SD-01 Special Election Results

Brian Dahle won last Tuesday’s special election in SD-01, and was sworn in eight days later. What I thought was interesting was that with the southern part of the district reporting vote totals earlier, Kevin Kiley led in the returns until over a third of the votes had been cast. The timeline is listed below.

8:25pm – 29.4% of precincts reporting, Kiley leads 59.4 to 40.6.
8:29pm – 33.0% of precincts reporting, Kiley leads 57.4 to 42.6.
8:30pm – 37.8% of precincts reporting, Kiley leads 53.2 to 46.8.
8:39pm – 38.1% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 51.8 to 48.6.
8:42pm – 45.9% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.5 to 47.5.
8:50pm – 46.5% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
8:53pm – 47.6% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
9:06pm – 47.8% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
9:13pm – 54.1% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
9:27pm – 60.7% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
9:37pm – 61.5% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.6 to 47.4.
10:00pm – 66.2% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.8 to 47.2.
10:19pm – 69.8% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 52.9 to 47.1.
10:42pm – 76.3% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 53.5 to 46.5.
12:10am – 100.0% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 53.1 to 46.9.
6/7/19 – 100.0% of precincts reporting, Dahle leads 53.3 to 46.6.

California Lawmaker Now Available

Now available on Amazon.com is California Lawmaker by Alex Vassar, editor of the One Voter Project. Alex has spent years studying the California’s Legislature and is quoted regularly by journalists around the state.

California’s Legislature and the people who have served in it have an amazingly rich history. Some have held positions of national importance like Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger or US Supreme Court Justices Joseph McKenna and Stephen J. Field (all of whom served in the Assembly).

Henry G. Worthington, an Assemblyman elected in 1862, would later serve as a pallbearer at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Not all these stories end well. California legislators have also been fatally wounded in a bar brawl or died in a drunken canoeing accident.

Current through the start of the 92nd Session (2017-18), this is the story of the 4,424 men and women who have served in the California Legislature. In addition to the current session, this book explores the history of the legislature since 1849.

 

About the Author

Arriving at the State Capitol as a Senate Fellow in 2007, Alex Vassar has more than a decade of experience in California public policy. Alex has worked in both houses of the California Legislature, as a Senior Policy Advisor for a member of the San Jose City Council and an appointee at the State Board of Equalization. His love of California political history led him to create the One Voter Project [onevoter.org], an effort to examine trends and explore the remarkable history behind the golden state that we know today. Through his research, Alex has become a trusted reference on legislative history and you can find his quotes in the pages of the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee. Alex can occasionally be found at the Capitol during his lunch breaks, catching up on the latest news or leading tours for school groups.

Those we lost in 2016

We lost some good ones this year. There’s just not a lot more that I can say. Marian Bergeson was the 21st woman to serve in the California legislature and Sharon Runner was the 99th. George House and John Benoit both had long careers as Highway Patrol officers before joining the legislature. Greg Schmidt played a critical role in guiding the Senate through the term limits era. Each left a mark on the state that will not soon fade.

JANUARY
John A. Busterud – Assemblymember (1955-1962)

MARCH
Nancy Reagan – First Lady of California (1967-1975), First Lady of the United States (1981-1989)

JULY
Sharon Runner – State Assemblymember (2002-2008), State Senator (2011-2012, 2015-2016)
George R. House Jr. – State Assemblymember (1994-2000)

AUGUST
Marian C. Bergeson – State Assemblymember (1978-1984), State Senator (1984-1995)
Gregory P. Schmidt – Secretary of the Senate (1996-2014)

OCTOBER
Tom Hayden – Assemblyman (1982-1992), State Senator (1992-2000)

DECEMBER
Ed Reinecke – Member of Congress (1965-1969), Lieutenant Governor (1969-1974)
John J. Benoit – State Assemblymember (2002-2008), State Senator (2008-2009)