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PolitiFact California Reporter
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.
Yes, Trump Said He Offered Russia Help With Wildfires. No, He Didn’t Deny California Fire Assistance.
August 28, 2020
A widely-shared Facebook post claims President Trump denied fire aid to California but helped Russia fight wildfires in Siberia. While Trump said he would withhold fire assistance to the state, the White House approved assistance days later.
Kamala Harris Says She ‘Took On The Big Banks’ As California Attorney General. Did She Go Far Enough?
August 25, 2020
Sen. Kamala Harris has repeatedly said she “took on the big banks” as California attorney general after the foreclosure crisis. PolitiFact California found she played a key role, though advocates say it was not enough.
August 24, 2020
The poll found 84% of respondents said they believe their voting choices “are always kept secret” when voting by mail — despite months of GOP attacks on mail-in voting.
Grid Operator Rejects Trump’s False Claim Democrats Purposely Triggered California’s Rolling Blackouts
August 18, 2020
In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump said politics was at play in California’s decision to temporarily shut off power. Grid operators said they were motivated by ensuring the state’s electricity grid did not collapse.
August 17, 2020
State Sen. Scott Wiener’s failed SB 50 would have eliminated zoning that allows only single-family homes, but it would not have abolished the construction of new single-family home neighborhoods.
August 13, 2020
As California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris was considered cautious and rarely spoke out-of-line with law enforcement culture. Now, she’s positioned herself as a criminal justice reformer. What kept her so careful as AG? We ask legal experts.
August 11, 2020
Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s pick for vice president. CapRadio’s PolitiFact California examined her background and past statements for a closer look at her record as she prepares for even greater national scrutiny.
July 30, 2020
The verification and security processes are the same for absentee and mail-in voting. In many states the term ‘absentee voting’ has been phased out because there’s no difference between it and mail-in voting.
July 30, 2020
California has 12 propositions on the November 2020 ballot. Here are the basics of what you need to know about each one as we get close to Election Day.
How Early Should You Send In Your Mail-in Ballot To Make Sure It Gets Counted? The Answer Varies By State.
July 28, 2020
Several widely-shared social media posts claim that Election Day is really Oct. 20, and not Nov. 3, for people who want to vote-by-mail. We found that's not the case in some states.