It’s little comfort for Democrats who are devastated that Hillary Clinton lost the White House, but she managed to do something no Democrat has done since the Great Depression: win Orange County, a bastion of conservatism.
Clinton beat Donald Trump by nearly five percentage points, or 39,000 votes, in the county, which is a national symbol for the GOP — the home to Richard Nixon and the cradle of Ronald Reagan’s conservatism.
The last time a Democrat won the county was 1936. For decades, it was a GOP stronghold, with Republican presidential candidates routinely beating their Democratic rivals by double-digit margins.
The passage of Proposition 64 gives urgency to the need to find a system for handling the hundreds of millions of dollars now generated in cash by the marijuana industry in California, according to Fiona Ma, chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization.
The issue arises because federally regulated banks will not accept drug proceeds, so pot shops can't write bank checks or use credit cards to pay fees and taxes to the state.
In addition to pot shops having difficulty handling their deposits, the state faces a difficult situation accepting up to $1 billion in annual taxes in cash.
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) has lost her long, expensive battle against fellow Democrat attorney Eloise Reyes.
Reyes secured 53.3% of the vote with all precincts reporting, and the Associated Press called the race Wednesday morning.
This was one of the most closely watched Assembly races of 2016, partly because it was seen as a proxy battle between environmentalists and labor unions, who supported the more progressive Reyes, and oil companies and business groups, who bankrolled committees supporting Brown.
Ellection coverage on the front pages of today's newspapers are on display outside the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump surprised many in the country after weeks of polling data appeared to indicate Hillary Clinton was poised to win.
Donald Trump’s presidential victory preserves the Supreme Court’s narrow conservative majority by clearing the way for the new president to choose a jurist next year to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
And with Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, Trump likely will have a free hand in selecting someone with strong conservative credentials, confident his nominee will be confirmed.
The election dashes the hopes of liberals, who lost their best opportunity in more than 40 years to create a majority on the high court.
Tuesday’s approval of marijuana legalization initiatives in California and three other states has given momentum to efforts to decriminalize pot in other parts of the U.S., national activists said Wednesday.
However, the proponents are concerned that the election of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could reverse the federal government’s past policies that have had the effect of encouraging states to legalize pot.
Recreational marijuana use ballot measures were also approved Tuesday in Massachusetts and Nevada, and another is ahead in Maine, although that one may face a recount. Arizona was the only state to reject an initiative that would have allowed possession of recreational marijuana.