California Election Results, As the votes are counted, you can get the latest information on results in all of the state’s political races, from president to state Assembly.
Our searchable database allows you to see the most up-to-date vote counts in this unprecedented primary election, run under new primary rules and newly drawn political maps.
Check in on the hottest local races around the state, including pension battles in San Diego and San Jose that are being closely watched in Sacramento as state lawmakers contemplate changes to retirement benefits statewide.
Voters will also decide whether to assess a new $1 per-pack tax on cigarettes and make changes to the state’s term-limits law.
And oh yeah, we also have a presidential contest tonight, though the outcome was all-but-decided weeks ago, as President Obama and Mitt Romney each stand to win their party’s primary contest here. (Los Angeles Times)
Governor Scott Walker, If you slipped into a coma a year and a half ago, you’d wake up today and see that very little’s changed in Wisconsin since you were gone. Winters still require thermals and a sense of adventure. Brats, beer and squeaky cheese curds are still the Badger State’s three main food groups. And in the fall, 73,000 cheeseheads will flock to Green Bay and hover over a hallowed swath of frozen tundra named for a guy who went by “Curly.”
And yes, Scott Walker is still the state’s governor.
Last night, after defeating Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett – for the second time – 60%-40%, Walker clinched the state house again to become the first U.S. governor to survive a recall effort.
Barrett will return to Milwaukee, and thousands of protesters will (hopefully) return to their jobs and business as usual. Walker won’t have to update his resume, and no one’s scraping his name off his office door.
But as much as life in Wisconsin stays the same, everything has changed, of course.
Because what happened in Wisconsin doesn’t stay in Wisconsin, despite what President Obama, his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee will claim to the contrary.
Indeed, their trying to spin Walker’s win will be fun to watch. We’ll likely hear about evil Super PAC money, even though, when it came to the types of donors that contributed to Scott Walker, only 5% were PACs. Ninety-one percent were individuals.
We’ll hear that Wisconsin was, in the end, a success for big labor, as one million collective-bargaining champions signed a petition that very nearly ousted a sitting governor.
And we’ll hear that Walker’s win is irrelevant for Obama; that Wisconsin will prove in November it can live a double life – the same polls that had Walker winning also have Obama winning in November. (New York Daily News)
Wis Election Results, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.
The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.
In an interview, Walker said it was time “to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward.”
The governor said he planned to invite lawmakers to meet as soon as next week over burgers and brats to discuss ways to bridge the political divide.
With nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting, Walker had 55 percent of the vote, compared with 44 percent for Barrett, according to early returns tabulated by The Associated Press.
In his concession remarks, Barrett said the state had been left “deeply divided” by the recall battle.
“It is up to all of us, their side and our side, to listen. To listen to each other,” Barrett said.
Democrats and organized labor spent millions to oust Walker, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to Walker. Republicans hope the victory carries over into November and that their get-out-the-vote effort can help Mitt Romney become the first GOP nominee to carry the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Romney issued a statement saying Walker’s victory “will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin.”
Walker “has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses,” Romney said. “Tonight voters said no to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and yes to fiscal responsibility and a new direction.”
The recall was a rematch of the 2010 governor’s race. Throughout the campaign, Walker maintained his policies set the state on the right economic track. Defeat, he said, would keep other politicians from undertaking such bold moves in the future. (AP)
John Edwards Charges, The jury in the trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards spent more than 50 hours deliberating six counts stemming from allegations that he accepted illegal campaign contributions, falsified documents and conspired to receive and conceal the contributions.
On Thursday, jurors emerged to announce they had reached a decision on one count but none of the others. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ordered them back into the jury room to continue deliberating, but declared a mistrial after they returned less than an hour later to announce the deadlock.
The result leaves prosecutors to decide whether to re-try Edwards. There was no immediate comment from the Justice Department, which prosecuted the case.
Here is a breakdown of the charges that the jury deliberated:
Count 1: Conspiracy (carried a maximum 5-year sentence)
Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, was accused of conspiring to receive and conceal contributions in excess of the allowed limits from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron, a now-deceased Texas lawyer who was Edwards’ finance chairman. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, the most an individual could contribute to any candidate in 2008 was $2,300 in the primary election and $2,300 in the general election.
Prosecutors argued that Edwards, while a candidate for federal office, accepted $725,000 from Mellon and more than $200,000 from Baron. Counts 2-5 reflect that accusation.
Count 2: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)
Edwards was accused of receiving contributions from Mellon in excess of federal limits in 2007.
Count 3: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)
Edwards was accused of receiving contributions from Mellon in excess of of federal limits in 2008. He was acquitted on this charge — the only count that the jury reached a verdict on. (CNN)
The President’s ‘secret Kill List’, When it comes to the “secret kill list”-a regularly updated chart showing the world’s most wanted terrorists-President Barack Obama is the “final moral calculation” in the kill or capture debate, according to the third in a series of New York Times articles assessing his record.
And despite his liberal background, Obama has taken an aggressive approach to countert*rror*sm.
The Times said it interviewed three dozen current and former advisers to Obama, who described his “evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda”:
They describe a paradoxical leader who shunned the legislative deal-making required to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, but approves lethal action without hand-wringing. While he was adamant about narrowing the fight and improving relations with the Muslim world, he has followed the metastasizing enemy into new and dangerous lands. When he applies his lawyering skills to countert*rror*sm, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against Al Qaeda-even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. Obama told colleagues was “an easy one.”
Part of Obama’s “evolution” on terror apparently began early in his term, when a drone strike resulted in civilian casualties:
Just days after taking office, the president got word that the first strike under his administration had killed a number of innocent Pakistanis. “The president was very sharp on the thing, and said, ‘I want to know how this happened,’” a top White House adviser recounted.
In response to his concern, the C.I.A. downsized its munitions for more pinpoint strikes. In addition, the president tightened standards, aides say: If the agency did not have a “near certainty” that a strike would result in zero civilian deaths, Mr. Obama wanted to decide personally whether to go ahead.
“The care that Mr. Obama and his countert*rror*sm chief take in choosing targets,” the Times said, “and their reliance on a precision weapon, the drone, reflect his pledge at the outset of his presidency to reject what he called the Bush administration’s ‘false choice between our safety and our ideals.’”
Romney Birth Certificate, Donald Trump, left, greets Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Washington – Finally, there is definitive proof: the presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.
Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy of Romney’s birth certificate released by his campaign. Willard Mitt Romney, the certificate says, was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.
His mother, Lenore, was born in Utah and his father, former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate George Romney, was born in Mexico.
So on a day when real estate and media mogul Donald Trump was trying to help Mitt Romney by stirring up a new round of questions about whether Democratic President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Romney’s own birth record became a reminder that in the 1968 presidential campaign, his father had faced his own “birther” controversy.
Back then, George Romney – who died in 1995 – was a moderate who was challenging eventual President Richard Nixon in the Republican primaries.
Records in a George Romney archive at the University of Michigan describe how questions about his eligibility to be president surfaced almost as soon as he began his short-lived campaign.
In many ways, they appear to echo today’s complaints that Trump and some other conservative “birthers” have made about Obama while questioning whether Obama – whose father was from Kenya and mother was from Kansas – was born in Hawaii.
In George Romney’s case, most of the questions were raised initially by Democrats who cited the Constitution’s requirement that only a “natural born citizen” can be president. (AP)