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CALQuiz: Women on corporate boards, the priciest ballot prop, and PG&E faces possible bankruptcy

CALQuiz: Women on corporate boards, the priciest ballot prop, and PG&E faces possible bankruptcy

1

A potential legal battle is brewing over a new California law mandating female representation on the boards of directors for certain public companies. Some countries have already passed measures requiring corporate boards to include women members. When signing the bill into law, what did Gov. Jerry Brown declare?

"California sometimes doesn't live up to its image as a progressive leader"

"Carthago delenda est"

"This law will enact a truly great experiment in gender equality"

"I don't minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation"

Brown acknowledged what he termed the potential legal flaws of the bill. Now, the law might be put to a test, possibly by a think tank or business advocacy group that questions the new rule's constitutionality.

2

California Republicans were shellacked in the 2018 midterms, losing congressional seats in traditionally conservative pockets of the state. With fewer GOP-controlled seats remaining, these members represent an electorate that is what?

Less educated

Poorer

Whiter

All of the above

In addition to these traits, California's map of Republican congressional districts is Trumpier, according to a data analysis by Ben Christopher. Twenty-six percent of Californians are now represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by a Republican. But as of next year, that figure will drop to 13 percent.

3

Special interests poured millions into campaigns for and against the 11 propositions on California's November ballot. Which successful campaign paid the most per vote?

No on Prop. 10: Expand rent control

No on Prop. 6: Repealing the gas tax

No on Prop. 8: Dialysis clinic profit pruning

Yes on Prop. 11: EMT break times

Dialysis clinics spent of the most of any interest group in successfully campaigning against Proposition 8, which would have placed a cap on profits made at dialysis centers. Those who supported the measure also spent the most of any losing campaign. See the full numbers here.

4

Pacific Gas and Electric, one of the largest utilities in the U.S., is again confronted with the possibility of bankruptcy after evidence of malfunctioning equipment was discovered near the origin of the catastrophic Camp Fire. The company will most likely seek help from the Legislature, but it doesn't help that PG&E has a track record of incidents that have caused bad publicity among California's ratepayers. Which movie featured the company as the primary antagonist?

"The Corporation"

"Erin Brockovich"

"The Insider"

"The Wolf of Wall Street"

PG&E was the antagonist in "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts in the titular role and based on a real-life legal case in which the utility was accused of contaminating drinking water in Hinckley, California. Assuming the political will doesn't exist in Sacramento to bail out PG&E, Judy Lin reports on what could happen to the company if it restructures.

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Voters in counties with more registered Republicans were more likely to do what on their 2018 midterm ballots?

Not vote on any of the ballot propositions

Cast a write-in vote for a Trump

Submit completely blank ballots

Not vote in races with two Democrats

California's top-two system results in Republican candidates being excluded from general election races if two Democrats receive more votes than any GOP candidate in the primary. In this November's election, races for U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner and superintendent of public instruction had no Republican candidates. One argument in favor of this system is that centrist and right-leaning voters will pick the more moderate of the two Democratic candidates. But, according to the numbers, it turns out many conservative voters opted to sit out when faced with two Democratic contenders in a statewide race.

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