California politics

California Congressman Eric Swalwell qualified this week for the Democratic presidential primary debates.

Cap Radio’s PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this profile of the under-the-radar candidate for president.

The 38-year-old Swalwell isn’t the biggest name in the 2020 race. He’s not even the best known Californian running. That title belongs to Senator Kamala Harris.

But this millennial father of two young children has taken one of the strongest stances on gun control among the 20 Democrats in the field.

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Early in her run for president, California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has presented herself as a 'progressive prosecutor'... someone who pushed for criminal reforms from inside the system.  Capital Public Radio PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined Harris' career... and whether the image she's crafted matches with reality.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., kicked off her campaign for president with a speech that, in part, pushed back against critics who believe she failed to challenge shortcomings of the criminal justice system during her career as an elected prosecutor.


The California Assembly has a new Democratic member.  San Diego Assemblyman Brian Maienschein jumped from the Republican party to the other side of hte aisle yesterday (Thursday), enhancing the Democrats' supermajority.  Capital PUblic Radio's Sami Soto has more.

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California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris announced yesterday that she's running for president in 2020.  But some news anchors and pundits still can't pronounce the Democrat's first name.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out all of the wrong ways... and the correct one. 

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California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye was a longtime registered republican.  But she decided to change her stance after seeing the judicial hearings for U.S. Supreme Courts Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler discusses with her why she changed her voter registration to 'no party preference' shortly after the hearings.

Inland Empire Community Organizers Try To Rally The Local Youth Vote

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Movements.  Protests.  Walkouts.  Chances are, if you participated in one this year, young people were leading it.  Think of March for Our Lives - the walkout against gun violence organized by young people across the U.S.  So It might be surprising to to know that young people have historically been the least likely to show up and vote.  But that seems to be changing.  KVCR's youth reporters Litzy Franco and Jorge Recarte have the story.


For Democrats to win California's battleground congressional races, turning out their own voters won't be enough.  They'll also have to convince Republicans disgusted with the president to kick their party out of power.  CapitalPublic Radio's Ben Adler speaks with two Orange County voters who show the challenges and opportunities facing Democrats in Tuesday's midterms.

It's too early to call election results in many of the battleground congressional races in California where Democrats have targeted long-held Republican districts.  But Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that both parties have likely avoided their worst-case scenarios.

Today (Tuesday) is Election Day, and Californians have a jam-packed primary ballot to fill out.  Capial Public Radio's Drew Sandsor reports.

California voters will narrow the race to replace termed-out Governor Jerry Brown from 27 candidates to two finalists today (Tuesday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the biggest question is not who finishes first, but who comes in second.

Today's primary elections in California hold unusual national imprtance.  Democrats see an opportunity to flip enough congressional seats in the state that it would contribute to winning party control of the House of Representatives.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the primaries could end that dream.

California registered voters tired of the texts and calls from political campaigns can make them stop before next week's June primary.  Capital Public RAdio's Ben Bradford explains.

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California's current attorney general is Xavier Becerra.  He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in November, 2016.  Becerra announced in early 2017 that he would run this year to hold on to his post.  However, three other candidates have entered the race.  All four candidates for California Attorney General are set for a debate tonight at the

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The six leading candidates for California governor debated last night (Tuesday) in San Jose for what might be the only time in this final month before the June 5 primary election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler offers up his takeaways.

The six leading candidates for California governor will debate tonight in San Jose - as vote-by-mail ballots arrive for the June 5 primary election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has this snapshot of where the race stands as the voting gets under way.

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California Republicans are defending at least seven seats in Congress this year that are top targets for Democrats hoping to retake control of the U.S. House.  The state GOP held its convention in San Diego this weekend.  KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen says the party is downplaying the possibility of an anti-Trump backlash.

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.