THE BUZZ: Welcome to 2022! We are officially in a campaign year.
California has new House and Legislature maps for the next decade, after the state redistricting commission finally wrapped its work. California Playbook was off for the line-finalizing and the flurry of campaign declarations that followed. We’re here today to get you caught up fast.
The top line: The House landscape looks more favorable to frontline Democrats than to vulnerable Republicans in a year when California contests will help determine control of Congress. The state legislative maps all but lock in a Democratic supermajority. But buckle up for some incumbent-on-incumbent conflict, with several Dem-on-Dem races already looming.
Here’s a regional guide to where we stand now, two months from the candidate filing deadline and five months from the primary:
— ORANGE COUNTY ODYSSEY: Frontline House members will…