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For the past dozen years, Chris Nichols has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across California. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he worked at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.
He is a native of sunny San Diego and long-suffering fan of the San Diego Padres and Chargers – but only if they stay in America’s Finest City. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Chris left California to earn his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2004, but quickly returned home after realizing his heart was in the Golden State, not the Big Apple.
Will Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vote-By-Mail Ballots Go To Californians Who Have Died Or Moved? Election Experts Are Skeptical.
July 3, 2020
Election officials say the claim ignores measures used to to update voter rolls and the safeguards in place to prevent fraud.
June 24, 2020
Constitutional law experts say the governor has broad authority under the California Emergency Services Act and the state’s existing public health powers to mandate face coverings.
Recycled Facebook Post Falsely Claims Independents In California Are Blocked From Voting Republican In 2020
June 18, 2020
The claim applies only to California’s presidential primary election. Voters in the state’s November general election can vote for any candidate regardless of the voter’s party affiliation.
June 16, 2020
While the CDC has not confirmed any mortality rate for COVID-19, a Facebook post has circulated the internet saying that the CDC has confirmed a 0.2% death rate for the virus. PolitiFact California rates that claim Mostly False.
June 15, 2020
Organizers said they wanted to learn how to be better allies for the Black community.
June 10, 2020
Housing advocates say ending the eviction moratorium could lead to many renters being forced from their homes amid the COVID-19 crisis. The Judicial Council also voted to end a measure that set bail at $0 for people accused of lower-level crimes.
June 2, 2020
Experts say vote-by-mail doesn’t lead to widespread fraud or favor Democrats, contrary to President Donald Trump’s claims. In California, the practice includes safeguards such as signature matching.
No, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Is Not Sending Mail-In Ballots “To Anyone In The State,” As Trump Falsely Claimed
May 26, 2020
In early May, Newsom ordered all counties to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters in California ahead of the November election amid safety concerns over COVID-19. GOP groups have challenged the plan.
May 25, 2020
The lawsuit says Newsom does not have the authority to create state election law and alleges his order will lead to voter fraud.
'Like Nothing Before Seen': California Lost Record 2.3 Million Jobs In April As Unemployment Rate Spiked To 15.5%
May 22, 2020
New figures from California's Employment Development Department show the widespread economic pain caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and the forced business shutdowns. The positions lost and jobless rate surpassed those during the Great Recession.