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This letter, from our December 7, 1911 issue, and editorial, from October 27, 1962, are special selections from The Nation Digital Archive. If you want to read everything The Nation has ever published on California, click here for information on how to acquire individual access to the Archive--an electronic database of every Nation article ever.

California has often spun the cautionary tales of American progress.
Smog. Sprawl. Ronald Reagan.

Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?

How dismal was election night 2002?

With Republicans in full control in Washington, next year's prospects
are grim.

Well, the elephant is out of the barn now. Congress is lost and whither
Congress, so will go the courts.

The talk of war has done its job.
Rove's hopes were far exceeded.
So maybe, with the voting done,
The war itself's not needed.

CORRECTION: John Eder of Maine, a Green, won state, not national, office.

The Republican wave that swept the country seemed to crash and recede
right at the California border, but only barely.

Blogs

The three new senators being appointed by their governors will have no democratic legitimacy.

December 26, 2012

Forty percent of voters didn’t participate last month. A new report outlines who they are, and why they didn’t cast a ballot. 

December 19, 2012

Obama's recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

December 14, 2012

Boehner acts as if he has a mandate equal to that Obama and Senate Democrats. But Americans gave Democrats a 1.1 million vote majority in the overall House vote.

 

December 10, 2012

Republicans are supporting a change to the Electoral College that would’ve put Mitt Romney in the White House.

December 10, 2012

Obstruction has ruled in Albany for too long. The governor must push for a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.

November 27, 2012

The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time. 

November 14, 2012

Voter ID laws have been blocked in South Carolina and Mississippi, the latter where a Tea Party leader says women don’t deserve to vote.

October 10, 2012

Representative Daryl Metcalfe says judge who blocked state’s voter ID law yesterday enables the “entitlement mentality” and people who live off others’ labor. 

October 3, 2012

It's complicated ... especially for voters.

October 2, 2012