California just passed a budget to fill a $42 billion shortfall. They had to woo one Republican to get enough votes to pass the bill. He was able to extract a few demands:

“Finally, in the witching hours of Thursday morning, lawmakers caved to some of the demands of State Senator Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, who wanted constitutional amendments establishing an open primary system and banning legislative pay increases during deficit years, and the elimination of 12 cent gas tax hike from the plan.

Mr. Maldonado also won an amendment that would make California political primaries open, a bill that many Democrats resisted to the bitter end.

All three of his demands seem quite reasonable. Amazing that they weren’t already in the budget. Or, given our political system, perhaps not so amazing.