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With the November election next week, we invited two political experts onto Valley Edition to talk about the propositions on the ballot. Fresno Bee Editorial Page Editor and Columnist Bill McEwen and Fresno State Political Science Professor Tom Holyoke join Valley Edition host Joe Moore for a conversation about the measures including the water bond, indian gaming and more.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

In most years, the race for state controller is largely overshadowed by contests for other statewide offices. But this year, the contest between Betty Yee and Ashley Swearengin has attracted wide interest, especially in the San Joaquin Valley. Yee, a Democrat and a member of the Board of Equalization narrowly edged out John Perez for second place in the June primary. And with Democrats splitting their vote between two candidates, Swearengin, who is in her second term as Fresno’s mayor,...

Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

In just a few weeks Proposition 48 will ask California voters to approve or reject a plan to build a new Indian casino on Highway 99 north of Madera. Members of the North Fork Rancheria say it’s a vital importance to the future of their tribe while critics, largely backed by other casinos, say it would set a dangerous precedent for what they call "reservation shopping." FM 89’s Diana Aguilera explains what this proposal means for the county and the city of Madera. There's not much to see...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

In 2004, an initiative called Measure Z saved Fresno's Chaffee Zoo. The voter-­approved measure allowed for an increase in county sales tax by one tenth of one percent. Those 10 cents from every $100 spent in Fresno County prevented the zoo from raising its entry fees, while allowing it to make crucial repairs and add new exhibits, like Sea Lion Cove and African Adventure. In November, Measure Z will be up for renewal­­--if it can get onto the ballot. Earlier this week, the Fresno County...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of California's new top-two election reform. 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. But now, with the first full election cycle under the new process complete, some are worried that this effort at reform could also lead to the demise of some of the state...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

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. For most California voters, the trip to the ballot box this November looked much like it always has, albeit with longer lines at some...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

A sales tax that for over a decade has helped fund much of the budget for the Fresno County Public Library system appears to be headed to approval. While some absentee ballots remain to be counted, Measure B holds a lead of 72-percent to 28-percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. That's well above the two-thirds vote required for passage. The vote extends a one-eighth cent sales tax to fund library services until the year 2029. Fresno County voters first passed Measure B in 1998,...

Proposition 38: Molly Munger's Tax Initative

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. If you watch TV in California, you’ve probably seen the commercials. They’ve aired in every major market. Prop 38 would raise about 10 billion dollars a year for K-12 schools starting in 2013, by taxing all but the poorest Californians. Behind the TV ads and Proposition 38 is wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger. “Prop 38 is...

Proposition 37: Genetically Modified Foods

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. Stacy Malkan with the group supporting Prop 37 says consumers have the right to know what's in the food they're eating. "This is America, it's a democracy, it’s a free market system, and the way it’s supposed to work is we give people the...

Proposition 36: Changes to 'Three Strikes' Law

Oct 17, 2012
Casey Christie / The Californian / Reporting on Health Collaborative

A challenge to California’s “Three Strikes” sentencing law is on the ballot this fall with Proposition 36. 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. The proposition lists felonies that would qualify as a serious or violent crime - or 'strike' - and would make a defendant eligible for a life sentence. People convicted of a third felony would not face 25-to-life if the third conviction is...

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