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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:

Why California’s top court just struck down the state’s Trump tax return law

In the lead opinion, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says the state constitution makes clear "it is the voters who must decide" whether a presidential candidate's refusal to publicly share tax returns will have consequences at the ballot box. Many constitutional law experts, former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Republican Party are now all officially entitled to say, "I told you so."

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 10:14 am
Kamala Harris’ campaign sputtering

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris' run for the presidency is collapsing. She now must concentrate on winning re-election in 2022.

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 12:01 am
Newsom must stop the Westlands water grab and save the San Francisco Bay-Delta

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta: The Newsom administration needs to make clear where it stands on Delta management. More importantly, the Newsom administration must act on its water values forcefully, and not succumb to the water grab being orchestrated by the Trump-Bernhardt-Westlands alliance.

Wed, Nov 20, 2019 8:00 am
Newsom huffs and puffs, like the big bad wolf

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to stop buying cars from automakers that won't agree to the state's emission rules. But it's just symbolic huffing and puffing.

Wed, Nov 20, 2019 12:01 am
New 2020 law #2: More time for adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue

Starting Jan. 1, adults have until at least their 40th birthday to file claims against people and institutions they seek to hold responsible for sexual molestation or sexual assault they experienced as children. It's the second to be featured in our CalMatters #CALaws2020 video playlist of laws that take effect next year.

Tue, Nov 19, 2019 6:16 pm
California legislators must stop the attorney general from rigging ballot initiative descriptions

Kevin Kiley, Republican Assemblyman from Rocklin: The job of writing all-important descriptions for ballot measures falls is instead entrusted to the partisan elected attorney general of California. Our current Attorney General, Democrat Xavier Becerra, is only the latest in a line of attorneys general who have exercised this power without even a pretense of impartiality, instead skewing ballot language to lead voters towards their preferred political outcome. That must change.

Tue, Nov 19, 2019 8:00 am

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