Listen: California, Gavin Newsom, Donald Trump discussed on Morning Edition
"One. Good morning. I'm lily Jamali. This is the California report. And this is what democracy sounds like. A very long ballot four sheets long, in fact, being processed at a polling station in Berkeley. You're listening to special post-election coverage. We're bringing you updates at fifty past the hour all morning long. Here's what we know. At this hour, Senator Dianne Feinstein will remain the senior US Senator from California voters have dealt a blow to proponents of rent control rejecting a measure that would have been given cities more say and democrat Gavin Newsom will be our state's next governor defeating John Cox by a wide margin. Cuties politics reporter Marie so Lagos is here with me. Now in the studio fresh off a long night hosting political breakdown here on k acuity, welcome. Thank you got to be back and so soon. Yes. As Newsom claimed victory. Last night Murray said he called California, a state of results and of refuge. Sounds like he's really gearing up to fight Trump at every step. Yeah. I mean, I think this has been a theme not just for him. But among most California leaders, and I do expect that we will hear him strike a bit more of an aggressive tone than current governor Jerry Brown who's really picked his fights carefully with the Trump administration. But I will say has not pulled his punches when he thought it was necessary Newsom really talked about the state sort of sending a message to DC. And you know, I think with a twenty point lead almost at this point above his rival, John Cox, the Republican businessman from San Diego. He has a pretty strong mandate to do. So if those numbers hold being with him briefly on the campaign trail with Newsom that is his message seemed to be, you know, yes, we are going to resist and we've seen that play out on Twitter, certainly, but he also signaled that he does plan to work with Trump. Where is that? Coming from is that by necessity? Absolutely. I mean, California depends on the federal government for a lot of things some of them. Trump doesn't have a lot of power over. But we look at things like, you know, whether we get disaster assistance, which I think you have to give the Trump administration credit for they have not played politics with things like our wildfires. I'm another emergencies. You know? So I think that he is going to have to really navigate a fine line between pushing back and rallying that base. You know, it's going to sound different than it does on the campaign trail because governing is very different than campaigning. But I do think that he's going to have to find ways that he can work with them. Especially around some of these huge projects that you know, the state really wants to move forward at about a half a minute left with you Marisa. Are we going to see California remain the home of the so-called resistance under Gavin Newsom? Oh, I think it's going to be even stronger. I think that we're gonna see an interesting sort of play between the legislature and him in terms of how they position that. And you know, we're still watching a bunch of congressional races. That could flip to blue. Oh, January seventh. Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as our state's fortieth. Governor MAURICE Salah goes thank you so much for getting up early with us. My pleasure anytime now to white. We don't know there are several closely watched congressional races that are still too close to call in the central valley. Republican incumbent Jeff Denham is ever. So slightly ahead of his democratic challenger, Josh harder. By a matter of about a thousand votes. Another GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher in office since nineteen eighty nine is being edged out by democrat Harley Rueda four now, let's get some analysis now from Caroline heldman. She's a professor at Occidental college. She joins me now on the line from Los Angeles. Welcome professor. Good morning. Good morning to you. It sounds like it's still too too early to call a Blue Wave at least here in California. Well, the Blue Wave I take more refers to the house going democratic. But certainly, you know, California didn't play the role that some thought it might we thought that perhaps we would be waiting to see whether or not the house went democratic end of the wee morning hours with California races. But at the end of the night California's played very little role in the Blue Wave nationally. How did this election overall nationally changed the game for women? Well, it's a big change in the sense that it's the first time historically win and have comprised within a hundred in congress and out of five hundred and thirty five at the house and Senate put together that is an historic game. But I think it's important to keep it into keep it in perspective. But it's still only about twenty three percent of congress and women are fifty one percent of the population. But we saw a lot of advancements. Especially for women of color, the first Muslim women in congress to win in the first native American women in congress the youngest women to age ages thirty one elected to congress. So it it's definitely a shift in terms of the number of women running and winning and especially women of color. I have about a half a minute with you do endorsements mean anything anymore. What's your take there? Well, they certainly means something, but they didn't mean much for Trump. This time endorsed eleven Republicans thirty one. House candidates and thirteen Senate candidates and very few of his endorsements actually netted a win and while Republicans held onto the Senate, and we'll have this lasting legacy of Donald Trump. Putting folks on the supreme court as well as the federal courts at the end of the day. This was a rebuke of Donald Trump because most voters we're turning out to cast a vote against him. It certainly for the house. Caroline, heldman professor at Occidental college. Thank you so much for your time. Thank you. Let's take a look now at two health related propositions that voters weighed in on yesterday defeated a measure that would have capped revenue at dialysis centers and passed another that will require ambulance workers to stay on call during their breaks in both cases health reporter, April Dembosky explains. The voters follow the money, the dialysis industry raised a record breaking one hundred eleven million dollars against property and Californians voted it down the ambulance industry raised thirty million dollars. In favor of prop eleven and voters passed it health measures often inspire a lot of campaign spending and this year industry spent to protect."