State Senator Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, second from right, talks to members of the Senate Democratic caucus, after he was removed as Senate Minority leader at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. In a late night move, Cogdill was voted out his leadership position and replaced by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula,. Seen are from left, Senators Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, left, Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, second from left, Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach second from right with back to camera, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, background right
Senate Republicans ousted Sen. Dave Cogdill as their leader and replaced him with Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, who has repeatedly criticized the current budget deal for its $14 billion in new taxes.
Hollingsworth said he did not know immediately what it meant for budget negotiations. Four members of the 15-member Senate GOP caucus did not participate in the caucus coup, and all four have been targeted by Democratic leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as potential votes for the tentative deal reached last week.
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