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

Dylan Ring

Students are expressing their feelings regarding last night’s election of Donald Trump as p rotests 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. To see a detailed breakdown of the propositions, check out KQED's Election 2016 voter guide .

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 19 th century to President Roosevelt’s campaign slogan and song for the 1932 election, Happy Days are Here Again. You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: iTunes NPR.ORG Podcast...

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. Video is courtesy of PBS Newshour:...

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.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

Sep 28, 2016

One of the 17 statewide propositions facing California voters on the November ballot is Proposition 61, which is intended to lower prescription drug prices. Below, Impatient breaks down this initiative, which besides being one of the most complicated ballot measures, has sparked by far this year's most expensive campaign fight over an initiative. In a nutshell Under Prop. 61, certain state agencies would pay no more than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs....

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Death Penalty Propositions Divide Voters

Sep 22, 2016

'Yes On 55' School Claim Misses The Mark

Sep 13, 2016

A majority of Californians believe poverty is a serious problem, but they disagree over what to do about it. That’s according to a survey conducted for our California Counts public radio collaboration. The CALSPEAKS survey asked hundreds of voters and some nonvoters across California how they feel about a range of economic issues, from home ownership and job security to wage disparity and upward mobility. “More feel scared than say that they feel hopeful,” said Sacramento State University...

Forty years ago, when Jerry Brown was first governor, he signed a law that dramatically changed the way California sentenced criminal offenders. Previously, under the indeterminate sentencing law, many inmates received inconclusive sentences instead of a fixed term. It was up to a parole board to decide when an inmate was ready to re-enter society. Under the law signed by Brown in 1976, the state shifted to a determinate sentencing structure and in the years following, lawmakers and voters...

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Repeal the death penalty? 6 quotes from 'yes' and 'no' campaigns

Sep 7, 2016