One way Republicans in Congress could avoid messy infighting on issues where they have differences with Donald Trump is to simply step aside and let the new president do the job.
Think of it as outsourcing Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested as much Wednesday when he told reporters that many of the GOP’s top priorities with the Trump administration could be done “unilaterally” by Trump – much the way some of President Obama’s top accomplishments were put in place.
California's two legislative leaders vowed Wednesday to fight any attempt by the administration of President-elect Donald Trump to roll back the state's achievements, but also said they were shocked by the results on election night.
"We woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California," said the statement from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount).
The two men were staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton. De León traveled to swing states several times to campaign for the defeated presidential candidate.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez conceded the U.S. Senate race Wednesday morning to Kamala Harris, congratulating the state attorney general for the win and pledging her support.
Sanchez made the announcement in press release, one night after declining to concede even after the Associated Press declared Harris the winner.
“Today, I called Ms. Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her win to the U.S. Senate,” Sanchez said in the statement. “As she prepares to head to Washington to represent the people of California, I offer my support.”
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.
California elections officials continued to sift through ballots cast by mail on Wednesday morning, and may not have a full handle on how many are left until Monday.
With the rise in absentee voting in California — it now accounts for more than half of the state's voter registration — election day has largely become an election month. Voters are casting their ballots as early as two weeks before the day of the election. They are also holding them longer, many turning them in to elections officials right before the 8 p.m. closing of polling places on election night.
This year, a new state law has kicked in that allows ballots to be counted that arrive in the mail up to three days after the election, as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 8. Normally, that would mean ballots must arrive by the end of Friday.
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.
California voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure to repeal the state’s death penalty, while a measure that would expedite and amend the death penalty process narrowly leads with more ballots left to be counted.
The final outcome will conclude a closely watched ballot race to address what people on both sides of the debate have agreed is a broken system.
Proposition 62, which would have replaced capital punishment for murder with life in prison without parole, garnered 46.1% of the vote.
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.