From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1 campaign:
An election recap from California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:
Our race was far from the only event that happened on Tuesday, and in case you missed it I wanted to fill you in on some of what went down.
First, Prop 1 passed overwhelmingly, allowing a $7.6 billion bond measure to move forward for California water infrastructure. In our state, water is a big deal. We’ve been dealt one dry year after another, and it’s time for serious action so we’re better prepared for future droughts. A lot is riding on this, and I’m pleased to see we’re doing something about it.
Prop 2 also passed with strong support, clearing the path for a “rainy-day” fund and requiring the state to set aside a pool of money every year for future, unforeseen needs. It’s smart and forward-thinking, and I was pleased to see it succeed.
I also want to take a minute to celebrate the passage of Prop 47, a measure that changes the way we prosecute non-violent, low-level crimes like drug possession and petty theft. The best part? Savings from this initiative will go to important efforts like mental health and anti-truancy programs to help reduce future crimes.
On this one, we really made ourselves heard. We said it’s time to get serious about truly violent and dangerous criminals. We said it’s time to stop warehousing the mentally ill in prison. And we said it’s time to change a criminal justice system that destroys futures and disrupts families over minor drug possession.
Together, we did it. We’re strengthening California, one day at a time, and I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished. On to what’s next!GavinRead More
From California Rep. Nanci Pelosi:
Though Tuesday night was a difficult election, we had Democrats win hard-fought campaigns because you stood with them every step of the way. And I want you to know how much I appreciate your support.
But we don’t have time to dwell on Tuesday’s results. Speaker Boehner and soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just laid out their Republican agenda in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. And it’s exactly what we feared:
- Repealing the Affordable Care Act
- Repealing rules that rein in corporate polluters and Wall Street excess
- Rewriting the tax code to give more tax breaks to billionaires
I want you to know that I will not stop fighting for the millions of Americans who are receiving affordable, quality health care — some for the first times in their lives. And I want you to know that I will never stop fighting to put the interests of middle-class families before the corporate special interests.
In other words, I’m not going anywhere. But I can’t do it alone. I need you standing with me and the President.
As striking as what the Republicans included in their agenda is what they left out.
- No mention of equal pay for women
- No mention of raising the minimum wage
- No mention of voting rights
It’s more important than ever that we speak boldly and clearly for the progressive values we share. Only by changing our political environment and broadening the universe of the electorate can we build a strong sense of community and an economy that works for everyone.
If you’re standing with us, I hope you’ll take the time to sign our note today:
Thanks again for all you do.
From our friends at the Dave Jones for California Insurance Commissioner campaign:
I feel very grateful to those who supported my re-election as Insurance Commissioner. Thank you for your support.
I am excited about the opportunity to continue our consumer protection work and our implementation of health care reform in California.
I am disappointed with the defeat of Proposition 45. Now California will not have the same authority that 35 other states have to protect consumers from excessive health insurance rate hikes.
Thanks to all who supported us in the effort to pass Prop 45. Our consumer coalition simply could not overcome the health insurers’ $57 Million barrage of false television commercials, radio ads, and slick mailers.
In my second term I will continue to work hard on your behalf. And I will take on the issues important to Californians, even when it’s not popular to do so and even when we face overwhelming opposition from entrenched interests.
Thank you again for your support. I look forward to continuing to work with you!
From our friends at the Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction campaign:
My message today is simple: thank you.
Thank you for your support. Thank you for your votes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue our work to serve California’s students.
We knew it wouldn’t be easy. They were strong, but we were stronger. They were tough, but we were tougher.
After all, I’m a teacher — and we did our homework.
We knew that when Californians look for direction on how to improve education that they don’t look to Wall Street. Instead they look to the people who are in the schools in their neighborhood every day — the teachers, the school employees, the teacher’s aides, the librarians, the nurses, the counselors.
This was a win for the people who do more than talk about improving education. It was a win for the people who do something about it.
So my thanks to everyone around the state who helped spread the word about our campaign. Your dedication and perseverance made this victory possible.
We said this a lot during our campaign because it’s true: our students only get one chance at a great education. So let’s all keep working together to secure a better future for California and for our kids.