Skip to comments.California Democrats bid for two-thirds control of state Senate
Posted on 05/28/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT by SmithL
Bill Berryhill's pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County's 5th Senate District.
It was about the balance of power in the Capitol.
"Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you're taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that's to tax and spend, tax and spend," the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy's Kimball High.
Berryhill is running in one of a handful of newly drawn swing seats that will determine whether Democrats capture a supermajority in the upper house for the first time since 1965.
Senate Democrats need just two seats to hit the 27-vote threshold, and they have a good shot under the state's new political maps. The pick-up potential for Democrats this year is high enough that Republicans sought to have the districts thrown out via the courts and backed a referendum, which has qualified for the November ballot.
A sweep of the swing seats up for grabs this year could give Democrats a supermajority in the Senate through the better part of the decade.
Democrats also are two seats away from two-thirds in the Assembly, but experts doubt they can pick up those districts this year. With fewer opportunities based on the maps, observers say it's tough to handicap future races until the first run of the state's new primary system is complete.
For Democrats, supermajority control could put an end to years of often unsuccessful negotiations with the minority party over taxes, constitutional amendments and other issues that require a two-thirds vote.
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The California death spiral accelerates.
Might as well gift it to Mexico. I am pretty sure they could run the place better than the Over-ripe Moonbeam and his RAT Compadres.
If Obama goes down in flames in November, even California Commiecrats will not be immune to losses. The bloom is off the rose for the demented Brown administration. Indeed, its rotting corpse is stinking up Sacramento even above the usual stench from the brain-dead Zombies in the legislature.
Two thirds majority will make it official that the Democrats have dictatorial power in California. The truth is that they already do, but it’s not official.
Is it possible to expel California from the United States, leaving the option open for anyone who does not find the current state of affairs acceptable, to relocate in some part of the remaining states they find more congenial?
Of course, to emigrate to the United States, they will have to submit to a background check to determine they are not some kind of agent for spreading the established ideology of that rogue state.
If the dems do get a 2/3 majority there would be nothing to stop them from writting any tax increase. Would they actually do it? Do bears ........... in the woods?
Your Republicans in the Assembly and Senate have failed. Let the RATs do what they want. Then they will own the catastrophe completely.
I hope the Dems win. Then they'll have nobody but themselves to blame while California serves as a stellar example of Democrat failure to the rest of the country.
Hey CA you have always be a trend setter. Why not go really conservative?
Self destruct on steroids.
And that's putting it nicely!
And if Obumo and his fairy band of miscreants stays in power, California will be declared “to big to fail”....
I think Californians can very quickly kiss Prop. 13 goodbye. The libs have always regarded it as the main impediment to fully funding their precious welfare state. I wonder what that will do for property values...
The house sold again about a year ago, for $195,000, therefore that new owner would be paying $1975/year in prop. taxes.
Do that and kiss the banks goodbye, nationwide.
I’m sure glad that I got out of California. The state already has long-term structural budget problems, partly because so many entrepeuners and middle class parents (usually Republicans) have moved away and taken their taxable incomes with them.
Not so sure---look at the 2010 GOP historic election gains. Did it pick up any seats in Ca? I dont think so! We're talking Kookifornia loony toons as voters mostly.
Give the social communists and all the radical mobs control. It will be a good lesson in how leftist nuts destroy things.
Sounds reasonable to me. Or to Lex Luthor(remember the first Superman movie?)
Attention U-Haul, Ryder, Mayflower, North American Van Lines....
The opportunities for emigration relocations may be picking up (even more) in the DPRK (Democratik Peoples Republic of Kalifornia)
I hope they get a super majority of Democrats. It will be fun to watch that toilet turn into Detroit.
What lies ahead for California?
A. It secedes, and becomes an independent country.
B. It secedes, and opts to become a state of Mexico.
C. It secedes, and opts to become a member of the EU.
D. It goes bankrupt, and we kick it out.
E. It goes bankrupt, and we bail it out.
F. It goes bankrupt, and is honorarily made a member of the EU.
G. Mexico claims/invades it, and we don’t put up a fight.
H. Mexico claims/invades it, and we waste lives and fortune on a fight that loses.
I. Mexico claims/invades it, and we waste lives and fortune on a fight that wins.
J. It sinks into the ocean, and life goes on elsewhere.
K. It breaks off and drifts out to sea, and we don’t bother to maintain a connection.
L. Aliens beam it up to create an amusement theme park on another planet.
M. Aliens nuke the whole frickin’ thing.
N. North Korea nukes the whole frickin’ thing.
O. China nukes the whole frickin’ thing, then invades, then goes broke.
From low orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
In 2010 the Republicans held their own in the State Senate and lost 2 seats in the General Assembly. So, their performance here was much better than with the executive branch. Meanwhile, California has had one of the worst economies in the intervening two years, so if there is a landslide on a national level, I can see the Dems losing ground in California in the state legislature.
Another point is that illegal aliens have been leaving California and going back to Mexico where there are more jobs — or to other states. So, this might also help.
I predict we’ll see federally guaranteed state bonds for CA, IL, and NY in the next biennium.
Not that the federal guarantee is worth much, but it will let those states continue to play the game for a few more years.
Any Bonded Indebtedness can increase the total. I my case, my Property Tax Rate is approximately 1.25% overall.
I have friends in Texas paying over 3% of Appraised Value. I couldn't figure out how their 4000 + SF Homes were cheaper to buy than my 2000 SF Home here, then they filled me in on their Property Tax Bills.
The Liberals here are planning on exempting Business Property from Prop 13 restrictions. Once they get that done, they will attack Rental Income Property. Only then will they attack Homeowners. There is a method to their madness. Slow and steady as she goes and the Sheeple will follow along without as much as a bleat.
The %’s of Repub’s in these districts decline as the tax base leaves.
............Who will pay the taxes?
Texas does not have an income tax, and thus relies more heavily on property tax than most states.
Is the state leg using the stupid “jungle primary” too?
Maybe we should let them have it so they can’t blame bitty GOP minorities for anything.
I’m rooting for K.
People who own land in western AZ would be thrilled.
Here is an update on these state Senate race:
District 5: Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, from a prominent Republican family, will be facing off in a race with Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, who is from a corner of the district and was nearly defeated for reelection in 2010. The district has trended to Democrats lately so this could be the most swing race.
District 17: State Assemblyman Bill Monning is favored to pick up this district, which added liberal territory in redistricting. Scott Valley School Board Trustee will try, but the odds are against a Republican win here.
District 19: A vacant district in Santa Barbara and Ventura, former Assemblywoman Hanna Beth Jackson seemed to be a strong favorite, given that she nearly defeated Tony Struckland in an adjoining district. However, ex-Santa Barbara County Supervisor Mike Stoker is making a stronger-than-expected showing. Jackson is still favored, but it’s not the cake-walk that Democrats had hoped.
District 27: Democtat state Senator Fran Pavley lost her district and will run in the district represented by Tony Strickland, who’s running for Congress. Republicans have an potentially appealing candidate in assistant DA Todd Zink, a former Marine, who polled surprisingly well in the non-partisan primary.
District 31: Republicans had hoped that state Assemblyman Jeff Miller would waltz in and seemed to get a break when the Democrats were unable to recruit Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, but Democrats have made demographic gains there and will go all out to win it. Their candidate is retired Air Force general Richard Roth, who seems to have cross party appeal (he endorsed George W. Bush a few years back).