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  • Many California politicians finished election with funds for future use

    Many California politicians finished election with funds for future use
    Facing few serious challenges for statewide posts in last year's election, many California politicians were free to make financial decisions with an eye toward the future, final campaign reports show.
  • Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy

    Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy
    In 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren emphasized the importance of public education as a crucible for good citizenship. “Today,” Warren wrote, “education is...

    Calif. voters among those getting mailers in controversial political study

    Calif. voters among those getting mailers in controversial political study
    An unconventional voter guide -- part of a controversial political science study that caused an uproar in Montana -- also hit the mailboxes of nearly 150,000 Californians last week. The mailers, which were sent out in two congressional districts by...

    5 Things Hollywood Will Be Watching For in the Midterms

    How are Hollywood Democrats feeling about Tuesday's elections? In one word: dread. With signs over the weekend that some key Senate races were moving toward Republicans, hopes were on chances that the polling is wrong, that Democrats will come through in...

    Poll finds support for Gov. Brown and his ballot measures

    Poll finds support for Gov. Brown and his ballot measures
    Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is coasting to a historic fourth term with record-high approval ratings, and the ballot measures that he has made the centerpiece of his reelection bid — a water bond and a rainy-day fund — are also supported by a...