Toward a More Perfect Union — California Aims Higher to Ensure Voting Rights

By some accounts, California’s independent redistricting commission (IRC) has set the gold standard for fair elections, wresting control of legislative mapmaking from the archetypal smoke-filled backroom dealmakers who’ve made an art of keeping power to themselves. But recent examples point to the need for more and better reforms to ensure the state’s elections are open to all. In Los Angeles, leaked reports of city councilmembers’ racist comments amid redistricting discussions last year exposed how the system still works there. In San Mateo County, the most recent round of redistricting found the Board of Supervisors voting to preserve the status quo

Words of the Week – Get Out to Vote: Too Much is at Stake

It is time to leave the past behind and look forward as we prepare for the 2022 midterm elections. Much is at stake, including the safety and state of our nation and laws that will determine how we deal with the ongoing threats of gun violence, global warming, our economy, and human rights. Each political party has its agenda to confront these crucial issues. However, the question for all of us as we cast our vote is which agenda aligns with your personal social and economic beliefs? This election is not a time to be passive when our freedom and

Obama, Biden Honor Sen. Reid as Man ‘Who Got Things Done’

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday as a man “who got things done,” as Democratic leaders spoke of Reid’s impact on some of the most important legislation of the 21st century, from health care to Wall Street reform.