Keys To The House

California Congressional seats that were solidly Republican are suddenly up for grabs. Capital Public Radio's Keys to the House follows the battleground races and themes that could determine which party controls the House of Representatives.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

GOP California Convention Post-Mortem

California Republicans are bracing for a tough midterm election. CapRadio's Ben Bradford talks with politics reporters Carla Marinucci from Politico and Christine Mai-Duc from the LA Times about the party's challenges going into the June 5 primary.

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California Republicans are struggling to hold onto key congressional seats in this year's midterm election.

In our first roundtable podcast, reporters discuss the state's annual GOP convention, where Republicans aimed to energize their base by targeting California's sanctuary laws and repealing a recently passed gas-tax increase.

But when it comes to President Trump, the party is taking a much more delicate approach this year. There's also concern that if Republicans don’t have a gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in November, holding on to vulnerable House seats will prove difficult.


Carla Marinucci
Senior Writer, Politico's California Playbook

Christine Mai-Duc
Politics Reporter
Los Angeles Times


Republicans At State Party Gathering Would Rather Talk About The Gas Tax Than Keeping The House         

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