The exemplary blog, DemocracyforCalifornia, has been posting what looks to be a thorough rundown of the California state and local elections this year. I don't know enough about the politics of that huge state, but the way DfC has broken it down makes me yearn for something like this here in Maryland.
It's business as usual here in Snoozeville right now...Our outgoing county executive was arrested with his wife, whom we just elected to the county board of supervisors, as they tried to get out of their house with a bunch of payola from developers. The wife, when taken into custody, had nearly $80,000 in US currency stuffed in her bra. (Her name on the ballot was "Jane Doe"(D)--should have been (DD)!) She earlier had been recorded on tape while flushing a check for another $100,000 down the toilet. (Dang! Why don't these developers give these bribes right to the voters instead of to crooks??!!!)
My point is that we don't have anything we can rely on when we're preparing to vote in our local elections. Our yards are full of signs foisted on us by door-to-door campaigners, and we get reams of flyers every time we leave the house, but they don't tell us much. They don't tell us who is in whose pocket. The newspapers aren't going to tell us this.
Great job, DemocracyforCalifornia. You're a shining example of democracy in action.