Expanding the Super Majority by limiting democracy

As a result of reforms enacted in the early 1900s allowing the voters to decide important policy issues, California has long been recognized as a national example of democratic self-government. When elected representatives in Sacramento ignore the will of the people, the voters can rein them in through the use of the initiative, referendum or recall process. This has been true for generations, regardless of which political party has been dominant in the state.

Now however, a proposal is circulating in Sacramento that would limit the people’s voice by granting the governor the power to fill legislative vacancies. The stated reason for this proposal is the $1 million price tag to fill an open seat in a special election.

The Legislature is currently dominated by a near super-majority. Isn’t that enough? If Governor Brown is allowed to fill legislative vacancies, the super majority might approach unanimity. Consequently, I doubt this proposal would have any chance, or indeed, would have been proposed at all, if the current governor was named Deukmejian or Reagan.

I’m all for saving money, but expanding the governor’s power and placing new limitations on direct voter control over the Legislature is not the answer. What price tag do we put on our representative republic? Legislators should be beholden to the people, not the governor.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

8 Responses to "Expanding the Super Majority by limiting democracy"

  1. Ray (the real one)   January 24, 2014 at 11:31 am


    Propositions are a complete waste of time, especially in California, solves nothing in Sacramento. What you need to do and the rest of the few conservatives left is to articulate conservative values and agenda to the peasants, the "new" California.

    Maybe these "social justice" demogogues will not bleed this state dry with increased taxes, increased nonsense regulations and to keep the remaining wealth from moving to another state.

    Message Marie…..

  2. Lee   January 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    A politician warning THE PEOPLE of another politician’s potential usurpation of power.


    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.

  3. LMAO   January 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    ….but you can evidently fool Lee 7 days a week and twice on Sunday

  4. Jeff Lassle   January 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Well said Marie Waldron.

  5. payback time   January 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Interesting to see what the 75th gets from Sacramento because of Waldren’s attitudes towards the gay community. Atkins just became the new speaker of the Assembly and she’s a gay. The chances of Waldren ever getting another piece of legislation passed is somewhere between never and zero.

  6. Ray (the real one)   January 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Who cares about the “gay community”‘ like that`s the only issue facing the 75th district.

  7. Ray (the real one)   January 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    And…….. for someone who recently resided in San Diego (city) where three out of the five council members were or are "gay", San Diego is nothing to write home about especially if you drive a car. Being "gay" does not qualify someone as any better in politics, in San Diego, the opposite.

  8. Ray (the real one)   January 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Another point, As comment #5 says…. to hold up any meaningful legislation that might go through a certain person because that person likes a different gender and the person in question might disagree with the choices. No wonder why government on all levels is screwed.

    Now I am not a supporter of the homosexual lifestyle, think everyone knows that by now,I thinks it`s disgusting, vile and I really think it`s just wrong, not from a religious stand point, I am not religious.

    So “IF” someone just happens to be gay and in politics, one can assume that they are not immune from this form of critique, nobody forced them out of the shadows or closet.

    To use that argument and not to expect myself and others not to make an issue of it after the door was opened is plain censoship and does nothing to promote the individuals, their cause or lifestyle in a good light.

    No wonder why people hate, Blame Tom, easy way out.


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