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    polarization the the CA GOP. Back in the day (as late as the early 1990's) you had plenty of the Republicans to make deals with, so you wouldn't have the GOP stonewalling with the 2/3rds rule. The party pretty much only stands for "No" today.

    So it went for another decade or so, when the rise of movement conservatism changed the terms of debate. Republicans never liked taxes, but they saw them as an unfortunate necessity. By the 1970s, conservatives increasingly sounded like the leader of California’s tax rebellion, Howard Jarvis, who condemned all taxes as “felony grand theft.” With passage of his Proposition 13, voters mandated that all tax increases required two-thirds majorities, just like state budgets.

    Still, for many years, leading Republicans could contain their most conservative brethren and hammer out deals in the old-fashioned way. As late as 1991, a Republican governor (Pete Wilson) championed a tax increase and budget cuts to close a deficit. In 1994 he won re-election.

    You should definitely read this piece from a UC Davis History professor. I'm planning to use it for my next CA politics installment.

    In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

    by lordpet8 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:52:37 PM PST

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