Skelton: Emboldened Democrats face more risks in Sacramento
But George Skelton says in his Thursday column that such power comes with severe risks for Gov. Jerry Brown and his party.
"History teaches us what absolute power can do: affix blinders and corrupt," Skelton says. "If this power is bestowed, the culpability at the Capitol will be entirely on Democrats. They'll be solely accountable, responsible for rerouting California back onto the right path."
Democrats are expecting to win supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. They're still waiting on final results from Assembly races, and they'll need to hold onto at least one state Senate seat in upcoming special elections.
The governor will also be under pressure to deliver the budget relief he promised now that voters have approved his tax-hike plan.
"Brown sold his Proposition 30 tax increase largely on the premise that it would stanch the budget bleeding," Skelton writes. "He'd better hope that's what happens and that state revenues don't continue to fall short of spending. Because voters never like to be fooled."
All of Skelton's columns are here.
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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a news conference with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg last year. Credit: Hector Amezcua / Associated Press