Election Night

Friday, September 30, 2022

Fact Checking Ads for California’s Sports Betting Propositions

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 1:43 PM

Odds are, one of the many ads for legalizing sports betting has snagged your attention, given their ubiquity on TV, websites and billboards across California.

You’d be forgiven, though, for still not having a clear sense of what either of the initiatives do. Some of the ads don’t mention sports betting at all, potentially leaving Californians foggy on what exactly it is they’re being asked to decide. 

The ads are “oversimplified to a point of not being fully accurate,” said Mary Beth Moylan, an associate dean and professor at the McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific who oversees a journal dedicated to California’s initiatives.

Proposition 26 would legalize sports betting at tribal casinos and at California’s four private horse race tracks. It is being paid for by about a dozen Native American tribes. It would also allow tribes to begin offering roulette and dice games. 

Proposition 27 would legalize online sports betting across the state and is being paid for by a handful of large gaming companies. Under Proposition 27, both gaming companies and tribes could offer online and mobile sports betting. 

But how truthful are the ads? Here’s what you need to know about some of the often-repeated claims.


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Will Women Rule in the 2022 California Election?

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 1:34 PM

Sacramento city councilwoman and Democratic State Senate candidate Angelique Ashby talks to supporters at a campaign event in Sacramento on Sept. 10, 2022. - PHOTO BY RAHUL LAL, CALMATTERS
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  • Sacramento city councilwoman and Democratic State Senate candidate Angelique Ashby talks to supporters at a campaign event in Sacramento on Sept. 10, 2022.
A gift or a curse? 

For Angelique Ashby, running as a “women’s advocate” in a heated state Senate race in Sacramento might be a little of both.

Her competitor, Dave Jones, a fellow Democrat, went to court to block Ashby from using that as her ballot designation under her name, arguing that it wasn’t her real vocation. 

Jones, a former Assemblymember, won his argument. But Ashby also benefited: The lawsuit fired up some of her supporters and prompted a firestorm on social media. Part of the politics: Sacramento County hasn’t sent a woman to the Legislature since 2014.

For Ashby, it’s also personal: Her story of putting herself through college and law school while a single mom has been her calling card since first running for Sacramento City Council in 2010.     

“If you needed a reminder, you got one today. Women are still marginalized and easily dismissed,” she said in a statement after the ruling. “But I refuse to accept that as our fate. Let this be a rallying cry. Elect more women.”

The Nov. 8 election presents a big opportunity for women. With a number of seats up for grabs due to redistricting and a wave of retirements, the number of female legislators could rise above the current record of 39 of 120 seats. 

The overturning of Roe vs. Wade has also generated more energy among female voters and highlighted the importance of having women in policy-making roles — even in California, where abortion rights ares protected.


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Friday, August 26, 2022

‘Close to the Line:’ California’s Top Campaign Finance Watchdog Wants a Deeper Look at Donor Network

Posted By and on Fri, Aug 26, 2022 at 11:57 AM

The state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022. - PHOTO BY RAHUL LAL, CALMATTERS
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  • The state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.
California’s campaign finance regulator will not investigate a complaint into Govern For California, the subject of a CalMatters investigation that explored the nonprofit’s role influencing legislative elections and “pushing the envelope” of state campaign finance law.

But the chairperson of the Fair Political Practices Commission said he would seek to develop new regulations more clearly defining coordination among affiliated campaign committees, because he has questions about the independence of Govern For California’s network of chapters and whether they could potentially be circumventing contribution limits. 

“I’m troubled by the allegations that were presented in the complaint and I’m troubled by the fact that this organization seems to be, I think, playing very close to the line,” said Richard Miadich, who said he plans to bring up the issue at the September FPPC meeting. “It’s one thing to say you’re independent. It’s another to in fact be independent.”

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Election Countdown: Council, Mayor Races Set for November

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 10:18 AM

Local election season is officially ramping up. - FILE
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  • Local election season is officially ramping up.

The list of candidates vying for open city council seats across Humboldt County is now set for the November election, which will also see dozens of local school and special district board races on the ballot.


Over in Arcata, six candidates are seeking to fill two open seats, including incumbents Meredith Matthews, who was appointed in July of 2021, and Brett Watson, who in May rejected calls to step down in the wake of an investigative report that found he abused his power and harassed a city employee. His fellow councilmembers stripped him of  assignments and he has had his access to staff restricted


Also in the running are Planning Commission member Kimberely White and Dana Quillman, who each threw their hats into the ring for the city’s June special election in addition to 2020 and 2006, respectively, as well as small business owner Raelina Krikston and local American Legion Post 274 Commander Jeffrey Scott Sterling.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Back to School: California Republicans Bet Big on Local Board Races

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2022 at 9:40 AM

When California Republicans gathered in Anaheim this spring, attention focused on candidate speeches and endorsement battles as the party tries to win its first statewide race since 2006. 

But a little-noticed, hour-long session in a small conference room at the Marriott could very well be more consequential for the state GOP this election.

The meeting focused on running for local school board seats, and it was led by Shawn Steel, a former party chairperson. Now, he’s one of the biggest evangelists for strengthening the GOP by recruiting new candidates and voters in what are, officially at least, nonpartisan races.

“When you’re a minority party, like Republicans in California … you have to think, ‘Well, what can we do as a party to make a big difference?’” Steel told CalMatters. “You see the schools are just in great freefall and chaos. Parents don’t want to send their kids there. So this is the time to get people that are otherwise angst-ridden, upset, powerless.” 

In California, Democrats have long used school boards as a recruiting and training ground for political candidates — with help from teachers’ unions. 

But while the state Democratic party isn’t amping up its school board efforts in 2022, the GOP is going in big with its “Parent Revolt” program — what party officials call their most tailored school board recruitment and training program ever. It includes virtual training sessions that detail how and where to run for office, plus tips for digital campaigns and going door-to-door.


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Friday, August 12, 2022

Initial Candidate Filing Period Drawing to a Close

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 2:07 PM

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The door is closing for candidates interested in entering a slew of local races in the upcoming November election, with dozens of seats on the boards of special districts and school boards across Humboldt County, as well as city councils, going before voters.

The candidate filing period ends today unless an incumbent chooses not to run again, which extends the filing period to Aug. 17.


In Arcata, two of the council’s five seats are up for election while Eureka has a full slate on the ballot, including the seats representing Ward 1, Ward 3 and Ward 5 as well as the position of mayor. Councilmembers Kim Bergel and Natalie Arroyo are termed out (with Arroyo moving over to the Board of Supervisors’ dais) and Mayor Susan Seaman has already declared that she will not seek a second term.


In Blue Lake, two four-year seats and two two-year seats are up for election, while Trinidad has three full-terms on the ballot as do Rio Dell and Fortuna.


In Ferndale, two four-year council seats and a two-year term as mayor are on the table with the city already announcing that the filing period will run through Aug. 17.


For information on how to register to vote and the upcoming election, visiting the county’s Elections Office site here.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Is it Too Easy for Write-in Candidates in California Elections?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 4:06 PM

Rich Kinney readily concedes: Making it onto California’s November election ballot is a miracle.

The 66-year-old associate pastor and former mayor of San Pablo in the Bay Area is running to unseat Democratic Assemblymember Buffy Wicks out of staunch opposition to her support for abortion rights. 

What did it take for him to make the Nov. 8 ballot? Only about 60 signatures to qualify as a Republican write-in candidate for the June 7 primary, and a mere 37 votes to finish in the top two. 

Wicks won 85,180.  

Kinney, the only other official candidate in the Assembly District 14 primary, said the write-in process allows newcomers a chance to move forward without the challenges of fundraising against an incumbent. 

“Going around my district and trying to get funding was ridiculous. No one wants to give funding to a campaign that’s not going to get out the gate,” he told CalMatters. 

While some candidates might spend millions of dollars or months campaigning, California’s top-two primary system means that in races with only one other candidate, it’s possible for a write-in candidate to sneak into second place with very little support.



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Friday, July 1, 2022

New Election Tally, Same Results

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2022 at 4:35 PM

The Humboldt County Elections Office released its fourth post-election update today and all the races remain in the same place.

In the latest tally, Eureka Councilmember Natalive Arroyo has kept her lead in a three-way race for the Fourth District seat on the board of supervisors above the needed threshold of more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff in November.

In the contest to become the county’s next clerk recorder and registrar of voters,  Tiffany Hunt Nielsen and Juan Pablo Cervantes will be back on the ballot in fall.

The remainder of the races also continue to reflect Election Night results, with challenger Cheryl Dillingham getting an overwhelming nod to take over as auditor-controller and district attorney hopeful Stacey Eads , Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone, judicial candidate Steven Steward and Arcata City Council candidate Alex Stillman all still well ahead.

The election’s certification is set for July 7. Find the results here.

Voters can subscribe to WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track their ballots and receive personalized text messages, emails or voicemails letting them know when their ballot is mailed, received, and counted by the Registrar of Voters.

More information on the results of the election can be found on the county’s Elections Results webpage or by calling (707) 445-7481.
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Friday, June 24, 2022

Arroyo Headed to Fourth District Seat; Runoff in the Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Race

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 3:39 PM

The Humboldt County Elections Office released its third post-election update today, with Natalie Arroyo continuing to strengthen her lead in the Fourth District race to succeed Supervisor Virginia Bass.

In the latest tally, Arroyo nudged up to 53.9 percent of the vote, followed by Mike Newman at 32.39 percent and Kim Bergel at 13.65 percent, keeping her above the needed threshold of more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff in November.

Meanwhile, the race to become the county’s next clerk recorder and registrar of voters stayed pretty much the same, with Tiffany Hunt Nielsen at 44.8 percent of the vote compared to Juan Pablo Cervantes' 43.37 percent, meaning the two are all but certain to head back to the ballot box in fall.

The remainder of the races continue to reflect Election Night results, with challenger Cheryl Dillingham getting an overwhelming nod to take over as auditor-controller and district attorney hopeful Stacey Eads , Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone, judicial candidate Steven Steward and Arcata City Council candidate Alex Stillman all maintaining their healthy leads.

The Elections Office will continue to post results every Friday leading up the election’s July 7 certification.

Voters can subscribe to WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track their ballots, receive personalized text messages, emails or voicemails letting them know when their ballot is mailed, received, and counted by the Registrar of Voters.

More information on the results of the election can be found on the county’s Elections Results webpage or by calling (707) 445-7481.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Latest Election Results: Arroyo's Lead Grows in the Fourth District Race

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 6:36 PM

The Humboldt County Elections Office released another update on the June election vote tally today.

In the Fourth District contest, Natalie Arroyo upped her lead to 52.88 percent of the vote, followed by Mike Newman at 33.30 percent and Kim Bergel at 13.83 percent. If Arroyo can stay above 50 percent mark, she’ll avoid a November runoff with Newman, who now trails her by a little more than 900 votes.

Meanwhile, the race to become the county’s next clerk recorder and registrar of voters grew even closer, with Tiffany Hunt Nielsen losing ground on her election night lead with 44.57 percent of the vote compared to Juan Pablo Cervantes'  43.36 percent, meaning the two are all but certain to head back to the ballot box in fall. A third candidate, Benjamin Hershberger, sits at 11.97 percent.

The remainder of the races mirror Election Night results, with challenger Cheryl Dillingham getting an overwhelming nod to take over as auditor-controller and district attorney hopeful Stacey Eads , Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone, judicial candidate Steven Steward and Arcata City Council candidate Alex Stillman all maintaining their healthy leads.

The Elections Office will continue to post results every Friday leading up the election’s July 7 certification. As of today, there are approximately 9,233 unprocessed ballots.

The Elections Office notes that votes may subscribe to WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track their ballots, receive personalized text messages, emails or voicemails letting them know when their ballot is mailed, received, and counted by the Registrar of Voters.

More information on the results of the election can be found on the county’s Elections Results webpage or by calling (707) 445-7481.
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