FROM John Wildermuth
Does Bernie Sanders Have a Chance at the Nomination? Even after a decisive victory in Oregon’s presidential primary Tuesday, the odds of Bernie Sanders becoming the Democratic nominee remain very slim. Yet, Sanders has vowed to remain in the race until the last ballot is cast. As discord grows among Democrats, the candidates look ahead to the June 7 primaries. What are Sanders’ chances of winning? Can he convert enough superdelegates to nab the nomination? We’ll hear from one California superdelegate who has been harassed by Sanders supporters for deciding to back Hillary Clinton early in 2015.
Kamala Harris on the Defensive in US Senate Race California Attorney General Kamala Harris is widely seen as the frontrunner in the race to fill Barbara Boxer’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat, even though nearly half of likely voters are still undecided. Because of her frontrunner status, she was was the bullseye on the target for challengers at Tuesday’s debate in San Diego. Right out of the gates, opponent Duf Sundheim said, “Kamala is failing to keep us safe.” Harris also took tough questions from the moderators on officer-involved shootings and nuclear waste disposal. What has Harris’ record been as Attorney General and what does it say about what kind of a U.S. Senator she would be?
Sanchez Stumbles into the California Senate Race Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is a candidate to replace retiring Barbara Boxer in the US Senate. At this weekend's State Democratic Convention, Sanchez had a chance to introduce herself statewide. At one stop, she gave an informal talk to a caucus of Indian Americans — that's Americans of descent from India. She told the story of a phone call from a man who wanted to support her campaign and how she confused an Indian American with Native Americans -- complete with a stereotypical war cry. That moment reportedly became the talk of the convention — and not to Sanchez's advantage. Sanchez, from Orange County, is not well known statewide. The consensus leader for her party's US Senate nomination is Kamala Harris , who's run twice for Attorney General—and won.
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari’s Week of Homelessness Neel Kashkari, California’s Republican candidate for Governor, is a multi-millionaire. But polls show him way behind Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. A new video features Kashkari in a new kind of campaign, as he spent an entire week living off of $40. Now, Kashkari wasn’t alone during his week-long search for employment; he was accompanied by a camera crew. John Wildermuth is political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kashkari, Donnelly Battle for Heart and Soul of CA GOP Some powerful members of California's Republican Party are throwing their weight behind a relatively unknown candidate for governor, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari . They hope this pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Obama-supporting candidate can give them a fighting chance in a state where Republicans are increasingly seen as irrelevant. But the most recent polls put Tea Party candidate, firebrand Tim Donnelly ahead of Kashkari by double digits, and both of them lag far behind Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown .
California's Next Elections: Coming Right Up! While you're thinking about today's LA city election , or even if you're not, you'll have another chance to go to the polls in May. The $42 billion compromise that squeaked through the legislature last month is not the end of the budget debate. Now it's your turn. On May 19, Californians will be asked to pass Propositions 1A through 1F, to ratify all the deals made by Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento. We hear what six propositions could mean for the California's financial future if they pass or if they don't.
Anger, Organizing Follow Proposition 8 Since Proposition 8 repealed the right to same-sex marriage, angry opponents have shunned supporters, boycotted businesses and stopped traffic with street demonstrations. Protestors promise they won't go away until the right to same-sex marriage is restored in California. John Wildermuth of the San Francisco Chronicle has an update on what's happening more than a week after Election Day.
Bill Clinton to Superdelegates: 'Chill Out' California held its presidential primaries early this year so the biggest state in the union could have more influence on the outcomes. The Republican winner-take-all formula gave a big boost to John McCain . But even though Hillary Clinton won among Democrats, Barack Obama got a big share of the delegates. With the nomination still undecided, the state party held its convention this weekend in San Jose—complete with one big-name attraction.
Proposition 89: California Politics without Big Money? November's elections will likely set new records for campaign spending, led by the race for Governor and 13 ballot propositions . One of them promises to change all that by setting limits on corporate contributions. Proposition 89 promises to take the big money out of politics with spending limits and $200 in public financing of campaigns for state offices. Would spending reform limit special interest influence? Would public finance mean tax money for negative campaigns? We'll hear the pros and cons.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.