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Three strikes, death penalty debated

Conflicting ideas about justice and public safety, underlined by economic considerations, emerged in a public forum Sunday on two state ballot measures that would abolish the death penalty and amend the three strikes law. ‘If it’s not broken, you don’t fix it,’ child safety advocate Marc Klaas said, asserting that California’s three strikes law has ‘worked superbly’ since voters approved it in 1994, a year after his daughter, Polly, was abducted from her Petaluma home and murdered by a repeat offender.

Round one goes to Romney

It may not have been a knockout. But there’s no question that Mitt Romney won the first of three presidential debates last night at the University of Denver on points – and on passion

3rd District supervisor candidates spar over county woes at debate

The first debate in the 3rd District supervisorial race Tuesday night featured incumbent Shirlee Zane confidently defending her leadership record against accusations from challenger Tim Smith that she hasn’t done enough to solve the county’s pension crisis. The spirited but civil debate touched on a range of issues, from funding for roads, transparency in government contracts, the SMART train and economic development.

Common ground at forum for supes’ candidates

Five candidates for an open seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors staked out largely similar positions supporting government programs to aid children and needy families at a public forum Wednesday.

VIDEO: District 2 congressional debate

Six Democrats and one Republican seeking to represent the North Coast in Congress squared off Wednesday night in a forum sponsored by California North Coast Media. Watch the video replay of the debate. Who do you think won?

North Coast congressional candidates on same page

Five Democrats seeking to represent the North Coast in Congress agreed on the big issues — war, jobs, health care, marriage equality, supporting a commuter rail project, protecting the environment and defending organized labor — at a forum Tuesday night in Petaluma.

Democratic congressional hopefuls to debate twice next week

UPDATE 6 PM: The North Coast congressional campaigns are heating up. Next week, Democrats vying to represent the North Coast in Congress will answer questions at two forums, one of them live at Petaluma City Hall on Tuesday and the other streaming online Wednesday by a Petaluma media collaborative.

VIDEO: Oct. 11 Sebastopol City Council debate

Six candidates running for three seats on the Sebastopol City Council faced off in a debate Monday night. Which candidate made the strongest case? Watch the debate and give us your opinion.

Gloves come off in Brown-Whitman debate

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown attacked each other’s policies, positions and high-profile campaign gaffes Tuesday at the third and final gubernatorial debate. Which candidate scored the most points? Who will you vote for on Nov. 2?

Brown, Whitman face off tonight in Marin

The fight to become California’s next governor comes to Sonoma County’s doorstep tonight as Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown square off in San Rafael in their third and final debate. Polls show the race is virtually tied.

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