The final votes in this year’s election are still being counted, and some lawmakers already are facing threats of 2014 primary challenges if no agreement is reached to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in January.
The federal government’s role as the backer of most U.S. home loans is becoming entrenched as fiscal issues distract Congress and the White House from a housing- finance overhaul that would shift more risk to private capital, according to lawmakers and analysts.
Uprooting intense partisanship in Washington would be easier if fewer legislators represented safe, ideologically homogenous districts. Or so reformers have long maintained. Now, with the final results in from legislative races in California, that thesis will get a real-world test.
Redrawing the lines of congressional districts in California could end the terms of legislative sisters Linda Sanchez and Loretta Sanchez , and still leave the nation’s most-populous state with 35 Democrats in the House of Representatives, two more than it has now.