Tag Archives: Redistricting

Getting On Ballot Only Half the Battle

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As every smart politico knows, there are two distinct stages of direct democracy in California: getting your proposition on the ballot and then getting voters to actually ratify your proposition. And so in a few cases this season, the real … Continue reading »


Political Inside Game, Outside Game... All in One Day

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You don’t get many political multi-tasking days like this one: heated debate over legislation down to its final day to survive, a new alarm over the state’s finances, and public disclosure of all the campaign cash raised by candidates and … Continue reading »


Supremes Won't Block Redistricting Maps

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If the state Senate districts drawn by California’s new citizens redistricting panel are going to be erased and redrawn this decade, it will only happen if a referendum qualifies for the November ballot and voters agree. That’s because the final … Continue reading »


Podcast: Rock the (Budget) Vote

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We’ve talked in years past about the state budget essentially being placed on the ballot, but rarely have the stakes been as high as they will be in 2012 — for either the state or the state’s chief executive. This … Continue reading »


The Frenzy Over ProPublica's Redistricting Report

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It should come as little surprise that California’s political class is all abuzz over a new and lengthy report on the state’s first ever independent redistricting process, one that describes in great detail private machinations apparently employed to help influence … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: From Budget Cash to Court Clash

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Few things make eyes bleary and heads throb more than reading government ledger sheets and complex, legalese court rulings. Throw in some minutiae about best budget practices and gubernatorial style… and you’ve got a full week. Hence, the weekend cleanup … Continue reading »


710,924 Signatures for Overturning Senate Map. And Yet...

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The sole challenge to the work of California’s citizen redistricting panel appears to have crossed a significant milestone over the weekend, but still faces some tough odds to actually blocking the use of the panel’s work in 2012. Starting last … Continue reading »


Notebook: Pension Politics, DiFi's Free Shot?

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There’s probably nothing harder than prognosticating the politics of hot button issues or high profile campaigns. There’s also nothing more fun — that is, if you’re a political junkie. Hence the inspiration for a weekend edition of the Reporter’s Notebook.


Redistricting Referendum Timeline Tight... or Impossible?

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California’s top elections official belives there won’t be enough time for a court-appointed panel — if one is chosen — to redraw the state’s political maps for the 2012 elections. That’s the gist of a legal filing by Secretary of … Continue reading »


A Hefty Redistricting Referendum

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When the petition to overturn the new state Senate maps hits the streets this weekend, it’s going to be not a page, but a packet. Signature gatherers are being required to tote along not just a page for voter signatures, … Continue reading »