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CALQuiz: More lawsuits against Trump, a new California budget and the homeless crisis

CALQuiz: More lawsuits against Trump, a new California budget and the homeless crisis

Do you consider yourself an expert on California news? Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention this week to the big stories on politics and policy in the Golden State. Test your knowledge and share your score.


As of this week, how many times has California sued the Trump administration?





California filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration this week, bringing the state’s total to 36. One of the filings targeted the president’s controversial policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the border. It’s not unlikely that by the time you finish this quiz, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will have already filed another lawsuit. Keep track of all the legal battles between the Golden State and Trump with our lawsuit tracker.


Which of the following initiatives will not be on the the November ballot in California?

Divide California into three states

Increase size requirements for cages and coops for farm animals

Repeal the state’s gas tax

End construction of the high-speed rail project

There is no measure on the November ballot to end construction of the high-speed rail. A total of 12 initiatives qualified for the general election. See the full list of the measures here.


In a busy week for Supreme Court news, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he will retire from the court. In which California city was the justice born and raised?





Anthony Kennedy hails from Sacramento, where he served as an altar boy at Holy Spirit Church, graduated as valedictorian from C.K. McClatchy Senior High School and once dressed up as James Madison while teaching constitutional law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.


How big is California’s new state budget?

$511 million

$117 billion

$201 billion

$288 billion

Gov. Jerry Brown signed his final state budget, which has a $201 billion price tag, into law at a June 27 ceremony. With that kind of money, you could buy all of the NFL’s 32 teams —twice. Watch our quick explainer video on everything you need to know about the new budget.


Top representatives from what industry met with Gov. Jerry Brown at a private dinner weeks before a lucrative tax deal?



Oil and gas


Grab your Big Gulps. Gov. Jerry Brown met with top representatives from the soda industry earlier this month—and there’s a photo of him, his wife and the representatives at the governor’s mansion. Both the governor’s office and the representatives deny that a tax deal was discussed during the dinner. On June 28, a 12-year ban on local soda taxes passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Brown.


How many homeless people currently live in California?





While it’s difficult to establish a precise number, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that on any given night, California’s homeless population reaches 130,000 people — or 25 percent of the U.S. homeless population. Find out more about the crisis in the state with our data analysis

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