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Issa In Surprisingly Tight Race With Applegate

Oct 10, 2016

Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, is in the toughest race of his 16-year political career. In the June primary, a political unknown -- retired Marine colonel and attorney -- Doug Applegate came within striking distance. Many are blaming his support of Donald Trump.

Loretta Sanchez misleads with Prop 57 claim

Oct 10, 2016
In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., responds to questions during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo, File

In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., responds to questions during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo, File

Will felons convicted of drive-by shootings, giving guns to gangs or firing a weapon on a school yard "get out of jail free" if California’s Proposition 57 passes?

That’s the provocative claim Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez made this week during a U.S. Senate campaign debate in Los Angeles.

Aiming to differentiate themselves for California voters, U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez sharply criticized each other's experience, leadership and stands on major issues during their only scheduled general election debate Wednesday night.

Their different styles were in full display in the hour-long televised event, with Sanchez' pugnacious and combative manner contrasting with Harris' aggressive and prosecutorial bearing as they took on each other's record.

Prop. 58 Would Undo Bilingual Education Limits

Oct 5, 2016
San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English.
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

On a recent afternoon in San Gabriel's McKinley Elementary School, a class full of students who arrived in the United States less than a year ago practiced their English language skills.

They are third, fourth and fifth-graders, but the English lessons are at a kindergarten level. 

At a morning news conference in downtown Los Angeles, Rep. Loretta Sanchez – flanked by law enforcement officials – announced she is opposed to a ballot measure that would grant some prisoners early parole
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In the lead up to tonight's debate between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris, Sanchez announced her opposition to Proposition 57, an initiative that would allow some prisoners early parole.

Harris and Sanchez, both Democrats, are competing to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has represented California for more than 20 years.

Tonight’s U.S. Senate debate in Los Angeles will be the last chance to see California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Orange County congresswoman Loretta Sanchez face off against each other before the election. It might help voters decide which of these two Democrats is best suited to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.

And that begs the question: What does it take to be a good U.S. senator anyway?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

The last time California had an open U.S. Senate seat, Bill Clinton was running for president. Nearly 25 years later, the winner of this race is guaranteed to make history. But with the only general election debate set for Wednesday night, hardly anyone in California seems to be paying attention.

Hope Hall - Presidential Videographer / White House YouTube

The year 2016 was supposed to be one of celebration at Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels of the now century-old National Park Service. But while President Obama did visit the park to celebrate the NPR Centennial this past summer, a new scandal has rocked the park and those who work there. Allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination and sexual harassment led longtime park superintendent Don Neubacher to unexpectedly resign last week.

Why Can't We Vote Online?

Oct 4, 2016

We can bank online and we can shop online so why can’t we vote online?

To answer that question, we first need to agree on what it means, said David Dill, a computer science professor at Stanford and the founder of the Verified Voting Foundation. In other words, what do people mean when they ask: “Why can’t we vote online?”

Kate and Richard Riggins’ son, John, was murdered along with his girlfriend, Sabrina Gonsalves, in 1980. At the time, John was a freshman attending the University of California  at Davis.

“They were kidnapped and left in a ditch to die with their throats slit,” says Kate Riggins. The case was unsolved for decades, until a DNA hit led cold case investigators to Richard Hirschfield, who was serving time in a Washington State prison for child molestation.

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