politics http://kvpr.org en In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-de-leon-backtracks-tumbleweed-comments <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Incoming State Senate President pro </span>tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kevin de Leon made his first official appearance in Fresno today just weeks after controversial comments about the San Joaquin Valley and high speed rail. </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35753 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-politicans-cant-escape-human-nature-when-it-comes-receiving-gifts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While their professional organizations discourage physicians from accepting gifts from corporations that may unduly influence their professional practice, no such strictures apply to gifting our politicians.&nbsp; In this &nbsp;edition of </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commentary series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield says the public should also be wary of the &nbsp;continues his earlier theme on the impact of the possible ramifica Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:32 +0000 Christopher Meyers 35450 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP http://kvpr.org/post/new-assembly-minority-leader-talks-rebranding-california-gop <p>Assembly Republicans have a new leader in Sacramento, and she's from the San Joaquin Valley. Modesto's Kristin Olsen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities from education to a water bond. She also spoke about her ideas on how California Republicans can better connect with voters in the future.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">On her vision for Republicans in California:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35385 at http://kvpr.org New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown http://kvpr.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-kevin-mccarthy-jerry-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week Central California took center stage in the nation's capital as House Republicans selected Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy as the next majority leader. &nbsp;It caps a remarkable rise to power for the Kern County congressman, who was elected to his first time in 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:59:35 +0000 Joe Moore 34684 at http://kvpr.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown 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 Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-10-san-joaquin-river-politics-john-ellis-mento-buru <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition </a>FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero paddles down the San Joaquin River to report on a more than decade long dispute over public access to the river, John Ellis from the Fresno Bee talks political races and Matt Munoz chats about his Spanish-Ska-Reggae&nbsp;style band Mento Buru.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:48:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33999 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle http://kvpr.org/post/way-november-ballot-fresno-chaffee-zoo-hits-funding-hurdle <div><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:20:21 +0000 Kerry Klein 33773 at http://kvpr.org On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle 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 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 Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary http://kvpr.org/post/valley-political-races-heat-ahead-june-primary <p>California's June primary election is just over 40 days away. That means candidates are kicking their campaigns into high gear across Central California. So what are the hot races to watch? We recently spoke with the Fresno Bee's state and local politics reporter John Ellis to get his analysis of the most competitive races including:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:11:55 +0000 Joe Moore 31566 at http://kvpr.org Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary Valley Edition: April 22 - Farmer Suicides; Fracking; Central California Politics http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-april-22-farmer-suicides-fracking-central-california-politics <p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:16:35 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31562 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: April 22 - Farmer Suicides; Fracking; Central California Politics Carl Bernstein: Still Searching For The 'Best Obtainable Version Of The Truth' http://kvpr.org/post/carl-bernstein-still-searching-best-obtainable-version-truth <p>Few journalists have made a bigger imprint on American history than Carl Bernstein. Together with his Washington Post colleague&nbsp;Bob Woodward, Bernstein helped uncover the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:58:23 +0000 Joe Moore 31235 at http://kvpr.org Carl Bernstein: Still Searching For The 'Best Obtainable Version Of The Truth' Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-state-controller-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED 3/5/14 - 6:46 PM</span></p><p class="p1">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that she has filed papers to run for the office of State Controller.&nbsp;Swearengin told Valley Public Radio she expects to make a final decision on her run by Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Joe Moore 29284 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines http://kvpr.org/post/fluke-enters-senate-race-number-women-california-legislature-declines <p>Women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke is running for a state senate seat. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, her candidacy comes as the number of women in the state legislature is dropping.</p><p>Women make up more than half of California’s population, but just over a quarter of the state legislature. The number of women elected to the legislature has been dropping for several years. It’s an issue Fluke has been working to fix.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:01:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 28164 at http://kvpr.org Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-time-fix-fresno-neighborhoods-brink <p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin&nbsp;joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities for the city and some of the biggest issues facing local residents, from homelessness to city finances to public safety. Here are some highlights from our conversation:</p><p><strong>On plans to raise water rates to pay for a new surface water treatment plant and replace aging infrastructure:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:48:31 +0000 Joe Moore 26304 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valadao-calls-gop-leadership-address-immigration-reform <p>Congressman David Valadao&nbsp;(R-Hanford) has renewed his call for the House to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this year. He made his comments this week speaking on Valley&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Radio's Valley Edition.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:21:17 +0000 Joe Moore 24088 at http://kvpr.org Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform Campaign Finance Fight Could Shape 'Dark Money's' Future In California http://kvpr.org/post/campaign-finance-fight-could-shape-dark-moneys-future-california <p>California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is trying to collect $15 million in penalties from two political action committees that accepted “dark money” contributions last year.&nbsp; The PACs won’t pay, saying they’ve done nothing wrong.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento that in this dispute, there’s a lot at stake.</p><p>The illegal donations last fall paid for ads like this from the Small Business Action Committee:</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:59:09 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23925 at http://kvpr.org Campaign Finance Fight Could Shape 'Dark Money's' Future In California Non-Profit Political Groups Must Pay California's Largest Election Rules Fine http://kvpr.org/post/non-profit-political-groups-must-pay-californias-largest-election-rules-fine <p>Two Arizona-based non-profits must pay&nbsp;California’s&nbsp;largest ever election rules violation penalty. The Fair Political Practices Commission accused them of failing to reveal the donors of an $11 million contribution last year.</p><p>Ann Ravel is Chair of the FPPC. She says elections must be transparent to be fair.</p><p>“It’s very important that the true donors to campaigns be disclosed. The law requires it and it’s important to the public,” says Ravel.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:03:46 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 23524 at http://kvpr.org Non-Profit Political Groups Must Pay California's Largest Election Rules Fine On Recall's 10-Year Anniversary, Schwarzenegger's Legacy Up for Debate http://kvpr.org/post/recalls-10-year-anniversary-schwarzeneggers-legacy-debate <p>Ten years ago today, Arnold Schwarzenegger unseated Gray Davis in a unique election in California history.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the debate over Schwarzenegger&rsquo;s legacy &ndash; and the Recall itself &ndash; persists to this day.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Schwarzenegger in 2003 TV Ad:</em></strong><em> &ldquo;I want to be the people&rsquo;s governor.&nbsp; I will work honestly without fear or favor to do what is right for all Californians.&rdquo;</em></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:18:03 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 22660 at http://kvpr.org On Recall's 10-Year Anniversary, Schwarzenegger's Legacy Up for Debate Crunch Time Begins for California Lawmakers http://kvpr.org/post/crunch-time-begins-california-lawmakers <p>The California legislature enters its home stretch today. Lawmakers have just two weeks left to debate hundreds of bills.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on some of the major issues still on the table.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:10:30 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21010 at http://kvpr.org Crunch Time Begins for California Lawmakers