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10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Winners Begin to Emerge in Santa Cruz City Races

As of Nov. 22, vote counts for all races were nearing the finish, but the final numbers will not be certified until Dec. 6.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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California’s Governmental Structure: From Chaos to Compromise

California's government was born out of utter chaos. Here's how the state developed some sort of order to the way it operates, and how it makes and enforces laws.

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Kalantari-Johnson Concedes D3 Supervisor Race

Justin Cummings declares victory after unlikely comeback

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Nov. 8, 2022 Election: Cummings Takes Lead in Race for 3rd District

A victory would mark the Santa Cruz City Councilmember’s second unlikely comeback

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How California Could Count Every Vote Faster

California has expanded voting access and participation, but that can delay election results. Are there ways to count votes faster without undermining election security?

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Nov. 8, 2022 Election: Santa Cruz County Embraces More Diverse Leadership

Gail Pellerin, the favorite to win the 28th Assembly District race, will be the first woman from the county to be elected to state office

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PVUSD: Updated results show Flores still ahead of Schacher

WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District Trustee Jennifer Schacher, who has held the Trustee Area 5 seat since she was elected in 2018, has closed the gap between herself and opponent Olivia Flores since early returns began to come in Tuesday …

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Hernandez extends lead on Dutra in race for 4th District

WATSONVILLE—Felipe Hernandez has increased his lead on Jimmy Dutra in the race for the 4th District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, according to updated results released by the County Elections Department on Friday evening. Hernandez, the …

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Watsonville’s Measure R overwhelmingly supported in early results

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville’s half-cent sales tax increase had formidable support from voters in initial results released by the Santa Cruz County Elections Department. As of Wednesday morning, Measure R had amassed 64.67% of the 3,151 votes tallied. The general tax measure only …

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Incumbents Win Big On School District Boards, Measure T Likely Falling Short

Along with the Derek Timm-Allan Timms slate’s strong performance at the polls, Tuesday night, both of the school board candidates they supported appeared poised for victory, too. By Wednesday, teacher Lucia Rocha-Nestler had grabbed the largest share of the Scotts …

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Panetta Holds Commanding Lead

Incumbent Democrat Congressman will likely defeat Republican opponent Jeff Gordon

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