Changes To California's Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record TurnoverFor 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.
Voters Pass Prop. 40, Uphold State Senate BoundariesA majority voted “yes” on Proposition 40 on Tuesday after the original challengers dropped their opposition to the new political boundaries.
KCBS Cover Story: District 9 Congressional Race Drawing National AttentionIncumbent Jerry McNerney and challenger Ricky Gill are locked in a tight battle in the race for the redrawn district.
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.
Reforms Create Competitive House Race In East Bay80-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.
Opinion: Mess In TexasIn 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.
California Supreme Court Upholds State Senate MapsThe 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.
GOP Urges High Court To Dump New California Voter MapsRepublicans are urging the California Supreme Court to dump newly drawn state Senate districts planned for this year’s election.
California Supreme Court Denies 2 Redistricting ChallengesThe California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected two Republican challenges to the state’s new electoral maps.
New California Political Maps To Favor DemocratsA 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.
Phil Matier: Republicans Angered Over Proposed Redistricting MapsThe independent commission set up to redraw the boundaries of California's legislative, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts, is putting the finishing touches on those new maps.