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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.