Links for November 10, 2016

Oregon Elects Kate Brown As Governor

Brown’s victory makes her the nation’s first elected LGBT governor and Oregon’s second woman elected to the state’s highest office. She recalled in her victory speech how as a young attorney in the 1980s she discovered she was paying less than a male colleague with an identical job and faced the fear of losing her job because she was in a relationship with a woman at the time. She said those experiences put her on the path she would choose in public service. “I vowed I would do everything in my power to make sure that no one — no one in this state — would have to face that level of fear or face that level of discrimination,” Brown said.


Kamala Harris breaks a color barrier with her U.S. Senate win

California voters elected Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, tearing down a color barrier that has stood for as long as California statehood.... Even in a state often perceived as liberal outlier, Harris’ victory to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer provides another significant marker in the march for political equality during her lifetime.... Harris was the first woman elected as San Francisco’s district attorney and the first woman to be elected as California’s attorney general.


Ilhan Omar will be nation’s first Somali-American legislator

Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night as the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, with a commanding win in a state House race.... Omar, a 34-year-old Muslim-American woman who proudly wears the hijab, is suddenly thrust into leadership of a rapidly emerging DFL coalition that is younger, more urban and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in its history.


Local Proposition Results: Tent Ban, Soda Tax Pass, Youth Voting, Public Advocate Fail, And Much, Much More