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    GOP registration dips below 30 percent in California

    SACRAMENTO — California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state’s minority party, officials said Friday.

    In its final update before Tuesday’s general election, the secretary of state’s office said the number of registered voters has increased by 950,000 since the 2008 presidential contest. Officials attribute that surge in part to the state’s new online registration system, which helped many young, Democratic-leaning Californians sign up to vote this fall.

    That system was seen as a threat to the California Republican Party, which has struggled to retain members, let alone add them. The secretary of state announced that Republicans now make up 29.3 percent of the state’s electorate, compared with 31.4 percent in 2008.

    This appears to be the lowest ebb for the party since records have been available.


    The GOP now has about 1.5 million more voters in the state than those registered as having no party preference, previously called decline-to-state voters. Independent voters account for 21 percent of the electorate.

    Democrats make up 43.7 percent of voters, a slight decline from four years ago. The raw number of registered Democrats has been climbing, while the number as well as percentage of Republicans has fallen.

    California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro questioned the gains Democrats made this election cycle. Republicans opposed the push to online voter registration because “we didn’t feel there was enough study or safeguards reviewed,” he said.

    “We’re going to have to see whether those are valid registrations or actual voters,” he added.

    State Sen. Leland Yee, who wrote the law creating online registration, said the uptick in registration is a “game changer.” The San Francisco Democrat contrasted California with more conservative states that have pushed for strict voter identification laws.

    “While other states are looking at suppressing voter participation, California is doing the opposite,” Yee said. “We have continued to be careful about voter fraud, but we don’t let it hinder us in encouraging voter participation.”

    More than 1 million people used the registration site, which went live in September. More than 60 percent of users were younger than 35, according to an analysis by Political Data Inc.

    Nearly half of registrants signed up as Democrats and just one-fifth as Republicans, the analysis found.

    Del Beccaro said migration patterns explain part of the decline of the GOP in the state, noting the number of Californians who have left during the past decade.

    “A lot of those are Republican voters, and it’s making it doubly difficult for us to retain above the 30 percent level,” he said.

    Del Beccaro cited research by the Pacific Research Institute that found 4.4 million people left California, compared with 3.5 million who migrated into the state between 1992 and 2008.

    California Democratic Party spokesman Tenoch Flores called the migration theory creative but said GOP policies, including stances on immigration reform and gay marriage, are to blame for the party’s decline in California.

    John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, called the numbers “an indication of how totally out-of-touch the Republican Party is with voters in California, and how intelligent Californians are compared with some of the rest of the country.”

    The total number of people registered to vote in California is roughly equivalent to the total population of Florida.

    Democrats now hold every statewide office, from the governor to state insurance commissioner, and have sizable majorities in both houses of the Legislature and in California’s congressional delegation.

    While the overall number of registered voters reached a new high this year, fewer individuals signed up to vote than in 2008, when 1.2 million people registered in the two months ahead of the presidential election.

    The percentage of registered voters held steady at about 77 percent. Secretary of State Debra Bowen said this underscores the fact that too many people are still sitting out elections.

    The late surge in Democratic and independent voters could aid Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 on the Nov. ballot, which would help close the state budget deficit by temporarily raising the state sales tax and income taxes on those making more than $250,000. Young voters are more likely to support it in part because it would temporarily halt college tuition hikes.

    Eventually, the shifting partisan landscape could help Democrats win supermajorities in the Senate and Assembly, where a two-thirds vote threshold is needed to pass tax increases.
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    I see why Republicans are always openly bashing California. CA is a lost cause.

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    Awww ****!!! Too bad I live in the one major Republican city in California.


    I'm guessing we also have a very high amount of Libertarian registered voters. A lot of Ron Paul people out here.

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    Its funny how repubs try to rip on CA. all the time and yet people keep moving here and the economy Keeps growing despite all our Lefty crazy ideas.

    7th largest economy in the world.

    Ive travelled and lived extensively around the country and there is nowhere else in the world Id rather be.
    Im sure 90% of Californians feel the same.

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    I think San Diego still has a Republican majority too.....but its been swaying back and forth a lot.

    Crazy how far this state has swung since the 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephkyle7 View Post
    Its funny how repubs try to rip on CA. all the time and yet people keep moving here and the economy Keeps growing despite all our Lefty crazy ideas.

    7th largest economy in the world.

    Ive travelled and lived extensively around the country and there is nowhere else in the world Id rather be.
    Im sure 90% of Californians feel the same.
    I feel that way. Absolutely love the weather up here 12 miles south of SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephkyle7 View Post
    Its funny how repubs try to rip on CA. all the time and yet people keep moving here and the economy Keeps growing despite all our Lefty crazy ideas.

    7th largest economy in the world.

    Ive travelled and lived extensively around the country and there is nowhere else in the world Id rather be.
    Im sure 90% of Californians feel the same.
    I grew up in NY and have been in CA since '05. Really want to be in OR or WA, but yeah, there's just no state like this. Beaches of San Diego to the desert of south eastern CA or going to the lowest point in Death Valley and just a little ways away is the highest point in the continental US (Mt. Whitney)......Joshua trees to Sequoia trees to the Redwoods and insane beauty of Northern California......it's a pretty amazing state. The Sierra Nevadas alone are worth it.

    .....but man oh man do I hate Los Angeles. I need to GTFO of here

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGGGG-Men View Post
    .....but man oh man do I hate Los Angeles. I need to GTFO of here
    Same. I like where I live because if I need to go to LA I can get there in about an hour but I'm far enough away that I don't have to deal with the traffic, pollution, and noise constantly. Best places to live in CA are Newport Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco.

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    LMFAO!

    everybody feels that way except the gangsters!
    I will say this Los Angeles is Amazing, theres just way,way, way way, too many people to ever be able to enjoy anything.
    I love every minute I spend visiting there once I get there and until I have to leave.

    then I remmber the 3 hours it took me to get there during the three hours it takes me to get home...and I live 20 miles away.....I want to strangle someone by the time I get out of the car!
    But I go to 3rd st In Santa Monica, or Zuma Beach, or Malibu, Or Century City or Westwood Village, or Hollywood and I have an absolute blast.

    Or I go to any one of the beach towns Manhattan,Redondo, surside,Sunset,Huntington,Newport...
    Or more picturesque places like Mission Viejo or San Clemente.

    Big Bear mountain, Lake *********,in the mountains
    The wildflower fields outside of Los Angeles when they are in bloom will F you up!
    the whole hillside looks like sombody CGId them in red and orange and Purple.

    Yosemite is stunning in its beauty.
    The Coastal red woods, when you stand under them and look up is another one of those F-ME moments they make you feel like a freaking insect.

    San Deigo is my Guiltiest pleasure.
    Best city in the world as far as Im concerned....
    I could go on for days....
    But yeah...driving and living near or IN LA will take away your happy thoughts reall quick!

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    ^ LOL they edited Lake arrow H*e*a*d*

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephkyle7 View Post
    Its funny how repubs try to rip on CA. all the time and yet people keep moving here and the economy Keeps growing despite all our Lefty crazy ideas.

    7th largest economy in the world.

    Ive travelled and lived extensively around the country and there is nowhere else in the world Id rather be.
    Im sure 90% of Californians feel the same.
    You do realize that California's GDP actually is 34th fastest moving out of the 50 states in 2011 correct? So yes they are growing just like lots of states and 33 of them are growing faster then California.

    They also while growing also have a growing deficit which for awhile was close to a crisis, and welfare as a % of GDP is way up
    Therefore he doesn't exist
    So poof...vamoose son of a b itch

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    So then the question must be asked why are we unaffected by those alarming statistics?

    I mean, none of us here are worried one bit...only people outside the state like to get all worked up about those "fluctuating" statistics.

    CA. was actually at one time the 4th largest economy in the entire world all by our lonesome.
    We have the most restrictive labor and enviormental laws in the country, and yet buisnesses still come here.

    Instead of buisnesses like the NFL being able to dangle the idea of a franchise at us and have the citizens fork over crazy money for the right to spend the rest of our money in their stadiums, we now have secured two new stadiums for almost no public funds.

    and when you point to growth rates you fail to acknowledge that CA is far and away alone in the amount of GDP per state contributed to the whole almost 14%. no other state is even double digits.

    Again when you consider deficits and "crisis" it is just a matter of priorites and taxes.
    Obstructionist Republicans have stone walled everything here just as in the U.S. congress,Becasue they now that most Californias dont mind paying taxes as long as they are justifiable.
    We dont want Oil rigs all up and down our Beaches for the sake of making money.
    We dont want dirty air or drinking water.
    when people claim buisnesses will leave, other are eager to take their place over and over.
    weve lost every industry you can think of over the years and we keep right on chugging along(lol).
    We dont even really spend Money on tourism,most Californians dont WANT more people coming here(lol)
    some of our biggest "attractions" are completely tourist neutral, but the flood of revealers keeps on comin....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephkyle7 View Post
    Or Century City
    That's where I work. Not a whole lot to do in that particular area other than a mall or tour Fox Studios. Mainly offices and overpriced condos.

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    Thats the lifestyles of the rich and famous right there buddy
    The wiltern theater...back in the day thats where the Playboy Club used to be LOL!!

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    apparently none of you are trying to run a business in California? Lived here all my life, great scenery and nothing is that far away, but the government won't stop until they choke the life right out of it.

    It's been left leaning for my whole life, nothing new here.....
    "An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject"

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    Quote Originally Posted by behindmydesk View Post
    You do realize that California's GDP actually is 34th fastest moving out of the 50 states in 2011 correct? So yes they are growing just like lots of states and 33 of them are growing faster then California.

    They also while growing also have a growing deficit which for awhile was close to a crisis, and welfare as a % of GDP is way up
    I was going to point that out, but then I didn't feel like bad mouthing my state. Thanks for doing it for me.

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