Jeffe’s post-election opinion: California Is An Alternate Universe

Fox & Hounds ran post-election commentary from Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe. The piece takes the election results from California as compared to the rest of the country.

Trump won with gangbuster support from the nation’s rural areas and small towns; California is the least rural, most urbanized, state. But it wasn’t just the Presidential vote that showed California existing in an alternate universe, out of orbit from the rest of the country. Although there may be no change in the makeup of the state’s Congressional delegation, Democrats were able to win back their super-majority in the State Assembly and maintain their Senate simple majority. No Republican even made the runoff for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat.   Moreover, the state’s voters veered left on a variety of issues, passing ballot propositions supporting, among other things, bilingual education, gun control, a cigarette tax and legalization of recreational marijuana. An initiative to repeal the death penalty was defeated in a relatively close contest.

Read the full opinion here.