The June 3 ballot, left and right

Propositions 98 and 99 both claim to be about eminent-domain restrictions, so which is better (or worse) for Californians? What about the race to succeed retiring L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Burke? And what should voters expect in November? All week, California Republican Assembly President Mike Spence and Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, analyze the fine print of the June 3 ballot and the decisions facing local voters.

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    Eric C. Bauman sees signs that voters across the country have rejected GOP politics. Mike Spence says that Americans are only reacting to the behavior of Washington Republicans, not aligning with Democratic values.

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    Mike Spence encourages voters to seek out recommendations from political groups or figures they trust. Eric C. Bauman details his party’s complicated process for endorsing judicial candidates.

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    Eric C. Bauman says Mark Ridley-Thomas’ history of active engagement with his community would serve him well as a county supervisor. Mike Spence argues that Parks is the more independent, action-oriented candidate who can bring change to L.A. County government.

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    Republican Mike Spence says only Proposition 98 would provide real protection against eminent-domain abuse. Democrat Eric Bauman replies that Proposition 98 is more about ending rent control and serving wealthy landowners than protecting homes.