The Tragedy and Irony of Right-wing Activism in California
Here in Chico, the tea party ran an expensive campaign to shift local elections to June, when students would be gone. The special election was expensive, although great lip service was spent on reducing the local budget deficit. The tea party lost badly and is responding aggressively.
In California, the right wing got a redistricting proposition passed, giving responsibility to its citizens commission. According to their initial proposal, it looks like the Democrats would pick up four congressional seats.
Of course, in the legislature, the Republicans are blackmailing Democrats, who fall just short of the super majority required to pass a budget, with demands to create spending limits and to trash pensions.