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Tuesday, November 08, 2005
 
I spent most of today as well as much of the past few days in my persona as a grass roots activist instead of one of the internet's quieter shouters. Working on the No on 74 - 77 campaign, the news that was coming in during the day was mostly not good. In heavily blue Alameda, the turnout was lighter than expected. But we stayed at it and, at this point, it looks like our work paid off.

The current summary: 76 - 80 have all been defeated. 73 (parental notification), 74 (teacher tenure), and 75 (union busting) are too close to call but all trailing currently with 60% counted. Most of the vote still to come in will come from the blue counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and LA. But since there are also significant portions of Orange and San Diego unreported, a loss is still possible. It looks so close that we won't know for sure on 73 and 75 until pretty much the whole state reports. 74 is doing worse and is extremely likely to lose. You can get the word first here.

With the good guys winning in VA and NJ, and Arnold hovering between partial and complete defeat, it's been a good day overall. We've also had a victory for gay rights in Maine and defeat of a 'Democratic' turncoat in Minnesota. Dark spots include defeat of reform initiatives in Ohio and the loss of Donna Frye for Mayor of San Diego.

Update: Now at 84% counted and looking better and better. I think we can now officially write off 74 as a loser. 73 & 75 are trending in the right direction. There are no remaining votes to come in from Orange; not many from San Diego. Alameda and LA will furnish most of the remaining votes. I'd be pretty seriously surprised at this point if anything passes.


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