The divisions that played out at the polls Tuesday continued later at the Selwyn Avenue Pub in Charlotte, where different political factions camped out on opposite sections of the patio, glued to competing TV screens.
“We had a hard time finding a bar that would even broadcast the action,” said Laura Heiser, a 40-something who moved to Charlotte from Oregon a year ago, and was huddled next to a fire pit with a plastic glass of New Moon beer. “When we came in here, Fox was on every station.”
When Heiser and her sister arrived at the laid back sports bar in Myers Park, an affluent Charlotte suburb, they asked the bartender to switch one of the giant patio screens to CNN. He obliged, only to refuse to turn the sound on because it was a sports bar.
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.