Mike Roe Web Producer/Blogger
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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.
Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.
He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.
Stories by Mike Roe
World Cup fever is sweeping the world. It's the one time when even Americans can be bothered to kind of care about soccer/football.
Not that Starbucks doesn't already have a lot of business, but they're reaching out to the growing mobile crowd. Starbucks will be offering free, unlimited wi-fi in almost 7,000 locations starting July 1.
Proposition 14 will move California to an open primary system. Everyone will get the same ballot in the primaries, including decline-to-state voters. The top two vote getters in the primary will move on to the general election.
The Associated Press has called Proposition 14, with the proposition currently passing 60 percent to 40 percent. Both the Democratic and Republican party oppose the proposition, as do many third parties.
California voters went to the polls today to support their candidates and issues. Did you feel there was a clear choice in today's election? Were you happy with the options on today's ballot, or were you left with choices that left you unsatisfied?
Before speaking tonight, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown was introduced by L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca. During that introduction, Baca introduced Brown as the man who "implemented Prop 13.
Turnout was predicted to be low today. One reason that may contribute to that, according to the Sacramento Bee: The NBA Finals.
Early this afternoon, Meg Whitman got a leap on her celebration. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Whitman was checking out the stage at the site of her victory party, and the first few lines of her speech popped up on the teleprompter.
The polls closed at 8 p.m. in California. So far, 8.7% of precincts statewide are reporting, so there's still a long way to go. However, the Associated Press has already called the race for the Republican nomination for governor for Meg Whitman.
Candidates around the state are going to the polls to vote - and making sure that the media is there to see them doing so. Politicians always announce when and where they're going to be voting, showing their civic mindedness on election day.
If you went to the polls today, what did you see? Did everything work well at your polling station? How was the turnout in your area? Let us know your election day experiences in the comments below.
KPCC's Molly Peterson did a series last week about the debate over Proposition 16:
UC Berkeley political scientist Bruce Cain had an editorial over the weekend for the Washington Post talking about five myths of California politics. Cain's five myths:
We're going to be offering expanded online coverage of the 2010 California elections throughout the election season in this blog. We'll be bringing you the latest news, analysis and results, including live election night coverage.
Stan "The Man" Lee headlined the Pasadena Rock'n Comic Con this weekend. As a lifelong comic book geek, I enjoyed finally getting the chance to meet Stan.