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Volume 134, Issue 6

Republicans Take All 3 Branches
GOP wins big nationwide, but loses big in California

Care Not Cash

San Francisco Supervisor Gavin Newsom's controversial Care Not Cash homeless reform ballot measure passed decisively on Nov. 5. Nearly 60 percent of voters passed Prop. N, which cuts financial aid to homeless adults and puts the money into services.
Republicans took control of all three branches of the federal government Nov. 5 in the midst of low voter-turnout nationwide and apathy from liberal voters who felt no representation of their ideals from Democratic politicians.

Although election results showed that the nation remains virtually split 50/50, hardcore voters on the right showed up and made the difference necessary to retake the Senate.

Democratic politicians were surprised and shocked by the results. The loss of the Senate seemed to be the final straw for many liberal voters who feel that the Democratic party has drifted too far to the center and become a "Republican-lite" party.

Meanwhile, it was a very different story in California where Democrats enjoyed a sweeping partisan victory.

Democratic politicians won every statewide office for the first time in history, picked up a seat in Congress, and held solid majorities in both houses.

Gov. Gray Davis pulled off a 47-42 percent win over challenger Bill Simon, much closer than expected. By comparison, Davis beat Dan Lungren by a whopping 58 to 38 percent in 1998.

Republican politicians were quick to spin the smaller margin of victory for Davis as a positive sign for future GOP prospects in California.