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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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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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Voters Will Decide The Fate Of Plastic Bags In California

Oct. 28, 2016
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

With Propositions 65 and 67 on the November ballot, the plastic industry has one last chance to keep its product in the nation’s largest market.

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Proposition 61 Gives California Mandate To Lower Drug Prices, Not Tools

Oct. 31, 2016
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Experts question whether the state could implement the law and if it couldn't, what the consequences would be.

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Trump's Claims Of 'Rigged' Election Put His Supporters, Voting Rights Groups On Alert

Oct. 28, 2016
Mary Plummer / KPCC

Despite assurances from California election officials, some Trump backers plan to monitor the polls on Election Day. Meanwhile, nonpartisan volunteers plan to be on the lookout for intimidation or harassment.

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PolitiFact California: DCCC Makes False Claim About Denham's Role In Trump Hotel Deal

Oct. 28, 2016
By Chris Nichols / Capital Public Radio

A new TV ad by a Democratic campaign committee describes Rep. Jeff Denham of California as Donald Trump’s "Man in Washington D.C."

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Proposition 59 Gives Voters A Voice In The Campaign Finance Debate, But Little Else

Oct. 27, 2016
Mary Plummer / KPCC

If approved, California's elected officials would be instructed to try to overturn Citizens United. But because the measure is advisory, they're not legally mandated to follow voters' wishes.

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Cities Prepare To Take The Driver’s Seat In Marijuana Trade

Oct. 26, 2016
Katie Orr / KQED

Proposition 64 would give local governments a lot of control over recreational marijuana. Already, cities are taking very different approaches on how to proceed if the measure passes.

Explaining Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana

Oct. 24, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

There are so many questions about California’s November ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana that it’s easy to overlook the most basic question of all: What would the initiative actually do?

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Proposition 52: Critical For Medi-Cal Or Perks For Hospital Execs?

Oct. 24, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

There are plenty of controversial propositions on the November ballot. Proposition 52 isn't one of them.

Proposition 51 Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt

Oct. 21, 2016
Mary Plummer / KPCC

The bond measure that would raise billions for school construction has developers lined up against opponents, including Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound Smuggling

Oct. 21, 2016
By Jean Guerrero

Marijuana has long flowed from Mexico into the U.S. Now, it's starting to flow in the opposite direction.

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Ballot Measure Seeks To Regulate Ammunition Sales, Take Guns From Felons

Oct. 19, 2016
Marisa Lagos / KQED

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Proposition 63 seeks tougher gun laws, including the regulation of ammunition.

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Proposition 53 Aims To Give Voters Say On Big Projects

Oct. 14, 2016
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

The measure's outcome at the polls could throw a roadblock in front of California's plans to build a high-speed rail system or its biggest water project in decades.

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Proposition 55 May Be Good Politics, But Is It Good Policy?

Oct. 13, 2016
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Should rich Californians pay higher state income taxes to fund schools, health care and other programs? Voters said yes four years ago. Now, with the budget healthier, the question is whether to extend taxes that supporters vowed would be temporary.