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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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The PEOPLE of Richmond, CA defeated Chevron last night!!

RICHMOND -- In a race that received national attention thanks to big money from Chevron, a slate of candidates on shoestring budgets swept their oil titan-backed opponents on Tuesday night in a resounding political defeat for the company and its campaign tactics.

Longtime local politician Tom Butt defeated his City Council colleague Nat Bates, garnering 51 percent of the vote to Bates' 35 percent.

In the race for three full-term City Council seats, outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (16.9 percent of the vote), incumbent Jovanka Beckles (16.2 percent) and challenger Eduardo Martinez (14.6) -- the "Team Richmond" slate backed by the Richmond Progressive Alliance -- swept despite a flurry of negative advertising against them. Incumbent Jael Myrick trounced Corky Boozé for a two-year seat.

Incumbent Jim Rogers was knocked out of his seat, finishing fourth by fewer than 300 votes with all precincts reporting.

Chevron spent big to elect Bates mayor and defeat the "Team Richmond" candidates who are hostile to the oil giant's mammoth refinery here, but voters rejected Chevron's efforts.


Oakland has a new mayor.

I'm in transit but I just got the alert that Councilwoman Libby Schaaf has been declared the new Mayor of Oakland. More details tonight.

Goodnight, everyone. Let me leave you with this...

SF: Sugary drink tax measure fails

Proposition E, a 2 cent per ounce tax on the purchase of sugary beverages that was heavily opposed by the American Beverage Association, was defeated at the polls Tuesday when fewer than two-thirds of voters supported the proposal.

The tax was proposed to combat health-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes. It drew the support of the majority of the Board of Supervisors, which voted to place it on the ballot, and a number of health organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the California Dental Association.

The American Beverage Association, which represents the large soda companies, had raised $7.7 million as of Sept. 30 to oppose the measure. The group's campaign had seized upon San Francisco's rising cost of living and growing income inequality, and had suggested in ads that the tax would increase the cost of groceries and meals at restaurants.

It is estimated that San Francisco consumes about 3 billion ounces of soda and other sugary beverages annually and that a 2 cent per ounce tax would decrease consumption by as much as 31 percent, according to a City Controller's Office report. Estimates said the tax could generate as much as $54 million a year.


The way things are going, I might be able to catch Agents of SHIELD tonight.

CNN reporter gleeful at Gardner rally.

He can barely repress a smile.

MOTHERF**KER Synder just won.

God, Michigan is so screwed.

It's time for a beer...

followed by a lot more.

It's not looking good for Crist.

DARN I thought we had it a couple hours ago.

Looks like Dems will hang onto KY State Senate

Being discussed on duos. Small consolation, but it's nice.
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