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The Watercooler ~ California Reeling

Thought I would cover a few items of interest taking place in and around California lately.

Part of my growing apathy with politics of late is the dismal future Republicans are facing here. But we got a brief reprieve from the suffocation of a supermajority of Dems in the state Senate when a rising star in the party suddenly resigned his Senate seat last Friday to take a job in the private sector. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, surprised everyone who knows him and his resignation leaves the Senate without a supermajority — which is required to raise taxes in California. That makes three Dems who have left the Senate since the elections.

Rubio is the third Democrat to leave the state Senate after former Sens. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino (San Bernardino County), and Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, resigned after winning seats in Congress last fall. The Democrats, who now hold 26 seats in the chamber, might regain their supermajority quickly, with special elections scheduled for Vargas’ seat on March 12 and Negrete McLeod’s on May 14. Analysts say both are expected to stay in Democratic hands.

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President Obama has until Thursday of this week to decide if he will file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the case to overturn Prop. 8. Experts say if he does, it will most likely carry little weight when the Supremes hear the case next month.

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Finally, Governor Brown is keeping a low profile leaving people wondering what his plans are for the future. His term in the governor’s seat will be up next year and no challenger is emerging who could take him on if he decides to run again.

Have a great day.

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