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Super Majority For Democrats Still A Possibility In California State Legislature


Democrats generally fared poorly Tuesday night in state legislatures throughout the country – but not in California.

Democrats have a real shot at reclaiming the supermajorities they lost two years ago.

On paper, a legislative supermajority would give the Democrats power to approve tax increases and place measures on the ballot. But legislation that requires two-thirds approval would still need the support from moderate, business-friendly Democrats – and they are often less inclined to support liberal proposals

Assembly Democrats needed to gain one additional seat and appear to have picked up three.

In the Senate, a single district in Los Angeles County will decide whether Democrats reach the two-thirds threshold. The Republican candidate holds a two-thousand vote lead, and the race is too close to call.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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