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, August 17, 2018

Do Candidates Matter?

Campaigns spend millions of dollars in Congressional races, while candidates are scrutinized relentlessly. But, on election day, to what degree does a candidate's personality affect the vote? A school of political thought says "almost none."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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The Safest Republican In A Democratic District

Rep. David Valadao has consistently won election by double-digits, despite being a Republican in a blue district. CapRadio’s Ben Bradford explores why, joined by experts on the Latino vote, GOP strategist Mike Madrid and researcher Mindy Romero.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Republican Congressman Jeff Denham Pushes For DACA Solution As He Faces Tough Re-Election

Central Valley Republican Rep. Jeff Denham is bucking his party and pushing for an immigration solution for Dreamers. CapRadio’s Ben Bradford talks with KQED's Katie Orr and McClatchy's Alex Roarty about what this means for his re-election campaign.

Monday, June 11, 2018

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Republicans Hold Back Blue Wave, But Democrats Avoid Shutouts In California Primary

Congressional Democrats successfully avoided a shutout from competitive primary races in California. But Republicans also walked away with their own advantages going into the general election.

Friday, May 25, 2018

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The Dem-On-Dem Factor

Host Ben Bradford talks with Claremont McKenna political professor Jack Pitney and Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. about the odds of a Democratic lockout in top races.

Friday, May 11, 2018

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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.

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Republicans On The Ropes

Welcome to our debut episode of Keys to the House, a new podcast from Capital Public Radio. This limited-series podcast will focus on battleground congressional races, and how California could determine which party wins majority in the House.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Introducing Keys To The House: A Podcast Following California’s Contentious Congressional Races

A preview of Capital Public Radio's new podcast, which explores the battleground Congressional races that could determine which party controls the House of Representatives after the November election.