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As all kossacks know TAX CUTS do NOT increase revenues or fix the economy. The GOP has a greedy ideology and in california voters soundly rejected the GOP likely at this point having elected a body that is a VETO PROOF majority with COMPLETE control of the california budget and able to rewrite the state constitution. Ditto-heads everywhere are probably exploding. California should wear this as a badge of honor. You have elected the most progressive policies in YEARS

http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

"This is an outcome that nobody expected," Assembly Speaker
John Perez, from Los Angeles, told Reuters. "But now we've got
54 people that I know are going to come together on Day One and
work to further stabilize our economy."

With results still being counted, Democrats were winning
seven of eight critical districts in the Assembly and three of
five hotly contested Senate seats.

If the final results do not change, Democrats would have
just reached the two-thirds majority threshold in both houses -
54 Assembly seats and 27 Senate seats.

A supermajority would also mean the legislature could
override a veto by the governor.

The last time any party enjoyed a supermajority in both
houses was 1933, Steinberg said.

"The combination of a strong majority and the passage of
Prop 30 gives us all a chance to start a new and better chapter
in California," he said.

http://www.beyondchron.org/...

California voters began restoring the state’s fiscal health last night as they approved Props 30, 36 and 39. Prop 30 was the most critical state ballot measure, as it pulls California back from the fiscal cliff by raising $6 billion in annual new revenue. This money will protect public schools from steep budget cuts, halt further college tuition hikes in the near future, and prevent the nearly decade long spiral of reductions in state services. Prop 30's 54%-46% victory was helped by right-wing interests placing Prop 32 on the ballot. Organized labor mounted a massive No on 32 field, mail, and media advertising campaign that was joined with Yes on 30 in many campaign pieces. Although Prop 32 was fated for defeat for some time, the No on 32 blitz never relented, and its voter outreach efforts helped pull Prop 30 over the finish line. Prop 34, which would have abolished the death penalty, trails 52%-48% with 94% of votes counted and appears headed for defeat.

November 2012 may go down in history as witnessing the passage of the most progressive group of ballot measures in California history. It is a far cry from the days when conservatives used initiatives to achieve their goals, and represents an overdue alignment between the state's voting for Democrats and its support for initiatives that further Democratic Party goals.

I was more confident of Prop 30's victory than most, and when asked I would explain that Prop 30 campaign manager Ace Smith has never lost a major election and he would not lose this one (Smith also ran Prop 36, the three-strikes reform that easily passed). The combination of Smith and Governor Jerry Brown in a single campaign unites two of California's most electorally savvy minds; that illegal $11 million contribution from Arizona was no match for their talents.

Yes on 30 ran a solid grassroots campaign, joining with labor's No on 32 effort in many areas. Considering unions heavily backed Yes on 30, the synergy between the two campaigns was clear.

The only surprise of the night was Prop 34, which may have been hurt by a very late negative campaign from a surprising group: African-American criminal justice activists. They argued that the trade-off for life without parole was not worth it given the loss of the right for legal appeals; on the other hand, the measure's poor showing among conservative absentees meant that the right-wing never bought the money saving argument.

San Francisco Measures Pass

Voters also were in an investing mood in San Francisco, as the Housing Trust Fund, the Park and Rec Bond, the City College parcel tax and the revenue-raising payroll to gross receipts tax shift all passed.
A hugely successful night for Mayor Ed Lee, who led the effort on C and E and played a crucial role in passing A and B as well.

And given that Lee stopped campaigning for Christina Olague after she voted to reinstate the Sheriff, her defeat in D5 hardly reflects on the mayor's popularity.

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  •  Great news! (16+ / 0-)

    You don't know how many times I repeated yes on 30, no on 32 to my mom before taking her to the polls.

    •  Now we can REALLY fix California! (7+ / 0-)

      About time, after all those years in the wilderness starting with Reagan.

      •  I have a friend in California ... (0+ / 0-)

        who owns a relatively small business manufacturing exercise equipment.  She says that, between yesterday's passage of the multi-state business tax initiative and the looming impact of Obamacare coverage cost, her business is absolutely "toast".  She's now making plans to close.  She didn't mention it, but I have a feeling the tax increase on the "rich" was a factor as well.

        It seems that California fully expects an outflow of the "rich" over the next few years, as evidenced by the rapidly declining revenue it predicts it will receive.  It seems they don't care that jobs and wealthy taxpayers will disappear.  I wonder what they plan to do as a consequence.  Do they even have a plan?

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:23:48 PM PST

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        •  why do businesses do this? (0+ / 0-)

          it's the slippery slope argument.

          Well if you raise this tax that will lead to more taxes which will lead to more until my margins are completely gone and i'll be squeezed out of business and won't be able to-Bullshit...

          A Slight tax hike is not going to put your business into the red and its not going to lead to more and more tax hikes

          http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

          by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:22:51 PM PST

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          •  this is the argument that's been used for years to (0+ / 0-)

            hold us hostage. Well if you DARE squeeze the shareholders they'll fly.... well we'll chase. until they have nowhere left to go. The revolution is coming. We're building and organizing a 50 state strategy as we speak... A 50 state strategy of AWARE democrats who play by a GLOBAL policy who will work to organize labor in EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

            http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

            by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:25:59 PM PST

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            •  And if you catch up to a ... (0+ / 0-)

              former business owner who's closed her doors, what then?  Put a gun to her head and force her to go back into business?

              "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

              by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:16:59 PM PST

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              •  I suspect that CA is losing business to China, not (2+ / 0-)
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                tofumagoo, BYw

                Texas and Arizona. These small manufacturers simply can't compete with The Dragon, so their owners close up shop, and retire to the lake home in Montana - or they outsource their production to Asia and move to a state with lower personal income tax,.

                ... but they blame "taxes and regulations" because they're Republicans.

                If the Sacramento were able to impose import tariffs, these folks would be "Big Government's" BFF.

                Have you noticed?
                Politicians who promise LESS government
                only deliver BAD government.

                by jjohnjj on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:48:25 PM PST

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              •  She should move to the Cayman Islands (1+ / 0-)
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                BYw

                there is zero tax there, as Mitt proved. Come on now, businesses thrive where there are customers. The more the merrier. And taxes are just the dues to keep the sidewalks clean so the customers keep coming in.

        •  I call BS on this story. It's complete BS (0+ / 0-)

          You're always posting pro-business anti-consumer messages here.  How... Interesting that you claim to have this... Friend.  Who just happens to have a business that can't handle more taxes.  Damned corporate taxes have never been lower.

          In capitalist America, bank robs you!

          by madhaus on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:59:30 PM PST

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    •  What happened with 32? Article doesn't say. (2+ / 0-)
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      dkosdan, daeros

      Got Social Security? Thank a Democrat!

      by Fury on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:48:51 AM PST

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  •  Four More Years for Jerry Brown! (15+ / 0-)

    He's the most competent, capable governor we've had since the last time he was governor 30-some years ago.

    Now he has no excuse not to run for another term!

    Yeeeeee-hawwwwwww!  Sanity reigns in our state again!

    Thou shalt not vote on machines with invisible parts.

    by G2geek on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:18:54 AM PST

    •  you remember how we used to talk about peaceful (4+ / 0-)
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      revolution? you might have just made me believe.

      Now we just have to run at the local levels and take back ohio/the state governments for 2020 and take the governors office and the state governments EVERYWHERE. our ONE horror was the governors victories against us.

      Taking back wisconsin... locking down the blue states...  We need people in ohio especially...

      when's a good time to call btw? it's PAUL. if you remember. Steven tidwell on the caller ID.

      http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

      by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:33:19 AM PST

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  •  T&R (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for this daeros.  This is big news because California is often a bellwether for political changes that eventually ripple across the country... like Proposition 13 back in 1978.  It's nice to see that the ridiculous 'publican stranglehold by initiative has been rolled back.

    THIS JUST IN: Burger King announces a new sandwich: THE JOSH MANDEL PANTS ON FIRE WHOPPER! Two patties of BS covered in steak sauce, young cheese and no vegetables. No substance there, just bite!

    by Kurt from CMH on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:31:26 AM PST

    •  we must do this in all of the states. (3+ / 0-)

      Get involved! To the youth who are disillusioned lets LET RETAKE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY on  REFORM Platform. Let's take the party LEFT and put the progressive caucus in the majority! Fight! tooth and nail!

      http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

      by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:41:36 AM PST

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  •  Love waking up to this! (5+ / 0-)

    It just keeps getting better!

    What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

    by kpelligra on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:36:06 AM PST

  •  I hope they don't get afraid of themselves (5+ / 0-)

    and start trying to be all moderate.  I want a tax-and-spend spree!  I want all the GOP's stupidest nightmares to come true, except that what results from them would be the rebirth of California's excellence in every field of human endeavor.  Roll the rich, and direct their money into making this state a 21st century wonderland!  

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:41:54 AM PST

    •  I second you there! (2+ / 0-)
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      n/t

      http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

      by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:47:09 AM PST

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    •  Do you count yourself among those ... (0+ / 0-)

      who will be paying back the borrowing that will be required for a spending spree?

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:26:32 PM PST

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      •  you don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

        The rich want to sell stuff in california don't they? it's not like the supermarkets and malls are going to disappear.

        They can be taxed then.

        http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

        by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:18:13 PM PST

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      •  secondly the dems are on offense now (0+ / 0-)

        If all goes according tot he plans being organized there won't be anywhere left in america for them to pack up and leave to. We're going for it all and a ONE WORLD Tax policy.

        http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

        by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:18:57 PM PST

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        •  A "one world tax policy"? (0+ / 0-)

          No way will that EVER happen.  As a result of its well-publicized systemic corruption, the UN is reviled.  Who else would even have a chance at creating, much less enforcing, such a policy?

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:20:03 PM PST

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    •  Oops, we're already there. (0+ / 0-)
      Jerry Brown urges 'prudence of Joseph' on future spending
      By David Siders, Sacramento Bee
      Nov. 7, 2012

      Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he will not use an expected Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature to raise taxes further than were raised by passage of his ballot initiative Tuesday, urging "the prudence of Joseph" on spending in the next few years.

      "We have to make sure over the next few years that we pay our bills, we invest in the right programs, but we don't go on any spending binges," the Democratic governor said at a news conference at the Capitol.

      Yeah, because how dare the Democrats ever use their hard-won power to make any big changes for the better?

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:25:25 PM PST

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      •  Political power extends beyond the three branches (1+ / 0-)
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        of government. California is cursed with an entrenched, well-funded, professional anti-tax lobby that I refer to as the "Jarvis Jihad".

        Between elections they flood talk-radio with a constant drumbeat of anti-government, "waste & fraud" rant... which is regurgitated in letters to editor by their faithful audience of angry white guys. They provide "essays" to the opinion pages of newspaper, they hold photo-ops on the capitol steps, or in front of legislator's offices. They can outlast any group of volunteer activists looking for increased government support.

        Two seats of the new supermajority are held by members moving up to Congress. There will be special elections to fill those vacancies next year.

        Prop 30 demonstrates that the Anti-Tax Jihadis aren't invincible, but they're not going away. Governor Brown is correct to weigh the legislature's actions carefully... to manage voter backlash.

        Have you noticed?
        Politicians who promise LESS government
        only deliver BAD government.

        by jjohnjj on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:13:30 PM PST

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        •  Update: the two seats are in safe Dem districts (0+ / 0-)

          Julia Brownley's AD-41, and Juan Vargas' SD-51.

          The Dem leadership should certainly keep an eye on 2014, but I'd support immediate passage of an oil excise tax.

          Have you noticed?
          Politicians who promise LESS government
          only deliver BAD government.

          by jjohnjj on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:59:50 AM PST

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  •  The GOP isn't even at the bottom yet, believe it (7+ / 0-)

    or not.  I remember Kossack AdmiralNaismith writing that when the Central Valley goes blue, the Republicans won't win anything in California again for a long time.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:43:14 AM PST

  •  GMO labeling (1+ / 0-)
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    dkosdan

    what was the result for that measure?

    •  we lost =( (1+ / 0-)
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      dkosdan

      sorry =(

      http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

      by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:14:01 AM PST

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    •  It didn't pass, but we were still successful. (1+ / 0-)
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      daeros

      How many Californians even knew what GMO's were before this? We have dramatically improved awareness. And we can write a better proposition and try again next time.

      "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

      by tb92 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:27:01 AM PST

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      •  Prop-37 was fine as written. Two years of consumer (0+ / 0-)

        awareness effort will make a difference. When people see the same bill on the ballot in 2014, they'll start paying attention.

        Prop 37 was a very low profile piece of legislation, designed to expose as little target area to Monanto's big guns as possible. But the large number of exempt food products actually made people skeptical about it.

        Too many folks really don't know what a GMO is or what the fuss is about. The opposition was able to frame it as "a solution in search of a problem" and many otherwise level-headed voters became suspicious of that.

        Have you noticed?
        Politicians who promise LESS government
        only deliver BAD government.

        by jjohnjj on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:55:10 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  This is so exciting! (1+ / 0-)
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    daeros

    Now's the time to write to the governor and your representatives. Tell them that you want them to be bold. This is not the time for negotiating. We have the power, let's use it!

    "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

    by tb92 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:29:39 AM PST

  •  California takes two steps back from the brink (0+ / 0-)

    The passage of prop 30 and the unexpected emergence of Democratic super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature is HUGE news for CA.  It means that Dems will be in a position to pass a budget without any Republican votes.  In other words, it means that Democrats can raises taxes to close budget gaps if need be instead of simply cutting state expenditures--mostly on education and services to the needy--as they have been doing for years.  This could give us a chance to rebuild our badly damaged state--from its roads to its universities, if only economic growth continues.  At the same time we have a (sometimes too) parsimonious Democratic governor who is determined to make sure that none of the revenues from prop 30 are spent frivolously.  This will protect the party from voter backlash.  Even more promising is the fact that Californians are now optimistic enough about their economic futures to embrace modest tax increases--something that would not have happened a year ago. But what is truly AMAZING is the marginalization of the Republican party in the state.  Check out the maps of the state assembly and senate results on the news sites.  It's just islands of red in a sea of blue.  A few more elections like this and they will be extinct in CA.  This in the biggest and most dynamic economy in the nation.  It's genuinely mind-boggling.

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