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Campaign 2012

The gurney inside the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (CBS)

Voters Reject California Death Penalty Repeal

California voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost.

11/07/2012

A vial of medical marijuana

Palo Alto’s Medical Marijuana Measure Goes Up In Smoke

Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly defeated Measure C, which would have allowed three medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.

11/07/2012

Herrera Wins SJ City Council Re-Election Bid Despite Pension Reform Support

San Jose City Councilwoman Rose Herrera won re-election on Tuesday in a tough race where opponents made an issue of her support for pension reform.

11/07/2012

soda, soft drinks

Richmond Measure N Soda Tax Fizzles Out

Richmond voters rejected Measure N, a business license fee that would have required business to pay one penny for every ounce of a sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the city.

11/07/2012

Hetch Hetchy

San Francisco Rejects Measure To Study Draining Hetch Hetchy

A proposal that could have led to the dismantling of San Francisco’s water system in Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley was roundly rejected by the city’s voters Tuesday.

11/07/2012

President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As California Goes, So Goes The Nation: Obama Wins Re-Election

President Barack Obama won California and its 55 electoral votes on his way to being re-elected Tuesday night, despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney as well as the weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

11/06/2012

A California polling place

Labor Defeats Anti-Union Proposition 32

California voters have reaffirmed their support for unions in defeating a provision that would have banned the way labor traditionally raises money to fund political activity.

11/06/2012

soda, soft drinks

Richmond Votes Down Soda Tax By Wide Margin

Returns from Richmond and from El Monte in Los Angeles County were showing voters rejecting a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

11/06/2012

San Quentin execution chamber

Anti-Death Penalty Proposition 34 Failing At The Polls

Having tried and failed before to abolish California’s death penalty on moral grounds, capital punishment foes took a new tack this election season: state finances.

11/06/2012

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California Voters Approve Prop. 39, Closing Tax Loophole

California voters were leaning toward approving an initiative that would undo a tax break for out-of-state corporations and send more money to state coffers. Proposition 39 was ahead in early returns Tuesday after polls closed.

11/06/2012

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