California Politics: What We’ve Been Watching

California Politics: What We’ve Been Watching

It’s been a chaotic year in California politics. This blog post will explore some of the major events that have taken place and what they mean for the state. From the battle between Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party to Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, read on to learn more about what’s been happening.

The Latest News in California Politics

The midterm elections in California have come and gone. With them, the dust has finally settled on the wide-ranging legislation proposed and passed during the 2018 legislative session. Here is a look at some of the more noteworthy measures that made it through:


Aboriginal health care: This year, California became the first state in America to pass a law guaranteeing health care for all Native Americans. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), received bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.


Gun control: This year, California lawmakers passed several pieces of gun control legislation, including bills requiring universal background checks for all firearm sales in the state and raising the age requirement from 18 to 21 to purchase a gun. The latter measure will likely face a tough battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature, but if it passes, it will become the most populous state in America to do so.


Housing crisis: In response to growing homelessness rates throughout the state, lawmakers passed several housing legislation this year. Among these were bills targeting development projects that neglect or exploit low-income communities, measures increasing access to affordable housing, and prohibiting cities from enforcing anti-displacement policies without prior approval from statewide officials.

Top Issues in California Politics

  1. The economy continues to be a top issue in California politics. with lawmakers and candidates pledging to do what they can to create jobs and improve the state’s fiscal situation.


  1. Immigration is also a major issue in California politics, with lawmakers and candidates discussing ways to improve border security and deal with the estimated 12 million undocumented residents in the state.


  1. Education is another important issue in California politics, with lawmakers and candidates vowing to make significant investments in public education and increase access to affordable higher education.


  1. Climate change is also a major topic of discussion in California politics, with legislators and candidates pledging to address the issue head-on by promoting renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions.

How the Political Process Works in California

California’s political process works differently than it does in most other states. The state has a strong two-party system, with the Democratic and Republican parties dominating the political landscape. A number of smaller parties and independent candidates also run for office.


The main way that voters influence the political process is by voting. Every citizen over 18 is allowed to vote in California elections, regardless of whether or not they live in the state’s major cities. Voters can also participate in primary elections, which are held before general elections to choose candidate nominees.


Once candidates have been selected, campaigning begins in earnest. Political advertisements are broadcast on television and radio stations, and campaign events are held across the state. The election is held on November 3, and results are tabulated shortly after.

What to Expect in the Upcoming Elections in California

There are several key races to watch in the upcoming elections in California. Here is a rundown of what to expect:


  1. Governor: The race for governor is one of the most closely watched in the state, as it will determine who controls the state government. Incumbent Jerry Brown (D) is challenging Republican businessman John Cox for the office.


  1. Attorney General: The race for attorney general is also hotly contested, with incumbent Xavier Becerra (D) and Republican challenger John Huddleston battling it out. Huddleston has attacked Becerra for his involvement in the Trump Russia investigation, while Becerra has accused Huddleston of being anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ rights.


  1. U.S. Senate: In addition to the governor and attorney general races, two seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs this year – Patrick Leahy’s seat in Vermont and Kamala Harris’s seat in California. Leahy is retiring after more than three decades in Congress, while Harris is running to replace traitorous former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (who retired after 24 years in office). If either Leahy or Harris loses their races, it will be a sign that Democrats are losing ground nationwide and could lead to more conservative policies coming from Sacramento

The Lieutenant Governor Race

The Lieutenant Governor race in California is one of the most important races in the state. The lieutenant governor is the second-in-command to the governor and is responsible for certain executive duties, such as overseeing major departments and agencies. The race has been close throughout the campaign, with both candidates receiving endorsements from several prominent figures in the state. Whoever wins will have a lot of work to position themselves for a potential run for governor in 2018. Here’s what we’ve been watching:


The main contender in the race is current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). Newsom has been a longtime politician and was previously mayor of San Francisco. He has campaigned on a platform of change, vowing to be more aggressive than his opponent on issues like education reform and healthcare. His opponent is businessman John Cox (R), who has also been a longtime politician. Cox has focused much of his campaigns on attacking Newsom over taxes and crime rates, hoping to drive up support among conservatives within the state. In recent weeks, polls have shown Cox losing ground against Newsom, which may give him some hope that he can pull off an upset victory.

The State Assembly Elections

The California State Assembly Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3. The following are some of the races we’ll be watching:


  1. Assembly District 44 – In this race, incumbent Democrat Bonnie Lowenthal is facing a challenge from Republican Christina Smith. This race is important because it’s one of the few in which a Republican can hope to win a seat in the Assembly. If they can take this seat, it would show that their party is making inroads among voters in California’s most liberal district.



  1. Assembly District 60 – In this race, incumbent Democrat Sabrina Cervantes is facing a challenge from Republican Chad Mayes. Cervantes has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, and Mayes has campaigned on a platform of limited government and fiscal conservatism. If Mayes were to win this election, it would show that he can break through among conservative voters in Northern California and give him momentum going into the 2020 presidential election season.

The State Senate Elections

The 2018 State Senate Elections in California took place on November 6. The elections resulted in the passage of Proposition 12, which changed the state’s primary election date from June to November and increased the number of seats for election from 40 to 52.


Overall, the Democrats retained control of both houses of the California Legislature, with their net seat gain totaling six seats. The Republican Party lost two seats, leaving them with 14 seats in the Legislature (down from 18).


Six new members were sworn into the State Senate on January 8: Diane Harkey (R-Diamond Bar), Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Lisa Boscola (R-Hayward) and Jim Beall (D-San Jose).

The 34th District Special Election

On Tuesday, April 3, Californians will go to the polls to elect a new 34th District representative in the California State Assembly. The race has been highly contested, and as of this writing, it remains too close to call.

Immigration and the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is looming with the question of how to count immigrants in California. The Trump administration has proposed a radical change to how immigrants are counted, which could have major implications for California’s population size and politics.


Under the Trump proposal, every person living in the U.S. who is not a citizen would be counted in the census. This includes legal residents, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants, and anyone else who doesn’t have citizenship or legal permanent residency.


This change would have a big impact on immigrant populations in California. Many immigrants live in California illegally, and it’s unclear how they would be counted under the Trump proposal. Undocumented immigrants living in states like California with driver’s licenses or other forms of identification could be counted by immigration officials if they’re pulled over for a traffic stop. But undocumented immigrants living outside of state lines who don’t have any form of identification might not be counted.


The Trump proposal has generated a lot of controversies, and there’s still some uncertainty about how it would be implemented. If it goes through as planned, the 2020 Census would be the first time that immigration status has been asked questions on a national level. It’s still possible that this proposal will get changed before it becomes official policy, but it’s an important issue to keep track of.


We’ve been keeping an eye on some of the big stories in California politics this year, and here are our top picks. No matter who you voted for in the presidential election, there’s sure to be some fallout from Donald Trump’s victory. We’ve seen protests and clashes between protesters and police all over the U.S., but nowhere has it been more pronounced than in California, where anti-Trump demonstrations have sometimes turned violent. In addition to the political tension, we’re also seeing a lot of wildfires across California right now, which is devastatingly impacting both people and property.

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