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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Mail-In Ballot Study / Capitol Weekly Top 100 List / La Cage Aux Folles / The Mike Justis Band




A new report issued today by the California Voter Foundation reveals the top three reasons why some ballots go uncounted in three counties. These reasons include coming in too late, they lack the voter's signature and the signature on the ballot envelope does not sufficiently compare to the one on file. 


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Images of California Civil War soldiers' absentee ballots and a portion of the muster roll identifying which soldiers had cast absentee ballots. Image collage provided courtesy of the California State Archives. California Voter Foundation /Improving California's Vote-by-Mail Process: A Three-County Study

Who are the most powerful non-elected people in California’s capitol? It’s time again for Capitol Weekly’s annual list of the most influential political players in the state. Editor John Howard joins us to talk about the lobbyists, staffers, labor leaders, party officials and journalists that keep things moving in California.


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The Sacramento Music Circus wraps up its 64th season with one final production, Tony award-winning La Cage Aux Folles.This risqué comedic musical follows the story of a gay couple who run a drag nightclub in the French Riviera. The music served as inspiration for Nathan Lane and the late Robin Williams’ 1996 hit film "The Birdcage." The show runs Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.  


  • Heather Lee: Plays the roles of Mademoiselle Dindon and Mademoiselle Renaud
  • Reggis De Leon: Plays the role of Jacob


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Photo by: Charr Crail

The Mike Justis Band has been playing its blend of folk-blues-country music around the Sacramento-Davis area for nearly 25 years, including a long-time residency at the Fox & Goose Pub in Sacramento. The band just released its first "live" album, the 2-CD set "Live at Wendell's." To kick off the new album, the band is performing its inaugural show at the Palms Playhouse in Winters Aug 23. Mike Justis and his band join us for an in-studio performance ahead of the show. The band consists of Mike Justis, Kathy Barwick on the mandolin, resophonic guitar and vocals, Steve McLane on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, Jeff Sears on bass and Steve O'Neill on bass.


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  • Why Do Some Vote-By-Mail Ballots Go Uncounted?

    The California Voter Foundation has released a study looking at the vote-by-mail process.

  • Capitol Weekly Releases Top 100 List

    Capitol Weekly publishes its annual list of power players at the capitol.

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    Production With Music Inspired by Robin Williams' 'Birdcage' Playing At Wells Fargo Pavilion

    La Cage Aux Folles will run from Aug. 19 through Aug. 24 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.


    The Mike Justis Band Releases New Live Album

    The Mike Justis Band performs its folk-blues-country music live in-studio.

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