California Politics

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, 2020 in Sacramento.
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KCBS Radio Weekend News
May 24, 2020 - 6:41 pm
The Republican National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the state of California to stop California Gov. Gavin Newsom from mailing ballots to all registered voters ahead of the November election.
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Doug Sovern
May 20, 2020 - 4:20 pm
What are the prospects for more federal aid to ease the impact of the crisis and how realistic is it for California to look to Washington, D.C. to solve its $54 billion budget deficit?
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SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 9: The California state Capitol building is shown October 9, 2003 in downtown Sacramento, California.
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Doug Sovern
May 15, 2020 - 5:00 am
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget revision relies heavily on rainy day funds, spending cuts and the hope for more federal relief to patch over the biggest deficit in state history. But there’s one glaring omission.
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Doug Sovern
May 07, 2020 - 4:17 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a major blow to California’s finances, with a deficit projected over $54 billion, which is an almost $80 billion swing in the wrong direction from where we were just three months ago.
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Doug Sovern
May 06, 2020 - 6:02 pm
At least for the short term, a special election coming up next Tuesday to fill U.S. Representative Katie Hill’s seat in Orange County and a State Senate seat there will be conducted entirely by mail. No polling places will be open. But is that a feasible plan for a statewide election in which 10...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, 2020 in Sacramento.
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Doug Sovern
May 06, 2020 - 4:54 pm
Firefighters and health care unions have been working furiously behind the scenes to convince Gov. Newsom to put the burden of proof on employers, not workers, when it comes to workers compensation for COVID-19. Now, he’s doing just that.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Demonstrators protest California Gov. Gavin Newsom's continued statewide shelter in place order outside of San Francisco City Hall on May 01, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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Doug Sovern
May 01, 2020 - 4:42 pm
Gov. Gavin Newsom is expressing his greatest optimism yet the state is closer than ever to relaxing its shelter-in-place rules, insisting he is not giving in to pressure from lawsuits and protesters all around the state.
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VENICE BEACH, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: A couple walk the beach along the shoreline in the early morning of December 15, 2019 at Venice Beach, California.
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KCBS Radio Afternoon News
April 30, 2020 - 5:23 pm
We know what we can’t do outside. So, what can I do?
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: San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a news conference at the future site of a Transitional Age Youth Navigation Center on January 15, 2020.
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KCBS Radio Weekend News
April 26, 2020 - 11:40 am
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Sunday the need for a "federal, coordinated effort" remains as cities and states scramble for PPE and other essential items in the fight against the coronavirus.
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California voters take to the polls
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Doug Sovern
February 04, 2020 - 10:08 am
National attention is on the Iowa caucus, but in California voters have already started submitting their ballots. And thanks to California’s increasing focus on early voting and mail-in ballots, the candidates may not want to wait to make their case in the state.
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