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

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The battle over whether California should ban single-use plastic bags is already headed to voters this fall. Now, it looks like they’ll also be asked where proceeds from bag fees charged to consumers should be spent.

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a statewide plastic bag ban in 2014, the American plastic bag industry immediately began working to overturn it, placing a referendum on this November’s ballot.

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Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.

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For Bernie Sanders to defeat Hillary Clinton in California’s June 7th Democratic presidential primary, he’ll likely need strong support from independents. But new data suggest the Sanders campaign faces a big hurdle.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Vallejo's Waterfront Park Wednesday evening.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders toned down his criticism of the Democratic Party and rival Hillary Clinton at two campaign rallies in Northern California Wednesday.

Sanders barely mentioned Clinton and focused his fire largely on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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The City of Salinas is the latest Monterey County city to pass an ordinance on how marijuana can be grown and sold.

In the Sierra foothills above Fresno, the community of Prather is hosting a forum for county council candidates. It’s in the cafeteria of the local elementary school, where a banner on the wall reads a bit like a political slogan — Every Day, In Every Way, We Get Better.

As people wander in, Jim Cox talks to one of the candidates about what it’s like to be disabled in a rural mountainous region.

California Counts: What it takes to bring people to the polls

May 18, 2016

It's no secret that California has low voter turnout. What will it take to bring people to the polls? We traveled to San Francisco Tuesday night to chat with community members and political analysts about what's holding Californians back in weeks leading up to the state primary June 7. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders kicked off his final push to win the California primary Tuesday night with a bold prediction during a rally in Carson.

“I think we are going to win here in California,” Sanders told a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Tennis Stadium inside the StubHub Center.

But Sanders said the only way to victory is with a “huge” turnout of his supporters. “Let this great state show the world that you are prepared to help lead our nation into the political revolution.”

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Pat Buchanan, former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, addresses the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Trump Campaign Resonates in Rural Sierra County

May 13, 2016

Voter turnout has been falling in California for years, but that’s not the case in the conservative northeastern part of the state. In rural Sierra County more than 85 percent of eligible voters are registered. And they cast their ballots, too — usually for Republicans.

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Update 05:00 p.m.: Revenues Higher Than Last Year, Not As High As Expected


Update 04:03 p.m.: Brown’s Budget Draws Fire, Praise From Progressives

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised California budget proposal Friday drew criticism from progressive policy advocates - even as they praised some of its changes to the state’s health care system.

Six community clinics in the region will be offering care to more people after receiving a new round of federal grants totaling more than $5.6 million.

The six clinics are located in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. Collectively, the clinics treated more than 349,000 people in 2014.

They're members of the nonprofit Health Center Partners, a consortium of 17 community clinics in Southern California.

California Teachers Association President Eric Heins launches the campaign for a voter initiative that would extend the income tax increases on the rich at a news conference on Wednesday May 11, 2016, at California Middle School in Sacramento.

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Californians will likely decide this fall whether to extend the Proposition 30 income tax increases on the rich that voters approved in 2012.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., was asked to explain her 2005 vote to offer gun manufacturers liability protections during a debate in the U.S.Senate race.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

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From left to right: Duf Sundheim, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Ron Unz, Tom Del Beccaro at a debate at KPBS in San Diego, May 10, 2016.

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Secretary of State of California

Central Coast residents begin voting by mail this week for California’s primary election, under the relatively new top-two system. 

Republicans in the California Legislature are sizing up their own campaigns now that businessman Donald Trump will be their party’s presidential nominee. And they’re hoping the old election cliché holds true that “all politics is local."

Neither Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) nor Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) have endorsed Trump yet.

Mayes, who previously endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich, even tweeted that he agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s non-endorsement.

US Senate hopefuls to debate the issues Tuesday night

May 6, 2016

Tuesday's debate with the major candidates running for U.S. Senate should give California voters a chance to see which office seeker best aligns with their views on issues like the economy and immigration.

When Republican Duf Sundheim showed up at the Democratic Party’s statewide convention in San Jose a few weeks ago, I was a little surprised to see him and asked him what he was doing there.

“Listening and learning,” Sundheim said, “and letting the people of California know that if I’m elected to the United States Senate I’m not just going to listen to the people who voted for me. I’m going to listen to all the people of California.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, only one candidate has any experience in Congress, and that’s Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. But in a recent Senate debate, Sanchez denied she’s the insider. She said she’s not the status quo.

“In fact,” she says, “Washington hasn’t changed me. I’ve been changing Congress for 20 years.”

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Update at 8:30pm: A few extra notes...

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the California Republican Party 2016 Convention in Burlingame, Calif., Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

California Republicans aren't used to being wooed by presidential candidates for anything other than money. But this weekend's state GOP convention in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, drew all three active candidates, as well as hundreds of protesters, police in riot gear and throngs of national media.  

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Democrats cast ballots on Sunday to choose delegates for Hillary Clinton.

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At caucuses throughout the state on Sunday, California Democrats elected many of the delegates who will travel to the party’s national convention and officially choose a presidential candidate.

In Sacramento, the line stretched out the door at a local community center. More than 500 registered Democrats showed up to select six delegates and one alternate. The candidates handed out flyers and lobbied for votes.

Carly Fiorina returned to California on Saturday night, making a quick appearance at the state Republican Party convention in Burlingame to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has named her his vice presidential nominee.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California Senate candidate took aim at the state’s environmental policies and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Targeting Republican voters in the Central Valley, both Cruz and Fiorina called out the delta smelt in their speeches, using the tiny fish as a symbol of environmentalists prioritizing fish over jobs.

Pete Wilson Embraces Ted Cruz at GOP Convention

Apr 30, 2016

Declaring that “never has a California election been so crucial to the future of our nation,” former governor Pete Wilson Saturday threw his full support behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the state GOP convention in Burlingame.

Wilson, whose promotion of the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994 is widely blamed for starting the party’s demise in California, said the Cuban-American Cruz was “obviously not anti-immigrant or anti-Latino.”

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Update 9:10 p.m. Fiorina Returns To California, Urges Support For Cruz

Carly Fiorina was scheduled to speak at this weekend's California Republican Party convention well before Ted Cruz picked her to be his running mate. But for Cruz, the timing couldn't have been better.

A big reason Cruz chose Fiorina is his hope that she can help him win delegates in California's June 7 primary.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

For the first time in roughly 17 years, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has a new leader. 

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump opened his California campaign in Costa Mesa Thursday night, addressing thousands of supporters in a rambling speech that lasted more than an hour. Trump mostly stuck to this usual stump speech – attacking Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and the media.

But in the latter part of his address, he made note of a sharp rise in local crime rates. We wanted to check out his claims.

Claim #1: Crime is up. 

For California Republicans, It's Showtime

Apr 29, 2016
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