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​The new normal in California’s direct democracy process: ballot measures as leverage

Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio
| A 2014 state law opened up California’s direct democracy process to negotiations with the governor and Legislature. In doing so, it created a powerful new tool for interest groups.

How California initiatives became a big money game

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The story behind the California Lottery tells us a lot about the role of special interests in our direct democracy process.

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Who to thank (or blame) for California’s direct democracy

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How California came to have one of the most powerful, and least flexible initiative processes in the world.

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The California Dream Takes Center Stage In Governor’s Race

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are vowing to restore the California Dream.

The block that Prop. 13 built: Should businesses pay more?

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In 2020, California voters could raise property tax bills for their business-owning neighbors.

The block that Prop. 13 built: Too few homes

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Experts say some unintended consequences of Proposition 13 help explain why the state doesn’t build housing like it used to.

The block that Prop. 13 built: Public schools, public trust

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Prop. 13 dramatically changed how the state funds education. It intertwined with key court decisions in the 1970s to transform California's public schools, once considered the gold standard in American education.

The block that Prop. 13 built: Similar homes, different taxes

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As California home prices reach staggering new highs, the growing disparity between what newer and older homeowners pay on similarly valued property has renewed a problematic question: Is Prop. 13 fair?