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BREAKING: California Democrats Say Win Supermajority in California State Assembly

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: FLASH: California Democrats say win supermajority in California State Assembly

November 7, 2012

AM Alert: Supermajority? Not yet, but Dems can get the champagne ready the champagne
VIDEO: Dan Walters says the defeat of Proposition 31 "sets back the whole notion of reforming California's government," which he says the state needs.

They can't pour the champagne yet, but Democrats dreaming of controlling a supermajority of both legislative houses can unpack the bottle this morning.

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez declared Tuesday night that Democrats had secured two-thirds of the seats in the lower house, and trends in the Senate appeared to be following suit early this morning.

Entering Election Day needing two additional Senate seats to achieve a supermajority, Democrats were leading in four of five key districts: Fran Pavley led by 4 percentage points in District 27, with 97 percent of precincts counted; Richard Roth by 8 percentage points, District 31, 48 percent of precincts counted; Marty Block, 14 percentage points, District 39, 100 percent of precincts; and Hannah-Beth Jackson by 10 percentage points, District 19, 100 percent of precincts.

The key Senate race in which a Republican led early this morning was a nailbiter, with Bill Berryhill edging Cathleen Galgiani in a San Joaquin County-based district. The margin was 51 percent to 49 percent, with 100 percent of precincts counted.

The hard-fought, hotly contested 7th Congressional District race pitting Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren against Democrat Ami Bera remains too close to call. Bera led 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, with 100 percent of precincts counted but numerous absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be tallied.

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/11/am-alert-california-democrats-legislature-supermajority.html

"Europe will be waking up this morning with a general sigh of relief."


7 November 2012
Last updated at 02:43 ET

Obama second term: What it means for the world

Now that President Obama has won re-election, what will a second term mean for US relations with other countries?


The BBC's Chris Morris in Brussels writes: Europe will be waking up this morning with a general sigh of relief. Opinion polls have always shown President Obama to be more popular than Governor Romney across the continent - but for most governments, too, continuity in Washington is better than a changing of the guard. The US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner - as well as the President himself - has been closely involved in discussions on the eurozone. The EU is so embroiled in its internal debates on the eurozone crisis that it doesn't want any external distractions.

The EU has also been working closely with the Obama administration on a variety of foreign policy issues - Iran in particular. Even if some of the key personnel change in a second Obama term, the President's victory means there will be no dramatic change of course for European capitals to deal with.


Both candidates were highly critical of China, taking Beijing to task over what they saw as the country's unfair trade practices”

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The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul writes: Much in Afghanistan is viewed now through the prism of the ending of the US-led combat mission here. A change in Commander-in Chief was unlikely to make much of a difference to American policy - there was little difference between the candidates, aside from Mitt Romney's claim that he would listen more to generals on the ground.

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Many in Iran were concerned that a Republican win would mean war, and believe a Barack Obama victory makes life safer for the people”

The BBC's Mohsen Asgari in Tehran writes: Many in Iran were concerned that a Republican win would mean war, and believe a Barack Obama victory makes life safer for the people, because the US will move quickly to set up a new round of talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions.


Minnesota's Gay Marriage Ban DEFEATED. That's a 4-0 Victory For Gay Marriage Supporters

Dave Weigel via Twitter.

Minnesota defeated ban.

Maryland approved gay marriage.

Maine approved gay marriage.

Washington state appears to be approving it.

10 Right-Wingers Who Got Election 2012 Hilariously Wrong


10 Right-Wingers Who Got Election 2012 Hilariously Wrong

Faith-based analysis doesn't cut it. Maybe in 2016, they'll read Nate Silver like normal people.

AlterNet / By Editorial Staff COMMENT NOW!
10 Right-Wingers Who Got Election 2012 Hilariously Wrong
Faith-based analysis doesn't cut it. Maybe in 2016, they'll read Nate Silver like normal people.
November 6, 2012 |

We really had a contest between the reality-based community, and a conservative movement that had convinced itself that Obama was so heinous that there was simply no way the American people could possibly re-elect him. Progressives read the polling averages, and read Nate Silver to stave off the anxiety created by a beltway media intent on making the race appear to be a toss-up. As conservatives slept, they dreamed of Ronald Reagan's electoral maps, all painted red, and a defeated, weak Democrat limping off the field of battle, chastened by Real America.

They say the only poll that counts is the final one. And it has revealed a number of conservative pundits – people who make their living gauging the state of the race – to be utterly clueless. So join us, as we take a tour of their wild swings-and-misses. Enjoy the Schadenfreude!

1. Michael Barone

You almost get the sense that Michael Barone, a relatively fact-based analyst, drew the short straw for this one .

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Barone then called all of the contested states except for Nevada for Mitt Romney.

Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney. But he could drop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and still win the election. Fundamentals.

2. Peggy Noonan's Good Vibrations

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All the vibrations are right.

Oh, Peggy.

3. Karl Rove: Party ID


VIDEO: Nate Silver On How He Got It Right

Election Results 2012: Nate Silver on How He Got It Right

Published on Nov 6, 2012 by TheNewYorkTimes

Nate Silver and Megan Liberman discuss President Obama's re-election win.

NYTIMES VIDEO: Nate Silver On How He Got It Right

Paul Krugman: The Real Real America "A Huge Night for Truth, Justice, and The Real American Way"


November 7, 2012, 2:08 AMComment

The Real Real America

So, for a while there during the campaign it seemed very iffy. But in the end, discipline and being on the right side of the issues prevailed. Yes, Elizabeth Warren won!

Oh, and that guy Obama too.

Tomorrow — or I guess today — comes the cleanup; when thousands, perhaps millions, of right-wing heads explode, it makes quite a mess. Also, notice that the polls were right. I wonder if I can get invited when Nate Silver is sworn in as president?

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For a long time, right-wingers — and some pundits — have peddled the notion that the “real America”, all that really counted, was the land of non-urban white people, to which both parties must abase themselves. Meanwhile, the actual electorate was getting racially and ethnically diverse, and increasingly tolerant too. The 2008 Obama coalition wasn’t a fluke; it was the country we are becoming.

And sure enough that more diverse and, if you ask me, better nation just won big.

Notice too that to the extent that social issues played in this election, they played in favor of Democrats. Gods, guns, and gays didn’t swing voters into supporting corporate interests; instead, human dignity for women swung votes the other way.

A huge night for truth, justice, and the real American way.


Glenn Greenwald: "As A Speech, That Was Insanely Good."

Via Twitter.

CHART: Battleground States...

CBS Current Projection Puts Electoral College At: 303-206

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