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

It would seem a reasonable assumption that the Democratic-controlled California legislature would have implemented this system in order to help elect more Democrats. There are few things more ...
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Why can water not be transferred within California?

First point: farmers who sell their water aren't farmers anymore. Both cash crops and livestock are water-intensive, and while farmers could shift to more water-friendly activities (away from nuts, ...
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Why can't California Proposition 17 be passed via the legislative process and thus needs a ballot measure?

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of California currently does not allow parolees to vote: The Legislature shall prohibit improper practices that affect elections and shall provide for the ...
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What are the claimed benefits of splitting California into 3 states?

Source: Three Californias Federal The new states would have six Senators and fifty-nine electoral college votes while the current state only has two Senators and fifty-five electoral college votes. ...
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Can California really ban their residents from traveling to states without LGBT protections?

From your CNN link: The law bans state-funded or state-sponsored travel by employees of state agencies and departments as well as members of boards, authorities, and commissions. Note the ...
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What are the arguments for California’s nonpartisan blanket (jungle) primaries?

Why nonpartisan blanket primaries The seats where the Republicans do not have at least one candidate are generally the seats where the Republicans weren't going to win. Taking the example from the ...
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Why would California sign an agreement with China?

The "We Are Still In" campaign is more of a statement than an agreement for concrete action or cooperation. From the press release that they issued, it's basically to "declare that we (they) will ...
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Why does California spend so much on healthcare?

Some basic facts If we look at previous years (using the dropdown menu in your link), we see that it used to be a lot less. The percentage of the budget allocated to health care over the years is: ...
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Why does California seem to have much more aggressive Consumer Protection and Safety Legislation?

While I'm really not qualified to really answer the why (other than that a majority of California voters will accept these things), there are two factors that have made it possible. First is the ...
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When redistricting California, who decides what Congressional District will be removed?

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is responsible for redrawing the districts for representatives to Congress. Following the 2010 passage of California Proposition 20, the Voters First ...
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Why does the city of San Francisco have to sue its school board to get schools reopened?

They can, and that's actually what they're doing, or at least trying to, here. The key issue is that the SFUSD board are elected officials, and the superintendent is selected by them, so the mayor and ...
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Can someone please explain these numbers and how the Republican won the CA US 21st congressional district in 2016?

You're getting confused in part because you're looking at the wrong number for independent voters. California lets you register as an independent, but it also lets you register as an American ...
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What steps are required for the successful legal secession of California from the United States?

An official legal secession of a state from the union is unprecedented and has no formal procedure. So the short answer to your question is that they are making it up as they go along However, it ...
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What steps are required for the successful legal secession of California from the United States?

From Texas v. White: There was no place for reconsideration, or revocation, except through revolution, or through consent of the States. So if the other states consent, California could secede. ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Yes, in theory it's pretty easy to do (although, of course, as RCB's answer notes, it is illegal). Step 1: Registering to vote (by mail) According to California DMV, you can register to vote in ...
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Why did mostly liberal California vote for the death penalty?

Who are these people? Which demographics vote like that? Me for one. But more generally, many people under fifty see marijuana as easily available and find it silly for it to be illegal. Illegal ...
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How Will the California Recall Work Exactly?

From Wikipedia (citations removed and emphasis added) As of 2021, a recall ballot in California consists of two parts: whether the incumbent should be recalled, and a selection of replacement ...
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Why would California sign an agreement with China?

The action makes sense - California is a hotbed of advanced technology design, China is well known for low cost manufacturing. All they have done is agree to jointly develop green tech. The only ...
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Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood?

Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1 of the US Constitution: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other ...
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote "no" and still pick a successor?

Yes - according to the California Secretary of State's website: What does a recall ballot look like? The September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will have two parts. There ...
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Can California really ban their residents from traveling to states without LGBT protections?

To answer the question that OP asked ("Can California ban its citizens from traveling to other states?"), which I should note is a purely hypothetical question (i.e. California has not ...
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Can California really ban their residents from traveling to states without LGBT protections?

The ban covers using state funds to travel to other states. As UCLA recently proved, all you have to do is claim the funds came from non-state funds Late last year, UCLA announced it would not ...
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When redistricting California, who decides what Congressional District will be removed?

Every state, including those that neither gain nor lose seats in the House of Representatives, is supposed to adjust their Congressional boundaries every ten years to accommodate population changes, ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

There is no way for non-US citizens to legally vote in US federal elections, in California or anywhere else. From 18 USC 611: (a) It shall be unlawful for any alien to vote in any election held ...
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What happened in California in 1994 when hate crime increased so much?

Summarised from comments According to documents published by the State of California Department of Justice, California started systematically collecting hate crime data in 1994. This is largely ...
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Does California's primary election really make no difference as to which democratic candidate gets elected?

Comes down to when the California Democratic Primary is scheduled, Tuesday June 7 2016, and the number of delegates proffered by the primaries scheduled earlier. Before California's primary, just over ...
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Does California have a state "supremacy clause"?

However, shouldn't the state law simply override any non-conforming local law? It depends what you mean by "override". If the two conflict, the state law probably wins. But what about cases where ...
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Why can water not be transferred within California?

Part of this seems to just be that the PDF you are referencing is out of date (last updated March 21st, it is now May 10th) and part of it seems to be that the application requires a public comments ...
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How could California finance a single-payer healthcare scheme with only a payroll tax

I mean, if I understand this correctly, only salaried workers will be paying this tax, while businesses (small or huge) won't. In the United States, payroll taxes are paid by employers. Employees ...
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