Senator Tony Strickland Named New California State Senate Assistant Minority Leader

Posted Posted in Dennis Hollingsworth, Tony Strickland
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State Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, foreground, shrugs his shoulders as he leaves a conversation with state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, left, Jeff Denham, R-Merced, behind Ashburn, Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, and Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 16, 2008

In the GOP Coup that replaced Senator Dave Cogdill as California State Senate Minority Leader, it was little noticed that Flap’s own State Senator, Tony Strickland, ran for and lost the postion to Senator Dennis Hollingsworth. However, Strickland received the runner-up position: Assistant Senate Minority Leader.

So, what does the job entail?

As many as four races are on the target list for 2010 — the seats currently held by Republican Jeff Denham, and the ones being vacated by Democrats Dean Florez, Denise Ducheny. Republicans will also target Orange County Democrat Lou Correa.

The job of raising money and focusing caucus attention on those races will fall largely to the new Assistant Majority Leader, Tony Strickland, who ran against Hollingsworth in the race to replace Cogdill.

Strickland has his job cut out for him. But, watch Strickland’s integration of new media strategies, demographics and technology to bring these four seats into viable GOP contests.

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California Governor Schwarzenegger Rejects GOP Senate Leader’s Call to Reopen State Budget Negotiations Without Tax Increases

Posted Posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Budget, Darrell Steinberg, Dennis Hollingsworth
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during an event February 17, 2009 at the State Captiol in Sacramento, California. California lawmakers remained deadlocked Wednesday over a plan to increase taxes to tackle the state’s budget deficit as Republicans ousted their legislative leader for his support of tax hikes

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a noon time new conference on his State of California Website and rejected newley elected GOP Senate Leader Dennis Hollingsworth’s call to reopen stalemated California state budget negotiations with taxes off of the table. He said those Senators that think the California State Budget shortfall can be solved without new tax revenues do not know their math and need to retake math 101.

The Quote:

“Anyone that runs around, I think, and says that this can be done without raising taxes, I think has not really looked at it carefully to understand this budget or has a math problem and has to get back, as I said, and take Math 101,” Schwarzenegger said.

In the meantime, the California State Senate has reconvened and Senate Democrat Leader Darrell Steinberg called up AB 3, the budget tax bill for a vote and it failed 23 to 12 (27 affirmative votes necessary for passage). Note: GOP Senators Cogdill, Ashburn and Cox did NOT vote along with Democrat Senator Correa.

Steinberg then took to the floor of the Senate and said he would call up a vote every hour on the hour and update the state of the state if a budget does not pass today. This hour was a potential loss of federal transportation money.

Stay tuned……

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Senator Dave Cogdill Replaced as California GOP State Senate Leader Over Unhappiness With California State Budget Stalemate

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Cogdill out as GOP leader

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

Republican Senator Dave Cogdill who helped craft the Big 5 California State Budget compromise (with $14 Billion in tax increases) was replaced overnight as GOP State Senate leader.

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.

The California State Senate is due to reconvene at 6 AM this morning (the Senate is on LOCK DOWN) and Flap will be covering up to the minute events on Twitter in the right sidebar ————>

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