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Voters have passed Proposition 30, which many consider to be the biggest measure on the California ballot. Governor Jerry Brown crisscrossed the state in recent weeks making his pitch, supported by union leaders, teachers and others keen to avoid the "trigger cuts" that would have hit had Prop. 30 failed. Reporter: Judy Campbell
Three state ballot measures focused on California's justice system. Voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35, which toughens the laws on human trafficking, and Proposition 36, which makes some changes to the "three strikes" law. They were less moved by Proposition 34, a bid to abolish the death penalty. Reporter: Michael Montgomery
End Music: "New Country" by the Mads Tolling Quartet, from the album "Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty: Live at Yoshi's"
Here, in one convenient file, are five feature stories that aired in 2012 on either our Northern California KQED News or our statewide daily show, The California Report. Two of the stories look at Congressional races that were shaped by some big forces: California's new Top Two primary system, a new independent redistricting process and a deluge of independent expenditures. Two examine local ballot measures: a soda tax with national implications and a minimum wage increase that was born from a unique student-driven experiment in political engagement. We've also included a feature about the changing politics in one region of California, which aired as part of a series of "road trip" stories capturing the political climate in various parts of our vast and diverse state.