Dems lose supermajority in California

The State is too far gone for it to matter, especially because we’ve got Jerry Brown as governor, but it is worth noting that there’s been a slight, ever-so-slight, downgrade in Democrat power here in California:

The sudden resignation Friday of a state senator from Kern County robs Democrats of the supermajority that could have raised taxes without Republican votes, but could also slow efforts to scale back one of California’s landmark environmental protection laws.

Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, announced that he is taking a job as manager of California government affairs for the Chevron Corp., saying he is tired of the political life and wants to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters, the younger of whom was born with Down syndrome.

I wish Sen. Rubio much happiness with his family, since he’s certainly right that they are very important.  I also note that it’s somewhat interesting that he’s leaving Democrat politics to work as a lobbyist for Big Oil.

And that’s all I have to say.  Your comments, of course, will be welcome.

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  • Caped Crusader

    SHAFTER,  what an appropriate name for a Democrat!

  • phillips1938

    Reconsider Jerry Brown.  The first elected official in your lifetime to eliminate a huge government department.  The Redevelopment Agency.  Also the first time he was governor he appointed a paraplegic to the State Office of Disability, the first in history, who created the modern disability movement (Ed Roberts).

  • jj

    He’s tired of the political life so he’s going to go run the office of dealing with the CA government for Chevron?  Well hell, nothing political about that!  Doesn’t pass the smell test: he did something.  Don’t know what, but the “I wasn’t born yesterday” instinct isn’t buying.  You’ll never find out what really happened, but that something did is pretty apparent.

  • Charles Martel

    As we creep ever closer to outright fascism—an all-powerful state colluding to bestow crony privileges on its big business collaborators—Rubio’s move makes perfect sense.