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Dems capture 6 down-ticket California races; AG awaits final count
Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/4/10 | Jon Ortiz

Posted on 11/04/2010 8:24:30 AM PDT by SmithL

Sacramento's Dave Jones emerged the winner Wednesday in a high-dollar battle to be California's insurance commissioner, becoming one of six Democrat victors in the seven down-ticket races for statewide offices.

The seventh race is a political cliffhanger for attorney general hopefuls Kamala Harris, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Cooley. Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots haven't yet been counted, and the race for the state's top law enforcer is tight enough that the late votes will determine the outcome.

Regardless of that race's result, the down-ticket balloting confirmed that California is a solidly Democratic state.

"The Republicans in California had some strong down-ticket candidates – lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, attorney general," said Jack Citrin, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. "But they couldn't get much done."

Democratic incumbents who won re-election were Debra Bowen, secretary of state; Bill Lockyer, treasurer; and John Chiang, controller.

The newcomers to statewide office are Jones and San Francisco Democratic Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Pittsburg.

Newsom beat Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to win the race for lieutenant governor.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: bluestate; goldenstate
Thanks, Arnold.
1 posted on 11/04/2010 8:24:34 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Geez..I feel bad for the conservatives out there. How horrible.

Shall we take bets on how long it will be before CA collapses completely?


2 posted on 11/04/2010 8:26:42 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: SmithL

Hey, Arnold gave it a valiant effort his first year, but then he had to think about life once he got back to Hollywood.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 8:29:19 AM PDT by counterpunch (“Some election nights are more fun than others” - Baraq Hussein 0bama)
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To: SmithL
Newsom beat Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to win the race for lieutenant governor

Gov. Pothead McMoonbeam and Lt. Gov. Any Twosome Newsome. Good going, California!

Oh, and by the way... all that talk about you being the "leading edge" of cultural change in America -- There's no truth to it, so get over yourselves.

4 posted on 11/04/2010 8:29:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: SmithL
Wow. Everything is fine in California. Sorry about your plight. If I owned a business in your state I'd think I had a target on my back this morning.

But I don't want the new Republican Congress to permit a bailout of California or New York or Illinois or other bastions of runaway liberalism. The rest of the country wants to cut back on free-spending.

5 posted on 11/04/2010 8:30:20 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Shall we take bets on how long it will be before CA collapses completely?

The sooner the better. No benefit to be had in dragging out the inevitable.

6 posted on 11/04/2010 8:33:01 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: ScottinVA

NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA


7 posted on 11/04/2010 8:34:57 AM PDT by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: ScottinVA

NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
NO FEDERAL BAILOUTS FOR CALIFORNIA


8 posted on 11/04/2010 8:36:33 AM PDT by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: SmithL

They could have tourism commercials that say- “Visit California, were not Detroit -yet.”


9 posted on 11/04/2010 8:37:58 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: SmithL

I actually think this is setting the stage for an attempted take-over by Mexico, via economic collapse, social upheaval and a heavy presence of armed “separatist” thugs out in the streets.

Probably not for another 5-10 years... but I see it coming.

Whether or not it will bear its intended “fruit” is another question... but I do think the attempt will take place and that the current insane leftist-induced economic collapse will be the catalyst.


10 posted on 11/04/2010 8:38:28 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SmithL

Their heading for the cliff. Why stop now? The people have spoken. Mass Suicide...aka Jim Jones syndrome.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 8:41:13 AM PDT by Jerry Attrick
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To: SmithL
The California State Republican Party has failed for many years to do anything significant.IMO. (I don't count Arnold as significant)

They need a Sarah palin type to emerge, shake up and reorganize following a Tea Party model.

The public just doesn’t trust professional politicians, analysts nor consultants.

12 posted on 11/04/2010 8:45:20 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Brett66

As the major port for Asian trade and great tourist amenities, California has natural advantages that Detroit never had. That it has mimicked Detroit only shows how badly libs are bungling things.


13 posted on 11/04/2010 8:46:25 AM PDT by qwertypie
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To: samtheman
With the Product people moving out of California it has become a welfare state. Way to many lazy, phoney Christian, non-assimulated people to overcome. With the continued exodus sane bastions like the Inland Empire and Orange County will be whittled down by the likes of the Sanchez sisters.

I see no circumstances were there can be a turnaround and yes I'm a life long California Republican wondering when my time is up in this State.

14 posted on 11/04/2010 8:51:57 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: SmithL

If I remember correctly there was a proposition on the ballot in California about global warming, did it pass?


15 posted on 11/04/2010 8:53:48 AM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: engrpat

Prop 23 failed.

Typical California voters.

Sigh.


16 posted on 11/04/2010 8:57:45 AM PDT by Califreak (November 2008 proved that Idiocracy isn't just a movie anymore)
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To: SmithL

90% of Calif Counties voted Republican; 10% voted Dimocrat.
The 10% are located on the coast. These 10% hold the vast majority of the population. The State sould be split on a north-south line into West California and East California.
(Better name: Crazy Nutsafornia and Sane California.)


17 posted on 11/04/2010 8:57:51 AM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: DAC21

Atlas will eventually shrug....


18 posted on 11/04/2010 9:23:25 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Your Question: "Shall we take bets on how long it will be before CA collapses completely?"

Response: The "Coalition" must get rid of Proposition 13 first, then they can steal the last item of middle class wealth in the State.

19 posted on 11/04/2010 9:35:49 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SmithL

It’ll be Harris, either in the count or the recount. After all, the Secretary of State is a democrat.

The only explanation I can see for the failure of Prop 19 is that the voting of Californians shows they are already totally stoned.


20 posted on 11/04/2010 10:20:37 AM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: elpadre

Unions control the state and we have the tail wagging the dog here.


21 posted on 11/04/2010 10:28:06 AM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: SmithL
I would like to know who the Republican king makers are in California. We need to throw these so-called king makers out of the party and put real conservatives, like McClintock in charge of the party. Having lived in California for many years, it just seems obvious that those in control of the California Republican party have no interest in being a majority party. We need to kick some RINO ass in California if we have any hope of saving this lost state.
22 posted on 11/04/2010 11:12:24 AM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: elpadre
You are absolutely right!!! It cannot happen soon enough. These Rino’s are destroying the state that gave us Ronald Reagan.
23 posted on 11/04/2010 11:15:10 AM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: SmithL

If anyone ever needs proof of the failures inherent in liberalism, just take one look at The Formerly Great State of California

What was probably the greatest place in the world is now a total disaster


24 posted on 11/04/2010 1:48:06 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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