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In the aftermath of yesterday's election, one party may have won two-thirds majorities in both houses of the state legislature. For the first time since Prop 13 passed in 1978, the Democrats could raise taxes without asking the voters. Will they run wild or use their new power to enact reforms that could rationalize the conduct of state government? Also, has Proposition 30 saved public schools? We ask LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in Washington, will it be compromise or continued gridlock?

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Main Topic Do Republicans Have a Future in Sacramento? 25 MIN, 48 SEC

Governor Brown and the Democrats' legislative majority balanced this year's budget on the assumption that Proposition 30 would pass. It did -- with 54 percent of the vote statewide and 60 percent in Los Angeles. He reminded doubters that he'd run for governor on the pledge that there would be no taxes unless people voted for them, and said he looked forward to being able to pass the first balanced budget since 1998. Passage means the state sales tax will increase by a quarter cent for four years, and income taxes on high earners will rise for seven years, with most of the money going to education. If Prop 30 had failed, it would have triggered $600 billion in cuts for K-12 public schools, universities and community colleges.

You can see all our election coverage at KCRW.com/californiaelections.

John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times (@ChrisMegerian)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

Main Topic Will There Be Compromise or Continued Gridlock? 24 MIN, 31 SEC

Despite widespread predictions that it might take weeks to decide the election, Mitt Romney conceded at 1 this morning in Boston. Shortly afterwards, President Obama spoke. With the election finally over, it's time for Washington to focus again on how to govern the nation. Have any new lessons been learned from yesterday's voting?  How much will politics — and policy — stay the same?



Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Gary Langer, Langer Research Associates and ABC News (@garylanger)
Ruben Navarrette, Jr., Political Columnist (@RubenNavarrette)
Chris Kromm, Institute for Southern Studies (@chriskromm)

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