Here are the outcomes of my Kate Slate for yesterday’s November 6, 2012 Election.
If the results varied from my slate, I’ve
struck out my votes and included the actual outcome in italics.
President and Vice President – Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
United States Senator – Dianne Feinstein
United States Representative D12 – Nancy Pelosi
State Senator D11- Mark Leno
State Assemby D17 – Tom Ammiano
Board of Education – Rachel Norton,
Gladys Soto, Matt Haney, Sandra Lee Fewer, Jill Wynns
Community College Board – Steve Ngo, Rafael Mandelman, Chris Jackson,
Amy Bacharach, Natalie Berg
BART Director D7 –
Margaret Gordon As of 2012-11-13: Mallett
BART Director D9 – Tom Radulovich
Prop 30 – Taxes for Education – YES YES YES
Prop 31 – Two year state budget – NO
Prop 32 – Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction – NO
Prop 33 – Auto Insurance and Drivers’ History – No (again)
Prop 34 – Ends the Death Penalty –
Prop 35 – Human Trafficking Penalties –
Prop 36 – Amends the Three Strikes Law – YES
Prop 37 – Labeling Genetically Modified Foods –
YES YES YES No
Prop 38 – Taxes for Education Version 2 – (blank) No
Prop 39 – Tax Treatments for Multistate Businesses – YES
Prop 40 – New State Senate Districts – YES (again)
Prop A – City College Funding – YES YES YES
Prop B – SF Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond – yes
Prop C – Housing Trust Fund for Affordable Housing – yes
Prop D – Consolidate Elections – YES
Prop E – Create Gross Receipts Tax – YES
Prop F – A Two-Phase Plan to Evaluate Draining Hetch Hetchy –
eh, ok? No
Prop G – Policy Statement: Corporations are not People – eh, ok…
District 1 Supervisor – Eric Mar
District 3 Supervisor – David Chiu
District 5 Supervisor –
Olague, Rizzo London Breed
District 7 Supervisor – As of 2012-11-13: Norman Yee
District 9 Supervisor – David Campos
District 11 Supervisor – John Avalos
I have also been following a few other important races around the country:
Most historically, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin became our first openly gay Senator, and Wisconsin’s first female Senator. It will be great to have her progressive voice in the Senate. Also another huge win was Elizabeth Warren, who has been fighting the good fight for financial regulation for the 99%. Both these ladies are an inspiration and I wish them all the best.
There were more wins for women last night. Claire McCaskill shut out Todd Akin in Missouri, the man who said pregnancy does not result from “legitimate rape,” (of course relating it to his stance against abortion in the case of rape). And, in Indiana, Joe Donnelly wiped out Richard Mourdock who shares Akin’s stance on abortion and said recently that pregnancy resulting in rape was what “god intended” (oh and he also justified the gender pay gap–what a doll). I am happy to report that Rick Berg, who wants to charge any woman who gets an abortion with homicide (including when her life is in danger, and in cases of rape and incest), was defeated by Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.
I hope in my lifetime, my body won’t be a part of the political landscape, and I won’t have to talk about rape and pregnancy and abortion in political discourse. In the mean time, I am glad we can pick off some of the nut jobs who think I’m a lesser human because I was born with lady parts. In total, there are now 19 female Senators, more than ever in history! Let’s take the Presidency next.
On the civil rights front, Washington, Maine and Maryland have
both all legalized same-sex marriage. Minnesotans also rejected a measure for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a woman and a man. It was a good day for civil rights; now the rest of the country.
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use was passed both in Colorado and Washington, though it failed in Oregon; Arkansas rejected medical marijuana. It will be interesting to see how the Federal law versus states’ rights plays out on this issue in the coming years.
I am still waiting for the outcome of Bera versus Lungren for the House of Representatives. Looks tight, with less than 200 votes separating the two, and Lungren not conceding. (Some news sources have called it for Bera, but I can’t confirm it.) Lungren is anti-choice, even in cases of rape and incest; Bera smartly made the final stretch of the campaign about women’s health.
Finally, in Montana, parental notification was approved for those under 16 seeking abortion in most cases, in Florida taxpayers voted against restricting state funding for abortions, and in Massachusetts voters defeated an initiative to allow assisted suicide.
Overall, I am disappointed that Californians didn’t repeal the death penalty (voters: we have blood on our hands today). We also got bought by Monsanto and DuPont, giving up our own consumers’ right to know. Even so, it was an historic day for women in politics. Thanks, ladies for voting and turning out the vote.
I’ll do my best to update this page as the final results become available.
Thanks again for voting!