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Skelton: California Republicans teetering on irrelevance

Perez and Conway

SkeltonThe results of Tuesday's election has given California Republicans little to be excited about. Gov. Jerry Brown's tax hikes were approved by voters, and Democrats are poised to gain supermajorities in each house of the Legislature.

George Skelton says in Monday's column that Democrats' overwhelming power has all but erased the GOP as a major factor in state politics.

"Until last week, it was possible to be guardedly optimistic about the ultimate restoration of a healthy two-party system in California," he writes. "But now it’s hard to argue with the numbers."

Less than 30% of California voters are registered as Republicans, and the party could be losing what little leverage it has in the Capitol.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” predicts Matt David, a consultant who managed moderate Jon Huntsman’s campaign for the presidential nomination and was communications director for Gov. Schwarzenegger.

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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Photo: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) speaking with Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway at the Capitol last year. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press
 
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