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Condom Conundrum

From Porn and Pot to Plastic Bags and Pensions, 70 Proposals Now Vying for 2016 Ballot

From porn and pot to plastic bags and pensions, 70 proposals are now vying for the 2016 ballot. Read story.

Drip, Drip, Drip

Catching Up on the Drought, Climate Change, and Impact on State Pot Crop

Catching up on the drought, climate change, and impact on state pot crop. Read story.

GOP Trumped

The Donald’s Demagoguery Flows Naturally from Tea Party Republicanism

The Donald’s demagoguery flows naturally from Tea Party Republicanism. Read story.

Dick and Mickey Flacks: Two Lifetimes on the Left

Santa Barbara's Pioneering Progressive Couple Pens Memoir

Santa Barbara's pioneering progressive couple pens a memoir of marriage and social justice. Read story.

High Court Vindicates Newsom’s Gay Marriage Gambit

His 2004 Move as San Francisco Mayor Brought the Issue Out of the Closet

His 2004 move as San Francisco mayor brought the issue out of the closet. Read story.

Democrats Practice Self-Destructive Politics

They're Battering Moderates in Their Own Party in California and Across the Nation

They're battering moderates in their own party in California and across the nation. Read story.

Capps Coup

Why Lois’s Endorsement of Salud Matters, Plus Political Updates on the Spill

Why Lois’s endorsement of Salud matters, plus political updates on the spill. Read story.

Erosion of Power in Refugio Spill Cleanup

Enviros Decry Brown's Crippling of Key Coast Protection Agency

Enviros decry Brown’s crippling of key coast protection agency. Read story.

Disneyland Dems

Amid U.S. Senate Scrap, Santa Barbara Pols Jockey at State Convention

Amid U.S. Senate scrap, Santa Barbara pols jockey at state convention. Read story.

Capps Family Matters

Laura Capps Withdraws from 24th CD, Setting up a Three-Way Race for Two Spots

Laura Capps withdraws from 24th CD, setting up a three-way race for two spots Read story.

The World After Lois

Six Takeaways About the Wide-Open Race to Replace Santa Barbara's Retiring Congressmember

Six takeaways about the wide-open race to replace Santa Barbara's retiring congressmember. Read story.

Murder By Initiative

Ballot Proposal to Kill Gays Sets Off Free-Speech Debate

Ballot proposal to kill gays sets off free-speech debate. Read story.

Family Business

Lois Capps Kin — Ex-Obama Aide and Top Political Consultant — Settles in S.B.

Lois Capps kin — ex-Obama aide and top political consultant — settles in Santa Barbara Read story.

Hell Freezes Over

GOP Convention — Finally! — Allows Gay Republican Club into the Party

GOP convention — finally! — allows gay Republican club into the party. Read story.

Mega-Drought Mega-Trends

Why Rain Is Not the Answer to California’s Desperate Search for Water

Why rain is not the answer to California’s desperate search for water. Read story.

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