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Three Misapprehensions Heard in the Abortion Debate

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal right to abortion, things are more than a little confused. But amid all the confusion, some things are simply not true. Veteran reporter Julie Rovner dissects three myths going around about the abortion debate.

(July 27, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Why the First Pride Event in Placer County Was Historic

Though smaller than Pride events in Sacramento or the Bay Area, Placer Pride—the culmination of three years of planning—signaled that Placer County’s LGBTQ+ residents are ready to live their lives openly in a region known for its conservative politics.

(June 1, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report

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Image caption: In California, county sheriffs are on their way to becoming more accountable to the public.
Will California Embrace Progressive Sheriffs?

County sheriffs have tended to be predominantly white, male and politically conservative. But in California, those trends may be moving in the other direction, as recent elections and legislation appear to show.

Image caption: The cycle of crime and homelessness is escalating, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

Image caption: Crime in California cities may not be quite the voting issue the national media says it is.
Did California Voters Send a ‘Message’ on Crime? Not So Fast!

Do California's election results in Los Angeles and San Francisco mean this blue state is flirting with turning red? That's what the national media is trying to say. But there's a lot more to the story.

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Why Didn’t More Californians Vote?

California mailed out more than 22 million ballots to registered voters ahead of Tuesday's primary election. But as of Friday, just 4.5 million had been counted.

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Confusion, Contradictions Swirl in Lead-Up to California Primary

First up: Erratic emails. Californians searching for information on how to cast their ballots (which you can find in CalMatters' Voter Guide) may have been baffled by a series of Monday emails from the secretary of state's [...]

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California Primary Results: Who Is Advancing to November?

The June primary is when California voters choose the top two for governor, statewide offices, U.S House, Assembly members and some senators.

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California’s Reparations Could Include Tuition, Housing Grants

California’s first-in-the-nation task force to identify reparations said business loans, housing grants, tuition, wage and job protections could provide redress for African Americans.

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Money Wars: Special Interests Spend Big in California Primary

Independent committees funded by corporations, unions and others are spending millions of dollars to make their picks in the June 7 California primary.

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Will Voters Approve Sports Betting?

Four ballot measures to legalize sports wagering in California were proposed, but now it's down to two and only one might face voters this year.

Image caption: California lawmakers on the state Assembly floor on Jan. 31, 2022.
How many California lawmakers will pick their own successors?

In a year of unprecedented turnover in the California Legislature, several lawmakers are trying to bequeath their seats to relatives and staff members. Critics say they're trying to game the system.

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