Politics

Reports focusing on the latest political news and trends along California's Central Coast.

Twitter user @Fareed4Congress

The congressional campaign of a local Republican candidate is gaining momentum. Justin Fareed announced he now has the official endorsement of Arizona Sen. John McCain. 

William Ostrander for Congress

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

City of Pismo Beach

One of the candidates running for the 3rd District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat is dropping out of the race. 

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

You can read the transcripts of the interviews by clicking the candidate's name below (those who aren't linked yet, have yet to air on Issues and Ideas).

State of California

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

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An ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags in unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County goes before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. 

Santa Barbara County

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run.

Jessica Paterson

A bill to clarify where drones can fly in California is moving forward in Sacramento. It passed 9-to-1 out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday, July 13th, with a bi-partisan vote.

If signed into law, SB 142 would prohibit unmanned vehicles, or drones, from flying over a person's property without their consent. It would clarify existing trespass law to include drones, creating a 'no fly zone' of 350 feet.

Listen: A Conversation with NPR's Nina Totenberg

Jul 9, 2015

Nina Totenberg is an NPR Correspondent who spoke with KCBX reporter Randol White about the recent Supreme Court decisions and her take on the situation in Washington, DC. 

RANDOL WHITE: We are honored to have Nina Totenberg join us today from the NPR studios in Washington, DC. Welcome to Issues and Ideas.

NINA TOTENBERG: And I'm honored to be with you.

Randol White, KCBX News

In light of the recent marriage equality ruling by the US Supreme Court, a Central Coast lawmaker wants to strike gendered terms from the federal code. 

United States Department of the Interior

The race for Rep. Lois Capps' 24th District congressional seat is likely to be an expensive one by the time we get to November 2016. The candidates are already showing rapidly growing contribution totals.

Randol White, KCBX News

A bill in congress, HR 1157, may decide how the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will move forward with a planned housing development. The issue revolves land purchased by the tribe back in 2010, known as Camp 4.

Jessica Paterson

Hear our interview with local state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

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A new Santa Maria DMV office aimed at relieving the pressures of a growing population will likely be built in the coming years.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday morning the county's budget for the coming 2015/2016 fiscal year, totaling $562.1 million.

Health and human services and public education make up about 60 percent of the total budget, according to Whitney Szentesi with the county's Administrative Office.

About $2.1 million of the budget will go to a variety of community programs, including homeless services and programs to drive economic development and foster the arts.

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