Elections 2016

Elections 2016

Excruciating wait for Turlock election results continues

The waiting game has been excruciating for those watching a tight City Council race in Turlock. Stanislaus County’s Registrar of Voters Office last updated the count Nov. 15, a full two weeks ago. Nothing has changed. Councilman Steven Nascimento holds onto a four-vote lead over Councilwoman Amy Bublak in District 4.

Elections 2016

County elections inundated with uncounted ballots

The vote count for Tuesday’s general election continues at the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office. A large number of voters turned in mail ballots at the downtown Modesto office and polling places on Election Day. The tally must also include ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 8. “I will have to see what the numbers are and just how massive this is,” said Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan, noting that tens of thousands of ballots remain uncounted. The final tally could affect close races for Turlock City Council and the Yosemite Community College District board. Lundrigan had no time estimate on completing the count. Because of the popularity of voting by mail, it took a few weeks to come up with final tallies for the June 7 primary.

Elections 2016

Stanislaus voters finally approve countywide transportation tax

The third time apparently was a charm for supporters of a transportation tax in Stanislaus County, where voters had rejected similar sales tax increases in 2006 and 2008. On Tuesday, Measure L seemed headed toward victory, perhaps thanks to a new spending plan that will focus on repairing neighborhood streets with less emphasis on building new highways.

Elections 2016

Novelli far ahead of McComak in race for mayor in Patterson

Councilwoman Deborah Novelli is on her way to succeed Luis Molina as mayor of Patterson. Her opponent, Troy McComak, ran into questions about criminal charges that were dismissed and the revocation of his substitute teaching credential. Water safety also was an issue in the mayoral and City Council district elections in Patterson.

Elections 2016

Trump voters say they’re doing fine but government is lying about economy’s health

There’s a disconnect between economic data suggesting a good and growing economy, and a groundswell of voters who think those numbers are rigged. Interviews with several dozen voters in Western Pennsylvania who support Republican Donald Trump reveal a deeply held distrust of government statistics and programs, a fear that their own relative prosperity is threatened and the strong sense that change is critical in the White House.

Below are the responses from the candidates who responded to The Bee's request for the candidate questionnaires. The Bee made this request to all candidates.

Turlock City Council, District 2
Jaime Franco

Turlock City Council, District 4
Steven Nascimento

YCCD Board of Trustees, Area 3
Bill Holly
Kevin Sabo

YCCD Board of Trustees, Area 5
Linda Flores

YCCD Board of Trustees, Area 6
Leslie Beggs


Anatomy of a presidential concession speech

As we inch closer to election day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are starting to consider their election night speeches. While Donald Trump is leaving America in "suspense" as to whether he'll accept the results, in the American tradition, one candidate will likely give a concession speech. Whoever it is, here a few pointers on how to accept defeat with grace. Credit: Meta Viers & Vera Bergengruen/McClatchy
Anatomy of a presidential concession speech 1:54

Anatomy of a presidential concession speech

Editorial: Mike Dunbar on the Turlock City Council, District 4 race 1:50

Editorial: Mike Dunbar on the Turlock City Council, District 4 race

Discussing the pros of Measure L 2:18

Discussing the pros of Measure L

Gavin Newsom discusses Prop. 64 (marijuana) with Bee Editorial Board 2:01

Gavin Newsom discusses Prop. 64 (marijuana) with Bee Editorial Board