Questions tagged [california]

Questions relating to the government or politics of California, the most populous state in the United States. Always use in conjunction with the [united-states] tag.

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What are the arguments for California’s nonpartisan blanket (jungle) primaries?

California has a system where two candidates, chosen in a nonpartisan primary, are on the ballot in each congressional or statewide race. It's sometimes called a jungle primary. This makes it so that ...
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What are the claimed benefits of splitting California into 3 states?

According to a news article by CBC, Californians will vote on whether to split the state into 3. Which are the reasons that proponents of the initiative give in favor of it.
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What makes California a Democratic state?

So, back in the 60s & 70s, California gave us Richard Nixon. In the 80s, President Reagan hailed from the state. At least as late as 1984, California was considered a safe Republican state. ...
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Why can't California Proposition 17 be passed via the legislative process and thus needs a ballot measure?

I'm researching CA-Prop 17 which allows for parolees to vote. I ask of every ballot measure that I vote on: Why can't this law be passed via the normal legislative processes? Why does it require a ...
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Why does California spend so much on healthcare?

Taking a look at the California State budget, one can see that 46% of their taxpayers' money goes towards healthcare costs. But why is this the case? Isn't healthcare generally a federal concern, with ...
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Trump is revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Does this automatically affect the 13 other states that use California's standards?

President Trump is reported to be revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Trump tweeted on September 18, 2019 that he was doing so. Since 1970, California has restricted automobile emissions ...
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Why would California sign an agreement with China?

Written in US state of California signs accord with China for green technology development: The agreement comes less than one week after US President Donald Trump said the US was leaving the ...
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What steps are required for the successful legal secession of California from the United States?

From what I have heard from Yes California, it requires a state constitutional amendment and then a referendum put before the populace. Are there any other steps?
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Why are emergency service professionals exempt from CA prohibitions on texting while driving?

When I first read the article headlined "Police Officer Will Not Be Charged For Killing Napster Exec While Texting And Driving — Because It's Apparently OK For Police To Do That" I expected it would ...
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Is the California-China environmental agreement legal under the Logan Act?

Since the controversial withdraw from the Paris agreement, California has taken it upon themselves to sign an agreement with China to continue green technology development. The Logan Act of 1799 ...
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Does California have a state “supremacy clause”?

On the San Francisco ballot in the upcoming June 2016 election, there is Proposition E, which aims to bring city law regarding sick leave into conformity with a state law of the same nature passed in ...
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Can someone please explain these numbers and how the Republican won the CA US 21st congressional district in 2016?

I'm looking at some data about the outcome of the 2016 election, and even though I think I'm quite politically tuned in, I must be missing something. My question is pertaining to California's 21st US ...
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What's California's total public pension unfunded liability?

This article from the LA times states that just two public pensions, there are 130 of them, have approximately $120 billion in shortfalls, although those are probably the largest. Can anyone find ...
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How can I obtain information about the candidates running for Judge in California?

Voters get to vote on retaining Judges in the State Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. But there is a dearth of information to make an "informed" decision. I can easily ascertain the ...
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What is status of California signature verification on absentee ballots for the March 3, 2020 Primary?

According to this article, California election law permits state officials to throw away absentee ballots if they deem that the signature on the ballot does not match the signature on the voter ...
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Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood?

Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood? California and Oregon will never say yes despite nearly all the counties ...
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What happens to existing state laws if a state splits (United States)

Brought to mind by this question regarding the vote for splitting of California into three states. What happens to existing California state laws if it is split into three states? Does each state ...
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Can California really ban their residents from traveling to states without LGBT protections?

The State of California passed legislation (AB 1887) that banned travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and most recently, Texas. Alabama, South Dakota, and Texas all recently ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Without respect to how many such cases have happened in the past, is it possible for illegal immigrants or legal residents who aren't citizens to vote in the presidential election in California? ...
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What age is truly necessary for somebody to run for an elected position in California?

I have a friend who is interested in running for Governor of California. Even though he will be 18 (the minimum age) before the general election, he will still be 17 by the time the primary comes ...
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What is the exact process for counting my presidential election ballot?

I'd like to know exactly to they process presidential election ballots? From the time I submit to the time it's in the database. I'd like to know the exact process, whether or not they are scanned ...
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Limits of Charter City authority in California

Can charter cities in California legalize the use of recreational drugs? Can they control the structure of their police departments? I know they can have novel forms of government, and that they are ...
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Is California more liberal than Vermont?

I was thinking about why California is more liberal, or at least more Democratic than Vermont. Here are a bunch of reasons that are strongly correlated with liberalism in the US. Demographic reasons: ...
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What happened in California in 1994 when hate crime increased so much?

I'm playing with the dataset provided by FBI Crime Data Explorer. And I found a significant increase in hate crime incidents. I'm not familiar with U.S. politics and policy. Does anyone have any clue ...
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What happens if someone in the top two withdraws after California's primary?

In the 2020 US elections, Sen. Harris is a major-party VP nominee and could decide to resign from the Senate before November to focus on her campaign. Gov. Newsom gets to appoint her replacement and ...
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Is #calexit possible? [duplicate]

Historically, states like Quebec have attempted secession... would it be possible for California, Oregon or Texas to leave the union? If a state had a successful referendum would they bother to worry ...
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Democratic gerrymander in California to remove as many Republican seats as possible? [closed]

I am curious about gerrymandering. In California, there are 53 House seats. Of those 53, only 7 are held by Republicans. I know this won't happen for political reasons. But, is there a picture of a ...
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How could California finance a single-payer healthcare scheme with only a payroll tax

Apparently there's a legislative initiative in California to create a single-payer state-level healthcare system - see this story for example. I've noticed, however, that the plan may be financed ...
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California Primary Elections Absentee Ballot 2016

I was Wondering if anyone has received their California Primary Elections Absentee Ballot yet? i spend a good 30 minutes searching online for a date of when they actually mail these ballots to voters ...
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What process is in place to prevent illegal voting in California? [duplicate]

When registering to vote in California, is it necessary to present a passport or birth certificate? How does California guarantee that the person who registered is the person who shows up to vote?
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Voter registration total in California by party?

I am wondering what the total voter registration is in California. I want to know because I am curious about what it is and what it was. I would like to know what the trend in registration was over ...
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When do CA-25's special election results come out?

I saw that there is a special election for California's 25th district. It is considered a toss-up, though I feel that the Democrat has an advantage because an even Cook PVI means that it leans ...
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Why does California Attorney General Xavier Becerra refuse to disclose records of police? [closed]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is accused of illegally refusing to comply with Senate Bill 1421, which required him to disclose the records of police officers. Why does he do this? https://...
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Why did polls find Vermont to be more liberal than California? [duplicate]

I asked about whether or not California is more liberal than Vermont. The consensus was that California is more safely Democratic but slightly less liberal. Why did California's larger Democratic lean ...