People often ask me how things have changed at California’s Capitol over the last 60 years. One answer: Politics today is a lot more knee-jerk partisan.
A striking example is abortion.
That’s true of many issues. More legislators used to think for themselves and not be so subservient to party dogma.
Now, abortion is again front and center after news broke last month that the U.S. Supreme Court was on the verge of overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized pregnancy terminations nationwide.
In Sacramento, there has been political gameplaying by Democrats and rote partisan voting by both parties.
That’s in stark contrast to 55 years ago this month when the Democratic-controlled Legislature narrowly passed and new Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the…
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