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Nicole covers state politics, government, and elections for CapRadio and the CapRadio Network, which serves public radio stations across California.
Her reporting has won an Edward R. Murrow Award and honors from the Sacramento Press Club, Public Media Journalists Association and Society of Professional Journalists in NorCal and Utah.
Nicole is interested in how state politics and policy decisions affect the lives of California residents and how major decisions at the state Capitol are often made behind closed doors. Contact her with tips, documents and story ideas at [email protected].
She lives in Sacramento with her husband and rescue cat.
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November 29, 2023
The Democrat was appointed last week to head the committee, which was criticized by parents for not doing more to penalize fentanyl dealers. He spoke with CapRadio’s Nicole Nixon about his approach to the new role and his bid for mayor of Sacramento.
November 20, 2023
A ballot proposition would require voters to sign off on any new state tax or tax increase. The governor and Democratic lawmakers are trying to remove it from the ballot.
November 19, 2023
The party canceled Saturday evening events in downtown Sacramento after hundreds of demonstrators demanding a cease-fire in Gaza entered the convention hall and closed down two surrounding streets for several hours.
November 13, 2023
California’s state parks and local libraries are teaming up to make access to nature easier and more equitable.
October 4, 2023
Kaiser employees in Sacramento joined a nationwide strike against the health care giant Wednesday. They say staffing levels leave patients waiting hours for routine care.
October 1, 2023
Until her appointment, Butler was president of EMILYs List, a fundraising organization that works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights and has strong ties to California’s labor movement.
September 21, 2023
In its final environmental report, the Department of General Services wrote there will be “no changes to the proposed project” based on public feedback.
September 15, 2023
From housing affordability to fentanyl to mental health and more, California lawmakers debated hundreds of bills this Legislative session. Here’s a breakdown of what made it to the Governor’s desk — and what didn’t.
September 7, 2023
If they qualify for the ballot, the measures would allow voters to weigh in on penalties for fentanyl dealers, cutting red tape to build housing, and personal finance classes for high schoolers.
August 23, 2023
The bill was amended late in the legislative session and would need fast-tracked approval in the Assembly and Senate before lawmakers’ September 15 deadline.