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On Nov 6, California voters put a stake through the heart of the Republican Party. Really! Not to take away from the landmark victories in the rest of the country, which are momentous and deserve every bit of attention they're getting, but, in the words of Robert Cruikshank at Calitics:

...the California Republican Party, and the California conservative movement, are as dead as Monty Python's parrot.

[YES!] emphasis and editorial comment added]

The Golden State has quietly put an end to state Republicans' obstructionism and paved the way for a progressive political environment and decent education system. Not only that, most of the funds will come from (you might want to sit down before reading further) taxing the rich!! (Well, sorta rich -- those making more than $250,000.)

Cruikshank explains how Howard Jarvis's heinous "tax revolt" began -- and ended.

Yesterday's vote to pass Prop 30 - by a larger margin than most observers expected - does more than just provide $6 billion of badly needed funding to the state's public schools. It brings to a close a 34-year long tax revolt that came very close to destroying California's middle class, locking its low income families into permanent poverty, and left the state on the edge of financial ruin.

More importantly, here's how the tax revolt and Republican party were defeated:

This victory over the tax revolt happened because of years of progressive organizing against further tax cuts and for tax increases. Progressive voices and organizations completely rejected the post-1978 Democratic logic that the tax revolt had to be appeased. Instead, we insisted that the tax revolt had to be confronted and defeated. With Prop 30 that's exactly what happened.

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And that brings us to the real losers here. With Prop 30's passage and the apparent securing of a 2/3 supermajority in both legislative houses by Democrats, the California Republican Party is a dead party. It no longer has any political relevance in this state. It is a fringe party, dedicated to preserving a vision of California that is now firmly in the past.

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The California Republican Party is an anti-Latino, anti-tax party in a state that has no use any more for either position. The conservative movement in California, every bit as ideologically insane as their national counterparts, has now lost their last thin reed of hope.

I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to read that. Cruikshank points out that there's still a lot of legal wrangling and other work to be done. But it's a start! It's proof that it can be done! And if it can happen here, why not everywhere?

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Submitted by jumpjet on

Mayhap this will allow emergent parties to make a showing in CA. Even in California, I'd wager there are some places that could stand a candidate to the left of the Democrats.

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Submitted by twig on

by the Top Two legislation, which was only passed in June 2012. Almost like the PtB anticipated voter preferences for third parties. Otherwise, there might have been a Green or other party winner here or there. Those days are over.

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Submitted by Alexa on

I'm been very puzzled that California seemed to have swung so far right, over the past 20 years or so.

I was concerned about the "top two" initiative that passed in California, and commented on your post the other day. I hope that there's some way that you guys can get that reversed. And that it "doesn't spread."

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Submitted by twig on

and the bulk of it is supposed to come from increased taxes on the wealthier residents. And I must say, it's about freaking time, after all those years of Schwarzenegger and his tax cuts for rich friends.

But, yes, the Top Two's unintended consequences are working, too -- third parties can't win if they're not on the ballot!

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Submitted by mtngun on

Prop 30 raised the sales tax. The sales tax is regressive and no progressive should support regressive taxation.

I would have voted against Prop 30 for that reason. If the sales tax increase had been omitted, then I would have voted for it.

Although, the income tax part is questionable, as well. Why not a progressive property tax, instead, as Michael Hudson has proposed ? Why not ELIMINATE all regressive taxation ?

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Submitted by twig on

and did. I don't know if it would be possible to enact a progressive property tax with the housing market as bad as it is right now. Maybe, maybe not.

The sales tax is 1/4 of a cent and it's supposed to be temporary (four years). The income tax is an increase of up to 3% for seven years. I voted for Prop 30 because it was all we had going to fund education. There may be better ways to go about it, but this is what we had.

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