Burton, John


John Burton is the Chair of the California Democratic Party. He has served as a State Assemblymember, US Congressmember and as President pro Tem of the California State Senate.

GOP Seeking to Re-Write Voting Laws Heading Into 2012 Elections

By John Burton
California Democratic Party

According to a recent New York Times article (May 29, 2011), Republicans in states across the country have been busy re-writing voting laws to shrink the electorate down to a size of their choosing, to favor their candidates on their terms. Make no mistake, while none of these new laws that have advanced in thirteen states in the past two months mention President Obama by name, they are intended to both disenfranchise voters in those states and give the GOP nominee a helping hand in the upcoming 2012 contest.
 
In Texas, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, among other states that are rich in electoral votes and hold a sizable portions of minority voters, the GOP is up to their time-honored and well-documented history of voter suppression and disenfranchisement – only this time they’re doing it in broad daylight via GOP-dominated state legislatures instead of in the dead of night in minority precincts the night before the election.
 

No More GOP Program Cuts to Benefit Billionaires and Multi-millionaires

By John Burton
California Democratic Party

Republicans in Washington, D.C. continue to push for cuts to housing assistance for veterans, cuts to Medicare, cuts to Social Security, cuts to children’s health, and cuts to job training programs all so that they can keep giving tax breaks to oil companies and the richest Americans.

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, the rich are paying less in income tax than they have in decades. The richest Americans today enjoy an income tax rate of 35% maximum and most people pay less than 30%. In the 1960s the richest Americans paid up to 55% in income taxes.

The richest 1% of Americans now hold 40% of our nation’s wealth. Thirty years ago the top 1% held only 24% of the total wealth in the U.S.

Grover Norquist’s Attempt to Hijack California Budget Talks

By John Burton
California Democratic Party

Grover Norquist’s description of the California Democratic Party as “pathetic” is an indication that he is unaware of the butt-kicking we gave his Republican Party up and down the state of California last November.
 
California Democrats defeated billionaire Meg Whitman for Governor, multi-millionaire Carly Fiorina for US Senate, the popular Los Angeles County District Attorney for Attorney General, and the rest of the Republican ticket.  We even picked up one seat in the state legislature. Any political party in the country would like to be that “pathetic.”