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[By Steven Luo | 7 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

California Governor Jerry Brown and state Democrats scored significant victories in Tuesday’s general election, as voters approved Brown’s proposed income and sales tax hike to support education and rejected a measure which would have weakened union influence in politics considerably.

And as of Wednesday morning, Democrats were elected or leading in 28 of the state’s 40 Senate seats and 54 of the 80 Assembly seats — results which, if they hold, would give them two-thirds supermajorities and the power to raise taxes without Republican support for the first time in recent memory.

[By Beat News Service | 6 Nov 2012 | No Comments]


CHICAGO, ILL — (11/6) — 2230 CST — Barack H. Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States.

Obama pocketed an early burst of momentum after key wins in the hotly-contested battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The race was decided in Obama’s favor after he carried the pivotal swing state of Ohio, pushing the Democrat past the 270 electoral vote margin necessary for victory.

[By Steven Luo and Jennifer Courtney | 6 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments]

Welcome to the Political Beat’s Election Night 2012 coverage of the November 6 General Election. We’ll be busy this evening updating results from important Bay Area and California races, including all of the statewide propositions and the Presidential race. Keep refreshing this page for the latest results and projections from the Political Beat team.

[By Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 23 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Medical marijuana supporters protesting in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

With President Barack Obama appearing in Oakland for the first time during his presidency, it was a given that Oakland residents — as well as protesters of all stripes — would turn up.

And the hundreds who showed up had many different messages for him.

[By Steven Luo | 22 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Arizona. (Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are expected to cross paths in San Francisco Sunday night as a last-minute change to Obama’s schedule brings him to the Bay Area one day earlier than expected.

Obama, who was previously scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area Monday afternoon as part of a three-day fundraising swing through Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and New Orleans, will now spend Sunday night in San Francisco after attending a memorial service in Aurora, Colo. for victims of Friday’s theater shooting.

[By Beat News Service | 6 Jun 2012 | No Comments]
Protesters await President Barack Obama's arrival at the Merchant's Exchange Building in Downtown San Francisco June 6, 2012. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

SAN FRANCISCO — In his shortest visit yet to the San Francisco Bay Area, President Barack Obama made a brief four-hour stop to headline two downtown fundraisers Wednesday, collecting more than $2 million from Democratic donors for his 2012 re-election bid.

Obama met with business leaders at a private business round table — hosted by San Francisco-based Salesforce.com at its headquarters in the Landmark Tower at One Market Street — before attending a luncheon at the Merchants Exchange Building on California Street.

[By Steven Luo | 6 Jun 2012 | No Comments]

In a sign that enthusiasm for new taxes amongst Bay Area voters might be cooling, the 27 tax and bond measures on Tuesday’s ballot in the six core Bay Area counties received a decidedly mixed reception from voters.

19 of the measures passed or were leading as of Wednesday morning, including all but one of the school facility bond measures facing voters. But two of three high-profile tax initiatives targeting SFO travelers failed in San Mateo County, and an Alameda sales tax hike which city leaders argued was desperately needed to pay for public safety fell far short of the required two-thirds margin.

[By Steven Luo | 6 Jun 2012 | No Comments]

Backers of California’s voter-approved open primary system, in which candidates of all parties appear together on one primary ballot with the top two continuing to the general election, argued that the measure would shake up state politics by giving more moderate politicians a chance for a general election matchup.

But while Tuesday’s open primary boded ill for at least one longtime incumbent who would likely have been safe under the old system, fewer same-party or otherwise unconventional general election matchups emerged than expected.

[By Steven Luo | 6 Jun 2012 | No Comments]
President Obama giving his speech. (Vanessa Guerra / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

President Barack Obama will squeeze in two San Francisco fundraisers Wednesday during a West Coast campaign swing — just two weeks after his last fundraising trip to the Bay Area.

Obama will headline a June 6 luncheon at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building on California St. in San Francisco, with tickets ranging from $5,000 for admission to $50,000 for “table captain” status.

[By Steven Luo | 5 Jun 2012 | No Comments]

California’s voter-approved open primary system will receive its first electoral test Tuesday as voters head to the polls to choose which candidates for Congress and the state legislature will face off in November’s general election.

Voters will also be asked to decide the fate of two statewide ballot measures — the fewest in four years — and Bay Area voters will be faced with the now-conventional parade of tax and bond measures to support cash-strapped local governments.