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Tahoe Truckee Region Elections & Politics Digest

Why Does California Elect Local Judges?


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


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


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?


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’


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


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


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

Placer County Supervisors Pass Resolution to Oppose Proposition 1


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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

How a California Republican Helped Tank Mayorkas’ Impeachment Vote


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Here is your guide to the 2024 California primary election.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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?


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


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?


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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