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CALmatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park and their websites.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CALmatters' team of journalists:

Is California law to protect kids backfiring?

Can a nearly 40-year-old law meant to protect children from abusive parents and caregivers do more harm than good? Some advocates — who were once victims of violence themselves — argue that it can. Like most states, Calmatters contributor ChrisAnna Mink explains, California has a “failure to protect” law that authorizes child welfare agencies to […]

Thu, Dec 7, 2023 6:00 am
La dimisión de McCarthy desencadena una ola de especulaciones sobre su reemplazo

Read this story in English. El anuncio hoy del ex presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Kevin McCarthy, de que dejará su escaño y no buscará la reelección desencadena una ola de especulaciones sobre quién representará una amplia franja del corazón agrícola de California.  El momento del anuncio también coloca a McCarthy en una posición […]

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 1:41 pm
McCarthy resignation sets off mad scramble

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield announces he will leave Congress at the end of the year after fellow Republicans booted him as House speaker. Who might run for his seat? Could one candidate be former Rep. Devin Nunes?

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 1:31 pm
Is California Legislature representing its constituents?

How well are state legislators representing Californians? And how do you even measure whether a lawmaker is truly carrying out the desires of constituents? As CalMatters Capitol reporter Sameea Kamal explains in the first of a series of stories, the laws outlining the official duties of California legislators are scant. Other than defending the U.S. […]

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 6:00 am
¿Qué tan bien te representa tu legislador?

Read this story in English. Examen sorpresa: ¿Qué hace tu senador estatal? Y para tener un crédito extra: ¿Qué asambleísta te representa?  Se te perdonará por no saberlo. A pesar de los cientos de leyes que los legisladores aprueban cada año, muchos californianos no siempre son conscientes de lo que hacen sus representantes o de […]

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 5:34 am
How well is your legislator representing you?

With few strict rules on what California lawmakers must do, politics, policy priorities and personal preferences determine how much they follow the wishes of voters who put them into office.

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 5:30 am

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