2016 Election

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 60 - Condoms in Porn

Oct 21, 2016

This measure is about porn, condoms, freedom of speech, and worker safety. In the Adult Entertainment Industry — the pornography business — performers are currently not required to use condoms. Proposition 60 would make condom use mandatory on porn sets in California.


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

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About 10 families are gathered near San Francisco’s Civic Center on a Tuesday night in September, nervously waiting for a board of education meeting to start. They’re frustrated, because many didn’t have the chance to vote for the elected officials they’ve come to see.

KALW's November 2016 election coverage

Oct 17, 2016

No matter where you live in California, your November ballot is packed with choices. Here is a page of resources to assist your pre-election research.

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.

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.

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 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.


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


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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.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news:

Clinton claims milestone as first female major-party nominee, wins California primary - LA Times

“Hillary Clinton carved her name in history Tuesday, becoming the first woman ever chosen to lead a major party into the fall presidential campaign.


Californians waited a long time to see if their votes would make a difference in the presidential race, and they nearly made it to the finish line.

Your Call: Your vote still matters, California!

Jun 7, 2016
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On the June 7th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about Election Day! 

  On the March 29th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, authors of Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It.

 On the March 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with EMILY’s List founder Ellen R. Malcolm. 

Your Call weekly kudos: March 4th, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

On the March 4th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco deputies to face charges over alleged inmate fights // SF Chronicle

“Two San Francisco sheriff’s deputies and one former deputy who were accused of forcing city jail inmates to fight each other for entertainment will be charged criminally, The Chronicle has learned.

On the February 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about media coverage of the presidential primaries. With the presidential elections in full swing, how are the media scrutinizing the candidates’ records on major issues? We’ll also discuss the heated debate over freedom of speech in India, following the arrest of several students over the demonstrations at one of India’s most prestigious universities. Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Your Call: The legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Feb 19, 2016


On the February 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

On the January 8th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government executed a prominent Shiite dissident.

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