While most Californians watched the votes tallied for the presidency, a startling upheaval occurred right under our noses: Democrats captured absolute two-thirds majorities in both houses of the state legislature, a feat not managed since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.
What does a ballot proposition from more than 30 years ago have to do with last week's elections? Almost everything.
Most people remember Proposition 13 for the provision that slashed local property taxes by about 57 percent, strapping local governments and increasing the burden on the state to help fund local programs and services.
But another provision required that state taxes could not be increased without an absolute two-thirds vote of both houses of the state legislature--the highest threshold of its kind in the nation.Further along, the article continues,