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Californians Reject More Government

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The data emerging from last Tuesday’s election offers a fascinating possibility: Californians are conservatives who think they’re Democrats. Or, at the very least, the state’s electorate is far more complex than politicos understand. (Ballots are still being counted, and these results may change.)

Rating the ballot propositions as either for or against more government, Californians have (so far) voted against tax hikes on business property (Prop 15), against racist affirmative action programs (Prop 16), against limiting the voting rights of ex-felons (Prop 17), and against expanding the prison population (Prop 20). They absolutely crushed rent control (Prop 21), and in voting for Prop 22 they rejected the government’s decision to tell Californians they can’t work as freelancers without approval from Sacramento.

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