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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:38 AM

Why California Politics Is Different from the Rest of the Country

http://www.alternet.org/labor/why-california-politics-different-rest-country

What’s happening politically in California — the big state that used to be ahead of the curve in terms of innovation — may foreshadow a brighter future for liberal ideas, union growth and people power than many have predicted. California may be back to lead the way, after decades of shrinking budgets and cuts to education.

In the latest national bad news for unions, recent data from the Bureau of Labor statistics showed that the total number of union members fell by 400,000 last year, making the percentage of workers in unions 11.3 percent nationwide — the lowest level since 1916.

In stark contrast, California added 100,000 union jobs last year. Why is the state bucking the trend? One reason is the intense level of grassroots organizing by groups like California Calls, the statewide alliance of local organizations working to expand the electorate, which has led to successful initiatives – the first eliminated the California law that required a two-thirds majority to pass the annual budget, which gave a small number of Republicans the ability to hold up the entire process. Then in 2012, the highly unlikely happened: The State voted in support of Proposition 30, which raised taxes in the state, primarily on the wealthy, ending years of deadlock in Sacramento, and huge budget cuts.

Now in California there is a two-thirds supermajority of Democrats in both houses of the state legislature, along with Democratic governor Jerry Brown. Meanwhile, in normally blue states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, there is currently full Republican control of state government.

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Reply Why California Politics Is Different from the Rest of the Country (Original post)
xchrom Feb 2013 OP
graham4anything Feb 2013 #1
Heidi Feb 2013 #2
xchrom Feb 2013 #3
Heidi Feb 2013 #4
xchrom Feb 2013 #6
Heidi Feb 2013 #7
xchrom Feb 2013 #8
southmost Feb 2013 #16
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #5
gtar100 Feb 2013 #9
JayhawkSD Feb 2013 #10
Live and Learn Feb 2013 #11
BlueCaliDem Feb 2013 #15
Tikki Feb 2013 #12
BlueCaliDem Feb 2013 #13
stopwastingmymoney Feb 2013 #14

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:59 AM

1. Jerry Brown Jerry Brown Jerry Brown and Barack Obama.People came out in 2010 & 12

 

in 2010, Jerry Brown a longtime California favorite got the vote out for him
when in other states people sat on their hands and stayed home.

Off year elections always harder to win, but when there is a candidate everybody loves,
it makes it easy to get people out

Like in 2012, the Presidential election drove people to the polls.

Not to mention California was hit hard by having a republican as governor, so they fought back hard

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:15 AM

2. Kick and

mornin', sunshine!

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Response to Heidi (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:25 AM

3. oooh! mornin Miss Thing...wonderful to see you

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Response to xchrom (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:33 AM

4. !!!!

What big blue eyes she has! Lovely!

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Response to Heidi (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:35 AM

6. i try my best...and this is after a trip to the hospital yesterday.

i was a little shakey with the eye liner -- those pain killers were very good.

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Response to xchrom (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:38 AM

7. Oh!

I hope you're better after your hospital visit. You're always lovely in my eyes!

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Response to Heidi (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:41 AM

8. thank you -- and a trip to the MAC counter always helps. nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:20 PM

16. OMG luv me some Coco Peru!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:35 AM

5. I'd have to look back for links-

but I think Republicans failed to take control of redistricting here in CA. Other states have been gerrymandered to give advantage to the right-wing. The Governator tried to do the same here a few years ago, I seem to remember. But he wasn't able to stack the Redistricting Commission with his cronies.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:47 AM

9. California's success will be ignored for as long as possible by republicans.

Why? Because they care more about their ideology than they do about actually making anything better. They (republicans) are idiots. Any state could do better following the examples in California. There's no utopia but it sure beats austerity, poverty, and willful ignorance.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:57 AM

10. It remains to be seen how this will work out.

There are increasing signs that the "budget surplus" is an anomaly which will not hold up, and public sector pensions are far from being solved. To a very large degree the state finances have been improved at the cost of removing money from cities ("Revedevelopment Zones" eliminated), and city improvement budgets are essentially zero. The tax increase was temporary, and I'm not sure we should be celebrating temporary solutions to long term problems.

Voters voted to convert public pensions to 401k defined contribution plans, and public sector unions sued in court to have the vote overturned. The court ruled for the unions, and 74% of the voters are not happy with unions right now, so unions should not be feeling too secure at this point. Public sector union pensions are becoming a very sore point in this state. There are $billions in unfunded union pensions which are an impending serious problem.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:34 AM

11. You have landed on the same bandwagon as those that blame Social Security and Medicare

for all of our ills. Isn't it funny that public pensions were not in the cross-hairs until the GOP managed to decimate the economy with the stock market crash, housing fiasco and lowering of taxes for the rich?

In fact, I distinctly remember people making fun of public pensions for being so little while others were making a killing in the stock market and retiring as millionaires in their 40s. Many willingly gave up pensions in exchange for company stock and 401k's in the hopes of striking it rich.

I have some news for you. Taking the little (and yes it is very little in comparison to the amount of money being stolen by the 1%) that people get in retirement from pension plans and Social Security will not help the economy at all and will in fact, decimate it further. Austerity measures have already been proven not to work.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:38 AM

15. That one must be a

Schwarzenegger fan.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:35 AM

12. Not in my part of So Cal..the recovery is real here...fueled by homeowner spending..

must mean many are feeling their jobs are secure. Nearly all the bigger projects
going on here have some Union labor and the schools are maintaining programs once feared cut.

I know there still is an under-employed group. Hope that changes along as things improve over all.


Tikki

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:35 AM

13. You're a glass is half empty kind of guy, aren't'cha?

Does it always rain on your head wherever you go?

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:38 AM

14. That is incorrect

We did not vote for that, it was not on the ballot.

Link to your information please...

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