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Causes and consequences of California's election results

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
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California voters have given Democrats supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. This will enable them to pass a state budget over Republican objections. It’s the state’s first simultaneous supermajority since 1933. It also clears the way for them to pass tax hikes without the need for Republican votes.

After the vote on Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown was quick to say that he pledges not to raise any taxes without voters approval. California's redrawn political map also opened the door this year to the most expensive and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs. Voters also reaffirmed their support for unions in defeating Proposition 32 which would have banned the way labor traditionally raises money to fund political activity in the state.

What is the future of the Republican party in California? Is California truly becoming a one-party state?


Dan Walters, Political Columnist, The Sacramento Bee

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Political analyst and senior fellow at USC Price School of Public Policy