Democrats get supermajority in California's state houses ending 40 years of Republican obstructionism
This is incredible. For 40 years the Republicans have been stonewalling any tax increases, any help for schools, any prison reform. And now, finally, maybe the Democrats can get their heads together and fix California's bizarre problems.
Democrats were long expected to gain a two-thirds advantage in the Senate, but Assembly Speaker John Perez had downplayed expectations that the party could win a supermajority in the lower house. The party's apparent capture of 54 seats in the 80-member Assembly and 27 in the 40-member Senate would mark the first time in nearly 80 years that one party controlled two-thirds of both houses, according to Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg.
While several legislative races in swing districts are still close - including an Assembly race in the Central Valley and another in Orange County - both Perez and Steinberg said Wednesday that they are confident Democrats' slim leads will hold.
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