California voters approved a proposition to allow the recreational use of marijuana as other states, including Nevada and Florida, expanded legal access to the drug. Voters in Maine gave approval to to legalize cannabis. The measure allows for the possession of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis, which is considerably higher than the one ounce limit set in the four states that legalized cannabis prior to this election.
Maine has become the first state to approve ranked choice voting. It also approved a rise in minimum wage by nearly 12 points.The education fund referendum is still to close to call. The background checks for guns was rejected by one point, The rise in minimum wage was approved by nearly 12 points and ranked choice voting by six.
Most votes for anything statewise in Maine: The $100 million transportation bond fund that got 61.5% of the vote. The measure got hardly any publicity but here is what it said: "A $100,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities, equipment and property acquisition related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds." This is precisely the sort of programs Democrats beginning with Bill Clinton have avoided even though public works helped to build the New Deal and the Great Society.
Voters in San Francisco, California passed a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages
Before Donald Trump raises his right hand to take the oath of office in January, he’s set for a less-auspicious swearing-in: taking the witness stand in his own defense in a federal court civil trial over alleged fraud in his Trump University real estate seminar program.
Trump faces a legal ordeal no president-elect has ever encountered: juggling defending himself before a jury with preparing for the vast challenges a political novice will face in assuming the presidency.