One-Party Rule Corrupts California’s Election Process

California Democrats control the governor’s mansion, every statewide elected office, both U.S. Senate seats, 42 of 53 congressional districts and hold a supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature. You’d think such electoral dominance would remove any need to further stack the process in their favor – but you thought wrong.

Perhaps the political class is paranoid because most California voters are not as far to the left as they are. Politicians know this and it’s borne out in most election cycles. In November, attempts to gut Proposition 13, reimpose affirmative action, allow 17-year-olds to vote, allow rent control and abolish cash bail went down in flames.

Now what we’re seeing is a pattern of trying to keep democracy out of the hands of the voters.

The most stunning example is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s apparently unconstitutional appointment of a U.S. Senator, when the U.S. Constitution’s Seventeenth Amendment states that vacancies “shall” be filled by an election unless the legislature empowers the governor “to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Granite Bay, immediately questioned the constitutionality of Newsom’s appointment of then-Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the vacancy created when Sen. Kamala Harris resigned to become vice president. Evidence that he was right comes with the introduction of Assembly Bill 1495, which finally creates the required special election, but not until November 2022.

“We’ll be electing someone to serve for a month,” Kiley observed. “Here’s the truly crazy part: Padilla will at the same time be running for reelection. So, on your November 2022 ballot you’ll see what looks like a printing error: a race for the same Senate seat will appear twice.”

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  1. One Party rule?
    Is corrupt when that one Party serves its self and not the People or the State.
    Yes, Democrats are corrupt and their words and conduct express that if you pay attention.
    Everything they say and do seems to be wrapped in a lie.
    Sadly, that is their character.
    Democrats lie!

  2. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. The far left socialists are proving the adage every day

  3. Really??? says

    Having been involved with right of center politics and personal liberties for over 30 years the problem has been and continues to be…… Where are out candidates?

    E.g. Both Goleta and Santa Barbara are 100$ controlled by very radical Democrats. Come to the bottom line not one of the councilmen and councilwomen when faced with fiscally conservative economics, or social issues they state clearly they will vote for the radical Socialist agenda.

    A Democrat friend would vote against his councilwoman if there was a fiscal conservative running for office. The need for engagement means a thick skin. The Democrats in Santa Barbara south county have no reservations in falsely attacking both the social and economic positions of a candidate from the right.

    When our side zips up the wallet, and refuses to produce candidates what can you expect.

    The baseball analogy is …… If you are not at the plate you cannot hit the ball.

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