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Wednesday, December 7, 2005
GOP Retains Cox Seat
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:57 am

No surprise here.

Via Reuters: Republican wins US House seat in California

Republican favorite John Campbell won the race for a congressional seat in one of California’s most conservative districts on Tuesday, capping a special election watched nationwide for its bitter debate over illegal immigration.

Campbell, a state senator and wealthy Newport Beach entrepreneur with the support of the Republican Party, carried nearly 50 percent of the vote in a field of five candidates with more than a third of precincts counted, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

He was followed by Democrat Steve Young with 27 percent, county officials said.

Minuteman founder and dark-horse candidate Jim Gilchrist, who ran on the American Independent Party ticket and transformed the race into a de facto referendum on border security, was third with 22 percent.

Actually, the thing I found most interesting about the race was the Minuteman angle.

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Monday, December 5, 2005
Ouch
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:44 pm

Via the AP: Re-Election Cost Bloomberg $77 Million

That’ll affect the ol’ bank statement…

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Thursday, November 10, 2005
Only in America
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:10 pm

Via the AP: Jailed Man Wins School Board Election

The winner of a school board election didn’t campaign, attend forums or even go to any school board meetings before the vote — because he was in jail.

[…]

Hale, 40, was returned to prison in September for violating his parole on 1998 convictions for spousal abuse and drug possession, the California Institution for Men in Chino said, and is due to be released Feb. 15.

Just the kind of guy one would want on the school board.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
More Election Coverage
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:50 am

News:

  • WaPo: Democrat Kaine Wins in Virginia
  • NYT: Republican Extends Democrats’ Mayoral Losing Streak in City
  • Reuters: Washington-state voters reject gas-tax repeal
  • Reuters: Texas voters add gay marriage ban to constitution
  • Via the AP: Cincinnati Elects First Black Mayor
  • Via the AP: San Francisco Voters Approve Handgun Ban
  • From the Detroit Free Press: Detroit mayor stages come-from-behind win in re-election
  • Via the AP: Notable Measures on Nation’s Ballots

Blogs:

  • OTB: Off-Off Year Elections Help Warner, Hurt Bush?
  • The Reality-Based Community: Shutout?
  • Electoral Math: Election 2005: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Joe Gandelman: A Bad Night For GOP As Voters Send Angry Message
  • More later…
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Texas Results
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:40 am

They are all here.

Aside from the gay marriage amendment, which was hardly a nail-biter, the rest of the amendments are quite boring.

Via the DMN Gay-marriage ban coasts

Regarding the other amendments, the Austin-American Statesman has the following: Slate of amendments gets favorable returns early.

The election coverage page from the Houston Chronicle is HoustonChronicle.com: Election Central - 2004“>here.

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CA Says “No” (Eight Times)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:21 am

Via the LAT: Voters Reject Schwarzenegger’s Bid to Remake State Government

The Republican governor had cast the four initiatives as central to his larger vision for restoring fiscal discipline to California and reforming its notoriously dysfunctional politics.

The failure of Proposition 76, his spending restraints, and Proposition 77, his election district overhaul, represented a particularly sharp snub of the governor by California voters. It also threw into question his strategy of threatening lawmakers with statewide votes to get around them when they block his favored proposals.

Also, Schwarzenegger’s defeat on Proposition 75 was a major victory for his rivals in organized labor. It would have required unions for public workers to get written consent from members before spending their dues money on politics.

And, no wonder he lost:

Dogging the governor, as it has for months, was the California Nurses Assn., which organized a luau at the Trader Vic’s in the same hotel. As Schwarzenegger’s defeats mounted, giddy nurses formed a conga line and danced around the room, singing, “We’re the mighty, mighty nurses.”

The power of the conga line!

And the other four initiative failed as well:

Also on the ballot were four other initiatives. Voters were narrowly defeating Proposition 73, which would bar abortions for minors without parental notification. The state Republican Party promoted Schwarzenegger’s endorsement of the measure among evangelicals and other religious conservatives in a bid to boost turnout of voters who would back the rest of his agenda.

By a wide margin, voters also rejected rival measures on prescription-drug discounts. The pharmaceutical industry spent $80 million on a campaign to defeat Proposition 79, a labor and consumer-group proposal, and pass its own alternative, Proposition 78.

Voters also turned down Proposition 80, a complex measure to revamp rules governing the electricity industry. The initiative, sponsored by consumer advocates, tried to draw on public anger from the state’s 2000 energy crisis, but polls suggested that it confused voters.

Of the elections last night that have a clear meaning for forthcoming contests, this is perhaps the one that sends the clearest message. There is little doubt that Schwarzenegger is damaged and is in real trouble next year in terms of his re-election bid.

Yesterday was about Arnold, as another LAT story notes: Governor Was on Their Mind, No Matter How They Voted:

The election also was widely viewed as a referendum on the governor, who campaigned vigorously for a yes vote on four propositions, portraying them as essential reforms.

Given that they voted “no” on everything isn’t a good sign for the Governor.

Here are the results via the SecState’s office:

Propositions Yes Votes Pct. No Votes Pct.

73 N Minor’s Pregnancy 3,122,261 47.4 3,453,893 52.6

74 N Teacher Tenure 2,979,933 44.9 3,650,243 55.1

75 N Public Union Dues 3,085,601 46.5 3,538,152 53.5

76 N Spending/Funding 2,516,553 38.0 4,101,434 62.0

77 N Redistricting 2,667,371 40.5 3,906,991 59.5

78 N Rx Drug Discounts 2,711,777 41.5 3,810,710 58.5

79 N Rx Drug Rebates 2,516,134 38.9 3,939,405 61.1

80 N Electric Regulation 2,182,333 34.3 4,170,416 65.7

Those are all rather emphatic answers.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Bloomberg Wins Re-Election in NYC
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:27 pm

Via the AP: Mayor Bloomberg Romps to Win in New York

With 32 percent of precincts reporting, Bloomberg had 216,223 votes, or 56 percent, compared with Ferrer’s 160,423 votes, or 41 percent.

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More CA Election Coverage
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:26 pm

For a round-up of news stories on the CA election, check out California Conservative.

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Political Boobs
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:20 pm

(Sorry, I couldn’t the resist title).

Click.

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Corzine Wins in NJ
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:08 pm

Via the AP: Democrats Win Gov. Races in N.J., Va.

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Elections: Texas
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:07 pm

Down deep in Texas has some preliminary results.

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VA for the Dems, NJ Still Counting (But Leaning Dem as well)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:50 pm

Via Reuters: Democrats win Virginia, lead in New Jersey

Democrat Tim Kaine on Tuesday won a tough and sometimes nasty battle for Virginia governor that was watched closely for hints about the depth of
President George W. Bush’s political woes and the public mood ahead of next year’s congressional elections.

In New Jersey, Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine (news, bio, voting record) held a slim lead in early partial returns in the governor’s race, putting Democrats on the brink of a double-barreled win that would give them huge momentum heading into 2006.

Kaine, the lieutenant governor in Virginia, led Republican former attorney general Jerry Kilgore by about 51 percent to 46 percent with 86 percent of the precincts reporting.

Now we can all sit back and hear either that this spell doom for the Reps or that mid-terms don’t mean anything (it will depend who’s talking, of course).

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Election Watch: California
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:19 am

Election central for the California special election is Matthew Shugart’s Fruits and Votes. Here’s his latest in a series on the topic.

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Monday, November 7, 2005
Election Watch: California
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:44 am

Via the NYT: This Time, Schwarzenegger May Not Get a Hollywood Ending

The four ballot measures Mr. Schwarzenegger supports are trailing in the polls, and his re-election prospects next year appear, for now, to be dimming. His approval ratings are in a tailspin, and his stage presence has been drained of much of its bombast and bluster.

At a televised forum here last week, with audience members picked to represent a cross-section of voters, several questioners interrupted Mr. Schwarzenegger and accused him of distorting facts to sell the four ballot measures, which are among eight up for a vote in an election ordered specially by the governor.

[…]

In addition to deciding on the union dues measure, voters will determine who will draw legislative district boundaries, how much budget power to give the governor and whether to enact new rules governing the probationary period for new teachers.

Also on the ballot are measures on parental notification for teenagers seeking abortions and the regulation of electric utilities, and competing measures for discounts on prescription drugs.

The special election is a symptom of the partisan gridlock in Sacramento, where the Republican governor and the Democrat-dominated Legislature and its union backers agree on almost nothing.

Some interesting issues on the ballot. I am especially intetrested in the districting issue.

And, as F&Vs has noted, Arnold’s political slide has been raher remarkable:

A poll by the independent Field Research Corporation of San Francisco found that the governor’s call for a special election made voters less inclined to vote for his re-election next year. As of late October, only 36 percent of registered voters said they would support his re-election, the Field poll found. Fifty-five percent said they would not vote for him.

Matthew Shugart has some specifics on the ballot measures and the polling numbers. Indeed, he has several very interesting posts on the subject of tomorrow’s special election.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005
2005 Ballot Measures
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:56 pm

Via the AP: Some Notable Measures on Election Ballots.

Most interesting (to me, anyway) are the measures in California and Ohio to change the re-districting process by taking it out of the hands of legislatures.

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