Corruption costs Democrats their California supermajority

Ever since the 2012 election, California Democrats have been able to pass any legislation they wish without Republican support, thanks to enjoying 2/3 majorities in both houses of the legislature. But as of today, no more. Two Democrat state senators have taken paid leaves owing to corruption charges. First to take a paid leave was Sen. Rod Wright, convicted on 8 felony counts of lying about his residence. A total of 8 felonies is not enough to merit expulsion or even an unpaid leave in the eyes of California Democrats. But the critical lost vote belongs to Senator Ron Calderon, who was charged with taking almost $100,000 in bribes and other inducements in return for supporting legislative actions, in an FBI sting. The case against Calderon centers on two alleged pay-to-play legislative transactions. After an undercover FBI agent posing as a film executive approached Calderon about altering the state’s film tax credit, according to a federal indictment,...(Read Full Post)