CA: Three Strikes Reform Likely to Go Before the Voters

By: Friday April 27, 2012 1:29 pm

There is a good possibility voters in California will get a chance to reform their 1994 “three strikes” law this November. Supporters of the ballot initiative to reform the law claim they turned in signatures well in excess of the 500,000 required by state law to qualify for the ballot. From Mercury News: An initiative [...]

California Voters Will Soon Decide Fate of the Death Penalty

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 1:19 pm

The SAFE California Campaign has managed to qualify for the November ballot an initiative that would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. SAFE stands for Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act. From the campaign: Jeanne Woodford, former warden at San Quentin state prison and the [...]

Front Group Americans Elect to Get on the 2012 Ballot in California

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 4:00 pm

The group Americans Elect is planning to run a independent candidate for president and has now been certified to appear on the ballot in California. From Americans Elect: The California Secretary of State certified a petition with 1.62 million signatures, making this the largest single signature gathering drive in the state’s history and one of [...]

Even in California Obama Job Approval is Below 50%

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 1:23 pm

Even in reliably blue California the bad economy helped drag President Obama’s job approval numbers below the 50 percent mark. According to Field Poll [PDF], currently only 46 percent of California voters approve of how Obama his handling his job as president while 44 disapprove. This represents an eight point drop in his job approval [...]

Janice Hahn as a Candidate Didn’t Under-perform

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 12:32 pm

Some of the post election analysis of the California 36th district special election would leave people with the conclusion that Janice Hahn herself as a candidate underperformed. Having spend a lot of time studying top two primary results in Washington State, I believe that specific conclusion is off base. While Democrats as a whole may [...]

As Expected Dem Janice Hahn Wins CA-36 Special Election

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 10:59 am

Yesterday in the California 36th Congressional district, Democrat Janice Hahn beat Republican Craig Huey by a margin of 54.6% to 45.4% in the special election. Janice Hahn will become the newest member of the Democratic caucus taking the seat formally held by Democrat Jane Harman, who resigned in February. Early in the month there had [...]

Reactions to California Redistricting: Dem Win Big

By: Monday June 13, 2011 11:44 am

Last Friday the California Citizens Redistricting Commission released its first draft of the new Congressional map for the state. While the map could still change, political analysts see the current draft as a real boon for Democrats that could likely net them in the range of three to six seats. Michael J. Mishak in an [...]

California Redistricting Commission Releases First Draft of New District Maps

By: Friday June 10, 2011 2:21 pm

With 53 Congressional districts, over 12 percent of the entire chamber, California is by far the most important prize in redistricting. In the past the state legislature controlled the redistricting process and the result was heavy partisan gerrymandering producing mostly safe seats and almost no competitive ones. This 2012 will see a change in that.

California’s Top-Two Election Fails to Trim the Never-Ending Campaign

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 5:24 pm

Now that California has had its first Congressional race (in the 36th district) using the state’s new “top two primary” system, it is a good time to point out one of the major flaws with it is the incredibly long period between the primary and the general. The “primary” took place yesterday but the “general” [...]

CA-36: Bowen Leads Hahn in Race to Replace Harman

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 1:10 pm

The early retirement of Rep. Jane Harman this year will set off a special election in California’s 36th district. The latest poll of the race has California Secretary of State Debra Bowen with a small lead over Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. From Roll Call: The poll was conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy [...]

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