Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase, Prop. 30, won, barely, and now the question must be asked. Did the lame attempt by the Republicans to disenfranchise union voters, via the failed Prop. 32, end up helping Prop. 30 to win?
Think about it. Prop. 32 got labor voters to the polls, where, combined with an energized Latino electorate, they voted for Prop. 30.
Other good news on the state ballot proposition outcomes included the passage of Prop. 36, finally bringing needed reform to the Three Strikes law; and the passage of Prop. 39, which was billed as a business tax for energy funding.
Prop 37 lost – this was an attempt by vegans and other folks overly focused on what they eat to force industry to label non-organic foods. Consumers realized this would drive up food costs and said no thanks.
Sadly Prop. 34 lost too – we almost got rid of the state’s useless death penalty. Maybe next time?
As for Prop. 32, it was an obvious attempt to animate the GOP base. Instead it lost and so did a bunch of Republican legislative candidates. When are the stupid Republicans going to figure out that hating minorities, immigrants, labor and gays is a losing proposition in California?