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Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.

The California Report | Friday, Nov 19, 2010, 8:50 AM

Oakland's Come-From-Behind Mayor-Elect Jean Quan

Jean Quan made headlines when she won the Oakland Mayor's seat in an upset victory. She'll be the city's first female, first Asian-American mayor.

The California Report | Friday, Nov 12, 2010, 8:50 AM

And the Campaign Continues...

In politics there's supposed to be a "date certain." On Election Day, the campaign ends and there is a winner. But in this year's elections in California, observers say, there are an unprecedented number of high-profile races too close to call.

Forum | Friday, Nov 05, 2010, 9:00 AM

Nancy Pelosi's Future

We look at the future of Nancy Pelosi in the wake of Tuesday's election.

The California Report | Friday, Nov 05, 2010, 8:50 AM

Two Million Votes to Go

Three days after the election, it's still unclear who won in several key races. Elections officials say there are nearly 2 million votes yet to be counted across the state, many of them vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places on Tuesday.

Forum | Wednesday, Nov 03, 2010, 9:00 AM

Election Results

Our election coverage continues with a discussion of local and state results from Tuesday's balloting.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 10:54 PM

Alameda County Update, Lt. Governor and SF Board of Supervisors Races Tight

We look at the most recent results from Alameda County, which have Berkeley's Measure R winning handily. In the Oakland mayoral race, former State Senate leader Don Perata is leading with 38 percent of the vote. That's with a third of the vote counted. We also look at the lieutenant governor's race and at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Corey Cook, professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 10:04 PM

SF Mayor Newsom Locked in Tight Lt. Governor Race

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is locked in a tight race in his bid for lieutenant governor. With about 20 percent of the vote counted, Newsom is ahead of Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado by 45 percent to 44 percent.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:54 PM

Examining Mayoral Races in Oakland, Richmond

In the Oakland mayor's race, former State Senate leader Don Perata is facing city councilmembers Jean Quan and Rebecca Kaplan, communications professor Joe Tuman and six other candidates. With 11 percent of the ballots counted, Perata is leading with 38 percent. We also examine Richmond's mayoral race. Host Cy Musiker talks with Corey Cook, professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:30 PM

Bay Area Ballot Measure Roundup

We get the latest numbers on ballot measures around the Bay Area.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:30 PM

SF Poll Worker Walks Off With Ballots, Police Investigating

San Francisco police are investigating an incident where a poll worker walked away with 75 ballots from a polling place in District 11.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:04 PM

Ranked-Choice Voting in Alameda County

Alameda County Registrar Dave MacDonald says his office has done lots of outreach to educate voters on the new ranked-choice system, where voters rank their favorite candidates: first, second and third. But one voter says the system didn't work for him.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:04 PM

Oakland Mayoral Race

Among the issues we're following tonight is Oakland's mayoral race. KQED's Mina Kim is at the Z Cafe with former State Senate leader and mayoral candidate Don Perata.

The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:00 PM

The California Report Election Special

In this two-and-a-half hour special program, host Scott Shafer checks in with reporters in the field, and gets analysis on California election results as they come in from Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers and Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 8:28 PM

Prop. 19 Supported by Younger Voters, Exit Polls Suggest

Exit polls suggest younger voters are supporting Proposition 19, the state ballot measure to legalize and tax sales of marijuana for recreational use. KQED's Michael Montgomery is in Oakland at the headquarters for Oaksterdam University, a kind of craft school for medical marijuana whose founder has helped bankroll Prop. 19.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 8:28 PM

Alameda County Sees Steady Voter Turnout

Alameda County voting officials say they've seen steady voter turnout today. Registrar Dave McDonald is expecting 60 percent of those eligible to vote, a bit ahead of the predicted statewide average.

The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 8:20 PM

Statewide Election Update

We review the first California election returns, including early leads by Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Host Scott Shafer talks with Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo, Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers and Los Angeles Bureau Chief Krissy Clark.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 7:48 PM

Alameda County Registrar Confident on Ranked-Choice Voting

Voters in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro are using ranked-choice voting for their mayoral and city council candidates for the first time this election. Alameda County's registrar says his office has done lots of outreach to educate voters on the new system.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 7:48 PM

In SF, Campaigns Work Until Last Minute to Get Out the Vote

Voters have another 10 minutes or so to get to the polls. In San Francisco, campaigns are working until the last moments to get out the vote. KQED's Erika Kelly reports.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 7:19 PM

Santa Clara County Voter Turnout Steady

Voter turnout in Santa Clara County has been steady according to Elma Rosas, spokeswoman for the registrar. She says the country is on track to have a majority of voters vote absentee.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 7:19 PM

'Vote and Vax' in San Jose and Palo Alto

Voters at a pair of polling places in San Jose and Palo Alto got a chance to take care of two seasonal chores today. As part of a nationwide program called Vote and Vax, voters could cast their ballots and get a free or discount-rate flu shot.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 6:48 PM

GOP Hopes for Win in State's Tightest Congressional Race

Republicans are hoping for a win in California's 11th Congressional District. Democrat Jerry McNerney represents the district, but he's facing a serious challenge from Republican David Harmer. The district is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, but there's a burgeoning Tea Party movement as well.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 6:19 PM

Alameda County Debuts Ranked-Choice Voting

Three cities in Alameda County -- Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro -- debuted ranked-choice voting this year. So far, voting officials say, people coming to the polls seem to be dealing well with the new system.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 6:19 PM

Oakland Voters Unravel Complex Ballot

Oakland voters are unraveling a ballot that includes a 10-candidate mayoral field, a new system of voting and ballot measures that could determine the future of the Police Department and health of the city's school district.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 5:48 PM

Did Spanish-Language Robocalls Mislead Voters?

A poll watchdog group says about two dozen residents in Los Angeles received Spanish-language robocalls and mailers, telling them to vote tomorrow, instead of today. Officials from the Justice Department are investigating the claims.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 5:48 PM

Voters Complain Absentee Ballots Arrived Late

KQED has heard from San Francisco voters who say their mail-in ballots arrived late. But elections officials say they have no recent reports of problems sending out ballots.

KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 5:19 PM

McNerney vs. Harmer in State's Tightest Congressional Race

An electoral showdown is underway for the 11th Congressional District, stretching from Lodi to Pleasanton and Morgan Hill.

Forum | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 10:00 AM

Voting FAQ

As voters head to the polls, we check in with Kim Alexander of the California Voter Foundation about provisional ballots, voting technology, last minute online resources and other election-related matters.

The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Tough Fights for Three Congressional Incumbents

There's no bigger prize in this election than control of Congress -- and Republicans think they're well within striking distance of taking over the House. Most California Congressional incumbents seem pretty safe, but three seem to have real battles on their hands.

The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Prop. 19 and Addiction

The debate over Prop. 19 has focused heavily on economic and legal questions. But doctors and addiction experts say there's another side to the issue that warrants attention: the potential fallout on people's health should marijuana use become legal in California.

The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Prop. 26

Another budget measure, Prop. 26 would redefine many fees as taxes, requiring a two-thirds vote to pass them rather than a simple majority. The proposition is stirring up a hornet's nest, especially at the local level.

Forum | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 9:00 AM

Election 2010: A Final Look Ahead

We continue our coverage of the upcoming election with a last look at major state and national races, and at what we might expect before Tuesday's balloting.

The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 8:50 AM

Pension Reform On Many Local Ballots

Voters in cities from Redding to San Jose and Menlo Park to Long Beach will weigh in on local pension reform measures at the ballot box. One effort to grapple with the soaring cost of worker retirements will face the scrutiny of Bakersfield voters.

Forum | Thursday, Oct 28, 2010, 9:00 AM

Fact Checking the Campaigns

A panel of experts joins us to fact check the election campaigns. We'll sift the truth from the misleading, from the outright lies in the ads and campaign claims of candidates for governor, Senate and regarding some of the state propositions.

The California Report | Thursday, Oct 28, 2010, 8:50 AM

Election 2010: Attorney General Candidate Steve Cooley

The race for California attorney general pits Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Both are career prosecutors, but the similarities end there. Harris bills herself as an innovator. Cooley says he's a by-the-book lawman.

KQED News | Thursday, Oct 28, 2010, 6:35 AM

Berkeley's Measure R Offers City "Green Vision"

Cities always look for new ways to revitalize their downtowns in tough economic times. These days, they're also looking to cut their carbon footprints. A new ballot measure in Berkeley outlines a "green vision" for the city to address both needs, but opponents say it misses the mark.

Forum | Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010, 9:00 AM

Election 2010: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Our election coverage continues with a debate between the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction.

Forum | Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010, 9:30 AM

The Outlook for Congress

Republicans in the House of Representatives will need to win 39 seats to gain a majority. But many political watchers think nearly 100 seats now belonging to Democrats are vulnerable. We examine House and Senate races nationally and in California.

Forum | Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010, 9:00 AM

Congressional Race, District 3

We talk with the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 3, in the Sacramento area. Republican incumbent Dan Lungren is being challenged by a political newcomer, Ami Bera, in what has recently become a close race.

The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010, 8:50 AM

Prop. 19's Effectiveness

Supporters of Proposition 19 liken their cause to the lifting of prohibition on alcohol 80 years ago. Making pot legal and regulating it like alcohol, they say, could raise millions in tax revenues, and wipe out the black market and the social costs associated with it. But breaking the underground trade in marijuana might not be so easy.


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