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2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.
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Founded in 1920, the year that suffragettes triumphed, the League of Women Voters now protects the entire electorate’s rights.
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