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Not the time for GOP silence

Becky Yeh - California correspondent   ( Monday, December 10, 2012

A California Republican is urging her party to "show strength" in the midst of the state's Democrat-dominated legislature and the Democratic shift nationwide.

Since Democrats now have supermajority status of the California Legislature, Republican lawmakers say their role will still be to keep lawmakers in check. As Democrats seem ready to spend more money and increase government, it is up to Republicans to keep them in line.

Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) recently told The Sacramento Bee that the state must be careful not to increase spending on programs. Republicans, he says, must "shine a light" on wasteful spending and try to prevent it.

Greig, Celeste (CRA)Likewise, Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly (CRA), is encouraging the GOP to be strong.

"For Republicans to say, well, because we don't have a vote, we're just going to have to be in the back and let the Democrats take control -- This is the time to show strength," Greig contends.

Republican voter registration has been on a decline in California for the last 20 years. And as The Bee notes, the GOP only holds 11 of the 40 seats in the state Senate and 25 seats out of 80 in the California Assembly.

"I don't buy the issue that ok -- we are the minority and there is nothing we can do. No! If our Founding Fathers thought that way, what would have happened," the CRA president poses. "We would still be a colony and part of the British empire."

Democrats have indicated that they will not start off the new session with tax hikes but will instead focus on healthcare and other services.

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