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Most states don’t require supermajority

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From page A5 | November 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

EDITOR: The so-called Democratic super-majority in the California Legislature after this election is a first this century, but it is really nothing special. In Congress and most states only a simple majority is required to raise taxes and pass a budget. There a “super-majority” is just a simple majority.

California voters noted the wisdom of ending political gridlock when they voted to eliminate the 2/3 vote requirement to pass the annual state budget. After all, the definition of a Democracy is majority vote rule.

In any event, the one-vote, razor thin two-thirds majorities in the California Assembly and Senate will come and go during the next two years. Two state Senate members were elected Tuesday to Congress, and special elections will be needed to fill these seats. If members of the Assembly run and win for the vacant Senate seats, then elections will be needed to fill these Assembly seats. Musical chairs as elected officials are elected or appointed to other offices and even occasional deaths in office provide change in the makeup of the California Legislature almost every two-year term.

Attorney General Kamala Harris has been mentioned for a federal appointment, and a member of the California Legislature could be appointed to her post by the governor if she leaves. Plus, it is not out of the question for the president to appoint someone from the Legislature to a federal post in his new administration.

For example, Assembly Speaker John Perez is Latino, gay and a former a former union organizer — three of the demographics that helped reelect the president.

So don’t let the naysayers suggest that California is headed towards a fiscal cliff because of a supermajority for Democrats in the California Legislature. The two-thirds majorities will flicker on-and-off for at least the first year. Plus, Democratic majorities include numerous conservative Democrats and also Democrats elected for the first time from conservative, Republican-leaning districts who promised their voters no tax-and-spend binge or a flood of liberal programs. Plus, Gov. Brown has already axed new taxes without a vote of the people.

Supermajorities is just another term invented to get voters agitated and angry. Don’t be fooled Wait and you will see.

RICH MILNER

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  • James E.November 09, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Wish we had majority vote rule in the U.S. Senate.

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  • cookie65November 12, 2012 - 5:46 am

    Do you expect the finacial situation our state is in to improve with no one to stop the leftist running California? They will stop at nothing to keep the public sector and the welfare going. The pensions this state is facing will bankrupt it. And the taxpayers will be fleeced to the breaking point. Liberalism does not lead to prosperity, never has, never will. Liberalism depends on capitalism to fund it, while it limits, restricts, and penalizes capitalism into non-existance. The people of this state are going to get what they voted for. POVERTY.

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  • Thomas GibneyNovember 12, 2012 - 9:14 am

    Here,s something to ponder and go 'hmmm, really?' THe democrats are alwasy fair and honest in everything....... http://weaselzippers.us/2012/11/12/wow-romney-got-zero-votes-in-59-philadelphia-voting-divisions/

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