Orange County Recalls Gas Tax Dem, Ending Dem Supermajority

It's been a while since Californians delivered a message like this about tax hikes. But in the age of Jerry Brown, of Dem supermajorities, of runaway spending, it's a piercingly relevant one.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Orange County-area state senator who voted to raise gas taxes is out of a job after Tuesday's primary election, denying Senate Democrats a supermajority for the rest of the year.

Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman will be replaced by former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang after he was recalled for voting to raise gas taxes last year.

A Republican-backed effort to repeal the tax increase is likely to be on the November ballot, and the Newman recall election is an early test of where voters stand.

Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California and a sponsor of the recall said in a statement that the vote shows that politicians who supported the gas tax "will pay the price at the ballot box."

Not even Bernie could save Josh.

Even a late endorsement by former presidential candidate and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wasn't helping Newman. Sanders recorded a 30-second Facebook ad urging voters to back Newman while praising his support for single-payer health care, education, the environment and immigrant rights

Out of control spending, killing jobs and supporting illegal aliens? The Dems may have miscalculated a little bit.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the vote was 60 percent in favor of Newman's ouster.

Newman squeaked into office in 2016 by 2,500 votes, turning a formerly red state Senate seat blue and delivering a two-thirds supermajority to Democrats in the Legislature.

And, like so many of the Dems in a party gone left, he overreached.