| Wins on 30/32 and legislative races. I'll be on KALW Your Call radio to discuss the results of the election at 10AM.
by Brian Leubitz
Sen. Leland Yee may just deserve as much credit as anybody for the big tunrout yesterday, turnout that may have yielded some key Democratic victories. His bill to move forward with online registration saw nearly a million new voters into the system, and record turnout resulted. Over the past few years, it has become crystal clear that higher turnout is a good thing for progressive causes.
On the national front, obviously President Obama's re-election and the victory for marriage equality in four states was huge. But, the results in California were not to be exceeded. Prop 32, the deceptive anti-labor Special Exemptions Act, was handily defeated and is now slightly below 44%. And in something of a surprise, Prop 30, additional revenue for schools, is on course for a relatively smooth passage. It is now sitting just below 54%. You can get the full ballot measure results here.
In other measures, the loss on Prop 34, the death penalty measure is a big disappointment. However, without much of a campaign budget, the anti-death penalty measure exceeded 47%. This is a good sign for the future to be sure. Wins on Prop 36, 3 strikes reform, and Prop 39, closing the out-of-state tax loophole, were also big wins for progressives.
The more surprising news is that it looks like California Democrats will have 2/3 supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature next year. There are a few close contests remaining that look good enough now that Speaker Perez has claimed a 2/3 majority in the Assembly. And in the Senate, all of the close races, save Cathleen Galgiani's race(SD-5), are leaning slightly towards Democrats. However, with 27 seats required for the 2/3 line, Republicans seem in danger of losing their relevance there too.
The big question is where the Dems go from here in what is rapidly becoming a one-party state.
Join me on KALW Your Call radio this morning at 10 to talk about the state (and national) races.