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Doug Sovern’s “Sovern Nation”

Doug Sovern’s “Sovern Nation”


KCBS reporter Doug Sovern covers politics and more.

  • Big Fines Levied Over California Campaign Finance Violations

    October 24, 2013

    It’s the largest campaign finance law fine in California history, and perhaps in the United States. But will it make a difference? KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports on the fines levied against two Arizona groups, that funneled millions into campaigns last year.
  • Oakland Congresswoman: Democrats Won’t Budge In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    December 10, 2012

    There’s little sign of movement in Washington in negotiations over the fiscal cliff and a Bay Area member of Congress said Democrats won’t budge on their economic principles. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that Congresswoman Barbara Lee remains hopeful of beating a New Year’s deadline.
  • Governor Brown Offers Preview For Next State Budget

    November 28, 2012

    Governor Jerry Brown said he meant what he said about keeping California’s spending in-check, even though voters have approved giving him more tax money to spend. KCBS’ Doug Sovern gives us a sneak peek as to what to expect in the next state budget.
  • Arizona Donation To CA Proposition Called Worst Case Of Money Laundering

    November 5, 2012

    An Arizona group that made the largest secret campaign donation in California history finally revealed the source of its money Monday, sort of. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports state campaign watchdogs call this the worst case ever of political money laundering.
  • CA Governor Jerry Brown Ratchets Up Prop 30 Campaign

    October 25, 2012

    California Governor Jerry Brown is intensifying his campaign to pass Proposition 30, which has fallen below 50 percent support for the first time in the latest statewide poll. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the governor knows he is in for a dogfight with less than two weeks remaining before the election.
  • KCBS Cover Story: Libertarian Candidate Hopes To Play Spoiler

    September 26, 2012

    In the 1990s it was Ross Perot. In 2000 it was Ralph Nader. In this KCBS Cover Story, Doug Sovern reports that now in 2012, the former governor of New Mexico could be the spoiler in the presidential campaign and help determine who wins the White House.
  • Bay Area Campaign Volunteers Focusing On Swing States

    September 25, 2012

    President Obama leads Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 24 points in California, but the race for the White House is much closer in other Western states, including Nevada and Colorado. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that local campaign volunteers are making the trek to those states.
  • KCBS Cover Story: Truth And Lies On The Campaign Trail

    September 5, 2012

    Which side is telling the truth when it comes to Campaign 2012? That’s what many undecided voters are trying to decipher as November nears. In this KCBS Cover Story, reporter Doug Sovern looks at the complexities on the campaign trail.
  • Nancy Pelosi Confident Democrats Will Regain Control Of Congress

    September 4, 2012

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said she hopes she is the once and future Speaker of the House. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports from Charlotte, where Pelosi tried to reinvigorate energy among California delegates.
  • California Democrat Leader Refers to Republicans as Nazi-Like

    September 3, 2012

    Sovern Nation: KCBS Reporter Doug Sovern interviews Chairman of the California Democratic Party, John Burton, who likens Republican tactics to Nazi propoganda.
  • Small Vendors Barred From Republican National Convention By Romney Campaign

    August 30, 2012

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running as the pro-small business candidate. In this exclusive report, KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that despite this, the Romney campaign is barring small vendors from selling their wares at the convention site this week.
  • California Delegates Applaud Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech

    August 30, 2012

    California delegates give rave reviews to Wednesday’s big speeches at the Republican National Convention from Condoleezza Rice and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. KCBS' Doug Sovern reports that local delegates are energized now and ready to help the ticket raise more campaign cash in California.
  • John McCain Believes GOP Ticket Prepared For Success

    August 30, 2012

    The man Barack Obama defeated for the presidency four years ago spoke Wednesday night to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the California delegates were pumped to hear from their vice presidential nominee, and from a prominent Bay Area Republican.
  • Santa Cruz Teen Serves As Youth Delegate At Republican National Convention

    August 29, 2012

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan are the main attractions Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. KCBS’ Doug Sovern caught up with one of the youngest delegates, a teen from Santa Cruz.
  • CA GOP Hopefuls Miss Out On Spotlight At Convention In Tampa

    August 28, 2012

    They won’t be getting a turn in the spotlight after all because of the shortening of the Republican National Convention. KCBS reporter Doug Sovern is in Tampa and said the job just got tougher for some local candidates who were hoping for a national coming-out party:
  • Candidates In East Bay Congressional Race Squabbling Over Social Security

    August 21, 2012

    A tightly contested East Bay Congressional race is getting nastier and nastier by the day as the two candidates are at odds over Social Security benefits. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that the issue is over Congressman Pete Starks, whose minor children are getting Social Security checks.
  • California Senator Joins Others In Calling For Gun Control Laws

    July 24, 2012

    U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California joined several other Democrat on Tuesday to call for new gun control laws in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. But KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that action is not expected to be taken by lawmakers.
  • President Obama Rallies Crowd Of Supporters In Oakland

    July 24, 2012

    President Obama raised several million dollars at a series of fundraisers in Oakland and Piedmont Monday night, his first visit to the East Bay as President. KCBS' Doug Sovern was in Oakland, where the President seemed energized by the raucous reception he got at the Fox Theatre.
  • Lockyer’s Political Career Likely To Survive Divorce

    July 17, 2012

    State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is divorcing his wife Nadia and hopes it won't turn into a messy and very public proceeding. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports for now, Lockyer is likely to survive his wife's scandals without suffering too much political damage.
  • Money Race Begins For California Propositions

    July 11, 2012

    The money race is just beginning in California, now that the lineup of propositions is set for November. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports hundreds of millions of dollars could be spent on the 11 measures on the statewide ballot, and there's a new website to help you keep track of who's paying for what.
  • Governor Brown Want To Move Forward With High-Speed Rail

    July 10, 2012

    Governor Brown insists it is full speed ahead for California's high-speed rail project, despite a daunting price tag and dwindling public support. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports the federal Secretary of Transportation came to the project's defense at an appearance with the governor in Oakland on Monday.
  • Homeowner Bill Of Rights Expected To Help With Foreclosure Crisis

    July 3, 2012

    Governor Brown is expected to sign the state's new Homeowner Bill of Rights, passed by lawmakers Monday to help keep Californians from losing their homes to foreclosure. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports the law will take effect in six months, and could mean relief for 700, 000 people who are underwater on their mortgages.
  • Governor, Legislators Agree On Compromise Budget Plan

    June 21, 2012

    State lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown announced a compromise on Thursday to modify the budget that was passed last week by the legislature. KCBS reporter Doug Sovern said the deal includes some changes to how welfare works in California.
  • California’s Top-Two Primary System Produces Interesting Results

    June 6, 2012

    California’s new top-two open primary system didn’t produce the results many experts expected which will mean some unusual showdowns come November. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that while voters weren’t confused on Tuesday, they might be in November.
  • President Obama Could Face Larger Protest In Short Visit To SF

    June 5, 2012

    President Obama is returning to San Francisco on Wednesday, just two weeks after his last visit to the Bay Area. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports that while it is another fundraising trip, this time, he could face a larger group of protesters.
San Francisco Mayor George Moscone was assassinated Nov. 27, 1978 by former Supervisor Dan White, whom Moscone refused to reappoint to the Board of Supervisors. White also shot and killed Supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk that day. (AP)

SF Mayor Moscone’s Son Directs Play About Father’s Murder

After years of struggling with his father’s legacy, the son of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone has given voice to his memories of events that shook the Bay Area through a play, “Ghost Light.”

01/12/2012

Jars full of medical marijuana at a dispensary. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Another San Francisco Pot Club Closes Due To Federal Crackdown

Another San Francisco pot club is closing its doors for good after receiving a threatening letter from a local U.S. Attorney.

01/09/2012

Prison Inmates

State Prison Realignment Shifts 11 Thousand Inmates

11,000 low-level offenders have been shifted from prison to county jails under the state prison realignment program and the governor is looking to cut another $1.1 billion from the prison budget.

01/07/2012

California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Governor Brown Reflects On 1st Year In Office, Lays Out His Tax Plan

SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— Governor Jerry Brown met with reporters Tuesday to review his first year in office and look ahead to what’s next. The governor said it’s exhilarating and exciting to be running the state again [...]

12/27/2011

San Francisco City College (CBS)

California Students Could Save $1 Billion Downloading Textbooks

Public colleges in California can defray the cost of inevitable tuition and fee hikes by making textbooks available online for download, a leading state lawmaker said Wednesday.

12/13/2011

Oakland City Hall. (CBS)

Veteran Tree Sitter Gets Sidekick Outside Oakland City Hall

A second man has joined the man infamously known as the Berkeley Tree Sitter in his occupation of an Oakland Sycamore near Frank Ogawa Plaza.

11/19/2011

Oakland officers at the scene of a shooting near the Occupy Oakland encampment. (CBS)

Local Clergy Hopes Occupy Oakland Message Outlasts Encampment

Clergy from different denominations descended on Frank Ogawa Plaza to pray for the Occupy Oakland protesters and Mayor Jean Quan for a positive outcome of the continuing and tumultuous movement.

11/12/2011

Occupy San Francisco protesters camp out in Justin Herman Plaza. (AP photo)

Occupy San Francisco Protesters Fears Post-Election Police Raid

Occupy Oakland may be overshadowing it’s San Francisco counterpart in international attention, but SF is considering branching out to Civic Center Plaza as early as this weekend.

11/05/2011

California State Capitol

Assemblyman Gathering Signatures To Repeal California Dream Act

A campaign to repeal the California Dream Act has the green light to start collecting signatures to qualify a measure for next year’s November ballot.

10/22/2011

An Occupy Wall Street protester sets up a walkway made out of pallets in a tent city in front of Oakland City Hall on October 13, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland, San Francisco Occupy Movements A Study In Contrasts

Dual protests in San Francisco and Oakland in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement exude a remarkably different vibe, as city officials differ in their tolerance of protesters’ encampments.

10/20/2011