California politics

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein got a big-name endorsement in her fourth campaign for re-election: Governor Jerry Brown.  KVCR's Ben Bradford has details.

No state has a reputation for being as liberal as California.  But that's a relatively recent phenomenon.  As part of our statewide collaboration looking at the California Dream, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford talks about how the politics of the Dream have changed from "purple" to deepest blue.

[NOTE:  In promoting this story on the air this morning (Thursday), KVCR misidentified UC Davis Political Science Professor Mindy Romero.  KVCR apologizes for the error.]

An energized yet fractured California Democratic party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention.  Tensions between the party's establishment and progressive wings could shape fights for governor and Senate ... and congressional races critical to recapturing the U.S. House.   Here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

Billionaire California political activist Tom Steyer says he will not run for office this year... but he says he will spend millions of dollars helping to finance Democratic candidates running for Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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In a segment aired this morning (Monday) in "The California Report," Los Angeles-area state Senator Kevin De Leon talks about why he's mounting a primary challenge against fellow Democrat, longtime California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The contentious effort to recall Democratic state Senator Josh Newman -- who represents a district that spans Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties -- is in part a microcosm of fundamental battles between Democrats and Republicans nationwide.  KQED's Marisa Lagos spent time talking with Senator Newman, his supporters, and his opponents.

California lawmakers can now transfer unlimited funds from their campaign war chests to Fullerton Democratic state Senator Josh Newman as he fights a recall election.  The state's top campaign finance watchdog agency voted to strip the current cap on those contributions during a testy hearing yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen - an assemblyman from Huntington Beach - recently claimed California's taxes "are among the highest in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statement as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

In a video announcing his run for California governor, Orange County conservative Republican Travis Allen made some bold claims about crime in the Golden State.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statements as part of our "Tracking The Truth" series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

Former Republican Assemblyman David Hadley is entering the 2108 California governor's race.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, Hadley hopes to win support from moderate and establishment Republicans.

California's most recently-elected U.S. congressman is still working at the state Capitol rather than in Washington, D. C., and the state's newest Republican for governor is hammering him for it.  State government reporter Ben Bradford gives us this snapshot of Sacramento politics.

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Rural Republican state lawmakers want to transform the California state Senate so that it serves as a check on what they say is the runaway power of urban districts.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California Democrats elected a new party leader this weekend at their convention in Sacramento.  Even though it's an influential position, choosing a new party leader is typically a dry affair with a predictable outcome.  Not this time, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Californians could have an earlier say in who the 2020 presidential nominees are, under a proposal from the state's top elections official.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

It looks like California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election in 2018.  But a new survey from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies suggests that Feinstein’s age could be a negative for some voters.  As KQED’s Scott Shafer explains, seniority isn’t always a plus.

Call it the first debate in the race to be the next Governor of California. 

Three of the most prominent Democratic candidates running for the office in 2018 met at a California Charter Schools Association conference yesterday (Thursday). 

The talk focused on education, but as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the candidates showed outlines of their larger platforms.

Political party affiliation continues to strongly predict opinion in California on climate change, health care, and President Donald Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Big campaign donors spent tens of millions of dollars to try to influence California voters' decisions on statewide ballot measures last year.  Also, candidates for next year's Governor's race are also hauling in campaign cash.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A new candidate for California governor has entered the ring.  If elected, former state schools chief Delaine Eastin would be the state's first female governor.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

With his announcement yesterday (Thursday) that he will nominate Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra to replace U.S. Senator-elect Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, Gov. Jerry Brown may have set off a domino effect of politicians seeking appointments or election to various vacancies that may be created  following Becerra's departure from his congressional seat.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has a report.

Longtime conservative Republican Congressman Darrell Issa - who represents a district that covers parts of San Diego and Orange counties - is facing an unusually tough re-election fight with an upstart Democratic opponent.  Steve Walsh, a correspondent with KVCR's Southern California colleague station KPBS in San Diego filed this story for The California Report.

You might think that California pot farmers would be among the biggest supporters of Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.  However, some people who over the years have made a living growing and selling marijuana - legally and illegally -- are worried that legalizing pot will create a "marijuana industrial complex" in California that will push small, "family" cannabis growers out of the business.  Capital Public Radio's Sam Harnett reports.

Last week, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler embedded himself with the California delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  This week, we'll follow California's delegation to the Democratic National Convention with reports from Philadelphia from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.  Here's his preview.

The hundreds of California delegates, alternates, and guests at the Republican National Convention include plenty of pretty colorful characters.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler is covering the state's delegation in Cleveland this week - and he introduces us to two of them.

An Inland Empire woman will be in the spotlight when she delivers a prime-time speech from the dias at the Republican National Convention tonight.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California is sending the largest delegation of any state to this week's Republican National Convention.  Our Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler is traveling with the delegation and has this look at which top GOP officials are on the trip -- and which aren't.

California will send more delegates than any other state to next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, herding this large pack of elephants is neither easy nor cheap.

While California may now be majority Latino, a new study out of UC Riverside finds that Latinos are among the least likely groups in the state to participate in the democratic process.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem spoke with UCR researcher Karthic Ramakrishnan, one of the co-authors of the report, about why some groups are being left behind by politics.

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California Republicans aren't used to being wooed by presidential candidates for anything other than money.  But this past weekend's state GOP convention near San Francisco drew not one, not two, but all three active candidates -- plus hundreds of protestors, police in riot gear, and throngs of national media.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler was there.

California Democrats elected many of the delegates who will travel to the party's national convention and officially choose a presidential candidate.  They held caucuses around the state yesterday (Sunday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford attended one in Sacramento, which selected Hillary Clinton delegates.