Feb 06 2008

Uprising Election Special: From the Campus of Cal State Fullerton

GUESTS: Norman Solomon, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, author of several books including “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,” and his latest, “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State;” Nancy Snow, Senior research fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, associate professor in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, author of several books including “The Arrogance of American Power: What U.S. Leaders Are Doing Wrong and Why It’s Our Duty to Dissent;” Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and executive director of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana

Broadcasting live from the Titan Student Union at Cal State Fullerton, we take a look at yesterday’s primary elections in about 2 dozen states. John McCain claimed a victory over his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination, but Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee vowed to fight on. Meanwhile, no clear winner has emerged among the two Democrats: Hillary Clinton won in 8 states including big, delegate-rich states like California and New York, while Barack Obama won 13 states. By early this morning, Clinton had 845 delegates and Obama 765, according to the Washington Post, well short of the 2,025 needed to win the nomination. Independent voters in California, who were able to vote in the Democratic primary for the first time this year, experienced glitches obtaining ballots. Secretary of State Debra Bowen issued a statement hours before the polls closed, reminding workers of the rules allowing independents to vote in the primary. The presidential races head to Louisiana and Washington over the weekend, leading into key primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia next Tuesday.

In California, voters also decided on several state-wide ballot measures. As of this morning, propositions 94-97 on the Indian gaming compacts, were expected to win. Proposition 92, the community college funding initiative appeared to be defeated, while the vote on Proposition 93, on legislators’ term limits, also appears to be heading for a defeat. As of this morning, votes on Prop 93 were still too close to call.

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