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May. 27, 2010
by Thad Kousser
The voters who applied last month to redraw the state’s legislative districts look very different from the Californians who will live in them. While the demographic contrast between applicants for the new Citizens Redistricting Commission and the...
May. 26, 2010
by Joe Mathews
Californians are governed by ghosts. Literally. That does not mean that the specter of Hiram Johnson flies through the Capitol, negotiating budget language and vetoing bills (though maybe that would be one possible explanation of how this happened...
May. 26, 2010
by Vladimir Kogan
(a) California's budget process has become crippled by a complex entanglement of constraints that interfere with an orderly and comprehensive consideration of all fiscal matters. ... (b) The legislative process has at times become mired in gridlock...
Mar. 01, 2010
by Joe Mathews
Californians seem unable – and unwilling – to attempt major changes in the state’s governing system, even though the system is hurting us, through university tuition hikes, teacher firings, overcrowded prisons and big cuts in the social safety net....
Feb. 28, 2010
by Vladimir Kogan
In recent months, government reformers in the Golden State have set their sights on two striking trends: The first is increased partisan polarization in Sacramento — marked by the well-documented and growing ideological divide among elected...
Feb. 28, 2010
by Koree Blyleven
One of the main goals of reforming California is to create a better state for the next generation. So what are the concerns of the next generation, and how do their opinions compare to responses of Californians as uncovered in the recent Field Poll...
Feb. 27, 2010
by Annette Fuentes
For anyone who still needs evidence that California’s government is not up to the Herculean task of fixing the state’s budgetary woes, consider what the Assembly did do on Thursday. It passed a resolution declaring the first week of March “Cuss Free...
Feb. 25, 2010
by Thad Kousser
After the summer of love and hope for Repair California’s constitutional convention idea turn into a fall of campaign logistics and then into a winter of discouraging failure, we were reminded once again what a tough trick it is to fund a...
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