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By Rick Holmes
Oct. 21, 2013 6:16 p.m.


California has often led the nation – sometimes in the wrong direction.  A few years ago, California’s leaders and the unintended consequences of voter-approved referenda had led to partisan paralysis and near-bankruptcy in Sacramento.  Local governments were cutting services. The state’s infrastructure and once-mighty higher education system were in shambles.  But thanks to a series of electoral and budgeting reforms, the state appears to have turned things around. Its legislature, the New York Times reports, is now the most moderate – and the most Democratic – in memory:

In the past month, California has been the stage for a series of celebrations of unlikely legislative success — a parade of bill signings that offered a contrast between the shutdown in Washington and an acrimony-free California Legislature that enacted laws dealing with subjects including school financing, immigration, gun control and abortion.

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