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Why Does California Elect Local Judges?

02/23/2024

Of all the races on your ballot, the least information is often available on local judges. Here are some ways to find out more about these candidates.

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election

02/21/2024

On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

Judge Again Dismisses Charges Against Members of California White Supremacist Group

02/21/2024

In his decision, a judge agreed that the alleged white nationalists were being selectively prosecuted instead of 'far-left extremist groups, such as Antifa.'

How Many Bills in the 2024 California Legislature?

02/19/2024

With the dust settled after the Feb. 19 bill introduction deadline, the California Legislature’s count for new bills this year is 2,124.

San Francisco Set to Apologize to Black Residents for ‘Systemic Racism’

02/16/2024

Members of the board gathered to put forward a resolution that takes responsibility for the history of discrimination against Black San Franciscans.

Why Adopting Sports Gambling in California Has to Involve Tribes

02/15/2024

When and if California legalizes sports gambling, the policy should honor the laws established in partnership with tribes decades ago, says Assemblyman James Ramos.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support

02/15/2024

Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

Placer County Supervisors Pass Resolution to Oppose Proposition 1

02/14/2024

Supervisors formally opposed the March 5 statewide ballot measure that seeks voter approval of state-issued general obligation bonds to provide more housing for the homeless and increase behavioral health treatment facilities.

Bill Package Takes Aim at AI and Elections

02/12/2024

A suite of five bills introduced this weeks seeks to protect election integrity from bad actors using AI, especially on social media.

A Record Amount Went to Lobbying California’s Government. Who Were the Biggest Spenders?

02/11/2024

Companies and organizations spent more than $480 million on lobbyists who sought to influence the Legislature, the governor’s office and state agencies.

California Senate Leader Mike McGuire Picks His Team

02/08/2024

The new top Democrat in the state Senate announces his leadership team and new committee chairpersons. He rewarded some allies, and filled five of seven leadership posts with women or legislators of color.

Legislators Unveil Measure to Ask Voters for $1 billion Offshore Wind Bond

02/08/2024

The funds would help California ports expand to handle giant wind turbines and other equipment. California’s first offshore wind farms are on a fast track off Humboldt County and Morro Bay.

Election Healing: Reflecting on Contention in Recent Local Races

02/07/2024

Moonshine Ink takes a step back to consider what happened in recent contentious local elections and learn how healing has been found, speaking to some of those who’ve waded through the trenches.

5 Major Candidates Want to be California’s New U.S. Senator

02/07/2024

Here’s where they stand on the economy, crime and the border.

How a California Republican Helped Tank Mayorkas’ Impeachment Vote

02/07/2024

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock bucked his party to vote against impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

An Initiative Promised 20,000 Homes for Mentally Ill Californians. It Delivered Far Less

02/06/2024

California voters this spring are considering a $6.4 billion bond to house people with serious mental health conditions. A similar 2018 ballot measure offers lessons about the obstacles that stand in the way of construction.

Can You Vote for Any Candidate in California’s Primary Election? Here Are the Rules

02/06/2024

There are different rules for the presidential contest and state races on the March 5 ballot. And each party has its own rules.

Mike McGuire Wants to ‘Lift Up Every Person’ as New California Senate Leader

02/05/2024

Sen. Mike McGuire of Healdsburg takes over as Democratic leader in the state Senate from Sen. Toni Atkins. He terms out in 2026, so has limited time to push his agenda.

California Recall Reform Moves Forward, But Other Bills Don’t

02/01/2024

A sweeping change to California elections took a step forward. The proposed constitutional amendment aims to allow the lieutenant governor to be installed if a governor is recalled.

‘Just the Beginning’: California Reparations Backers Applaud Bills, Even Without Big Cash Payouts

01/31/2024

Lawmakers introduced a package of bills designed to tackle some forms of reparations. The measures may face budget constraints and opposition.

California Lawmakers Unveiled 14 Reparations Bills. None Call for Cash Payments

01/31/2024

The California Legislative Black Caucus released a list of 14 bills as a first set of reparations for the descendants of African Americans who were enslaved.

Voters Guide to the 2024 California Primary Election

01/31/2024

Here is your guide to the 2024 California primary election.

Your Guide to Proposition 1: Newsom’s Overhaul of California’s Mental Health System

01/31/2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom crafted the measure to reform California’s mental health system, including a $6.4-billion bond for new facilities.

A Bill for Every Problem? Why California Lawmakers Introduce Longshots

01/31/2024

Faced with a huge budget deficit, legislators are on warning not to expect bills with a high price tag to pass. But that’s not always the goal of introducing bills.

California Lawmakers, Raising Fears of Political Violence, Want to Shield Their Properties

01/28/2024

A bill would let state legislators, who say they fear for their safety, shield their property holdings from disclosure forms. But critics say that could conceal potential conflicts of interest.

How Fringe Anti-Science Views Infiltrated Mainstream Politics

01/28/2024

Rates of routine childhood vaccination hit a 10-year low in 2023. That, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, puts about 250,000 kindergartners at risk for measles.

Key Takeaways From U.S. Senate Debate

01/22/2024

The four leading U.S. Senate contenders in California tried to use 90 minutes of free air time to solidify their pitches to voters—and also to set themselves apart from their opponents.

California Picks Its Next Governor in More Than 1,000 Days. Why the Race Is Already So Crowded

01/19/2024

More than two years until the first votes are cast, Senate leader Toni Atkins becomes the fourth big-name Democrat to jump into the governor’s race. She is seeking to become the first female and openly gay chief executive.

Homelessness Is on the California Ballot This March. Will Conditions Change?

01/17/2024

Prop. 1 would funnel more money into housing and treatment for homeless Californians struggling with mental illness and addiction. But it’s far from a one-stop solution.

Where Do the Major Senate Candidates Stand on the Economy, Crime and the Border?

01/17/2024

The five major contenders have different track records and proposals on some of California’s biggest issues. They’re trying to position themselves to appeal to sizable voting blocs.

Newsom Blocks Proposed Ban on Youth Tackle Football

01/17/2024

Proposed California legislation that would ban tackle football for kids under 12 had gained momentum until Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear he’d veto the bill.

What Would a Second Trump Presidency Look Like for Health Care?

01/15/2024

On the campaign trail, former President Donald Trump is again promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—a nebulous goal that became one of his administration's splashiest policy failures.

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