I totally understand that this is not the biggest headline of the 2018 midterm elections, but we’ve got big, BIG news from the Golden State: Proposition 7 won by a huge margin.
Thanks to freaking clock-changing, I’m still getting up before 5 a.m. Denver time, so the first thing I did was check the California results and they look great. As of 4 a.m. in California, 91 percent of the vote is in and the Yes side has just a tick short of 60 percent of the vote.
Great day in the morning.
This does not mean that California will get to stop changing in and out of DST right away (there are still a few more steps including a change to federal law).
Here is how it does help:
That margin is HUGE.
While there have been totally unscientific polls about the popularity of DST clock changing, and the memes run dramatically against the clock-changing, we’ve never had any solid data showing how people really feel.
Now we do.
I know it would be easy to say that California is really different than the rest of the country on this issue, but that’s just not the case. Politics is a part of this conversation, of course, but what I’ve seen first-hand is that this is not a partisan issue. Most of the state bills around the country trying to fix this are carried by Republicans, but then after they are introduced they get wide bipartisan support.
There will be much more on this blog in the future, but for now I just want to say thank you to the voters of California. We are now one step closer to ending the clock-changing insanity forever!