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California news and analysis from The Nation
November 10, 2022
Republicans Are Big Losers, but They May Still Be a Threat
Tuesday turned out to be a surprisingly good day. But in Western states, there are warning signs that the Democratic coalition is brittle.
November 4, 2022
Will Republicans Gain Ground in California?
Even though California’s voters aren’t as negative about their state as the national electorate, Democrats are still struggling to mobilize their base.
November 1, 2022
Can a District Attorney Dismantle Mass Incarceration and Fight for Gender Justice?
Civil rights lawyer and anti-carceral feminist Pamela Price might just win the Alameda County DA seat—but can she resolve its contradictions?
October 28, 2022
Gavin Newsom Debates… Who?
While Democrats are floundering in other key races, the California governor gave a preview of his political ambitions by facing off with a Republican challenger.
October 25, 2022
Mike Davis: 1946–2022
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September 30, 2022
Will the California Homelessness Crisis Curtail Gavin Newsom’s Ambitions?
The California governor recently signed two bills making it easier to build affordable housing. But the state’s highly visible encampments may undercut his national reputation.
September 27, 2022
Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them
Regulations to combat a severe drought in California are being used to control prisoners under the auspices of conserving water, people inside San Quentin say.
September 16, 2022
Facing a Rising Right, Liberal Politicians Need to Stand Firm
If blue-state politicians want to have an impact on national politics, they have to show that their policies work—and that they can get them passed.
September 9, 2022
Record-Breaking Temperatures Are Sweeping the West
Accelerated warming due to climate change is drying out the environment and straining infrastructure.
September 8, 2022
Therapists in California and Hawaii Are Striking for Mental Health Care
The strike is the latest example of social justice unionism in the era of corporate health care.