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A deeper look at why independent voters aren’t quite what they seem

A deeper look at why independent voters aren’t quite what they seem

President Ronald Reagan speaking on the phone as he tries to drum up support for his budget proposals as his votes trail in the election, Los Angeles, CA, 1981.; Credit: Keystone/Getty Images AirTalk® In the 2016 presidential election, independent voters were seen as a tipping point between Democrats and Republicans – but that hasn’t always […]

A deeper look at why independent voters aren’t quite what they seem

A deeper look at why independent voters aren’t quite what they seem

President Ronald Reagan speaking on the phone as he tries to drum up support for his budget proposals as his votes trail in the election, Los Angeles, CA, 1981.; Credit: Keystone/Getty Images AirTalk® In the 2016 presidential election, independent voters were seen as a tipping point between Democrats and Republicans – but that hasn’t always […]

LAUSD’s stance on March 14 student walkout against gun violence

LAUSD’s stance on March 14 student walkout against gun violence

A student walks toward an entrance of the historic “R Building” on the campus of L.A. Unified’s Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.; Credit: Kyle Stokes/KPCC AirTalk® A nationwide school walkout has been set for March 14 in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl. The Los Angeles United […]

Dude, where’s my car’s driver? New DMV rules on driverless cars raise the question: How would you react to a car with no driver?

Dude, where’s my car’s driver? New DMV rules on driverless cars raise the question: How would you react to a car with no driver?

An experimental Ford Fusion self-driving delivery car is displayed at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 12, 2018.; Credit: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Picture this: you pull up to a stoplight and look over at the driver in the car next to you, only to discover that there isn’t one. How would you react? What […]

Supreme Court justices appear split along ideological lines in oral arguments on public employee unions case, so what’s next?

Supreme Court justices appear split along ideological lines in oral arguments on public employee unions case, so what’s next?

Activists rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The court is scheduled to hear the case, Janus v. AFSCME, to determine whether states violate their employees’ First Amendment rights to require them to join public sector unions which they may not want to associate with. ; Credit: […]

Tony Mendoza explains why he resigned from the California state Senate

Tony Mendoza explains why he resigned from the California state Senate

California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed during the opening day of the Senate in Sacramento, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.; Credit: Steve Yeater/AP KPCC Staff | AirTalk® California state senator Tony Mendoza resigned Thursday from […]

Teachers with guns: Examples and experiences from other states

Teachers with guns: Examples and experiences from other states

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® Last week’s shooting at a Florida high school reignited the debate over allowing teachers to […]

Chief Beck: Here are the qualities LA’s next police chief should have

Chief Beck: Here are the qualities LA’s next police chief should have

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addresses the media at Police Headquarters in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2014.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Caitlin Plummer | AirTalk® LAPD Chief Charlie Beck surprised many in January when he announced he will be retiring in June, nearly a year and a half before his current term as […]

State Senator proposes new law that would ban pay-per-signature bonus in ballot qualifying process

State Senator proposes new law that would ban pay-per-signature bonus in ballot qualifying process

California state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, left, listens as lawmakers debate a recall election measure Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Sacramento.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP AirTalk® Paid signature-gathering has been a part of the ballot initiative process since its inception in Oregon the early 20th century, but a California Senator is aiming to change that by […]

FBI had been alerted about potential threat of Florida school shooting suspect

FBI had been alerted about potential threat of Florida school shooting suspect

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he allegedly killed 17 people, is seen on a closed circuit television screen during a bond hearing in front of Broward Judge Kim Mollica at the Broward County Courthouse on February 15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.; Credit: Pool/Getty […]