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Oh, and did I mention public employee pension liabilities, the budget deficit, and our children and future citizens being held hostage to the most powerful syndicate in the state? Sorry, I’m out of room here.

So are we doomed?

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We still have Proposition 13, in letter and in spirit. And there is growing opposition to increased taxes in places that are not Republican strongholds. Richmond is 26% black and voted 67% against Proposition 30, as did 77% of the residents of El Monte, which is 69% Hispanic. Proposition A was defeated in the City of Los Angeles.

These are the small seeds we have to cultivate, which points up our failing and our challenge as Republicans: to reach out and recruit beyond our traditional base into the evolving demographics of our once and future great state.

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