When California voters decided to change the way the state's primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization. Read more
Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.
California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field Poll. Read more
Pete Peterson and Alex Padilla have dashed out to an early lead in the wide-open race for secretary of state, with Padilla gaining considerable ground since fellow Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee withdrew from the contest amid a sweeping federal corruption probe, according to a new Field Poll. Read more
Politicians facing criminal charges would not be allowed to use campaign funds to pay their legal bills under an amendment Sen. Jerry Hill said he plans to introduce in the wake of the indictment of his colleague Sen. Leland Yee on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic weapons. Read more
Sen. Dianne Feinstein called on reluctant GOP senators Thursday to support her drought bill, which she altered earlier this month to win support from Central Valley House Republicans. Read more