EDITORIAL: State GOP leaders are afraid to let people vote
The Fresno Bee
Republicans have had time, and failed, to offer alternatives.
Sunday, Mar. 20, 2011
California Republicans insist they are representing the state's voters when they continue to stand in the way of an election to consider extending taxes that are already in place.
The answer, of course, is the GOP fears it's so out of touch with the electorate that voters will approve the tax extensions as part of a budget solution that also includes huge cuts in state spending. That would deal a serious blow to the party's "just say no" political strategy.
California Republicans are coming off a drubbing in the November election in which they lost the governorship, and every other statewide office on the ballot. They also are seeing polls that say the voters support an election.
Let the voters decide the tax question. If GOP leaders are correct in their statements that voters will not approve the tax extensions, they will be easily confirmed at an election.
But without the tax extensions, the only way for California to close the bulk of its $26.6 billion deficit is through cuts -- deep cuts that go far beyond the painful $14 billion the Senate has approved.
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Since: Oct 07
#1 Mar 20, 2011
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Since: Oct 07
#2 Mar 21, 2011
California Progress Report
By Peter Schrag
THE conclusion for STARTERS;
"In the meantime, the party’s registration numbers in California, now at 31 percent of the electorate, keep going down. It’s only because of the supermajorities required to raise taxes that the GOP has any leverage at all. In a real democracy, they would already have faced reality. This isn’t just a loss for the party; it’s a loss for the state and for responsible government."
The L Street Demarcation Line
Posted on 21 March 2011
Among the most common raps on the state legislature is that it’s a hopelessly insular place populated by people who are big fish in the smallest of ponds but have only the dimmest understanding of, or connection to, the rest of the state.
There’s some reason for that belief. But compared to the grumpy white people calling themselves Republicans who met in convention at the Hyatt Regency just across L Street last weekend, those working in the Capitol are models of engagement, pragmatism and concern.
At the Hyatt some were so fearful, or maybe embarrassed by their doings, that they weren’t even sure whether they were willing to let the media cover all their long-advertised convention sessions. What was it that Frank Luntz, the Republican hack who polls for Fox News might have had to say that was so hot? It was described by Party ops as “proprietary information.” That may be the biggest mystery of the weekend. Alas none of the press people in Sacramento managed to ferret out any of those secrets – assuming there were any.
You would never have had any trouble telling the Hyatt Republicans apart from the people across the street, even before you heard a word: All you had to do was see the faces.
The people in the Capitol, the Democrats at least – staff and members – look like a lot like California: black, brown, white, Asian. The faces across the street, like their Party, were overwhelmingly white, older, the Ozzie and Harriet America of the fifties. Increasingly their legislators represent a small number of safely gerrymandered districts that are more insulated from California than anything in the Capitol.
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