Recent election brought one party tyranny to California

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A California conservative commentator asserts that the recent election has placed the Golden State under a "one-party tyranny."

californiaCalifornia Democrats won a supermajority in the state legislature last week, giving them the ability to raise taxes and pass measures without Republican opposition. The change marks the first time in decades that Democrats have controlled both houses in Sacramento.  Governor Jerry Brown is now the only one who can rein in fellow Democrats, but James Lacy, publisher of the California Political Review, believes the state government will continue to expand.

"The reality of the situation is that government has grown every single year that Jerry Brown has been in office and has had the opportunity to exercise his own leadership," Lacy tells OneNewsNow.

Commentators say the shift shows a "shrinking" of the GOP and proves that the initiative process is now the only way for conservative views to be heard in the state. Lacy asserts that Democrats will go after the initiative process next.

"California government is going to continue to grow, and they are going to do everything that they can to stop populism, to stop the tea party, and to stop people who have strong views on social issues from having any fair opportunity to try and put their issues on the California ballot as a way to circumvent the liberal Democratic legislature," he contends. "We are in a state right now of one-party tyranny."

Conservatives say the state's new "top-two vote getter" system gave Democrats more seats in the legislature, and they assert the governor's new online voter registration system made it easier for young Democratic-leaning voters to register. Using the new registration system, the state saw a record high number of voters in the most recent election.

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