December 18, 2012
The largest Freshman Class of Legislators since 1966 was sworn in on December 2nd. The partisan makeup of the Legislature is also making headlines. In both houses of the Legislature the Democrats have a two-thirds margin. This is the first time since 1933 that one party has had such an overpowering presence. In 1933 it was the Republican Party and in 1883 it was the Democratic Party. The new supermajority means that Republicans cannot block legislation that requires a 2/3 vote. There has been speculation in the media that the Governor may find it necessary to lower expectations of members of his own party who started introducing legislation to lower voter requirements to pass new taxes on the day legislators were sworn in.