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