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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:32 PM

California becomes dark dark blue.

California Democrats emerge more powerful after election

Democrats, already the dominant political force in California, are only getting more powerful in the Golden State.

From ballot measures to state legislative races, voting results available Wednesday morning showed the balance of power in the Capitol skewing more than ever in Democrats' favor, sometimes in unexpected ways.

For starters, they are poised to gain a two-thirds majority in both houses of the California Legislature. While such a supermajority was always within reach in the Senate, it was a much longer shot in the Assembly.

“It’s a mandate to govern in the interest of the people of the state,” Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D–Los Angeles) said. “It means we’ve got to be very serious about focusing on the crucial issues of the state like job creation.”

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/11/california-democrats-.html

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Reply California becomes dark dark blue. (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #1
abelenkpe Nov 2012 #2
dhill926 Nov 2012 #3
Tikki Nov 2012 #22
lunatica Nov 2012 #4
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #6
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #18
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #26
KamaAina Nov 2012 #23
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #24
bunnies Nov 2012 #7
Ya Basta Nov 2012 #8
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #10
bunnies Nov 2012 #19
Prism Nov 2012 #14
bunnies Nov 2012 #16
KamaAina Nov 2012 #21
dem4ward Nov 2012 #9
NuttyFluffers Nov 2012 #11
bemildred Nov 2012 #13
amborin Nov 2012 #12
loudsue Nov 2012 #15
KamaAina Nov 2012 #20
KamaAina Nov 2012 #17
slackmaster Nov 2012 #25

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:34 PM

1. +100

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:39 PM

2. Joy!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. the color of our beautiful....

SoCal sky (when it's not smoggy that is)....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:09 PM

22. And our beautiful Pacific Ocean, (when it's not churning in the fog)...

Come see our Deep Blue State...all Welcome....


Tikki

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:55 PM

4. That's great news!

Maybe we can get things done now!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:56 PM

5. We gave some baggers the boot!!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:57 PM

6. Last time I checked (August), unemployment rate in CA was 10.8%. So I'm not

 

holding my breath that the Dems are going to do anything substantive to fix that.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:06 PM

18. Should they build factories?

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:47 PM

26. Hunh? Should who build factories? - n/t

 

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:14 PM

23. Last time I checked (just now), it was 9.7%.

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/countyur-400c.pdf

Still way too high, but not shabby to shed a full point in a couple of months.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:39 PM

24. I'm not a policy wonk, but it seems upon a cursory review that CA follows

 

a different reporting schedule than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Upon checking the EDD site just now, I observed the following (slightly redacted for better formatting):

Sept. 12 Aug 12 Sept. 11
Civilian Unemployment 1,876.5 1,935.6 2,153.0
Unemployment Rate 10.2% 10.6% 11.7%
United States Unemployment Rate 7.8% 8.1% 9.0%

So I think it appears the rate dropped by .5% in one month (from 10.6% to 10.2%).

http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/Content.asp?pageid=4

On edit: for some reason, the formatting I've done is not transferring.



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:03 PM

7. WTF happened w/ prop 37 then?!

Why California?! WHY?

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Response to bunnies (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:10 PM

8. It makes no sense to me either.

 

Sometimes I don't understand what goes through some people's mind at the ballot box.

Hopefully next time.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:14 PM

10. death penalty prop is failing also. :-(

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:06 PM

19. I guess I just dont 'get' California Democrats.

First Prop 8 now these?! I can't wrap my head around it.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:51 PM

14. A lot of very liberal people voted against it.

I was one of them. I just don't cotton to anti-science fearmongering no matter which side it's coming from.

I researched the issue and voted against. So did more than half the Democratic friends and family I asked about it.

I would vote for a narrower law, however. Without special exemptions.

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Response to Prism (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:05 PM

16. Its not fearmongering.

Its the right of people to know what manufacturers are putting in our FOOD. GMO corn has already been shown to cause cancer in mice and you dont think I should get to know whether or not GMO ingredients are in my food? Why?

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Response to Prism (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:09 PM

21. See post 20 below.

"Special exemptions" is a Big Agribusiness talking point.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:11 PM

9. Even more sealed when the

 

Supreme court rules against DOMA & Prop 8!!! You know it's coming!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:26 PM

11. and it's all thanks to our Sec. of State Debra Bowen

once she kicked those corrupted e-vote machines to the curb (keeping only those necessary for Disabilities Act) CA went from being in play and swinging right w/ Ahhnold to -- within Ahhnold's own term! -- begin the long march to this glorious position.

you wanna fix your "red state woes" and get your votes counted? Get a Secretary of State devoted to protecting and facilitating your RIGHT to vote. the proof is in CA's reality.

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Response to NuttyFluffers (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:46 PM

13. +1. Ms Bowen has been a jewel.

However some credit must go the the recent redistricting changes made here too.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:43 PM

12. unless you look at the la times interactive map and see how dark red

large swathes of the state are.

Orange county has always been red; but it turned blue in 2008; now, it's back to red.

But worse are all the communties along the entire eastern stretch of the state, from north to south,'; and the border between red and blue keeps creeping westward. Many counties across the north are also red.

There's work to be done to move these people leftward.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:03 PM

15. Except that they handed a victory to Monsanto and GMO foods.

What in the hell were they thinking?

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Response to loudsue (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:06 PM

20. They weren't thinking

they just absorbed a steady diet of slick No on 37 ads that were at least as full of malarkey as anything Mittwit or Lyin' Ryan came up with.

Example: "Meat in dog food has to be labeled, but meat for human consumption does not." Malarkey! It's not the meat in dog food that would have had to be labled, it's the grain-based fillers.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:05 PM

17. We can actually govern!

For years the repuke minority has gotten its way, thanks to the two-thirds supermajority required to raise (gasp!) taxes. Now they don't even have that! (pending the outcomes of two tight races in Assembly Districts 32 and 65 in which the Dem holds a slight lead)

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:41 PM

25. Let's see if a dark blue legislature can fix our dysfunctional state budget

 

If they can't do that, they will be seen as a failed operation.

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