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Special Coverage: Election 2010 - Radio Archive

A collection of reports by KQED Radio productions, including KQED Radio News, The California Report and Forum. Reports are listed in reverse chronological order.

The California Report | Monday, Jun 02, 2014, 8:50 AM

Monied Interests Spending Big Before June Primary

Tuesday's June primary comes in a year without anybody running for president, and changes in California law have shifted most dramatic propositions to the November ballot. Voter turnout is expected to be low. But if primary elections aren't that interesting to voters, there's no question they're interesting to monied interests. In May alone, $20 million was spent to influence California's June primary. We examine the growing impact of independent expenditure committees with John Myers, KQED's senior politics editor.



Forum | Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:00 AM

Election 2014: June Primary Preview

Tuesday's California primary election may not feature a high-profile state proposition or a hard-fought contest at the top of the ballot, but it won't be totally without drama. Political experts join us to field questions about Tuesday's polling, and to discuss some key measures and closely watched races. Will seven-term Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda end up in a runoff with fellow Democrat and former Obama trade representative Ro Khanna? And who will benefit from the new top-two primary system for statewide offices?



The California Report | Friday, May 30, 2014, 8:50 AM

Low-Spending GOP Gubernatorial Primary Down to Final Days

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday. But according to experts, not too many will actually show up. One of the sleepiest races is the most consequential: the race for governor. At many times this year, the Republican race for governor has looked more like a state Senate campaign than a contest for chief executive of the nation's largest state. Partly, that's because the odds are stacked against whichever Republican emerges to face Gov. Brown in November.



The California Report | Thursday, May 29, 2014, 8:50 AM

Rising Republican's Entry in Controller's Race Leaves Democrats in a Dilemma

Next Tuesday's California primary puts Democrats in a tough situation when it comes to the race for state controller. That's the person who serves as chief financial officer and keeps track of state spending. Two popular Democrats are on the ballot. Both of them could move on to November under the rules of the top-two primary -- but a late entrant on the Republican side has made the Democratic race an all-out street fight.



The California Report | Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:50 AM

Race to Face Gov. Brown Tight Ahead of Primary

Less than two weeks away from the June primary election, a new statewide poll confirms Gov. Jerry Brown is running leagues ahead of all rivals. What's less clear is which Republican will run against Brown in November. The top two contenders are Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, clocking in at 15 percent and newcomer Neel Kashkari with 10 percent.



The California Report | Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:50 AM

Prop. 41 Would Provide State Bonds for Homeless Veterans

California has a long history of helping veterans buy their own houses and farms through a state-run loan program. But many veterans still struggle to find affordable places to live. Advocates for Proposition 41 on the June ballot say a big bond measure could help.



The California Report | Monday, May 12, 2014, 8:50 AM

Short on Money and Establishment Support, Tim Donnelly Remains Top Republican in Polls

California's primary election is three weeks away, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has won the endorsement of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Pete Wilson. But the GOP contender leading in the polls is a different guy: Tim Donnelly.



Forum | Friday, May 09, 2014, 9:00 AM

Election 2014: San Francisco's Proposition B

The battle over development on San Francisco's waterfront is heading back to the ballot. Proposition B would require that waterfront projects be approved by voters if they exceed zoned height limits. Supporters say the measure is needed to protect waterfront views and safeguard the character of the city. But critics contend that Prop. B would threaten the construction of affordable housing units and revenue for the Port of San Francisco. We debate the measure, which comes before the city's voters on June 3.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 11, 2014, 4:30 PM

Study: California Election Practices Rank 49th in U.S.

In a new analysis of how well states administer elections, California ranks 49th, just above Mississippi. The study, by the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that California falls short in many areas, including the lack of online tools to help people find their polling place and a very high number of people who vote with provisional ballots -- that's what polling place workers use when they aren't sure someone is actually eligible to vote. We talk with David Becker, author of the Pew election study.



The California Report | Monday, Apr 07, 2014, 8:50 AM

New Campaign Aims to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Since the early 1990s, lawmakers and activists have tried and failed several times to pass a death with dignity law in California. Under such a law, doctors could prescribe lethal medications to patients who are terminally ill. Advocates launched a series of online ads last week as part of a new campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Still, it could take years for the effort to yield any results.



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