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Patt Morrison answers your questions about the CA propositions (archived chat)

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Robert Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies and Patt Morrison.

Have questions about what the outcomes of the California propositions mean for you or your family?  What will happen in the short term, now that Obama's reelection is in the bag? Where will the Republican Party go from here?

Join Patt Morrison and Bob Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies, for a live chat about the election results. 

Join in the conversation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and get your questions answered in real time. 

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UPDATE: Quest for a supermajority: Southern California State Senate election results

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A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

The great quest for Democrats in the general election was to capture a supermajority in the state Senate.

Going into the election, Democrats had 25 state Senate seats, Republicans 15. The Democrats needed two more to get a supermajority, which is the number of votes that would enable them to pass a state budget over Republican objections.

Two of the state's potential turnover seats were in Southern California's 31st and 27th Senate districts. Below are the latest results as of early Wednesday morning.

--Senate District 31: Riverside: Jeff Miller (R) / Richard Roth (D)
Republican incumbent Miller received the endorsement of Democrat Steve Clute. Republicans and Democrats were nearly equal in number as the general election neared. Republicans had mounted a big registration drive that was tainted by allegations that Democrats had unwillingly been re-registered as members of the opposition party. 
MILLER: 46%; ROTH: 54%

--Senate District 27: Agoura Hills: Todd Zink (R) / Fran Pavley (D)
Democratic incumbent Pavley had the money edge going into the race in this newly-drawn district in the western San Fernando Valley, with parts of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. She may have been too far left a candidate for this new territory, previously represented by Republican Tony Strickland, who is running for Congress. Prosecutor Zink, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, has spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
ZINK: 47%; PAVLEY: 53%


Southern California Assembly races — slam dunks to squeakers

All 80 of California's State Assembly seats were on Tuesday's ballot in contests that ranged from slam-dunks to squeakers.  Some of the races got pretty rancorous, too.

The citizen-led redistricting made many races more competitive than they had been in years. Changes in California law also led several districts to have general election runoffs featuring candidates from the same party.

Sacramento Bee reporter Torey Van Oot tweeted that Assembly Speaker John Perez told her he expected Democrats to secure a two-thirds majority in the lower house. Such a supermajority would remove the ability of Republicans to block Democratic budget votes.

Here's a rundown of some of the more competitive and noteworthy Southern California Assembly races. Complete results also on our results page.

--Assembly District 39: San Fernando Valley: Richard Alarcon (D) / Raul Bocanegra (D)
The voter fraud charges hanging over the head of Los Angeles City Councilman Alarcon seemed to take a toll. Bocanegra knows how Sacramento works — he's worked as legislative director for state senators.


Prop. 30 winning; what's next for schools, taxes

Prop. 30, a measure to increase taxes and stave off nearly $6 billion in education cuts, appeared to be headed for passage as election results trickled in early Wednesday.

The measure received support from 53 percent of voters with 72 percent of statewide precincts reporting and less than half of L.A. County's votes counted.  The passage marked the end of a last minute frenzy by Gov. Jerry Brown and supporters to reverse dropping poll numbers.

Prop. 30 will increase personal income tax for seven years on Californians earning more than $250,000. It would be implemented retroactively, starting Jan. 1, 2012. Those earning between $250,000 and $300,000 will pay 1 percent more. People making between $300,000 and $500,000 will pay 2 percent more and people making more than $500,000 will pay 3 percent more in taxes.


Asian-American community aims to demonstrate political power

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Nine Asian American organizations are partnering for a rally in downtown L.A. Saturday that is intended to demonstrate the community's growing political influence.

Clarissa Woo, Director of Policy Advocacy for the American Civil Liberties Union, says the purpose of the rally is “to highlight the importance of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to get out and vote.”  

Woo notes the AAPI community will play an important role this year's election.

“The AAPI community is the fastest growing community group in California," she says. "Asian-American voters have jumped over 33 percent since 2000, and APIs make up over 15 percent of the state’s population. The AAPI population, therefore, is a key voting bloc that remains largely untapped in terms of political power."

However, Woo also says that turnout rates among the AAPI community are lower than the average voting population. “I think that there is a strong need for bilingual cultural access for the community. Things are a bit daunting so it’s just overcoming all of that information,” Woo says. She adds that the ballot propositions may be difficult for those with language barriers to understand.