Proposition 36 passed 68 percent to 32 percent Tuesday with 26 percent of precincts reporting. An offender's third felony conviction now must be a serious or violent crime to mandate an automatic sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Proposition 38 would increases personal income tax rates on annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4 percent for lowest individual earners to 2.2 percent for individuals earning over $2.5 million, for 12 years.
Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle.
The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term beginning Monday that could be as consequential as the last one, with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.
With money to help people diagnosed as mentally ill tighter than ever, some mental health advocates want the state Legislature to redirect money from disorder prevention and put it into treatment programs.
In a statewide primary that tested incumbent strength after election reforms, voters largely stuck with established names Tuesday, setting up several contests in which members of the same party will face off this fall. They also shortened the tenure...