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California Counts

California Counts is a collaboration of KPBS, KPCC, KQED and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election. The coverage focuses on major issues and solicits diverse voices on what's important to the future of California.

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Rep. Hunter Says He Will Not Seek Federal Funding For 'Sanctuaries'

Feb. 9, 2017
By Elma Gonzalez

Rep. Duncan Hunter announced that for Fiscal Year 2018, he will not submit any federal funding requests on behalf of "sanctuaries."

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Mexican Breadwinners Fear Paying For Trump's Border Wall

Feb. 8, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump has threatened to force Mexico to pay for his border wall by targeting money transfers into Mexico, or remittances. This would affect U.S. citizens as well as Mexicans.

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"Dear President Trump:" Southern Californians Share Their Hopes

Jan. 26, 2017
Mary Plummer / KPCC

Listen to five Southern Californians with different political perspectives share their thoughts as Donald Trump becomes the country's 45th president.

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Transcript And Analysis: Gov. Brown's State Of The State Address

Jan. 24, 2017
By KPCC, KQED and Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered the annual State of the State address Tuesday to a joint session of the California Legislature.

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PolitiFact California: Exploring The Facts As The State Braces For Trump’s Immigration Policies

Nov. 25, 2016
By Chris Nichols / Capital Public Radio

What’s at stake for California’s DREAMers? How many could face deportation? Experts answer some of the most pressing questions about the possible consequences of Donald Trump's promised reform.

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Why California Takes So Darn Long To Count Its Votes

Nov. 22, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Two weeks after Election Day, two California propositions and numerous local races remain too close to call.

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Pollsters: Election Results Show Just How California Is Unlike Rest Of America

Nov. 17, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

It’s often said that “as California goes, so goes the nation.” But that’s rarely been less true than in last week’s election.

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PolitiFact California: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Understates Big Drop In Gun Homicides

Nov. 17, 2016
By Chris Nichols / Capital Public Radio

He said the state has seen a "56 percent decline in the gun murder rate" since it enacted strong gun control laws in the 1990s. It's declined faster than that.

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Issa Maintains Lead In Race For 49th Congressional Seat

Nov. 8, 2016
By City News Service, KPBS News, Steve Walsh

Rep. Darrell Issa seems to have retained his seat in San Diego's 49th District, following a close contest with retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate.

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First Out Of the Gate, Harris Never Looked Back In U.S. Senate Race

Nov. 8, 2016
Scott Shafer / KQED

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has seized the state’s open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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Percentage Of Registered Voters In California Hits 20-Year High

Nov. 7, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

About 78 percent of the state's eligible voters are registered — higher than it’s been in two decades.

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Kamala Harris Adds To Huge Cash Advantage In California's U.S. Senate Race

Nov. 4, 2016
By Chris Nichols / Capital Public Radio

New campaign finance reports show Harris has raised more than three times the amount raised by her competitor, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

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Gov. Brown Hits The Campaign Trail For Proposition 57, Against Proposition 53

Nov. 3, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Proposition 57 would allow inmates to earn credits for good behavior, education and rehabilitation. Proposition 53 would require voter approval for projects financed by revenue bonds of $2 billion or more.

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How To Cope With That 'Too Darn Long' California Ballot

Nov. 2, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Even if you’ve made your choice for president, voting can be a lot of work. And nowhere more so than in California, where voters will decide 17 state propositions and a record 650 local measures.

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From Maverick AIDS Activist To Porn Police? The Man Behind Proposition 60

Nov. 1, 2016
April Dembosky / KQED

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has spent $4.5 million backing a measure to place specific language into law mandating condom use in porn films. The nonprofit's president, Michael Weinstein, has long taken controversial positions.

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