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View all of KALW's election coverage here, from Bay Area cities to the White House and beyond. 

Your Call: Reflections on the presidential debate

Oct 10, 2016

On the October 10th edition of Your Call, we'll break down the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

California’s Proposition 63 is about gun and ammunition control. Most of the attention is focused on how Prop 63 requires a background check to buy ammunition and bans high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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On the Oct 7th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the historic referendum in Colombia.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California

This measure is all about revenue bonds. Bonds are the state’s way of borrowing money for projects that are too big to pay for all at once: big construction projects like dams, highways or bridges. Right now, the state doesn’t need voter approval to sell revenue bonds; they can just sell them to investors, regardless of the amount.

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 56 - Raising the tobacco tax

Oct 5, 2016


Proposition 56 is about raising the tobacco tax in California by two dollars per package. Only 12 percent of adults in California smoke — second lowest only to Utah. However, California is also the state with the most smokers overall, because it's the most populous state. And in the last couple of years, e-cigarettes have become more and more popular.

 

Proposition 59 is about overturning Citizens United. This measure would direct California’s elected officials to try to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed corporations and other organizations to spend without restriction on political campaigns. It's the ruling that said “corporations are people.” If you see nothing wrong with that ruling, then you'll vote no on 59. But if you think the Citizens United ruling was a bad idea, then you'll want to know more about this proposition.

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To a smoker, a single cigarette means a five minute break. It also means 20 milligrams of nicotine, 7,000 chemicals, and about 30 cents. But if Proposition 56 passes, one thing will change: a single cigarette will cost about 40 cents in California.

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Lisa Galinis and Laura Sinai are sitting at a folding table with stacks of voter registration cards near the intersection of Turk and Hyde in San Francisco, registering people in the Tenderloin to vote.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11 a.m. focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

Is Prop 61 the answer to rising drug prices?

Sep 27, 2016

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards for Prop 61, with AARP and the California Nurses Association urging you to “Vote Yes for Lower Drug Prices.” Or the scary TV commercials warning you to vote no on Prop 61, arguing that drug prices will go up if it’s passed.

On the September 27th edition of  Your Call, we'll break down the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We'll check the facts, provide context, and take your calls. 


Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

Prop 63 takes aim at ammo sales

Sep 21, 2016
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Boxes of ammunition are stacked on the shelves of Coyote Point Armory, a gun store in Burlingame. Owner John Parkin has been in business here for two years. On a Friday afternoon, a steady stream of customers comes in to look at handguns under the glass counters.

 

On the September 15th edition of Your Call, Ian Haney López joins us to discuss his book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

This week, we'll discuss transportation measures and races. We'll also talk about California Prop 59, which asks voters if they want state officials to work to amend the Constitution and reverse Citizens United.

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Joe Fitz Rodriguez, reporter for the SF Examiner covering City Hall and transportation

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

 

On the next Your Call, we’ll discuss key down ballot races.

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How big companies shape San Francisco's ballot

Aug 15, 2016
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We’re less than three months from Election Day, and, even though it might not seem like it, there’s plenty to think about besides Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Californians have 17 propositions to consider, and that doesn’t even include the county measures; San Franciscans, themselves, are looking at 25 more.

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On the August 3rd edition of Your Call, we’re talking about what happens to veterans once they return home.

Your Call: The state of U.S. democracy

Jul 28, 2016

 


On the July 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the health of American democracy.

Your Call: The Democratic Party of 2016

Jul 27, 2016

 

On the July 27th edition of Your Call, we’re opening up the lines to hear your thoughts on the Democratic Party of 2016.

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

Your Call: Donald Trump reality check

Jul 21, 2016

On the June 21st edition of Your Call, investigative journalist David Cay Johnston joins us to talk about Donald Trump.

On the June 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the Democratic Party platform, which adopts many of Senator Bernie Sanders’ policies

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The California ballot will be crowded this November. Last week, the Secretary of State put out a list of the official initiatives –- all 17 of them. We’ll be voting on whether the state should legalize marijuana, lower the cost of pharmaceuticals, repeal the death penalty, require condoms in porn, and countless others. And the large number of measures makes the process a lot more expensive. Here’s why.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Crime: In rare occurrence, big three Bay Area cities see similar midyear homicide counts // San Jose Mercury News

"Halfway through the year, the homicide numbers of the Bay Area's three largest cities have reached a rare occurrence: They're nearly the same.

On the June 22nd edition of Your Call, Salon’s Editor in Chief David Daley discusses his new book, Rat F**ked, The True Story Behind The Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy.

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