A Republican member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors wants his county and 12 others to secede from California and form the 51st state. His colleagues gave him an unenthusiastic go ahead Tuesday to explore the idea.
California budget woes are legendary. This year the state budget was 100 days late. Passage of Prop. 25 seeks to avoid future such crises by dropping a crippling two-thirds vote requirement.
California voters are unhappy with the state government but in no mood to approve reforms that would improve its performance, a new poll finds.
As it has slid, the state's citizens have begun to focus on its core dysfunctions.
Amid the state's budget woes, a bipartisan initiative looks for structural solutions.