An interesting thing happened on election night (and no, I'm not talking about Karl Rove's disagreements with his own network's call or Diane Sawyer's odd behavior).
The Democrats in California took a supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate, something that hadn't been done since 1883. That means, even with a Republican sitting in the governor's chair in Sacramento, if they act together, the Democrats can do whatever they want in the state, overriding any veto.
For a state that seemingly prides itself on being first in progressive legislation (see medical marijuana), it might prove to be an interesting couple of years. California, of course, is no slouch when it comes to recycling initiatives.
Environmentalists must be licking their chops at the opportunity in California. And while I'm no Nate Silver when it comes to political prognostications, it would be hard to bet against any recycling and environmental legislation passing.
A statewide ban on the use of single-use plastic bags fell just short of passage in the last legislature, and a ban on restaurants using polystyrene takeout containers also was one step short of becoming a law, with Republicans keeping the bill at bay. It's hard to see a scenario where both of those measures don't pass and become law in the next two years.
But what else could be in the cards in Sacramento? Mandatory organics curbside collections? Increased taxes on tipping fees at landfills? A carbon tax on breathing?!?
What new idea do you think comes out of California in the next two years?