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So check out the Presidential race.  Although it’s still very conservative compared to most of the rest of the state, Orange County is no longer a Republican stronghold in national elections.  I remember during the 1970s and 80s when California was a sure win for Republicans, it always looked close throughout election night.  But Orange County, for whatever reason, was always late to report anything.  We would watch the returns coming in and OC would still report 0 percent returns until late in the evening and then “Boom!” The Republican would pull way ahead.  It’s one of the most populous counties, and combined with San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, etc. it would pack a conservative wallop.

It’s changed a bit, largely to the closure of the military bases and industry in the 90s, as well as the growth of Latino votes who helped Loretta Sanchez rid Congress of B-1 Bob Dornan in the 90s – we should always be grateful to her for that.  It went convincingly to Clinton.  Note that Shasta County went to Clinton, though just barely.  Big Libertarian vote back there.  Interesting, because Trump actually campaigned there back during the primaries.  I guess they weren’t impressed.


Now check out the Senate race.  Sanchez took two counties.  Lost in her home county, Orange.  Because Sanchez identified as a Blue Dog there was speculation that Republicans might rally behind her, but no indication of that.



Looking at the death penalty repeal – mostly the affluent liberal areas were in favor.  It passed in Humboldt County, but only just barely.  Same with Los Angeles, and now that the repeal has failed a second time during elections in which leftish voters turned out heavy, we need to look at why.  It does appear that people of color aren’t quite ready to abandon the death penalty, accounting for the close vote in L.A.


Meanwhile, 66, which would speed up the appeals process for death penalty cases and radically transform the whole habeus corpus concept, is still passing, but only just barely.  With millions of votes remaining to be counted, there is a decent chance it will fail.  It’s failing in the liberal areas and a few other places, but seems to have strong enough support in the conservative areas to offset the urban areas – with a little help from urban POC?  Again, it just barely failed in Los Angeles.  Went down by a large margin in Humboldt – lots of voters here not willing to give up the DP, but also not wanting to speed up the appeals process to increase chances of fatal error.



All the maps can be found here.

Doesn’t matter if you actually smoke marijuana.  And this is a 9th Circuit case!

Clinton vote lead is nearly at 2 million and growing. We really need to stop referring to it as “the popular vote.” Say it after me: “Her lead is growing with THE VOTE.”

And California still has four million votes to account for in a state where Clinton defeated Trump 2 to 1.

Electoral college reform anyone?

AAAThe group who coalesced for the Bernie Sanders campaign succeeded in generating over 70 percent of the votes in Humboldt County – the best result for Sanders in the state.

Out of the effort was created the NCPA under the capable leadership of Tamara McFarland – the new powerhouse of Humboldt County progressive politics (just devastatingly effective while soft-spoken and without excessive ego).  They took up three causes this election an prevailed in all three by wide margins.

They backed 25 year old Austin Allison, relatively new to the community and without government experience against a candidate with extensive experience and deep community roots.  Allison prevailed by nine percentage points at latest count.

They helped pass by overwhelming numbers (over 15 percent at last count) Measure P, for ward elections – progressive reform for which  progressives in cities of much more liberal persuasion have had to fight long and hard.

They passed rent control for mobile homes, complete with vacancy rent control again with convincing numbers – about 10 percent at last count.  Rent control in any form has had a difficult time passing in jurisdictions of much greater progressive persuasion, including Santa Cruz.

You can see the results here. Quite the winning streak!



Wednesday, November 09, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:

Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.


Hoy despertamos sintiéndonos extranjeros en tierra extraña, porque ayer los estadounidenses expresaron sus opiniones sobre una sociedad pluralista y democrática que es claramente inconsistente con los valores de la gente de California.

Nunca nos hemos sentido más orgullosos de ser californianos.

Por un margen de millones de votos, los californianos rechazaron abrumadoramente la política alimentada por el resentimiento, la intolerancia y la misoginia.

El estado más grande de la unión y la locomotora de la economía de nuestra nación ha demostrado que también tiene su conciencia más tranquila.

California es – y debe ser siempre – un refugio de justicia y oportunidades para las personas de todos los orígenes, lenguas, edades, y aspiraciones – independientemente de su apariencia, dónde vivan, qué idioma hablen, o a quiénes amen.
California, por mucho tiempo, ha sido un ejemplo a seguir  para otros estados. Y California defenderá a su gente y nuestro progreso. No vamos a permitir que una elección sea un revés para el progreso de generaciones en la cima de nuestra histórica diversidad, el avance científico, la generación económica y un sentido de responsabilidad global.


Estaremos comunicándonos con los funcionarios federales, estatales y locales para evaluar cómo una Presidencia Trump podría afectar potencialmente los fondos de programas estatales en curso, las inversiones creadoras de empleos que dependen del comercio exterior y la aplicación de las leyes federales que afectan los derechos de las personas que viven en nuestro estado.


Estaremos utilizando al máximo el tiempo durante la transición presidencial para defender nuestros logros, usando cada herramienta a nuestra disposición.

Aunque Donald Trump haya ganado la presidencia, no ha cambiado nuestros valores. Estados Unidos es más grande que cualquier hombre o partido. No seremos arrastrados de vuelta al pasado. Lideraremos la resistencia a cualquier esfuerzo que destruya nuestro tejido social o nuestra Constitución.

California no era una parte de esta nación cuando comenzó su historia, pero ahora somos claramente los encargados de mantener su futuro.

The death penalty ban failed.  Passed in Humboldt County.  Looks like the county breakdown is pretty much along the expected liberal/conservative lines.  Interesting tht it passed in Yolo, but not Sacramento.  The hippies must have come out in full force in Alpine.

Almost a reverse image for Prop 66, with some inland counties not buying into it even if they support the death penalty.  This one hasn’t been decided, and there may be a recount.

I’m truly amazed at the margin of Prop 57s success!  Del Norte voted no, but only just barely.

Marijuana with wide support except in certain portions of the valley.  Posting the graphic.


Only a small handful of counties wanted to rescue rich people from taxes.

And here’s where I’m really proud to be a Californian as we’ve turned so much around since Props 187 and 227 of the 90s – every single county voted to restore bilingual education!  Now we have to find the teachers.


But then we’re back to the liberal/conservative divide on overturning Citizens United.  And the plastic bag ban.

Support for mandatory porn condoms was concentrated in SoCal.

Check out the ammunition control measure.  Mostly along the liberal/conservative county lines, except that certain counties with heavy Latino votes went for it.  And San Diego!  And Orange!  But not Trinity.  Humboldt County was game, but not with the same margin as the rest of the state.

A large number of people fell for the barrage of anti-61 ads.  That map looks like the liberal/conservative divide of the 1980s.


I’m really surprised at the widespread support for the huge cigarette tax.  Must not be very many conservative smokers left in California.

And yes, it was proposed by Republicans, but really, if the power dynamics were reversed the Democrats would have latched onto Prop 54.  Passed in every county because California loves sunshine.





That was the refrain of his supporters. Buyer’s remorse yet?

Do you really think Mexico is going to pay for that wall?

All good, but I hope at least some of them voted.

Live Stream in NYC.

Wash DC


Not sure where. Chicago?


I have one more election-related radio show tomorrow night – Brenda Starr has invited me to discuss the aftermath. As the election is over, we won’t be as encumbered in terms of sharing our views as KHSU’s non-profit status required of us during the campaigns. Brenda and I will discuss how we got to where we are and I hope to share some thoughts about where we ought to go. We want to hear your thoughts as well. 7:00 p.m. as always.

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