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A collaboration between Capital Public Radio, KQED, KPCC and KPBS to cover the 2016 elections in California.

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Prop 51 Bond Measure Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt

October 21, 2016

Prop 51, a bond measure that would raise billions for school construction, has developers lined up against opponents who include Gov. Jerry Brown.

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State Government

Explaining Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana

October 20, 2016 | Ben Adler

You've heard about California’s November ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. But how would that initiative actually work? We cut through the smoke.

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Elite Cultivator Banks on Marijuana Legalization Across The West

October 17, 2016

Polling suggests California voters are ready to just say 'yes' to legalizing recreational marijuana with Proposition 64. Arizona and Nevada have similar measures on the ballot. Passage could mean big money for pot entrepreneurs.

Eric Risberg / AP

State Government

Proposition 53 Aims To Give Voters Say On Big Projects

October 14, 2016 | Amy Quinton

Supporters of Proposition 53 say California taxpayers have a right to weigh in on large public works projects. Opponents say the measure is a move to stop the state’s largest water project from moving forward —and has huge unintended consequences.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

State Government

Proposition 55 May Be Good Politics, But Is It Good Policy?

October 13, 2016 | Ben Adler

Should rich Californians pay higher state income taxes to fund schools, health care and other programs? Voters said yes four years ago. Now, with the budget healthier, the question is whether to extend taxes that supporters vowed would be temporary.

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Proposition 54 Would Bring New Transparency Rules To The Legislature

October 12, 2016

The ballot measure would require bills to be in print for three days before being passed, but it would also allow public recordings of meetings.

State Government

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 66, Death Penalty Procedures

October 10, 2016

Proposition 66 shortens process of death penalty appeals to “mend, not end” capital punishment.