The state’s legislative session kicked off this week with a bang: an embarrassing and embarrassing loss in the Senate, a state Senate candidate losing to a challenger, and a statewide Democratic candidate losing a primary election to an opponent.
The story, as it turns out, is all over the place.
The state is facing some of the worst economic times in years, and the economy is expected to shrink by as much as 3.5% next year.
The budget deficit is estimated to be $6.9 billion.
And the state’s largest cities and counties are facing a severe funding crisis.
But it’s the Legislature that really gets the headlines.
In the last week, the Democratic incumbent, Democratic Assemblyman Scott Wiener, lost by less than 50 votes in a Democratic primary to Republican challenger Greg Cassella.
Cassellas had been running as a moderate, but has said that the state needs to do more to reduce the state income tax and raise more revenue.
“I am very concerned about the budget and the deficit,” Cassellsays.
“We have a $5.4 billion deficit.
That’s what we’re going to have to fix.”
In his loss, Cassellos’ Democratic opponent, Assemblywoman Jennifer Granholm, beat him by more than 600 votes.
She said that Republicans were out to take back the statehouse and blamed Cassellaus “campaign.”
“He was trying to be a moderate,” she said.
“He wanted to help people and that’s why I lost.”
Republicans, who control the Senate and House, say that they were able to pass the budget bill because Democrats and other Republicans didn’t have enough votes to pass it.
But the Democrats are blaming Democrats for not getting enough Democratic votes to approve the budget, and are also blaming the Republican governor for not vetoing the budget.
Democrats and Republicans have a history of arguing about who’s right.
The state budget debate began when Republicans controlled both houses of the legislature and were in a position to veto bills that would have increased spending.
Democrats in the legislature voted to increase spending, and Republicans voted to decrease it.
The two chambers of the California legislature have since had budget battles.
The last time the state was in the news was the fiscal year that ended in December.
The latest budget, which passed in March, was expected to increase the state debt by more then $5 billion.
The news cycle has also taken on a political bent, with both parties saying that they’ll do whatever it takes to defeat the other.
But that doesn’t mean they’ll always agree on what that means.