Politics

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

Brown defends high-speed rail and twin-tunnels project in State of the State

Jan 25, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown defended two massive and much-scrutinized infrastructure projects in his annual State of the State address Thursday morning: high-speed rail and twin-tunnels to move northern California water south. 

John Sepulvado KQED California Report Host
KQED

KQED's California Report host John Sepulvado shares his passion for building relationships with NPR affiliate stations across the state. 

SLO demonstrators plan to "defend DACA"

Sep 5, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

The White House announced Tuesday the suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - known as DACA - program. According to U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal's office, approximately 9,000 people formerly eligible for the program live on the Central Coast.

Tess Whittlesey

KCBX News welcomed Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal to the studio this week to talk about a variety of issues: the proposal to decommission the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, what's happening in Washington DC, and the most pressing concerns he hears from his constituents. Here's KCBX News Director Greta Mart in conversation with Rep. Carbajal.

Trump & Obama figurines in shop window
Thomas Wilmer

Over the course of the past few months I’ve covered the breadth of Tennessee on assignments for my digital media podcast show. When time allowed, at the conclusion of an interview, when the subject had made mention of Trump, I’d ask if they might share their feelings about why they support Trump.

Becerra and Carbajal host Santa Barbara town hall

Aug 25, 2017
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal are hosting a town hall Saturday in Santa Barbara. Joining them will be California Assemblymember Monique Limon and California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 

City of Arroyo Grande

A months-long investigation into Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill found misconduct. The inquiry was paid for by the city of Arroyo Grande and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Besides serving as mayor, Hill is the city's representative on the sanitation district's board of directors. 

Measure B-17 backer alleges election fraud

Aug 6, 2017

A local renter and treasurer of SLO Voice, the ballot committee in favor of Measure B-17, is alleging San Luis Obispo's mayor, city council and city attorney altered the language of the special election ballot now before city voters.   

May Day marches

May 1, 2017
Bree Zender/KCBX

Monday marked International Worker’s Day and on the Central Coast, people marched for a variety of reasons - for social justice, supporting immigrants and refugees and better worker benefits -  in Salinas, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara. Approximately 150 people turned out to march and chant in San Luis Obispo. 

Amy Hoogasian
Tom Wilmer

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in San Francisco for a conversation with Amy Hoogasian, as she talks about the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, 1915-1918. Her passionate quest for Turkey to acknowledge their genocidal policies and actions against the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire a century ago was inculcated as a child when her grandparents shared horrific memories of abuse and mass murder at the hands of the Turks.

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 6:00 PM Pacific Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs

Andrew Robinson

On January 24, 2017, we invited three Central Coast millennials to the KCBX studio to hear their about their experience traveling to Washington DC for the weekend of January 19-22. They went to document the presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Moreover, the trio - two current Cal Poly students and one recent Cal Poly graduate - went with a mission; to make a short film on the events they witnessed and the people they met along the way.

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On Saturday, Central Coast freshman U.S. congressman Salud Carbajal announced the introduction of his first piece of legislation. With the California Clean Coast Act, Carbajal hopes to "permanently ban leasing of oil tracts off our coast, and thereby permanently banning offshore oil development off the California coast."

Transcript and analysis: Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address

Jan 24, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

CapRadio, PolitiFact California, KQED and KPCC reporters annotate Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address delivered Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2017 in Sacramento. KCBX aired Gov. Brown's speech live at 10 a.m. Click here or click through slideshow to see speech and annotations.

Cal Poly, UCSB students organize walkouts to protest Trump

Jan 20, 2017
Dylan Ring

Students at Cal Poly and University of California, Santa Barbara marched out of classes and through their campus in the rain today in response to Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. 

Dylan Ring


Students are expressing their feelings regarding last night’s election of Donald Trump as protests are taking place on college campuses throughout California, including Cal Poly.

Santa Barbara County

The top political race on the Central Coast this political season was for control of the 24th Congressional District, currently held by retiring Democrat Lois Capps. 

As results come in across the country, NPR reporters are updating this breaking news blog in real time. 

Bree Zender


Some San Luis Obispo County residents who have recently changed their party affiliation have received two ballots in the mail.

WATCH: Your guide to California's 17 propositions

Nov 7, 2016
Randol White

WHAT: KPCC's Larry Mantle and voting experts host a one-hour special "voter cram session" covering all 17 statewide ballot initiatives.

American root musicians, Suzanne and Jim perform at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

  

Join the American roots music duo, Suzanne and Jim at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. The musical duo came to the museum to do a presentation about historic presidential campaign songs, from the mid 19th century to President Roosevelt’s campaign slogan and song for the 1932 election, Happy Days are Here Again.    

KCBX News, Randol White

A growing number of Central Coast residents are choosing to vote-by-mail, but not everyone is clear on whether postage is necessary. 

Donald J. Trump Facebook Page

A new study out of UC Santa Barbara suggests a possible reason why many white Americans are throwing their support behind Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump this year. 

Randol White

Voter registration in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties is at an all-time high. 

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Randol White

Central Coast residents who signed up to vote-by-mail will start getting their ballots this week. The packets would have gone out on Monday, but the Postal Service was closed for Columbus Day. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team — with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more — did live annotating of the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Longwood University

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence squared off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, have provided a full transcript of the debate, with fact-checking annotations.

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