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.
A majority voted “yes” on Proposition 40 on Tuesday after the original challengers dropped their opposition to the new political boundaries.
Incumbent Jerry McNerney and challenger Ricky Gill are locked in a tight battle in the race for the redrawn district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republicans are urging the California Supreme Court to dump newly drawn state Senate districts planned for this year’s election.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected two Republican challenges to the state’s new electoral maps.
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.