Election 2008

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  • One Up, One Down on Property Rights Measures
    Voters have approved one property rights measure and rejected another. Both were aimed at preventing government from seizing real estate to turn over to private developers.
    Wednesday, June 4, 2008
  • Courtesy: www.johnmccain.com
    Courtesy: www.johnmccain.com
    McCain to Attend Sacramento Fundraiser Monday
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain is spending the first day of the Democratic National Convention … in Sacramento.
    Friday, August 22, 2008
  • KXJZ Photo/Ben Adler
    KXJZ Photo/Ben Adler
    On Day One of DNC, McCain Visits Sacramento
    As Democrats gather in Denver, Republican presidential candidate John McCain swept through the Golden State Mondayfor an appearance on the Tonight Show and two fundraisers – including one in Sacramento.
    Monday, August 25, 2008
    Audio Postcard from the DNC
    For all the talk of ‘party unity,’ Sacramento-region delegates run the gamut at this year’s Democratic National Convention. For a snapshot of what some local delegates are thinking, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson sends this first-person audio postcard.
    Monday, August 25, 2008
    Praise For Clinton From Local Delegates
    Tuesday was bittersweet for Hillary Clinton delegates at the Democratic National Convention. But the California contingent was jubilant about the race ahead. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson spoke with a few of them right after Clinton addressed the nation.
    Wednesday, August 27, 2008
    Kevin Johnson Among Local Dems at DNC
    Among the many local Democrats in Denver this week is Sacramento mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson caught up with him amid the chaos shortly before Barack Obama made his surprise visit welcoming Joe Biden to the ticket.
    Thursday, August 28, 2008
  • Election Preview: California's 4th, 11th House Races
    Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign season, and there’s a lot more than the presidential election to look forward to. KXJZ previews what to expect in Northern California’s two hot congressional races.
    Tuesday, September 2, 2008
  • Convention Draws Some Republican State Lawmakers
    Despite the record breaking late budget, some state G.O.P lawmakers are attending their national convention.
    Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    Delegates Embrace Palin
    Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin received high marks from California delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The Alaska Governor gave her acceptance speech on Wednesday during the Convention. Melinda Wittstock reports.
    Thursday, September 4, 2008
    Audio Postcard From Local GOP Delegates
    This week we’ve been checking in with Sacramento-area delegates at the Republican National Convention. Reporter Melinda Wittstock of Capital News Connection caught up with a few of them last nigh and prepared this audio postcard.
    Thursday, September 4, 2008
  • KXJZ file photo/Ben Adler
    KXJZ file photo/Ben Adler
    Investigation of Johnson's St. HOPE Moves to Justice Dept.
    The campaign of Sacramento mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson says a federal investigation of Johnson’s non-profit has been referred to the Justice Department.
    Friday, September 5, 2008
    Area Delegates React To McCain Speech
    Northern California delegates at the Republican National Convention say John McCain’s acceptance speech set the right tone for his campaign, one of bipartisanship and strength of character. Melinda Wittstock reports.
    Friday, September 5, 2008
  • David Covin, convention co-organizer
    David Covin, convention co-organizer
    Convention Aimed At Boosting Black Voter Participation
    Sacramento mayoral contenders Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson are expected to attend the second annual Black Political Convention in Sacramento on Saturday.
    Friday, September 19, 2008
  • Financial Rescue Bill: Local Lawmakers Vote
    Members of Sacramento’s Congressional delegation voted in favor of the new financial rescue bill. Among them is GOP Representative Dan Lungren, who opposed the original version of the bill on Monday.
    Friday, October 3, 2008
  • Community College Students Divided Over Gay Marriage
    Students at Sacramento’s American River College are clashing over gay marriage.
    Tuesday, October 7, 2008
  • Early Voting Underway
    Sacramento area elections officials say mail-in ballot requests have set a new record.
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
  • Bomb scare at McCain Headquarters
    Bomb scare at McCain Headquarters
    Two Very Different Debate Watch Parties
    California might not be a swing state, but both presidential campaigns have organizations in the Sacramento region. So Wednesday night, KXJZ sent reporters to watch the final debate with supporters from each side.
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
  • Ballot Measures Not Resonating?
    There’s unprecedented interest in this November’s election. But one analyst says that doesn’t mean the slew of statewide ballot measures is resonating with voters.
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
  • Los Rios Community College District Asks For Bond Approval
    Four community colleges in the Los Rios District in the Sacramento Area would share 475-million dollar bond for Classroom Construction.
    Monday, October 20, 2008
    Clinton Stumps for Obama In Reno
    Former President Bill Clinton stumped in Reno Monday for Barack Obama before about one--thousand people at Truckee Meadows Community College.
    Monday, October 20, 2008
  • Prop 8 Endorsement Spurs Recall Vote At Campus
    A two-day recall election starts Tuesday at American River College in Sacramento. More than half the student council is in jeopardy of losing their seats after wading into one of the hottest issues on next month’s ballot.
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008
  • Political Ads Reflect High Stakes Races
    In Northern California’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts, the races are tighter than the G-O-P would like. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson looks at the candidates’ political ads and what they say about these battleground races.
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008
  • Nevada Battleground: Palin Stumps In Reno
    Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was in Reno Tuesday to rally support for the McCain/Palin ticket.
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008
  • California Again a Presidential Piggy Bank
    California hasn’t seen much of Barack Obama or John McCain since Super Tuesday back in February. But the two senators have continued to use the Golden State as a campaign piggy bank.
    Thursday, October 23, 2008
  • Campus Recall Over Prop 8 Fails
    An effort to recall most of the student council at American River College in Sacramento has failed.
    Thursday, October 23, 2008
  • Ballots Without Correct Postage Will Still Get Delivered
    California voters who forget to put the right amount of postage on their absentee ballots will still have their votes counted. That’s the word from US Postal officials.
    Thursday, October 23, 2008
  • Foreclosures Prompt Questions About Voting
    Californians who have recently lost their homes to foreclosure may be wondering where to vote in the upcoming election. State and local elections officials have already been dealing with that issue.
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • Poll Workers Training For Tuesday
    Sacramento County election officials predict a high turnout Tuesday. And that means the people staffing polls will have their work cut out for them. The county is holding back-to-back training sessions through Monday to get workers up to speed.
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • McClintock (L) and Brown debate
    McClintock (L) and Brown debate
    Brown-McClintock Congressional Race a Hot One
    California’s Fourth Congressional District was never meant to be a toss-up. But several factors have combined to make the race between Democrat Charlie Brown and Republican Tom McClintock far closer than anyone thought.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • West Sacramento Voters To Elect Mayor
    The mayoral candidates in West Sacramento are focusing on business growth and flood control in their campaigns.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • Lots of Ways to Turn In Vote-by-Mail Ballots
    If you’re voting by mail this election, there are several ways to turn it in between now and Tuesday - but if you're mailing it, make sure you do so by Friday, or it might not arrive in time to be counted!
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • Kelley Weiss/KXJZ News
    Kelley Weiss/KXJZ News
    Help for Voters Who Can't Make it to Polls
    Sick, elderly or disabled Californians who didn’t sign up to vote by mail but can’t make it to the polls…can still cast their ballot.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • Californians Playing Big Role In Nevada Campaigning
    Nevada is a key battleground state in the Presidential race, with both the Obama and McCain campaigns committing big resources to win there. California is playing a key role in the on-the-ground efforts by both parties.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  • Elections Dept. Breaking Records at Sac County
    With Election Day less than a week away, local officials are scrambling to keep up with all the ballots going in and out of their office.
    Thursday, October 30, 2008
  • Local Teens Vote In Mock Elections
    They may be too young to vote on Tuesday, but local high school students are getting a chance to weigh-in on this year’s ballot. Thousands of Sacramento teenagers are taking part in mock elections.
    Thursday, October 30, 2008
  • Obama Holds 22 Point Lead in California
    Democratic Presidential Hopeful Barack Obama holds a 22-point lead in California over Republican nominee John McCain. The latest Field Poll says that kind of margin is unprecedented in California.
    Thursday, October 30, 2008
  • Steve Shadley, KXJZ
    Steve Shadley, KXJZ
    New U-S Citizens Vote In Their First American Election
    Immigrants in the Sacramento area speak up about the election and issues important to them.
    Friday, October 31, 2008
  • Ads in Prop 8 Focus on Marriage in Schools
    If you watch T.V. you’ve probably seen the war over the airwaves about Proposition 8. That’s the ballot measure that would ban same sex marriage in California. Several ads have focused on how marriage would be taught in schools if Prop. 8 fails.
    Friday, October 31, 2008
  • North Carolinans in line to vote early
    North Carolinans in line to vote early
    Could an Early Presidential Result Hurt Calif. Turnout?
    Analysts expect the presidential campaign to drive voter turnout to its highest level in decades. But if that race becomes a blowout and it’s clear early on who will win, California and other west coast states could see their turnout suffer.
    Monday, November 3, 2008
  • Rex Babin at KXJZ
    Rex Babin at KXJZ
    Drawing The Candidates With Rex Babin
    Editorial cartoonists are having a ball this election season poking fun at the presidential and vice presidential candidates. Among them is Rex Babin of the Sacramento Bee.
    Monday, November 3, 2008
  • Nevada Residents Voting In Some Unlikely Places
    Record numbers of early voters have turned out in Nevada to cast their ballots in some unlikely places, including supermarkets.
    Monday, November 3, 2008
  • Johnston, Lee Vie For Stockton Mayor's Seat
    Since Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez is not seeking re-election…voters in the city will be electing a new mayor on Tuesday.
    Monday, November 3, 2008
  • Presidential Campaigns Make Final Push In California
    Local Campaign Headquarters for Senators McCain and Obama are racing for the finish line.
    Monday, November 3, 2008
    Local Obama And McCain Offices In Final Push
    California campaign offices for John McCain and Barack Obama are buzzing with activity in the final hours before tomorrow’s election
    Monday, November 3, 2008
  • California Secretary of State Debra Bowen Says Polls Are Ready
    Secretary of State Debra Bowen says elections workers are prepared for long lines.
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008
  • Voters Approve Prop 9, Victims' Rights
    Out of three crime initiatives on the ballot…California voters approved only one: Proposition 9 – the Victims’ Rights measure.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Ann Johnston
    Ann Johnston
    Change At the Top In Stockton
    The city has a new Mayor after Tuesday's election.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
    Nevada Turns Blue For Obama
    Democrat Barack Obama won overwhelming support from minority voters in Nevada on Tuesday, helping to turn this red state blue for the first time in many years.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Jerry McNerney
    Jerry McNerney
    McNerney Holds On To Congressional Seat
    Eleventh District Congressman Jerry McNerney, a Democrat from Pleasanton, is keeping his seat in the U-S House of Representatives.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Local Voter Turnout High
    Local elections officials say – as predicted, voter turnout was high on Tuesday. There were many issues that drove Sacramento area residents to the polls.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Lungren Wins Re-election
    It was a close race for the Sacramento area 3rd Congressional District…but Congressman Dan Lungren is headed back to Washington.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
    Some Races Undecided
    Californians are waking up to find a number of statewide ballot measures still undecided. The contests dealing with hot button issues like same-sex marriage and abortion are too tight to call – and counties are still tallying ballots
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Animal Rights Initiative Passes
    Voters have overwhelmingly approved a measure that will change the way that egg laying hens are housed in California. Voters have approved Proposition 2 by a more than 25-point margin.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
    Prop. 4 Abortion Measure Fails
    California voters have rejected the parental notification for abortions ballot measure.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • Obama and Schwarzenegger: Similar on Health Reform
    Larry Levitt with the Kaiser Family Foundation says the new president and California share ideas on fixing health care. But, nationally and on a state level the economic crisis will make it challenging to make changes.
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008
  • KXJZ file photo/Ben Adler
    KXJZ file photo/Ben Adler
    Brown-McClintock Race Still Too Close to Call
    It could take weeks before we know the results in the race for California’s 4th congressional district. Republican Tom McClintock leads Democrat Charlie Brown by just 700 votes, or less than half a percent.
    Friday, November 7, 2008
  • McClintock Claims Victory; Brown Doesn't Concede Yet
    Republican State Senator Tom McClintock says he’s won the hotly-contested race for California’s 4th congressional district. But his Democratic opponent, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Brown, isn’t conceding yet.
    Monday, December 1, 2008