents-opportunity-challenge-bakersfields-mccarthy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday's surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary is having a ripple effect throughout the GOP. The "political earthquake" is extending all the way to the San Joaquin Valley, which is home to Cantor's chief deputy, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:11:31 +0000 Joe Moore 34045 at http://kvpr.org Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy Neel Kashkari Says Water, Job Training To Fix Valley Economy http://kvpr.org/post/neel-kashkari-says-water-job-training-fix-valley-economy <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate&nbsp;Neel Kashkari&nbsp;joined us on Valley Edition Tuesday to talk about his vision for California and the Central Valley. &nbsp;</p><p>A former U.S. Treasury Department official,&nbsp;Kashkari&nbsp;helped oversee the controversial $700 billion "Troubled Asset Relief Program" (aka TARP) under the Bush and Obama administrations. Kashkari&nbsp;says the valley would benefit from cancelling the high speed rail program and instead focusing on water infrastructure. He also talks about issues ranging from education to gun control.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:33:14 +0000 Joe Moore 33349 at http://kvpr.org Neel Kashkari Says Water, Job Training To Fix Valley Economy As Jerry Brown Seeks Re-Election, California Progressives Voice Frustration http://kvpr.org/post/jerry-brown-seeks-re-election-california-progressives-voice-frustration <div><p>California Governor Jerry Brown may be a near-lock to win a record fourth term this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s universally popular with his fellow Democrats.&nbsp; There’s growing frustration among progressives over what they see as the governor’s fiscal conservatism and business-friendly views.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento in the final report in our three-part series on California’s June gubernatorial primary.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 32966 at http://kvpr.org As Jerry Brown Seeks Re-Election, California Progressives Voice Frustration Congressional Hopeful John Hernandez on Valley Edition http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hopeful-john-hernandez-valley-edition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race for California’s </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;congressional district is one of the most watched in the state and for that matter the nation. Three top candidates are vying for a shot to be among the top two finishers in the June primary, in order to move on to November.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:10:07 +0000 Joe Moore 32974 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hopeful John Hernandez on Valley Edition Crowded Field in California's Secretary of State Race http://kvpr.org/post/crowded-field-californias-secretary-state-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A political scandal put the California Secretary of State race on the radar this year. But as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there are several other issues that make this a campaign to watch.</span></p><p>With one arrest the California Secretary of State race exploded onto the public stage.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:10:20 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32962 at http://kvpr.org Crowded Field in California's Secretary of State Race Future Of California's GOP At Stake In June Primary http://kvpr.org/post/future-californias-gop-stake-june-primary <p class="p1">For an election expected to have very low turnout, the June 3rd primary could play an outsize role in shaping California’s political landscape.&nbsp; That’s because of the stark ideological battle shaping up in the Republican Party between gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento in the second of our three-part series on the 2014 California governor’s race.</p><p class="p3">Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari couldn’t be more different: Donnelly’s an unapologetic tea party Assemblyman:</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:08:02 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 32930 at http://kvpr.org Future Of California's GOP At Stake In June Primary Prop 41 Would Create 'Supportive' Housing for Homeless Veterans http://kvpr.org/post/prop-41-would-create-supportive-housing-homeless-veterans <p class="p1">A California ballot measure before voters next month would redirect $600 million of pre-approved funds to build housing for low income and homeless veterans. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forty-eight year-old Matthew </span>Meissner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says when one thing goes downhill, everything else follows. He became disabled in 2009, stopped working, moved in with family, then last year, found himself sleeping wherever he could in Sacramento. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:13:06 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 32805 at http://kvpr.org Prop 41 Would Create 'Supportive' Housing for Homeless Veterans Republicans Battle To Compete Against Governor Brown http://kvpr.org/post/republicans-battle-compete-against-governor-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s widely expected Governor Jerry Brown will win reelection in November. But there’s still a fierce battle to be the Republican who challenges him. From Sacramento, Katie Orr takes a look at the two top contenders.</span></p><p class="p1">It’s lobbying season in Sacramento. Several times a week interests groups rally around the Capitol. The groups, often large and clad in brightly colored t-shirts, then head inside and converge on lawmakers’ offices in hopes of gaining support, and possibly money, for their cause.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:39:19 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32624 at http://kvpr.org Republicans Battle To Compete Against Governor Brown Congressional Hopeful Amanda Renteria On Valley Edition http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hopeful-amanda-renteria-valley-edition <p>Talk to political observers across the country and they’ll tell you one of the top Congressional races to watch in 2014 is in California’s 21st District. Republican David Valadao is seeking reelection to his second term representing a southern San Joaquin Valley district where Democrats hold a voter registration edge, and which went to President Obama back in 2012.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:01:49 +0000 Joe Moore 32600 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hopeful Amanda Renteria On Valley Edition Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve http://kvpr.org/post/brown-calls-special-legislative-session-new-budget-reserve <p class="p1">California Governor Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week.&nbsp; But Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:18:50 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 31306 at http://kvpr.org Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve TARP's "$700 Billion Man" Wants To Lead California: Neel Kashkari http://kvpr.org/post/tarps-700-billion-man-wants-lead-california-neel-kashkari <p>He’s never held elected office.&nbsp; He’s not a household name.&nbsp; To the extent he IS known, it’s for running the politically unpopular federal bank bailout program.&nbsp; And he’s the man many California Republicans are counting on to rescue their party.&nbsp; He is Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official under Presidents Bush and Obama.&nbsp; And as of today, he’s now running for governor of California.&nbsp; Ben Adler has this profile from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:17:34 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 27442 at http://kvpr.org TARP's "$700 Billion Man" Wants To Lead California: Neel Kashkari Initiative Would Raise Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages http://kvpr.org/post/initiative-would-raise-cap-medical-malpractice-damages <p>California’s high-stakes battle over medical malpractice damages could move to the ballot box next year.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the initiative campaign seeking to increase the cap on “pain and suffering” awards will pit trial lawyers against doctors.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:59:42 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24333 at http://kvpr.org Initiative Would Raise Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape http://kvpr.org/post/donnellys-entry-2014-governors-race-begins-take-shape <p>A tea party California Assemblyman has become the first Republican to officially enter the 2014 governor’s race.&nbsp; Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown is widely considered the frontrunner, assuming he decides to run for a record fourth term.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the race to face Brown in California’s new “top two” primary system is wide open.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:38:07 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24240 at http://kvpr.org With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape Brown Raises $10 Million for Governor's Race; GOP Nowhere Close http://kvpr.org/post/brown-raises-10-million-governors-race-gop-nowhere-close <p>California Governor Jerry Brown is leaving his potential Republican challengers in the dust when it comes to raising money for next year’s election.</p><p>Newly-released fundraising totals show the Democratic governor ended the first half of 2013 with more than 10 million dollars in the bank.&nbsp; None of his challengers has raised even $50,000 dollars.</p><p>Republican political consultant Beth Miller says Brown’s fundraising advantage and 54 percent approval rating in a new poll show he’ll be hard to beat next fall.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 23:00:48 +0000 Ben Adler 19345 at http://kvpr.org Brown Raises $10 Million for Governor's Race; GOP Nowhere Close Governor Brown Has Good Support for Reelection Bid http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-has-good-support-reelection-bid <p>Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t officially announced if he’s running for reelection. But a newly released poll shows he’s got support should he choose to.</p><p>The Field Poll shows Brown has a 51 percent job approval rating among registered voters in California. But that’s actually a six point drop from last February. Still, 68 percent of rank and file Democrats support Brown’s job performance.</p><p>43 percent of registered voters would support his reelection bid if he decides to run.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:52:36 +0000 Katie Orr 18878 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Has Good Support for Reelection Bid GOP Governor's Race? What GOP Governor's Race? http://kvpr.org/post/gop-governors-race-what-gop-governors-race <p class="p1">It’s less than a year until the first votes will be cast in the 2014 California governor’s race, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the campaign.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on why the Republican field is shaping up so slowly to challenge Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.</p><p class="p5">Here’s how the race looks right now:</p><p class="p5">There’s Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party hero who announced his exploratory campaign on the conservative website Politichicks.tv</p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:16:21 +0000 Ben Adler 18664 at http://kvpr.org GOP Governor's Race? What GOP Governor's Race?