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Election Day is over, but there are still 100,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots left to count in Fresno County. Registrar Brandi Orth said Wednesday morning that the process of counting about 76,000 mail-in ballots had begun.
● Sit tight: Thousands of ballots still being counted Bakersfield Californian
● Hundreds of thousands of votes left to count in Sacramento County Sacramento Bee
● Strong turnout, strong opinions in SJ Stockton Record
Democrat Jim Costa has defeated Republican Elizabeth Heng in the 16th Congressional District, which includes much of the city of Fresno and parts of Fresno, Madera and Merced counties.
Republican incumbent Jeff Denham held a lead Wednesday over Democratic challenger Josh Harder, who hopes he’ll pick up ground as election workers continue processing several thousand ballots yet to count in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
● Heated Central Valley Congressional Race Still Too Close To Call Capital Public Radio
● Josh Harder Supporters Gather And Wait For Results Modesto Bee
Rep. Devin Nunes defeated Democratic challenger Andrew Janz in the Valley’s premier race in the 2018 general election. With all precincts reporting, Nunes totaled 75,111 votes to Janz’s 59,528 (56 percent to 44 percent).
● Democrats take the House but Nunes isn’t worried Visalia Times-Delta
Rep. Tom McClintock held off Democratic challenger Jessica Morse in his quest for his sixth term in California’s 4th Congressional District seat.
● Tom McClintock Re-Elected In California's 4th Congressional District Capital Public Radio
One day after Democrats wrested control of Congress away from Republicans, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wasted no time in launching a bid for the role of minority leader, Politico reported Wednesday.
In one of the more contentious local races, incumbent Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) went head-to-head with Democrat challenger TJ Cox in Congressional District 21.
100-percent of precincts are reporting that democrat Melissa Hurtado beat republican incumbent Andy Vidak with 52-percent of the vote. The Sanger City Councilmember was up against Republican incumbent Andy Vidak who took about 48 percent of the vote.
● Vidak leads race for state Senate against Hurtado Hanford Sentinel
● Hurtado ousts incumbent Vidak in 14th state Senate race Bakersfield Californian
Salas went up for re-election against challenger and Hanford City Councilmember Justin Mendes.
● Assembly race close, Mendes leads in Kings County Hanford Sentinel
● Salas defeats Mendes, overcoming 11th-hour deficit, to retain 32nd AD seat Bakersfield Californian
Democrat Susan Talamantes Eggman appears to have scored a decisive victory Tuesday to again represent State Assembly District 13.
It's history in the making in Madera County. The elections office is still counting thousands of votes but early results are showing that Sally Moreno could be the new District Attorney. Making her the first woman to ever hold that position.
Of the three candidates vying for the only open City Council seat in Visalia-- Brian Poochigian takes the win.
● Brian Poochigian wins Visalia City Council race, takes Gubler's seat Visalia Times-Delta
An infusion of oil and gas money into the Arvin City Council race seemed to be doing the trick late Tuesday — but then, Wednesday morning, came the final numbers.
● Only 1 of 3 Arvin challengers supported by oil group wins seat Bakersfield Californian
With the first results in, Hanford City Council candidate John Draxler is leading Mayor David Ayers by almost seven percent (53.47-46.53), or a little over one hundred votes, in District A.
The voters of Atwater ousted one-term Mayor Jim Price on Election Day, supporting the new direction the city has moved in the past two years, according to Tuesday’s winners.
Former Livingston mayor Gurpal Samra is emerging as the favorite to win the four-way Livingston mayoral race, according to preliminary results.
● Could be weeks before Merced District 6 race winner is determined Merced Sun-Star
Fingers pointed to 4th District supervisor candidate Jose Gonzalez in the day after an election that saw incumbent David Couch beat two Latino candidates in a 68 percent Latino-majority district.
● Couch wins big in high-profile race in newly redrawn district Bakersfield Californian
California Candidate for Governor John Cox rolled into Madera to show his support for Republican candidates Rob Poythress for State Senate, 12th District; Elizabeth Heng, for U.S. Congress, District 16th; and Greg Conlon for State Treasurer.
Discord between Stanislaus County’s election office and poll watchers continued a day after Tuesday’s vote, with poll watchers continuing to claim some voters were not able to cast ballots.
While the elections were too early to officially call at deadline Tuesday, with over a quarter of the early votes counted, things looked good for Lemoore’s Measure D.
Visalia Times Delta
The name synonymous with education in Tulare County wasn’t supposed to lose on Tuesday night.
Measure P, a measure that would have funded work on parks in the city of Fresno California, failed. It did not land a simple majority: of votes counted Tuesday, 48 percent approved it, 51 percent turned it down.
The power of incumbency was on display in Tuesday’s election in key central San Joaquin Valley races, which shows that voters were satisfied enough with the jobs those officials were doing to keep them in office.
● Will incumbents hold congressional seats? Stockton Record
● Minority candidates see both success and veiled racism Stockton Record
Capital Public Radio
Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will likely have an even more Democratic Legislature to work with once he takes office in early January because of a surprise result in an overlooked state Senate seat.
● Democrats on verge of supermajority in both houses of CA Legislature San Francisco Chronicle
● Inside the Fight to Turn Red California Blue New York Times
On Election Day, California voters approved or denied 11 different propositions, which included regulations on dialysis centers, repealing the 2017 gas tax and wider local authority on rent control. See how the propositions fared.
● Here's How California's 11 Ballot Measures Fared On Election Night Capital Public Radio
● EDITORIAL: Populism loses to big money on California initiatives San Francisco Chronicle
Californians named a new governor and rejected a contentious ballot measure to repeal last year’s gas tax and vehicle fee increases. And many of the tight battleground Congressional races remain too close to call.
● The fight goes on: Election Night 2018 Brookings
Over the last four years, Gavin Newsom has campaigned in almost every corner of California. He has raised tens of millions of dollars, outlined dozens of policy goals, given hundreds of speeches and posed for countless selfies. That was the easy part.
● Gavin Newsom ‘loves’ Sacramento, but maybe not enough to live there Sacramento Bee
● Get to know your new governor: 9 things about Gavin Newsom Sacramento Bee
● John Cox was a different kind of Republican, but still lost like one Sacramento Bee
● Meet your next Gov, California. Here’s where Gavin Newsom stands on state issues Los Angeles Times
● Gov. Gavin Newsom will need to set rules of engagement with President Trump San Francisco Chronicle
● California needs a plan for LGBTQ seniors San Francisco Chronicle
● The 2018 election is over, let the governing begin CALmatters
● Newsom starts putting together his team CALmatters
● The Gavin agenda Politico
While Washington still faces plenty of legislative gridlock in 2019, Democrats’ House victories on Tuesday are bound to affect Californians and issues they care about, from immigration to healthcare to traffic congestion.
● Democrats make US House gains in California Sacramento Bee
● Republican Rep. Steve Knight concedes to newcomer Katie Hill in north L.A. County district Los Angeles Times
● CA Democrats flip two House seats, with others too close to call San Francisco Chronicle
● “A Failing Franchise:” Is the California GOP doomed? CALmatters
The race between Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of public instruction has been a multi-million-dollar nailbiter. Election Day has come and gone, however, and the winner is days or maybe even weeks from being declared.
Former ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis will become California’s first woman elected lieutenant governor, charging to victory over state Sen. Ed Hernandez in a race that pitted her campaign cash and diplomatic resume against his labor connections and legislative experience.
Los Angeles Times
Look, it would be great if California voted in a truly meaningful presidential primary. It's been about 50 years since that happened.
A few hours before the polls closed on Tuesday, an organization that tracks California political trends reported that an eye-popping $1-plus billion had been spent on campaigns this year.
Midterms typically help the party out of power in Washington, but Tuesday’s election expanded Republicans’ majority in the Senate —at the same Democrats took control of the House by a substantial margin.
● Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government Hanford Sentinel
● These Democrats are poised to take over some key House panels (and make things harder for Trump) Los Angeles Times
● Trump’s Minority Coalition Wall Street Journal
● A Big Night for Democrats, but Not Progressives Wall Street Journal
● Both Parties Win—and Lose Wall Street Journal
● How Democrats won the House Washington Post
● 10 midterm takeaways Washington Post
President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday that he replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
● Trump considering retired judge as attorney general Sacramento Bee
● Jeff Sessions forced out as attorney general Hanford Sentinel
● Jeff Sessions forced out as attorney general by Trump Stockton Record
● Trump fires Jeff Sessions, names Matthew Whitaker as interim attorney general Visalia Times-Delta
● Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions forced out by Trump, setting up likely clash over the Russia investigation Los Angeles Times
● EDITORIAL: Trump finally puts Jeff Sessions out of his misery. Now it's up to Congress to protect Robert Mueller Los Angeles Times
● Trump ousts Jeff Sessions in midterm election fallout San Francisco Chronicle
● EDITORIAL: Trump dumps Sessions in raw power play San Francisco Chronicle
● AG Jeff Sessions pushed out after year of attacks from Trump over recusal from Russia probe San Diego Union-Tribune
● Jeff Sessions’ Successor Wall Street Journal
The White House says it has suspended the press pass of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
● Trump Lashes Out During Combative Press Conference Capital Public Radio
● Trump turns his post-election reckoning into an operatic performance of grievances and pugilism Sacramento Bee
● Trump, at News Conference, Vows to Retaliate Against Any Investigations Wall Street Journal
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the front-runner to become Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress following Tuesday's midtermelection victory, said she is confident she will win her caucus's support.
● House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Holds Press Conference After Dems Take Back House Capital Public Radio
● Janz has two words for Devin Nunes: 'Nancy Pelosi,' Nunes unimpressed Visalia Times Delta
● Nancy Pelosi on track to reclaim speaker’s gavel, but she’s not a lock San Francisco Chronicle
● The Nancy Pelosi Method Wall Street Journal
The red parts got redder and the blue parts bluer in a midterm election that underscored America's deep divide
Los Angeles Times
Democrats owe their newly elected House majority to an upsurge of votes from women, younger Americans and white college graduates, deepening divides that emerged in the election two years ago and shaping the debate within the party over how to challenge President Trump in 2020.
● What the Midterm Election Shows: America’s Two Parties Live In Divergent Worlds Wall Street Journal
● Two Areas Where Congress Can Make Bipartisan Progress Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
Much has been made of the historic firsts the election brought for Congress, with Muslims, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and African Americans winning key races along with more than 100 women.
● How many women won? We tracked the midterm results Los Angeles Times
● The 2018 midterms: Another ‘Year of the Woman’ Brookings
After a disappointing midterm performance, House Republicans spent Wednesday gearing up for their leadership elections next week, with candidates promising they’ll spend the next two years helping their party reclaim their lost majority.
● McCarthy announces run for minority leader one day after loss of congressional majority Bakersfield Californian
● Bakersfield's McCarthy denied speakership for the second time Bakersfield Californian
Wall Street Journal
The midterm election won’t derail the Trump administration’s push to ease rules for banks, but Democratic control of the House will put Wall Street at the center of political battles.
● Split Congress Poses New Obstacles to Trump Wall Street Journal
● Democrats’ House Victory Complicates Passage of New Nafta, Trade Deals Wall Street Journal
● Democratic House Threatens Trump’s Business Agenda Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
But there is some agreement: The election of a sui generis TV personality to the highest office in the land blackened the eye of American institutions. Whether you consider that a good or a bad thing depends on what you think of those institutions.
About 130,000 more residents left California for other states last year than came here from them, as high costs left many residents without a college degree looking for an exit, according to a Bee review of the latest census estimates.
Though America has always seen progress and pushback, this election threatened to push us back a century or two
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized early Thursday morning after fracturing three ribs during a fall in her office Wednesday night, the court said.
Say organic food and some might envision earthy-crunchy concoctions that are high on health and low on flavor.
The results from last Tuesday's elections are starting to settle in across the central valley. Supporters of Fresno's Measure A ended election night on a high note and those against it were disappointed.
The future of the marijuana industry in Kern County was thrown into disarray after voters rejected all three cannabis measures on Tuesday’s ballot.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE / FIRE / PUBLIC SAFETY
A gunman who killed 12 people at a Thousand Oaks bar was a former U.S. Marine who may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the Ventura County sheriff said.
Capital Public Radio
PG&E says it may proactively cut-off electricity to 69,000 customers in parts of nine Northern California counties Thursday as a safety precaution against wildfires.
● CA wildfire threats could lead PG&E to cut power to parts of nine counties San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
Strong Santa Ana winds are expected to blow through the Southland this week, which, paired with low humidity, could bring critical fire weather conditions to the region.
ECONOMY / JOBS
Wall Street Journal
U.S. stocks slipped Thursday as investors continued to digest the results of the midterm elections that triggered the largest postelection gain for the S&P 500 since 1982 on Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve officials are expected to keep interest rates steady at their two-day policy meeting that concludes Thursday. They will likely discuss the economy, financial markets and the future path of rates, among other topics.
The Dow Jones industrials like a divided government — so far. The blue-chip index closed Wednesday up 545 points after Democrats took back the House in last night’s midterms and Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate.
Wall Street Journal
The moves are intended to clear away legacy problems after Toshiba went through waves of restructuring in the past three years
A Fresno teacher did nothing wrong when he ordered a 9-year-old fourth-grade girl to do pushups and other exercises in front of students for talking during a class lesson, a Superior Court jury ruled Wednesday.
Hundreds of students in Central Unified School District now have a new coat to help them get through these chilly autumn mornings. Wednesday morning the district handed out the new jackets to students who are in need.
Incumbent Yosemite Unified School District trustees have early leads, leaving them in good shape to win reelection.
A Lodi Unified school board candidate who discovered his race had been left off the ballots of more than 500 eligible voters said Wednesday the error was “a travesty” and a “social injustice.”
The name synonymous with education in Tulare County wasn’t supposed to lose on Tuesday night. While many votes are left to be tallied,Craig Wheaton, Tulare County Office of Education Administrative Services deputy superintendent, is watching from the backseat while Tim Hiredrives.
For the first time in two decades, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees will have two female trustees on the board.
The Clovis Unified School District governing board underwent a few changes this election cycle.
The bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus lost nearly half of its Republican members in Tuesday’s elections, including co-founder Rep.Carlos Curbelo of Florida, posing a setback in efforts to break the GOP firewall on environmental issues.
Los Angeles Times
For more than 50 years, fees on offshore oil and gas drilling have provided billions of dollars for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to protect redwood forests, Joshua trees, beaches, mountains, parks, trails and other natural treasures in California — and similar assets around the nation.
It wouldn't be a Kern County Energy Summit without commentaries on the downsides of government regulation. But Wednesday morning's annual industry gathering also offered something for those who see the cup as half full.
Wall Street Journal
Oil prices fell for an eighth straight session Wednesday, the longest losing streak since July 2014, after a report showed U.S. crude-oil inventories rose for a seventh straight week and U.S. oil production soared to a record.
The risk of stroke in children is 11 in 100,000 per year. In some cases, the cause is sickle cell disease, immune disorders, or a heart defect. Although strokes in kids aren't common, parents are advised to be concerned if a teen suffers severe headaches, dizziness or extreme sleepiness.
Coalinga Regional Medical Center has two proposals to reopen the bankrupt hospital. Cura HealthCare, a Carlsbad, California, company, and Dr. Gurpreet Singh, of Modesto, will present proposals this week.
The Tesoro Viejo team raised $15,015 for the American Heart Association, receiving second place top team fundraising award at the 26th Annual 2018 Central Valley Heart & Stroke Walk.
The new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley hospital opened its doors Wednesday, providing services to the public at 1100 Magellan Drive.
A 2013 investigation by The Sacramento Bee uncovered how Nevada officials bused psychiatric patients to California and other states. Now, they plan to appeal a jury verdict over their disgraceful patient dumping.
Wall Street Journal
President Trump is expected to sign a directive this week that will make official his plans to revamp the U.S. asylum system, part of his broader push to crack down on undocumented migrants entering the U.S. illegally.
River Park is getting a flurry of new businesses. Two new restaurants are opening, more are on the way and a new boutique is coming soon.
Three Jack in the Box restaurants are closed in Fresno and Clovis California, one near Fresno State, another on Clovis Avenue and one that closed years ago to make way for California’s high speed rail project.
Rent control advocates in Sacramento on Wednesday said they will push forward with a local renter-relief ballot measure, despite the decisive defeat this week of Prop. 10, a statewide effort to curb rent hikes.
Proposition 10, the statewide ballot initiative that would have allowed California cities to expand rent control, has gone down to defeat. And while the state may not finish counting votes for weeks, it looks like Prop. 10 is going to lose badly.
New York Times
More money for subsidized housing and a resounding defeat for rent control and activists: That was the message Californians seemed to send to state and local governments on Election Day.
The sales tax in the City of Los Banos will jump from 8.25 percent to 8.75 percent with the extra revenue funding a slew of city services, if Tuesday’s Measure H ballot results hold.
President Donald Trump said today he would be willing to make "an adjustment" to recent corporate and upper-income tax cuts to bring Democrats to the table on his proposal to further cut taxes for the middle class.
Wall Street Journal
As a tough midterm battle in southern New Jersey shows, tax cuts aren’t delivering voters for some Republican candidates.
America’s love affair with the automobile and those dreams of roaring off on open highways are on the wane as the nation grapples with too much stop-and-go traffic and too many hours spent behind the steering wheel.
An eleventh hour request from Gov. Jerry Brown and incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom prompted California water regulators to delay their vote on a proposal that would keep more water in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries to benefit struggling fish populations, leaving less for farmers and nearly 3 million people from the Bay Area to Modesto.
● EDITORIAL: Water board’s concerns don’t include us Modesto Bee
● Trump is weaponizing California's water issues Los Angeles Times
● State board again delays vote on contentious river plan Los Angeles Times
● Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms San Francisco Chronicle
The largest Veterans Day parade in the country will march along downtown Fresno on Monday, and the organizers behind it are working hard to make sure no one misses it.
Whether you are a veteran yourself or just want to thank them for their service, there are several ways to celebrate Veterans Day this weekend.
A special treat by one of California's most influential writers. Poet, author and Fresno City College graduate, Gary Soto, led personal tours at the museum named after him at his Alma mater on Wednesday.
The Fresno City Council is scheduled to decide Thursday on funding to restore a historic building in Downtown Fresno.