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The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Changes To California’s Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record Turnover

For the first time, California had an open primary system in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advanced to November. And they ran in districts drawn by a nonpartisan commission instead of by lawmakers protecting their own safe seats.

11/09/2012

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Voters Pass Prop. 40, Uphold State Senate Boundaries

A majority voted “yes” on Proposition 40 on Tuesday after the original challengers dropped their opposition to the new political boundaries.

11/06/2012

Republican challenger Ricky Gill and Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney. (Rickey Gill for Congress/Congressman Jerry McNerney)

KCBS Cover Story: District 9 Congressional Race Drawing National Attention

Incumbent Jerry McNerney and challenger Ricky Gill are locked in a tight battle in the race for the redrawn district.

10/17/2012

Washington, DC (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Billions Are Being Spent On This Election, But Will It Change Anything?

For all the billions spent by the Obama and Romney campaigns, Republican and Democratic parties, and countless outside groups, we may wake up November 7th to a Washington that is virtually unchanged.

10/01/2012

U.S. Capitol

Reforms Create Competitive House Race In East Bay

80-year-old Pete Stark is used to coasting to re-election in the liberal enclave of the Bay Area he has represented since the end of the Vietnam War. All that has changed this year, as Californians deal with two major political reforms.

09/26/2012

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Opinion: Mess In Texas

In Texas Republicans have taken efforts to restrict access to voting a step farther. Texas Republicans are calling for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act.

07/02/2012

California Supreme Court chambers

California Supreme Court Upholds State Senate Maps

The California Supreme Court has upheld new state Senate maps drawn by an independent redistricting commission, dealing a blow to GOP efforts seeking to block Democrats from gaining enough seats to pass taxes on their own.

01/27/2012

The first draft of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's Congressional District map. (California Citizens Redistricting Commission)

GOP Urges High Court To Dump New California Voter Maps

Republicans are urging the California Supreme Court to dump newly drawn state Senate districts planned for this year’s election.

01/10/2012

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California Supreme Court Denies 2 Redistricting Challenges

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected two Republican challenges to the state’s new electoral maps.

10/26/2011

The first draft of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's Congressional District map. (California Citizens Redistricting Commission)

New California Political Maps To Favor Democrats

A citizens commission established by voters to independently create California’s legislative and congressional districts delivered its first set of maps Friday, voting to adopt new boundaries that appear to increase the reach of majority Democrats.

CBS San Francisco–07/29/2011

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