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A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: State’s Democrats Lose Supermajority But Keep Republicans On Sidelines

With two State Senators taking leaves of absence, California Democrats have had to bid farewell to their prized supermajority in Sacramento. But what does that mean? Probably just business as usual.

03/04/2014

Former State Senator Michael Rubio (Senate.ca.gov)

CA Senator’s Departure For Chevron Job Is Major Blow To Dem Agenda

State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has resigned to join Chevron, leaving the push for environmental reforms in the lurch.

02/25/2013

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Surprise Resignation Costs Dems State Senate Supermajority

A Democratic state senator from the Central Valley has resigned unexpectedly, dropping Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.

02/22/2013

California State Capitol

Phil Matier: New Push To Trim Majority Needed To Raise Taxes

It’s long been the talk of Sacramento – and beyond – but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.

01/08/2013

California State Capitol

Supermajority Holds Promise, Peril For California Democrats

With supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers’ rights and changing the initiative process.

11/15/2012

California State Capitol

Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Assembly

Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.

11/14/2012

California State Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Darrell Steinberg in the Senate chambers. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Supermajority Poses Its Own Set of Problems For California Legislature

The possibility that a supermajority of Democrats will control both houses of the California Legislature does not guarantee an end to the gridlock in Sacramento.

11/09/2012

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate, Close In On Assembly

Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

11/07/2012

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ballot Offers Two Fixes For California Budget

Would allowing legislators to enact a state budget without a two-thirds majority solve California’s budget problems? And should it be more difficult for lawmakers to impose new fees?

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