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Electoral Votes By State
Alaska - 3 | California - 54 | Hawaii - 4 | Idaho - 4 | Oregon - 7 | Washington - 11


 Alaska       Electoral Votes: 3 -- Bush
House

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 California       Electoral Votes: 54 -- Gore
Senate | House

Los Angeles Reactions to Election (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 15, 2000
NPR's Andy Bowers reports on how some Angelenos are dealing with the uncertainty over the outcome of the presidential election. Students in a high school government class are having a ball, a city councilman is having trouble getting people to focus on local business and foreign tourists are amused.

San Francisco Development Initiative (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 6, 2000
NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on a pair of ballot initiatives aimed at limiting the development of new office buildings in San Francisco. The measures were motivated by the expansion of many dot-com businesses into a neighborhood that has been home to low income Latinos and artists.

Clinton Stumps (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 3, 2000
President Clinton hit a series of Democratic campaign rallies today in northern California. He told the crowds that if they want the things they liked about his administration to continue, they have only one choice--Gore, Lieberman and Democratic congressional candidates. NPR's Richard Gonzales was at the president's event in Oakland, where Mr. Clinton said former-Governor, now-Mayor Jerry Brown helped him see there might be political life after the White House.

California Partnership (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 3, 2000
The State of California has become the first in the nation to give gay and lesbian parents the same tax benefits as heterosexual parents, allowing a sole wage earner to claim "head of household" status on his or her state income tax. Linda talks with Shannon Minter, Senior Staff Attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, California.

Ca Drug Proposition (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 1, 2000
California voters will be asked to decide whether non-violent drug offenders should be required to undergo treatment instead of going to jail. Proposition 36 would mandate probation and treatment instead of jail and would provide millions of dollars to fund drug treatment programs. Supporters say it would be more effective than jail, opponents believe the measure doesn't provide adequate monitoring. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports.

Proposition 39 (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 31, 2000
NPR's Robert Smith reports on California's Proposition 39, on the ballot this November. The proposition would bring changes to current laws governing California property taxes and schools. If passed, Proposition 39 would allow local schools to use proceeds from bonds to revitalize schools. It will change the percentage of the local vote required to authorize local property taxes.

Latino Votes in California (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 31, 2000
Tamara Keith of member station KQED reports on the contest in California's 20th district, which is 40 percent Latino. The district's Democratic incumbent, Cal Dooley, is running against Rich Rodriguez, a former broadcaster. Republicans are hoping that Rodriguez's heritage will help him connect with Latino voters...most of whom are registered as Democrats.

The Race in California (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 30, 2000
Texas Governor George W. Bush began the final full week of the presidential campaign in the West today, trying to pry loose the biggest prize of all -- California and its trove of 54 electoral votes. Polls show the race tightening on the West Coast, where Bush has been outspending Vice President Al Gore in recent weeks. Gore now plans a return visit of his own to the state this week. NPR's Andy Bowers is based in Southern California and has been following the presidential campaign.

American Business Votes (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 25, 2000

Chris Arnold reports that Silicon Valley, having changed how America does business, is now challenging how American business votes. The business community has long been a Republican stronghold, but high-tech CEOs with new values are threatening to change that.

Taking Control of the House (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 24, 2000
NPR's Brian Naylor reports on the congressional race in 36th district of California, near Los Angeles, between incumbent Steve Kuykendall and former seatholder Jane Harmon. It's one of the battleground seats in this election, and the Democrats are hoping to retake the seat and others like it as they try to retake control of the house.

Bush and Police
All Things Considered, June 1, 2000
Linda Wertheimer talks with Eric Lichtblau who's a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times about presidential candidate George W. Bush's statement about federal oversight of local police. Bush says the federal government should not be in the business of routinely investigating and "second-guessing" local police departments.

Blanket Primaries
All Things Considered, April 24, 2000
The Supreme Court today heard arguments regarding California's so-called blanket primary, which allows voters to pick among candidates from all parties when choosing nominees for federal and state office. The parties argue that such shop-around rules, however popular, violate party members' constitutional rights to free association. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

California Dreaming
All Things Considered, April 7, 2000
NPR's Andy Bowers reports on the campaign effort being made in California by George W. Bush, the likely GOP presidential nominee. Republicans have lost California in two successive elections.

California & the Presidential Race
Morning Edition, April 5, 2000
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports on the battle over whether to move up the California primary. Hoping to court the attention and the dollars of the presidential candidates, more than a dozen states have pushed up their primaries to earlier dates. Delegate-rich California set off the stampede when it moved its primary to March 7, 2000.

Election Observers
Mornin Edition, March 10, 2000
NPR's Gerry Hadden reports on a group of Mexican election officials who are visiting California to learn more about how the election process works in the United States.

California Voter Initiatives
All Things Considered, March 8, 2000
NPR's Ina Jaffe reports on the results of voting on some twenty ballot initiatives. Those approved include a ban on gay marriage and stiffer penalties for juvenile crime.

California Scheming
All Things Considered, March 6, 2000
Of the 16 states holding presidential contests tomorrow, California is the grand prize. McCain is back on message and talking about campaign finance reform, while Bush is hoping to firm up his conservative base by setting his sights on Al Gore. NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports from San Diego.

California Voters: GOP Women
All Things Considered, March 3, 2000
Linda Wertheimer talks with a group of Republican women who live in Newport Beach, California. The women's vote was divided in 1992 and 1996, with many moderate Republicans and independents voting for Bill Clinton. The Republican party wants to get them back. Most of the group she talked with are unhappy with the party and its candidates, and some are considering voting Democrat.

Campaign Ads
All Things Considered, March 3, 2000
More than a dozen states will be voting in presidential primaries and caucuses Tuesday, and the four major candidates are conducting a frantic air war to woo all those voters. As candidates crisscross the continent to appear on both coasts in a single day, their campaigns also compete on the airwaves, as millions of dollars of broadcast time are devoted to fresh, often aggressive ads. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

Parents, Politics & Education
All Things Considered, March 2, 2000
All Things Considered Host Linda Wertheimer is on the road this week, chatting with voters about their views on the upcoming presidential contests. She mets with a group of parents in Irvine, California, to talk about the presidential candidates, and various issues in their campaigns.

California Debates
All Things Considered, March 1, 2000
Tonight in Los Angeles, Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley will debate each other for 90 minutes. It will be their last such meeting before the primaries to be held in more than a dozen states next Tuesday. NPR's Elizabeth Arnold joins Noah Adams for a discussion of what's at stake in these debates.

California Politics
All Things Considered, March 1, 2000
Host Linda Wertheimer is on the road, explores the views of potential voters in advance of next week's Super Tuesday primaries. Today she visits with a Los Angeles group that jokingly refers to itself as "Chicano Art Collectors Anonymous," and asks them who they're backing for President.

Gone Bowling
All Things Considered, February 29, 2000
Linda Wertheimer traveled to Orange County, California to talk to likely voters in the upcoming Republican primary there. She speaks today with a group from the Senior Bowling League at Linwood Bowl in Anaheim. The group is made up of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, but all are currently supporting Arizona Senator John McCain.

House Managers
All Things Considered, February 29, 2000
NPR's Brian Naylor reports that while impeachment has mostly faded as an issue in the 2000 campaign, that's not the case in California's 27th Congressional district. There, Congressman Jim Rogan, a Republican who was one of the House "Managers" during President Clinton's trial in the Senate, is running scared in his bid for a third term. Impeachment there remains an issue -- both for Rogan and his Democratic opponent.

After Michigan & Arizona
All Things Considered, February 23, 2000
Both Senator John McCain and Governor George W. Bush came away from the primaries in Michigan and Arizona energized, despite the fact that McCain was the winner in both. The Arizona senator said he was the only Republican who could attract Democrats and Independents in the fall to defeat likely Democratic nominee Al Gore. NPR's Andy Bowers reports.

California Democrats
All Things Considered, February 11, 2000
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports on what's at stake for the Democrats in California. The state has 434 Democratic delegates up for grabs. Gore is hoping that a big win in the Golden State will end the Bradley insurgency. Bradley, endorsed in a new TV ad by Michael Jordan, has other ideas.


 Hawaii       Electoral Votes: 4 -- Gore
Senate | House

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 Idaho       Electoral Votes: 4 -- Bush
House

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 Oregon       Electoral Votes: 7
House

Oregon (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 9, 2000

Even though the winner of the presidential contest is still in doubt, many voters and officials say the Oregon's mail-in voting system is a success. As NPR's Tom Goldman reports, voter participation in Oregon was an estimated 81-percent, the best showing since 1960. And while some voters may miss the ritual of voting at a polling place, they say the mail-in system is convenient and allows more time to reflect on important choices.

Oregon Initiative (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 6, 2000

Madeleine Brand of NPR News reports on an initiative on Oregon ballot, known as Measure Nine. If approved, it would ban from public schools anything that "promotes, encourages, or sanctions" homosexuality. Opponents warn that Measure Nine is so broadly worded, it could ban everything from certain books from school libraries, and AIDS education programs.

Animal Traps (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 1, 2000

Keith Seinfeld of member station KPLU reports on initiatives on the ballots in Washington and Oregon that would ban the most common forms of animal traps. Trapping was once the economic engine of the Pacific northwest. The ballot measures are another sign of how the West is changing.

Youth Vote in Oregon (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, November 1, 2000

NPR's Madeleine Brand reports from Oregon where statewide efforts to get out the vote among young people have run up against a generation more disillusioned than apathetic. The youth vote could sway Oregon, and the entire presidential election, but these students say they don't relate to either candidate.

Candidates Go Northwest (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 31, 2000

The Presidential race shifts to the Pacific Northwest today, with both Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush campaigning in Portland, Oregon. With just a week to go in a tight race, both candidates are bearing down on a short list of states where Green Party candidate Ralph Nader's low-budget campaign could make a difference. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports from Portland.

Pacific Northwest Votes (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 24, 2000

NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports in the past 3 presidential elections, the Pacific Northwest has voted Democratic. This year however, the region is up for grabs. Both Al Gore and George W. Bush have made numerous stops in both Oregon and Washington, and more are planned.

Election - Small States #3 (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 10, 2000
Linda then turns to Jeff Mapes, Chief Political Writer at The Oregonian in Portland, about the close race in his state. Oregon voted Democratic in the last few elections, but there is talk that Bush could pull off a win there.


Oregon Initiatives (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 12, 2000
Next Tuesday Oregonians will vote in that state's primary. There are a number of citizens' initiatives this year plus a measure that aims to curtail the initiative system itself. Jeff Brady of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reports on why many of Oregon's political leaders believe the citizens' initiative has just gone too far.


 Washington       Electoral Votes: 11 -- Gore
Senate | House | Governor

Senate Race in Washington (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, December 1, 2000

NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports Republicans and Democrats in Washington state are deeply divided over the winner of more than just the presidential election. The state is still debating who won the remaining senate seat, incumbent Republican Slade Gorton, or his Democratic challenger, Maria Cantwell.

Washington Senate Race (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, November 23, 2000

NPR's Robert Smith reports the latest on the Washington State Senate race. A key Senate post, if won by the Democratic candidate, Maria Cantwell, would balance the chamber 50-50.

Washington Senate Race (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition - Sunday, November 5, 2000

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports on the battle between incumbent Washington state Senator Slade Gorton, a Republican, and Democrat Maria Cantwell, a former member of the House.

Animal Traps (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 1, 2000

Keith Seinfeld of member station KPLU reports on initiatives on the ballots in Washington and Oregon that would ban the most common forms of animal traps. Trapping was once the economic engine of the Pacific northwest. The ballot measures are another sign of how the West is changing.

Pacific Northwest Votes (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 24, 2000

NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports in the past 3 presidential elections, the Pacific Northwest has voted Democratic. This year however, the region is up for grabs. Both Al Gore and George W. Bush have made numerous stops in both Oregon and Washington, and more are planned.

Voter Reaction (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 4, 2000

More than 32 million people watched the 90-minute debate last night between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush. NPR's Elizabeth Arnold tuned in with a group of suburban Seattle women -- whose votes are coveted by both candidates as the race for president remains locked in a dead heat.

Republican Primaries (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, February 29, 2000
As the contest for the Republican Presidential nomination becomes increasingly combative, host Bob Edwards talks to NPR's Elizabeth Arnold about what is at stake in today's Presidential primary elections in Virginia, Washington State, and North Dakota.



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