In summary

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

Democratic voters more centrist than their party

The recent state Democratic Party convention was dominated by the party’s left-wing activists, but the broader array of Democratic voters doesn’t lean as far to the port.

Bill reduces ballot measure transparency

A new bill would water down the requirement that local governments be upfront on the taxation effects of their tax and bond ballot measures.

New workers’ compensation battle on horizon

Once a decade, powerful interests do battle over the system compensating workers for job-related disabilities and a new clash may be on the horizon.

Big caveats in new state budget

While politicians tout the state’s new budget, there are some very large caveats attached to it.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times...