How California Tamed its Once-Dysfunctional Legislature

"I think of myself as a bleeding-heart liberal," Levine said Thursday. But he also insists on reading a bill before voting on it: What does it do? What is its intention? What are its potential unintended consequences?

Levine also turns away Capitol lobbyists who suggest he should vote a certain way simply because he is from liberal Marin County.

Isn't this exactly what we want in a legislator: a politician with defined principles, but committed to testing the substance and efficacy of the concepts presented to him or her?

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