Mary Plummer

Politics Correspondent

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Democracy can be messy. In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. Many voices are shouting to be heard. I examine who gets listened to, and why, and provide a guide to anyone who wants to more fully participate in civic life.

Stories by Mary Plummer

23 candidates to compete for Becerra's former seat

The Los Angeles County Registrar's office confirmed a list of 23 candidates late Wednesday who will face off in a special election for the 34th Congressional District on April 4.

Human Voter Guide: Measure S, help with election materials

Los Angeles County voters head to the polls on March 7. We are back with voting tips to help you count your way down to Election Day.

Human Voter Guide: Primary election is March 7

Local primary elections across Los Angeles County are just about a month away. To help you get ready, we are back to answer your questions with the Human Voter Guide.

Garcetti reelection bid is more of a referendum than a race

While L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has been in the national spotlight, his reelection bid has gained little attention. But it's time to ask: how has he done?

California officials push back after Trump's latest voter fraud claim

In the wake of President Trump's call for an investigation into widespread voter fraud, California's Secretary of State called the statements "a flat-out lie."

Dear President-elect: Snapshots from Southern California

Listen to five Southern Californians with different political perspectives share their thoughts as Donald Trump becomes the country's 45th president.

LA's proposed campaign finance overhaul explained

The proposal would ramp up public financing for qualified city office candidates and bar corporate donations, special interest money or significant self-financing.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

What's the interest in SoCal for inauguration tickets?

Some congressional offices report ticket cancellations following Donald Trump's presidential election, but others say there's steady interest in the inauguration.

Kamala Harris joins US Senate, acting California AG named

Kate Kenealy will serve temporarily pending confirmation of Congressman Xavier Becerra as California attorney general.

New congressman: Orientation 'like drinking out of a firehose'

Salud Carbajal, replacing the retiring Lois Capps in the 24th Congressional District, says Marine Corps boot camp wasn't as tough as freshman orientation.

More changes ahead for California voters in 2017

New state legislation will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Another law implements same-day registration at county elections offices.

Race to fill Becerra's congressional seat grows more crowded

Eleven candidates so far have thrown their hats into the ring to represent the 34th U.S. Congressional District in Los Angeles, which includes Eagle Rock and Chinatown.

New year brings changes to LA sales tax

A KPCC listener asks: when will Los Angeles County residents see the new sales taxes? The answer: it depends on where you live.

In the race for LA mayor, a crowd of hopefuls but no serious challengers

Wednesday marked the deadline for candidates seeking city elective seats to file paperwork. No high profile challenger to Mayor Eric Garcetti emerged in the filings.