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Brown Endorses Harris For U.S. Senate

May 23, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.
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Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has won the endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown in the campaign for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat – just two weeks before the June 7th primary.

You might have noticed a different look to the California Secretary of State’s official voter information guide this election cycle: For the first time in eight years, it’s in color!

Red and blue join the usual black on the recycled gray paper booklet that’s mailed to every household with a registered California voter.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla acknowledges there’s an extra cost to taxpayers – 2.6 cents per guide, which comes to approximately $320,000.

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The democratic candidates for president are turning their attention to California and the Hillary Clinton campaign is bringing the big guns to the Central Valley.  Former president Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in the valley this week

  “I am here today to introduce William Jefferson Clinton the 42nd president of the United States,”

Joaquin Armabula, 31st district assemblyman introduced the former president who bounded on stage to give the sales pitch for his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Former California Senators Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Rod Wright.

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California’s November ballot will be jammed with statewide propositions, but there’s just one measure in the June primary. Prop 50, which stems from scandals that hit the state Senate, would allow the state Legislature to suspend lawmakers without pay.

The story behind Proposition 50 starts in 2013, when the FBI raided the office of Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon.

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The battle over whether California should ban single-use plastic bags is already headed to voters this fall. Now, it looks like they’ll also be asked where proceeds from bag fees charged to consumers should be spent.

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a statewide plastic bag ban in 2014, the American plastic bag industry immediately began working to overturn it, placing a referendum on this November’s ballot.

Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.
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Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

For Bernie Sanders to defeat Hillary Clinton in California’s June 7th Democratic presidential primary, he’ll likely need strong support from independents. But new data suggest the Sanders campaign faces a big hurdle.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Vallejo's Waterfront Park Wednesday evening.
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Vallejo's Waterfront Park Wednesday evening.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders toned down his criticism of the Democratic Party and rival Hillary Clinton at two campaign rallies in Northern California Wednesday.

Sanders barely mentioned Clinton and focused his fire largely on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders kicked off his final push to win the California primary Tuesday night with a bold prediction during a rally in Carson.

“I think we are going to win here in California,” Sanders told a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Tennis Stadium inside the StubHub Center.

But Sanders said the only way to victory is with a “huge” turnout of his supporters. “Let this great state show the world that you are prepared to help lead our nation into the political revolution.”

In the Sierra foothills above Fresno, the community of Prather is hosting a forum for county council candidates. It’s in the cafeteria of the local elementary school, where a banner on the wall reads a bit like a political slogan — Every Day, In Every Way, We Get Better.

As people wander in, Jim Cox talks to one of the candidates about what it’s like to be disabled in a rural mountainous region.

California Counts: What it takes to bring people to the polls

May 18, 2016

It's no secret that California has low voter turnout. In the last election, less than a third of eligible voters cast a ballot.

What will it take to bring people to the polls? We traveled to San Francisco to chat with community members and political analysts about what's holding Californians back in weeks leading up to the state primary June 7. 

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