Election 2018

JPR has gathered all our coverage of Election 2018 here, in one place. So, if you missed our stories about any of the candidates or ballot measures you'll be voting on, you can catch up, refresh your memory or delve a little deeper to make your final decision.

Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement. 

RELATED: Live Oregon and Washington 2018 midterm election results.

A housing development in Lincoln, Calif.
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A housing development in Lincoln, Calif.

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While California's Proposition 1 is called the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, only a quarter of the money goes to housing programs for vets.

California voters will soon decide whether to ban the sale of meat and eggs from farm animals raised in cages. A November ballot measure, Proposition 12, would require more spacious digs for pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens. It applies to animals in California and to those raised elsewhere for products sold in the Golden State.

If you're experiencing a bit of déjà vu right now, it makes sense.

Gubernatorial candidates Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Gubernatorial candidates Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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Skyscraping home prices and rent coupled with the notoriety that comes with being the richest state in the nation while having the highest poverty rate have prompted vows from two men vying to be California’s next governor.

In an election year when Oregonians will make weighty decisions on abortion and immigration policy, the ballot measure attracting the most cash has to do with the humble grocery cart.

RELATED: Live Oregon and Washington 2018 midterm election results.

Prop. 3 Would Fund California Water Projects, But Opponents Argue Few Will See The Benefits

Oct 24, 2018
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Should a bond for both habitat restoration and water-infrastructure projects be paid for by all Californians or just the groups that would directly benefit? That's up for voters to decide.

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Should voters approve new housing for an estimated 20,000 homeless people with severe mental illness?

While most people agree the end goal of Proposition 2 is noble, there is disagreement over $2 billion in bonds needed to build those homes.

"I Want Paper Ballots For Every Election In America"

Oct 19, 2018

As the mid-term election approaches, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is talking up his proposed legislation to require a paper ballot for every election in the U.S.

PolitiFact California: Fact-Checking Claims In California’s U.S. Senate Race

Oct 18, 2018
Capital Public Radio

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland

UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland

Leaders of California’s 13 regional children’s hospitals say the financial strain of more Medicaid patients and longer treatment times has made it harder to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Now, they're taking the issue to the ballot box.

If voters approve Proposition 4 this November, the state will put $1.5 billion in bond funding toward these improvements.

Poll Finds Wide Partisan Gaps On America's Biggest Problems

Oct 18, 2018

Especially as the midterm elections approach, there's an unavoidable stream of news about politics in crisis: words like "polarization" and "tribalism" paint a portrait of voters retreating intransigently to their respective corners (or, more accurately, social media bubbles).

A new poll gives a clearer picture of what that "tribalism" looks like: Americans differ not just on their ideology or political team, but on the issues they view as problems.

Pew presented registered voters with 18 issues, asking those voters how big of a problem each issue is.

Earlier this month, a panel convened by the United Nations released a report suggesting irreversible, catastrophic effects from global climate change could kick in far earlier than had been previously thought — and that drastic action would be needed to avoid that future.

In Oregon, the news arrived at an apt time.

Patrick Starnes isn’t going to be Oregon’s next governor.

He doesn’t have the money, the name recognition or any real experience navigating the intricacies of state politics or state government.   

If you listen to him long enough, you get the sense that even he knows he cannot win:

“Of course, my minimum goal is to get double digits because I wanted to get a third voice to have more impact,” he said on OPB’s "Think Out Loud" earlier this month.  

Knute Buehler turned heads last week, when he announced he supports Oregon parents' right not to have their children vaccinated without a medical reason.

In his third and final debate with Gov. Kate Brown, the Bend surgeon and Republican candidate for governor said he believes in the benefits of vaccines, with a caveat.

In the third and final gubernatorial debate, Gov. Kate Brown gave a number of where she wants the graduation rate to be by the end of her term, assuming she’s re-elected.

“Eighty-five percent, 2022,” Brown said.

That’s slightly above the national average of 84 percent and would entail a significant increase from the state’s current 77 percent rate.

Oregon’s state ranking has hovered somewhere near the bottom five in the nation for the better part of a decade.

A 19-year-old is attempting to sell Oregon’s voter registration data on the dark web, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The data is publicly available from the Oregon Secretary of State for $500. But state law prohibits reselling it.

Oregon is one of 19 states whose voter registration data the seller has and is attempting to sell on the encrypted dark web.


California is one of just a handful of states that allows rent control, but the price caps on rent are limited by the Costa-Hawkins act of the mid-1990s. 

So it should surprise no one that the limits on rent control are being challenged in the November election. 

Proposition 10 would repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing more flexibility for cities to put controls on rents.  And that troubles a number of groups, who worry that rent control will drive some landlords out of the market and make housing even more scarce. 

The No on Prop 10 campaign is putting a lot of effort and money into defeating the measure. 

Want To Vote In November? Register By Tuesday

Oct 15, 2018

Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for the November 6th General Election.

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Roughly 140,000 Californians spend the equivalent of a part-time job — 12 to 20 hours a week — in a dialysis clinic, where a machine functioning as a kidney filters waste out of their blood.

It’s a tricky procedure — and right now it’s at the center of a heated political battle between labor unions and dialysis companies.

'Hateful And Racist' Ad Shocks Southern Oregon Senate Candidates

Oct 14, 2018
Mi Voz Cuenta

Senate District 3 candidate Jessica Gomez and other Republican leaders have denounced a video circulating on social media as “hateful and racist.”

“I found it offensive, very offensive,” Gomez said of the video produced by the political action committee Mi Voz Cuenta. “This is just not healthy for our community in general.”

The video, which has simple illustrations of a forest, an ax and a chainsaw, states, “Just because someone’s name sounds Latino doesn’t mean they support programs that benefit our community. Don’t be an axe (sic). Vote for Jeff Golden for state Senate.”