Sovern Nation

Doug Sovern’s “Sovern Nation”

  • An Oakland Gay Syrian Refugee To Make Historic Appearance at U.N.

    August 6, 2015

    A gay man who fled from war-ravaged Syria to the Bay Area is about to become the first openly-LGBT person ever to address the United Nations Security Council, reports Doug Sovern.
  • Big Fines Levied Over California Campaign Finance Violations

    October 25, 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 11, 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 6, 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 26, 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.
  • KCBS Political Analyst Weighs in on Burton's Comment

    September 3, 2012

    KCBS Political Analyst Marc Sandalow weighs in after John Burton's explosive comments to KCBS reporter Doug Sovern at the DNC, likening the GOP campaign to Nazi propaganda.
  • Democratic Leader Likens Republican Tactics to Nazi Propaganda

    September 3, 2012

    Sovern Nation: KCBS Reporter Doug Sovern interviews Chairman of the California Democratic Party, John Burton, who likens Republican tactics to Nazi propaganda.
  • 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 30, 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 25, 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.
1991 Oakland Hills Fire. (CBS)

Families Still Struggling With Loss 20 Years After Oakland Firestorm

In this KCBS Cover Story, reporter Doug Sovern takes a look at how a family is still feeling the pain of “The Firestorm,” which scorched the Oakland and Berkeley hills, 20 years later.


Oakland City Hall. (CBS)

Oakland Council Member Calls Parcel Tax Measure ‘Too Vague’

Voting begins Monday in a special election-by-mail to decide if Oakland homeowners should pay an extra $80 a year for a parcel tax one City Councilmember is vehemently against.


Prison bars, generic, crime

Inmates End Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay, Prison Advocates Rally

Prisoner rights advocates rallied outside San Francisco’s State Building Friday after corrections officials announced that thousands of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended their second hunger strike after 18 days.



Children Left Behind: Will Extended Foster Age Protect California Teens?

After decades of kicking foster children out of the system when they turn 18, California is phasing in a new law that will extend benefits until age 21.



Children Left Behind: A Look Inside A Newark Foster Home For Teens

There are still far more foster kids who need a home than there are people willing to take them. Whether a child lands in the right environment is often just the luck of the draw, but one home is Newark is doing it’s best to improve the odds.


Children. (AP)

Children Left Behind: Finding Foster Children A Home

In Part 2 of our weeklong cover series on foster care, KCBS’ Doug Sovern takes a look at the difficult process in finding the right home for foster children.


A homeless man sleeps in the doorway of a closed store in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Children Left Behind: California Foster Care System Challenged

In this weeklong series, KCBS’ Doug Sovern takes a look at the foster care system in California. He starts out with a look at how a young woman has finally found some stability in Oakland.


Local leaders and former members of the military hold a banner during a news conference marking the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on homosexuals in the military, September 20, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Advocates Celebrate End Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Military Policy

After years of debate over the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy preventing gays from serving openly in the military, the Bay Area activists who led the campaign to repeal it are finally able to celebrate.


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Ethan Miller /Getty Images)

Mitt Romney Campaigns In Atherton And Pebble Beach

Mitt Romney brought his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to California again Friday, hopscotching around the Bay Area to raise money.


Michele Bachmann speaks in San Rafael (CBS)

Bachmann In San Rafael Rips Obama Over Solyndra, Defends HPV Remarks

Republican presidential primary candidate Michele Bachmann took jabs at the Obama administration’s investment in Solyndra at a campaign fundraiser Thursday, and defended remarks linking a vaccine against the human papilloma virus to mental retardation.