Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Another Sign Of The Times
Angry taxpayers on Tuesday tossed out the two Republican Senate leaders who helped engineer last year's legislative pay raise, an issue that apparently cost 15 House members their jobs, too.One of the successful challengers was a 21 year-old recent college graduate. Another was a law student. Both Democrats and Republicans lost primaries. I think people are furious with what they see as an entrenched group of politicians who largely look after their own interests.
Sixty-one of the 198 incumbents seeking re-election faced primary opposition -- more than in any year since 1980. That year, 14 incumbents were defeated in primaries, according to an analysis by the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg think tank. The Legislature next year also will include 30 new people because of retirements.
On the other hand, maybe another half a year of declining property values and a severe slump in SoCal will do it.
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