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In Calif., A Death Penalty Proponent Changes Course

Ron Briggs, a member of the Board of Supervisors in El Dorado County, Calif., and his father helped expand the state's death penalty in 1978. Now Briggs wants the death penalty repealed and replaced with life without parole. Renee Montagne speaks with Briggs about his shift from death penalty supporter to death penalty opponent.
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A Challenging House Race In California's Heartland

Freshman California Rep. Jeff Denham, a self-described Valley farmer and Republican businessman, is in a battle against challenger Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut and engineer-businessman in a realigned district in the San Joaquin Valley. It's a tight race, with lots of money being poured into both candidates from their respective parties.
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Calif. Death Penalty Opposition Focuses On Economy

Among the propositions on the ballot this November in California: a referendum that would end the death penalty. The effort to end capital punishment is being sold as an economic issue — not a moral issue.
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Watchdog Groups Prep For Voter Intimidation, Fraud

Both conservative and liberal groups are preparing to monitor the Nov. 6 elections. They're all looking to report any transgressions they may see on Election Day.

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