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Looks like dKos had the right numbers; Proposition 87 goes down in California, 55 percent to 45 percent. The Stanford Daily and the AP say this was to most expensive ballot initiative in state history. Proposition 87, as we've said plenty of times before, had serious Democratic support leading up to Election Day. And even thought Republican Governor Schwarzenegger won reelection handily last night against Democratic challenger Phil Angelides, there were plenty of Democratic gains in California

Support for California's Proposition 87 is a decidedly Democratic affair. California Senator Barbara Boxer wrote a newspaper editorial asking voters for support. Al Gore has filmed a TV commercial in favor of the measure and yesterday former President Bill Clinton was at a rally of 5,000 people supporting Prop. 87. The proposition calls for taxing oil drilled in the state in order to fund alternative energy research. The cost of the tax cannot be passed on to consumers and once $4 billion has be

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer wrote a piece in the Perspective section of last Sunday's San Jose Mercury News asking Californians to vote yes on Proposition 87. According to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Prop 87 would establish a $4 billion program to reduce oil and gasoline usage by 25 percent over the next 10 years while creating research and development incentives for alternative energies and alternative-fueled vehicles. The program would be funded by a tax placed upon oil