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Sanders, Liberals, Out With Bill To Cancel Student Debt

June 24
By Associated Press

Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the two jockey for support from the party's liberal base.

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Biden: Congress Should Immediately Make 'Dreamers' Citizens

June 24
By Associated Press

Weighing in on immigration before first Democratic debates, Joe Biden is proposing that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 U.S. residents who were brought to the country illegally as children.

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Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's White House Meeting

June 21
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Donald Trump at the White House, the origins of migrant caravans in Honduras, and the first week of testimony in the murder trial for a San Diego based Navy SEAL.

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Roundtable: Plea Change In Hunter Corruption Case

June 14
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The wife of Congressman Duncan Hunter pleads guilty in the couple’s corruption case, the military grants media access to its border mission in Texas, and San Diego State University plans to reform its scholarship system after millions of dollars were unawarded.

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California Auditor Is Looking For People To Help Redraw State Voting Maps

June 11
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

California Auditor Elaine Howle joins Midday Edition to discuss the application process for the state's next redistricting commission, what's at stake and why more states are following California's effort to take politicians out of the redistricting process.

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California May Be An Early Primary State Now, But It's Still Not Getting The Full Iowa Treatment

June 3
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

It doesn’t happen often, but California was the center of the presidential race this weekend. Fourteen candidates addressed the state Democratic Party convention, and many of them also held other public events and raised money in the state.

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2020 Democrats Grapple With California's Electoral Buzz Saw

June 3
By Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidates are confronting the Democratic National Committee's tough standards to get on the debate stage, trying to distinguish themselves from their many rivals and plotting how to win the critical four early voting states. That leaves them barely enough time to think about what would come next.

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New Chair Of San Diego County Democrats Talks About Hot Races In 2020

May 28
By Andrew Bowen

Democrats are gearing up for some of the most hotly contested races in San Diego County: mayor, city council and county supervisor will all be on ballots in 2020. Will Rodriguez-Kennedy was elected chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party this year. He spoke with KPBS about his election strategy.

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San Diego Cities Are Switching To District Elections To Increase Diversity — But Is It Working?

May 6
By Claire Trageser

Most cities switched in the last few years to avoid lawsuits brought under the California Voting Rights Act that allege those cities are under-representing minorities.

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Beto O'Rourke Focuses On Border, Climate Change In San Diego Town Hall

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke made border and immigration policy, veterans affairs and climate change key points in a town hall event held in San Diego on Tuesday, as he competes for attention in the crowded field of candidates.

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Roundtable: The Census Question

April 26
By Bennett Lacy

The Supreme Court hears a case challenging a Trump administration change to the 2020 census, the city of Imperial Beach considers a stricter ban on plastic bags, and seniors navigate retirement in California.

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Roundtable: San Diego’s Balancing Act On Homelessness

April 19
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego moves forward with new support and enforcement on the homelessness issue, a public vote on the Convention Center expansion may be moved to March, and Qualcomm stock rises on the news of its settlement with Apple.

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UCSD Researchers Say Voter's Choice Act Increases Voter Turnout

April 18
By Jade Hindmon

UCSD Researchers are trying to find out who California's new Voter's Choice Act impacts.

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City Council: Convention Center Measure Should Go To Voters In March 2020

April 15
By Andrew Bowen

A 5-4 majority of the San Diego City Council has expressed support for a March 2020 vote on a citizens' initiative that would fund an expansion of the Convention Center. Opponents of the move say it will allow special interests to exert more influence over the election.

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Kamala Harris Is Latest 2020 Dem Contender To Release Taxes

April 15
By Associated Press

The documents released Sunday provide the fullest picture of her finances as she pursues a White House bid.

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Roundtable: Julian Firefighters Standoff

April 12
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A standoff in Julian over the future of its volunteer fire department, county supervisors want a comprehensive strategy for electric cars, and Elise Hu talks about her work as a reporter for NPR.

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MTS Polling Finds 2020 Tax Measure Within Reach

March 20
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System has released a summary of polling results related to a potential 2020 tax measure, finding the potential boon for public transit funding could be within reach of voter approval.

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Four Men Accuse San Diego Unified Trustee Kevin Beiser of Sexual Misconduct, Abuse

March 20
Andrew Keatts/VOSD

Four men say they were groped, harassed or assaulted by San Diego Unified Trustee Kevin Beiser. One of them this week filed a lawsuit against Beiser, alleging sexual harassment and assault.

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Report Imagines What 2020 Tax Measure Could Bring MTS

March 6
By Andrew Bowen

As the Metropolitan Transit System mulls asking voters for a tax increase next year, a new report aims to imagine what that tax measure could do for the local economy and environment.

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Roundtable: Decriminalizing Homelessness

Feb. 8
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

San Diego repeals an ordinance that banned living in vehicles, Congress will hold a hearing on human research done at San Diego's VA Medical Center, and local police unions fight a new transparency law.

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SDSU Moving Forward On Mission Valley Development

Feb. 8
By Erik Anderson

The University is reaching out to the public as part of the school's commitment to observe the California Environmental Quality Act as it moves forward with plans to reshape the Mission Valley stadium site.

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Business Report: Super Bowl Ads

Feb. 1
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

The demand for Super Bowl ad time is down, so is consumer confidence after the government shutdown.

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San Diego Activist Running For Congress, Challenging Rep. Juan Vargas

Jan. 31
By Ebone Monet and Anica Colbert

A political newcomer says her community advocacy work has prepared her to represent California's 51st Congressional District.

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Kamala Harris Kicks Off 2020 Campaign, Warns Of Divisions

Jan. 28
By Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" and facing a critical question.

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Business Report: San Diego's New Tourism Pitch

Jan. 25
By Bennett Lacy, Ebone Monet

San Diego launches a new global tourism campaign, effects of the government shutdown on air travel and concerns of an economic slowdown at the World Economic Forum.

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