Prop14 http://kvpr.org en On Valley Edition: What's the Future for the GOP; F.E.R.N.; Christmas At Kearney http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-whats-future-gop-fern-christmas-kearney <p></p><p>This week on Valley Edition we look at the future of politics in California, in the wake of a November election that saw Democrats gain a two-thirds majority in the Legislature, and Republican voter registration drop below 30 percent. FM89's Joe Moore brings us the second report a two-part series on the impact of California's new "top-two" election system. This week we learn how the new reforms may force some of the state's smaller political parties off the ballot entirely.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:40:30 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 7414 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: What's the Future for the GOP; F.E.R.N.; Christmas At Kearney New "Top Two" Election System Causes Problems For Smaller Political Parties http://kvpr.org/post/new-top-two-election-system-causes-problems-some-political-parties <p></p><p><em>Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of California's new top-two election reform.</em></p><p>When California voters approved Proposition 14 in 2010, supporters hailed it as a way to make many races for Congress, the Legislature and state offices more competitive, thanks to a new top-two election system.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:09:54 +0000 Joe Moore 7379 at http://kvpr.org New "Top Two" Election System Causes Problems For Smaller Political Parties Electoral Reforms Led to More Close Races, Experts Say http://kvpr.org/post/electoral-reforms-led-more-close-races-experts-say <p>Now that the dust has settled after this month's general election, political observers from across the state are busy examining the results to see just what effect California's efforts at redistricting and electoral reform had in their first full test at the ballot box. Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore reports that in same cases, the result is too close to call.&nbsp;</p><p>For most California voters, the trip to the ballot box this November looked much like it always has, albeit with longer lines at some polling places and a record number of "vote by mail" ballots.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:02:46 +0000 Joe Moore 7121 at http://kvpr.org Electoral Reforms Led to More Close Races, Experts Say On Valley Edition: Top Two Primary Aftermath; Homeless Housing; Farber Gift http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-top-two-primary-aftermath-homeless-housing-farber-gift <p></p><p>This week on Valley Edition, we learn about how the state's new electoral reforms worked in real life following this month's election. Did the "top two" primary make the general election candidates more moderate and contests more competitive? Or did little actually change? Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore brings us a special report.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:01:35 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 7158 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Top Two Primary Aftermath; Homeless Housing; Farber Gift