California Democrats Achieve A SuperMajority, One Party Rule in State [View all]
California Democrats Likely to Win Supermajority
By NORIMITSU ONISHI
SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Democrats were poised on Friday to gain a two-thirds supermajority in the State Legislature, an achievement that would give them the power to raise taxes unilaterally and could potentially ease the gridlock in a state known for its fiscal chaos.
A supermajority in Sacramento — last held in 1933 by the Republicans — would effectively bring one-party rule to the nation’s largest state, where Democrats hold all statewide offices and where the Republican Party’s declining fortunes have been hastened by a recent nonpartisan redistricting.
Democrats, as expected, quickly secured a supermajority in the State Senate on Tuesday.