California Midterms Madness


Staff Writer


Featuring hundreds of congressional, state, and local primaries, the United States midterm elections took place on Nov. 6, 2018. In summary, the Democrats took back the House of Representatives, while the Republicans kept and gained more seats in the Senate.

In California, Gavin Newsom from the Democratic party has been elected as the new governor, defeating the Republican candidate John Cox.

“I think California will benefit greatly from Newsom’s modern approach to leadership,” government teacher Jaime Fields said.

According to the New Yorker, Newsom will come into office in January with a budget surplus of nearly $9 billion dollars. Newsom lists his top priorities as economic development, education, environmental protection, and justice.  

“Newsom is the governor-elect in a state that represents one of the largest economies in the world,” Fields said.

“California has the potential to set the tone, not just for the U.S., but globally when it comes to environmental legislation; for instance, California did this in the past with fuel emission standards,”  

Newsom will also inherit the problems regarding the California wildfires, and he joined President Donald Trump to visit the site of the fire damage in southern California on Nov. 17.

“I think Newsom should address the wildfire issue as well as California’s drought problem, and he should continue to push for stricter gun control policy,” sophomore Keaton Bailey said.

In addition to the newly elected governor, six out of 11 propositions passed in California. Some of the most controversial results include the rejections of Prop 6 and Prop 10. California voters rejected Prop 6, which sought to repeal increases in gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees. The rejection of Prop 6 will generate about $5 million dollars per year for the government to fix and build roads. Not only did California voters reject Prop 6 but, they also rejected Prop 10, which would have increased rent control and alleviated the housing crisis without mandates.

“I was actually more surprised about Prop 10 than Prop 6,” Fields explained.

“I think there were good arguments on both sides, but it comes down to the fact that people often vote with their wallets in mind,” Fields explained.