Ben Christopher

Election Reporter
Ben Christopher is covering the 2018 election season for CALmatters. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer reporting on the California economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written for San Francisco magazine, California magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Priceonomics. Ben also has a past life as an aspiring beancounter: He has worked as a summer associate at the Congressional Budget Office and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

What’s on your ballot this year? Here are some major themes and a few examples of the propositions Californians may be asked to vote on in 2018.

The 2018 elections are coming—and those of you who don’t spend your waking hours monitoring the secretary of state’s website may have some questions. Here’s a quick primer for anyone…

Almost a year into his gig as California's top lawyer, Xavier Becerra’s office has put its name on 21 lawsuits against the Trump administration. By volume, that represents a rate…

You’ve heard the term “all politics is local”? After the anti-Trump blue wave of national elections this week, California Republicans had better hope so.

Twice  this week, the Democratic candidates in the 2018 California governor’s race assembled to discuss state issues—and largely agree. But there are a few issues where there’s a sliver of…

If you were to judge strictly by the California GOP's convention in Orange County, the war within the party is over. This is Trump’s party now.

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