“VOTE for the one you dislike least,’’ is how the New York Post summed up today’s election, with a cover photograph of a woman holding her nose.
The tabloid, founded by Alexander Hamilton and now owned by Rupert Murdoch, leans to the right, but for the first time that anybody could remember it declined to endorse a presidential candidate. It was a slap in the face to Trump, who had received the Post’s endorsement in the primary. Its rival tabloid, the New York Daily News, has been solidly anti-Trump from the outset and ran on today’s front page a picture of Trump with the headline: “Stop the Don Con.”
Trump, who was born in Queens, is singularly unpopular is his hometown. A poll released last month by Siena College showed the Republican pulling only 17% of the vote in New York City, compared with 73% for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.