2016 election


Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have chosen an Inland Empire congressman to join the House Democratic Leadership team.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Now that Kamala Harris has become California's new U.S. Senator, the process has begun to fill the vacancy she left as state Attorney General with Governor Brown's nomination of Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


According to national exit polls, roughly 29 percent of Latinos voted in support of President-elect Donald Trump.  However, alternative exit poll surveys suggest a lower percentage of 18 percent.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with UC Riverside Political Science Professor Francisco Pedraza on how we should understand these figures.


There is no evidence to back up President-elect Donald Trump's claim of "serious voter fraud" in California.  Here's our Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler.


It's often said that "as California goes, so goes the nation."  But that's rarely been less true than in last week's election.  Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler asked two of California's top pollsters what the results mean for the Golden State.

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Hundreds of UC Riverside students and others marched through campus and city streets yesterday (Tuesday) to protest the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President.  The protest was organized and peaceful, and drew compliments from Riverside police.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Ongoing vote counts in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have settled a couple of close Legislative races, as KVCR's Ken Vincent report.

Did Gov. Brown Declare California "A Separate Nation?"

Nov 14, 2016

A group calling for California to break from the United States says Governor Jerry Brown has already boldly declared California a separate nation.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the questionable claim by the group, Yes California.


California's most powerful elected officials are looking for ways to block President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican congress from rolling back the state's progressive policies.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Demonstrators in Riverside and Santa Ana were among the thousands of protestors on the west coast and elsewhere around the nation demonstrating against the election of Donald Trump as President.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Even though the votes in the 2016 election have been cast, they haven't all been counted yet.  There are still hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be processed by Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and some races won't be decided until the counting is done.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.


With the passage of Proposition 64 in this week's election -- allowing the legal recreational use of marijuana -- many citizens are wondering when they'll be able to buy and use pot in California.  As it turns out, different provisions of the law take effect at different times, as KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has a recap of some of the ballot issues Inland Empire voters faced in yesterday's election.

KVCR's Ken Vincent recaps results from some Inland Empire candidate races from yesterday's election.


Think the 17 state measures on California's ballot today are a lot?  They're not -- historically speaking, at least.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.


California will elect its first new U.S. Senator in almost a quarter-century tomorrow (Tuesday), and the candidates -- both Democrats -- are making their final pitches to voters.  Well, one of them is.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the frontrunner in the race is campaigning hard, but not for the Senate seat she's running for. 

Coping With 17 Propositions

Nov 3, 2016

In addition to choosing the next Commander and Chief, California voters will have many choices to make next Tuesday. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has information on how some voters are coping.


As Election Day draws near, many Californians are moving their attention away from the Presidential campaign and taking a look at the myriad of California propositions on the ballot this year.  Voters are provided with a booklet that provides information on the propositions.  But is the information in the voluminous state voter pamphlet easily understood?  KVCR's Brandon Gunzel has details on another way for voters to find out more.


It was around this time of year in 2010 when a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana in California fell sharply in the polls.  Proposition 64 has so far avoided that fate, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


A new poll by the Public Policy Center of California, released today (Thursday), measures voter sentiment on the U.S, Senate race and several state ballot initiatives.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols got a look at the poll results.


California Republicans are campaigning hard to block Democrats from reclaiming supermajorities in the state Legislature after Democrats lost seats in the 2014 midterms.  But Donald Trump's unpopularity isn't helping their cause, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Demographic changes in California combined with the unpopularity of Donald Trump have put three long-time Republican Congressional seats in play this election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


Before the polls close on Election Day, November 8, campaign contributions to both sides of each of California's 17 ballot measures will approach a half-a-billion dollars.  Who's contributing all of that money? Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.


A new radio ad is urging Republicans to support one of the two Democrats running for California's open U.S. Senate seat this fall.  The spot is paid for by an Orange County super-PAC and backs Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who faces state Attorney General Kamala Harris.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports the ad's greatest impact may be felt down-ballot.

Bernie Sanders For Prop 61 in CA

Oct 17, 2016

Former Democratic presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is making rounds in California to support Proposition 61. KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

We conclude our series on KVCR's Morning Edition this week talking with local newspaper reporters about some of the local ballot issues and candidates facing voters in the Inland Empire this election year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with Sun reporter Ryan Hagen about the complicated local issues that city of San Bernardino voters confront this election year:  a new city charter, and 3 competing marijuana ballot proposals.  NOTE:  Scroll down this website to hear more local newspaper reporters previewing other IE ballot issues and candidate races, posted below earlier this week. 


We continue with our series on KVCR's Morning Edition this week talking with local newspaper reporters about some of the local ballot issues and candidates facing voters in the Inland Empire this election year.  In the first part of KVCR's Ken Vincent's conversation with Press-Enterprise political reporter Jeff Horseman, we examine a couple of hotly-contest IE congressional races: the lively contests between Democratic Congressman Pete Aguilar and his GOP challenger Paul Chabot, and between Democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz and his opponent, Republican state Senator Jeff Stone.  (NO

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Now here is Part 2 of our conversation with Press-Enterprise political reporter Jeff Horseman (Part 3 is posted above) about local candidate races in the Inland Empire.  In this segment, Horseman tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about the tough re-election battles facing two incumbent IE state Assembly members: GOP Marc Steinorth v. Democrat Abigail Medina, and Democrat Cheryl Brown v fellow Democrat Eloise Reyes.


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.


In Part 1 of a series on 91.9 KVCR this week examining election issues and races around the Inland Empire, KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with Press-Enterprise reporter Alicia Robinson about tax increases on the ballot in Riverside, Temecula, Menifee, and Hemet, and also in Moreno Valley.