Good food and politics were in ample supply at the annual New York Better World awards.
A dragon by the name of Chevron, breathing a fire fueled by Citizens United and $3.1 million in cash, succumbed to the people of the tiny city of Richmond, California.
The time for licking election wounds is over, but as many factors came into play, lessons are still being drawn from the setbacks.
Right after the election, Bera appeared to be trailing Ose by more than 3,000 votes. But on Nov. 19, with nearly all ballots counted, he led by over 1,400.
While Republican turnout was down, the increase in Democratic turnout fell far short of what was needed to win.
The vicissitudes of politics bring me back to the core issues; the electoral process amounts to only a part of what makes a democracy work.
Republicans badly wanted to win this historically red district, famous as the home for many retired military.
Despite winning the gubernatorial race in Florida last week, exit polling shows that Gov. Rick Scott lost Cuban-Americans to his Democratic opponent, 50 to 46 percent.
There were local and geographical peculiarities, but when an election was as uniformly one-sided as this one was, deeper explanations are required.
By an impressive vote of 58.5 percent to 41.5 percent, with a majority in every county in the state, Prop 47 passed, truly a huge people's victory.