ahnold tried, got shellacked, gave up
in the special election of may, 05, the gubernator sponsored four extremely sensible, conservative propositions, trying to go over sacto's head to the voters
led by the nurses, CA kicked ahnold's ass
spending caps, teacher tenure reform, parental notification before teenage abortions, union dues used for political purposes only with express permission of members...
the gub went 0 for 4
since then, he's been largely irrelevant
my state is bankrupt, has been for the better part of a decade
worse, CA is hopeless, paralyzed by despair, no one looks to sacto for solutions
not anymore, not for a long time
the special of 09 registered complete disgust with the ruling class out here on the left coast
props 1a thru 1e---increased contributions to rainy day fund, increased funding for primary ed, borrowing from future lottery proceeds, reallocation of cig tax, one time adjustment of state income tax---backed by the establishment entire, from ahnold to bustamente to the cta and seiu to the msm's...
they fell by margins of 30, 24, 28, 32 and 32, respectively
my state has given up, sacto's assemblies have given up
as for moonbeam:
Jerry Brown takes a big risk - Andy Barr - POLITICO.comAfter spending nearly 20 years working his way back to the pinnacle of California politics, Jerry Brown is risking it all with an opening gambit that will either lead his distressed state to solvency or leave him in political ruin.
Brown’s bet is that the fear over California’s enormous $25 billion budget hole will give him a six-month window to unite the state’s many powerful warring factions for the greater good – even as each of them takes a major hit.
He’s expecting the state’s dominant state employee unions to sign on to major cuts in salary and services, business to back tax increases and the counties to deal with an enormous shift in expenses onto their books.
On top of that, Brown needs the dysfunctional legislature in Sacramento to cast votes designed to cut services and increase taxes. Even if he can persuade his party to go along with the painful cuts – and that’s a big if – he needs the votes of several vulnerable Republicans in both the state Assembly and Senate to assemble the two-thirds majority needed to approve a budget.
CA was the only state in the union effectively to resist the wave that made tsunami tuesday, it is still strangely blue
but change is worldwide, liberal methodologies from greece to los angeles have flatly failed
cuz if the eu can turn...
austerity is the new byword
and if moonbeam can't pull off his gambit, a very far reach...
he's depending on a special election this june to get his taxes
watch and see
on another note, redistricting, more crudely called gerrymandering, has been taken away from the legislature and given instead to an "independent" panel
lines could not be drawn more advantageously for dems out here than they've been for a generation
the new boundaries can do nothing but help the minority CA
it's pensions and medicaid that are killing us
CA declares fiscal emegency
ie, more failed liberal experiments