California Democrats have regained a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature with Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman winning the 29th Senate District late Monday. Newman's win gives Democrats control of 27 of the state's 40 senate districts. Though some political analysts say that a supermajority is overrated, it could in theory make it easier for Democrats to raise taxes, override a governor’s veto or place measures on the ballot. Democrats last held a supermajority in the California legislature in 2012.
State Democrats Win Supermajority in Both Legislative Houses
An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Dan Walters, political columnist, Sacramento Bee
Marisa Lagos , reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk