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2018 Midterm Elections

Ellen Lee Zhou is one of five candidates running to unseat San Francisco’s current mayor. She’s got a Master’s Degree in social work from San Francisco State, and has worked as a behavioral health clinician. 

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We know now that Democrats dominated in California. And, we're antipating many changes at local and statewide levels. To break it down, KALW’s election coordinator, Angela Johnston, and news director, Ben Trefny, talk about what’s new.

On this week’s media roundtable, we'll discuss coverage of the midterm elections. According to a Gallup Poll, healthcare and the economy were at the top of the list of voters’ concerns. Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah approved initiatives to expand Medicaid, and Arkansas and Missouri voted for a higher minimum wage.

Eli Wirschafter


It’s a new day. Republicans no longer control all three branches of the federal government, and there’s no doubt that makes the vast majority of registered voters in the state of California happy. Our team here at KALW was up late covering the election live. KALW election coordinator Angela Johnston and news director Ben Trefny help us sift through some of the results.


The vote, voting glitches, monopolies

Nov 7, 2018

  This week, Your Legal Rights considers the vote, voting glitches, & monopolies: open source software. Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Brent Turner, Secretary of the California Association of Voting Officials [www.cavo-us.org] November 7, 2018, the night after the election, we feature a program about elections, monopolies & open source election software. What is wrong with the current system? Is it vulnerable to hacking? Software glitches? Are we in danger of voting-in a talk-show host due to a software glitch? Questions for Brent & Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 




On this edition of Your Call’s Special Election Series, we'll discuss California's midterm elections results. Citizens voted on 11 statewide propositions, a slew of local measures and races, and the Governor's and Congressional races.  What's next?



David Dayen, contributor to The Intercept, and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

  On this edition of Your Call, we analyze the results of the 2018 midterm election.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss what’s at stake in the 2018 midterms. Voters have already turned out in record numbers. We've seen long lines across the country.

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It’s finally come. Today is the Election Day! Many people are saying it’s the most important election of our lifetimes. At the very least, it’s the most important election since, well, since the last one.

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While the 2018 Midterm Elections are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump, Bay Area voters have plenty to focus on right here at home. 

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about efforts to get green voters to the polls. According to the Environmental Voter Project, as many as 20 million registered voters list environmental issues as one of their top priorities, but historically, few turn out on Election Day.

On this edition of Your Call's media roundtable, we’ll discuss the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines. In Texas, some voters say machines switching votes for the US Senate. In Georgia, the NAACP has filed a complaint over voting machine issues.We know these machines are problematic. Why are they still being used.?

Angela Johnston


What’s a piece of functioning San Francisco infrastructure that’s over a hundred years old? The Golden Gate Bridge? The sewer system? Nope! It’s the Embarcadero Seawall.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss key House and Senate races.


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  Every Wednesday until Election Day on November 6th, Your Call will host a special second hour at 11 a.m. Each week Rose Aguilar and guests will discuss California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss election spending in the 2018 midterms. This November’s election will be the costliest midterm ever, with the total amount of money raised expected to reach $5.2 billion.

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Hotel workers face high rates of sexual assault and harassment on the job, with over half of hotel staff in Oakland saying a guest has flashed them or opened the door naked.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss voter suppression. Nearly 16 million voters were removed from the rolls across the country between 2014 and 2016, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

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The campaign to kill Proposition 10 has ramped up. Landlords, property investors and others in the real estate industry have raised almost $70 million to keep the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act from being repealed, which would allow cities to expand rent control laws.

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San Francisco may permanently double the money it spends on housing and services for homeless people, if voters pass Prop C on November 6. The measure would raise new funds by taxing the top 300 or so highest-grossing businesses in the city.

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Most voters know all about the top ticket jobs on the state ballot this November: governor, senator, secretary of state. 

City Visions Election Coverage: Prop 10

Oct 22, 2018
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"Is the rent too damn high?" Those in favor of the state ballot measure Proposition 10 have used that as a rallying cry in their effort to get the current rent control law repealed.

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The fight over housing in the Bay Area has turned up even in the elections for BART’s board of directors. The candidates are divided as to whether the agency should build more housing near its stations, or stay focused on running the trains on time.

Ben Trefny

On Monday, October 15, at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, 13 of the 18 candidates running for the three available seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education sat down at a public forum.

Every Wednesday until the day after Election Day, Your Call will host a special second hour at 11 a.m. Each week, Rose Aguilar and guests will discuss California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.



Is the gas and vehicle tax increase approved last year too much for Californians with tight budgets?  Or is it a much-needed source of funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure?

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What does it actually take for women to win elections? 

Nancy Sidebotham is a tax preparer and long-time Oakland resident whose been involved with the community for decades. She ran for city council numerous times. This is her second go at running for mayor.

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Proposition 6 would repeal the gas tax and transportation funding package that Governor Brown signed last year. That could put money back in your pocket at the pump, but take money out of roads and transit.