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California AG race over, one-party rule commences

Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County's Republican district attorney, this week conceded the race for California attorney general to Kamala Harris, the San Francisco D.A. (Cooley's statement.) With Harris' victory -- which she plans to celebrate on Tuesday -- Democrats won all the statewide races in the California general election.

The San Jose Mercury News opines, "Cooley's loss is coup de grace for California GOP." Perhaps so. Then again, with the enthusiastic regulator and litigator Jerry Brown in the governor's office and Democrats running the executive and legislative branches, the public should have no doubt about who's responsible for fixing the worsening budget crisis, high unemployment and economic struggles California endures. In one-party states begin accountability. Maybe.

The state trial lawyers association responded to the election results with celebratory taunting. The Nov. 3 news release from the Consumer Attorneys of California declared, "California to Corporate Campaigns: Don't Waste Your Money or Our Time":

[Candidates] who favor consumer rights scored big victories as Golden State voters bucked the dizzying nationwide trend that saw Republicans take over the U.S. House of Representatives and make serious inroads in statehouses around the nation.

"The Tea Party wave crashed against the Sierra and couldn't swamp California," said Lea-Ann Tratten, political director of the Consumer Attorneys of California. "Our voters could tell the difference between corporate-backed candidates and those who will keep in mind the best interests of everyday Californians."

The group was most pleased by the victory of Dave Jones over Assemblyman Mike Villines in the contest for insurance commissioner. The CAOC attacked Villines for being supported by insurance companies and corporations. OK. And here's the Civil Justice Association of California's news release about campaign spending for Jones, "Trial Lawyers Pour In Money for Dave Jones."

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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