Democratic Super Majority in Jeopardy in California Senate After Loss in Special Election

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: California Legislature Democrats Risk Full Loss of Their Super Majority by Not Acting Boldly. Professor of Political Science, Peter Mathews, claims that unless Democrats in the California Legislature act boldly to create well paying jobs by helping Small Business and rebuilding California’s infrastructure, fully fund Education, and guarantee Universal Health Care, they will permanently lose their Super Majority. Democrats just lost a Senate seat in the Central Valley and need to win one of two upcoming special election seats in order to re-acquire a 2/3 Super Majority in the State Assembly.

David wants to know, “What will Andy Vidak’s election to Sacramento mean for you and me?” Peter believes the Democratic Super Majority in the California Senate is now in jeopardy. We have already lost the Super Majority in the Assembly. As one example, Michael Rubio resigned in the Central Valley district, and went to work as a lobbyist for Chevron which allowed Vidak a chance to win.

Peter Mathews said the reason that having a Super Majority (a 2/3 vote) matters is “Democrats which have a 2/3 majority can vote in anything they want. The don’t even have to have the Governor’s signature to make a law, and they can also raise taxes or close loopholes in the tax law if they stuck together”. Mathews said he always says, “Use it, or Lose it!” and believes the Democratic Super Majority should have been used to bring in jobs, close loopholes, repair infrastructure, but they didn’t do it. Many of our Democratic legislators have taken money from oil companies for their campaigns. Since 2004, the oil and gas companies have given $702,000 to Democrats and $862,000 to Republicans.  [Listen]  (9 min)

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Bills that failed in California legislature due to big oil interests:

  • AB7 –, “California bills to halt fracking fail to win support” (FAILED)
  • AB1323 (Mitchell) – Total Capitol, “CalWatchdog, July 2, 2013
    … lled back by the end of June, despite the extraordinary efforts of Californias many eco-lobbyists.AB 1323,by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, was defeated, 24-37, with 18 Assembly members not even voting. It would have required drillers to file with state regulators ” …(FAILED)
  • SB241 – Noreen Evans bill would have created an extraction tax on California Oil and put money toward education and other California necessities. (FAILED)


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