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California Congressional seats that were solidly Republican are suddenly up for grabs. Capital Public Radio's Keys to the House follows the battleground races and themes that could determine which party controls the House of Representatives.

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California Congressional seats that were solidly Republican are suddenly up for grabs. Capital Public Radio's Keys to the House follows the battleground races and themes that could determine which party controls the House of Representatives.

    'Statistically Impossible'?

    'Statistically Impossible'?

    It seemed on election night that Democrats in California were going to flip perhaps a couple of the seven Republican-held seats they were targeting in the House of Representatives. Three weeks later, the Democrats have flipped all seven — not only turning all of Orange County blue, but also two seats in the Central Valley. In our final Keys To The House episode, Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler talks with political experts about how this happened and what this means for California’s two major political parties.



    Guests:
    Mike Madrid, principal, GrassrootsLab
    @madrid_mike



    Paul Mitchell, vice president, Political Data Inc.
    @paulmitche11

    So What The Heck Just Happened?

    So What The Heck Just Happened?

    Democrats now hold the Keys to the House, but many California races still hang in the balance. In this week’s episode, we discuss what the heck just happened in Tuesday’s midterm election. Did we see a ‘blue wave’ in California? What do the results say about California’s politics?

    Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler talks with political data analyst Paul Mitchell and Los Angeles Times Politics Reporter Christine Mai-Duc about Democratic enthusiasm, Republican motivation and all the races that are still too close to call.

    Guests:

    Christine Mai-Duc
    Political Reporter
    LA Times
    @cmaiduc

    Paul Mitchell
    Vice President
    Political Data, Inc.
    @paulmitche11

    The O.C., Part 2: Rebellious Republicans

    The O.C., Part 2: Rebellious Republicans

    By Sally Schilling
    For Democrats to win California’s battleground congressional races, turning out their own voters won’t be enough. They’ll also have to convince Republicans disgusted with the president to kick their party out of power. In this episode, CapRadio’s Ben Adler speaks with Orange County voters who show the challenges and opportunities facing Democrats in Tuesday’s midterms.

    The O.C., Part 1: Diverse Democrats

    The O.C., Part 1: Diverse Democrats

    By Sally Schilling

    Republicans have historically been more likely to vote than Democrats — especially in midterm elections. And in the battleground congressional districts of California’s Orange County, there are simply more of them. But the region is becoming more diverse, and younger. Both factors could help Democrats — if they can convince people who don’t usually cast ballots to give it a try this year.

    In Play Or Wishful Thinking?

    In Play Or Wishful Thinking?

    Which California congressional seats should Republicans truly be worrying about losing with control of the House of Representatives at stake in the November election — and which ones are probably just wishful thinking for Democrats?

    Host Ben Adler gets the national view from NPR's lead political editor, Domenico Montanaro, and the California perspective from Paul Mitchell, Vice President of Political Data, Inc. They’ll also discuss Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, California’s gas tax ballot measure, and other factors that might — or might not — determine which voters actually turn out.

    Guests
    Domenico Montanaro, lead politics editor, NPR
    @DomenicoNPR 

    Paul Mitchell, vice president, Political Data Inc.
    @paulmitche11

     

    Post-Labor Day Reset

    Post-Labor Day Reset

    The Keys To The House team is sadly saying good-bye to host Ben Bradford. In this episode, Bradford introduces our new host and discusses significant shifts happening in favor of Democrats. He’ll also talk about one congressman who has fallen into legal trouble over campaign spending, including allegedly using funds to fly a pet rabbit across the country.

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