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THE NOONER for November 5, 2014

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As expected, Propositions 1, 2, and 47 easily passed, while 45, 46 and 48 failed. Democrats swept statewide office and the union-backed Democrat won the Superintendent of Public Instruction race. Meanwhile, Dems lost the bragging rights of supermajorities in the legislative houses. Jerry Brown won by double digits while spending money mostly to buoy two ballot measures, Props 1 and 2.

A few notes at 4am:

  • CA16 (Fresno): Johnny Tacherra (R) is curently leading incumbent Jim Costa (D) -- if it holds, that would be huge upset, where polling had Costa up by 14%.
  • CA17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda survived the intra-party challenge by Ro Khanna.
  • CA26 (Ventura): Julia Brownley and Jeff Gorell are in a very close battle, as are Carl DeMaio and Scott Peters in San Diego.
  • CA25 (Simi-Antelope): Steve Knight (R) is strongly leading Tony Strickland (R).
  • In the Tri-Valley, AD16, Catharine Baker beats Tim Sbranti (D).
  • In the Sacramento Dem-on-Dem Assembly races, Kevin McCarty and Jim Cooper win.
  • And, then we have AD39, where an unkown "housewife" is leading Raul Bocanegra

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nick Anas and Ricardo Lara!





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  • Capitol Weekly, UC Center and Leadership California Institute present A Post-Mortem of the Election, Nov 6 in Sacramento. Over two dozen participants, including Jim Brulte and Ace Smith.  The day concludes with a Welcome Reception for New Legislators. Click here for info or call 916-444-7665.
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Five Takeaways From Election Day In California | The California Report | Kqed News
It was, as one political observer called it, the “meh election” in California — a mismatch in the state’s marquee race, a nasty and largely confusing fight over health care initiatives, and an electorate both a little gloomy about the future … but mostly unwilling to cast a vote for change.

Ed Lee expected to announce re-election run
With Tuesday’s election in the rearview mirror, look for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to announce that he’ll seek re-election — setting the stage for next year’s political battle royal. Lee has taken his share of political lumps in the past year, most notably the defeat of the 8 Washington waterfront development he backed and the Warriors’ retreat from their plans to build an arena on Piers 30-32. Much of the money came from developers, contractors, unions, the tech community and Pacific Heights society crowd — all groups that Lee hopes to tap for his re-election campaign next year. Two of the biggest winners in Tuesday’s election could be the Oakland Military Institute and the Oakland School for the Arts — charter schools that may inherit a nice piece of the $20 million-plus in campaign donations that their founder, Gov. Jerry Brown, didn’t spend on his re-election. Many of his supporters in the public-employee unions would like Brown to use his clout and campaign cash to pass a permanent sales tax hike, replacing the Proposition 30 increase that will expire at the end of 2016.

Props. 1 And 2 Pass; Sentencing Reform Measure Is Leading
A proposal for sweeping changes in California's sentencing of drug and petty theft crimes was leading in early returns Tuesday as voters rejected a pair of healthcare initiatives that set off the year's fiercest ballot measure campaigns.

California Democrats' Bid For Legislative Supermajorities In Jeopardy
With Democrats attempting to regain their two-thirds advantage over Republicans in the Senate -- and hold on to it in the Assembly -- both parties had their eyes on a handful of races that could tip the scales of power in Sacramento.

Republican Janet Nguyen Wins O.C. Senate Seat, Ap Says
Republican Janet Nguyen  was elected Tuesday to a state Senate seat in Orange County that had been targeted by both major parties.

New Hampshire Senate: Democrat Jeanne Shaheen Wins Reelection
New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen won reelection to a second Senate term Tuesday, withstanding a late push by Republicans to use a toxic national political environment against her.

Transportation measures in S.F., Alameda County win early support
Michael Cabanatuan @
Voters in San Francisco and Alameda County appeared willing Tuesday to put their money where their commutes are by backing ballot measures to raise billions for transportation improvements that put an emphasis on transit, bicycles and pedestrians. San Francisco voters were supporting Proposition A, a $500 million bond measure to be used for redesigned streets, more bike and transit-only lanes, updated traffic signals, improved maintenance facilities, and new elevators and escalators at Metro stations. The proposition, part of a multiyear transportation funding package recommended by a task force appointed by Mayor Ed Lee, enjoyed broad political support from politicians and community leaders who said the city has neglected its transportation infrastructure. Increasing congestion, a planning strategy that increasingly de-emphasizes driving, and an overwhelmed infrastructure have made transportation a key issue in San Francisco, and Tuesday’s ballot featured three propositions as well as a race for the BART Board of Directors. The measure, sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener and opposed by the mayor, would add $22 million to the Municipal Transportation Agency budget in 2015, with the bulk of the money going to Muni capital projects.

Voters Defeat Health Insurance Rate Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
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Voter Registration And Elections, Sacramento County, California, Usa
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Surveys of Voters Signal Dismay With Both Parties
s elections, voters signaled that they were at least as negative about Republican legislators as about President Obama.

How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax When Other Cities Failed? | News Fix | Kqed News
Berkeley was the first city in the country to adopt many measures that have gone on to become mainstream, including voluntary integration of its public schools, benefits for domestic partners, a ban on Styrofoam cups, a ban on smoking in restaurants, a ballot measure drawing attention to global warming, and commercial rent control.

Results Are Mixed On Soda Tax And Anti-fracking Ballot Measures
Voters in San Francisco defeated a measure Tuesday that would have imposed a tax on sugary drinks, while a similar proposal in Berkeley was leading by a wide margin.

Voters supporting Alameda County transportation tax
Some provisional and election-day mail-in ballots were still uncounted. Measure BB would devote most of its money — nearly $5 billion — to transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including $400 million toward a Livermore BART extension and $1.5 billion to boost AC Transit service.

Election Night 2014 | The Sacramento Bee
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Readers blame Koch brothers et al., fellow voters for election results
Voters in California once again elected Democrats to fill every statewide office -- even for contests in which party affiliation was largely irrelevant and the Republicans mounted strong campaigns -- deepening the Golden State's blue political hue.

Democratic Disaster Casts Shadow On Nancy Pelosi - Politics Blog
Democrats lost at least 14 seats Tuesday, including the one held by first-term Rep.

Leaders Cite Reasons Democrats Failed To Regain State Senate Supermajority
Political scandals, low voter turnout and concern about one political party having too much power were cited by legislative leaders and others as contributing factors in the failure of Democrats to regain a supermajority in the state Senate in Tuesday’s election.

Californians OK Proposition 2, On Rainy Day Fund
Proposition 2, to strengthen California's rainy day fund, has passed, AP reports.

California Voters Reject Propositions 45, 46, 48; Pass 47
Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati @
An Indian gaming proposal also failed.

Torlakson holds lead in state superintendent race
While state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson held a lead over Marshall Tuck in election returns Tuesday night, the incumbent warned of reveling too soon and the challenger said results could change.

Sandra Fluke, Feminist Made Famous By Rush Limbaugh, Loses Badly In Bid For State Senate | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News And Events | La Weekly
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