The Arizona Republic says that illegal immigrants are leaving Arizona after the state's crackdown. People said the same thing about Georgia when it passed a tough immigration law in 2006. But, it didn't end up happening.
In 2008, California approved a ballot measure to redraw to place an independent commission in charge of legislative redistricting. Depending on what happens at the polls this fall, that commission could see its power expanded or it could be eliminated entirely.
Today's special election for California's Senate will help determine the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans for purposes of writing the budget over the next couple of years. But, no one knows who will vote in this oddly timed race.
Supporters touted California's newly adopted top-two voting system as the only way for moderates to overcome the ideologues that dominate the Republican and Democratic parties. That argument would have more weight if it weren't for the curious case of Abel Maldonado.