California Democrats wield more power with supermajorities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Now that voters have delivered Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, they should expect to see more conflict between liberals and moderates in the state's dominant party and potential tension with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Election results released show Democrat Josh Newman has won a Republican-held Senate seat, giving his party the final position needed for a supermajority.

That gives Democrats control of two-thirds of the seats in both the Assembly and Senate, as well as control of the governor's office. It means Democrats have the theoretical power to raise taxes, ignore legislative rules, put constitutional amendments on the ballot or pass emergency legislation that takes effect immediately.

Their appetite for using their power will be tested on issues such as transportation and climate change.

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