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Election Reaction: Winners and Losers

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Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge : On the national scene, Democrats threw a big party as they took the House and won a majority of governorships. Control of the Senate is still a question mark as they count the remaining ballots in Montana and Virginia.

Statewide, yesterday was the final chapter in the successful remaking of Arnold Schwarzenegger. His rebounding popularity lead him to a landslide victory over Democrat Phil Angelides. And Californians approved ten of billions of dollars in bonding for everything from highways to flood control.

Locally, voters grounded Prop A, which would have called for a commercial airport at what’s now Miramar Air Station. Voters approved a slew of pricy school bonds and passed Jerry Sanders' government reform measures. And in Chula Vista, they threw out an incumbent mayor in favor of school board member Cheryl Cox.

Guests
  • Thad Kousser , assistant professor of political science at UCSD.
  • Alison St. John , metro reporter for KPBS News.
  • Jerry Sanders , mayor of San Diego.
  • Donald Cohen , executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives. He is opposed to Proposition C.
  • Scott Peters , San Diego City Council President.
  • Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KPBS News.
  • Dennis Burks , representing the Coalition to Preserve the Economy which is in favor of Proposition A.
  • Bruce Boland , spokesman for the No on A.
  • Harvey Goodfriend , treasurer, and chair of Transportation Committee for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
  • John Garamendi, lieutenant governor-elect
  • Grace Dulaney , retired business owner and concerned mother of four who supports Proposition 85.
  • Darrah Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Imperial Counties who opposes Prop. 85.
  • Ron Nehring , chair of the Republican Party of San Diego County and opponent of Proposition 89.
  • Wendy Lazarus , founder and co-president of the Children’s Partnership and supporter of Proposition 86.
  • Jerry VanDeWeghe , district director for Senator
  • Dennis Hollingsworth, opposes Proposition 86.
  • Benjamin Shaw , reporter for Capitol News Connection, which provides Capitol Hill coverage to KPBS and other public radio stations.
  • Sam Popkin , professor of political science at UCSD.

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