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  GOP Shakeup Could Derail Budget Deal in California
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateWednesday, February 18, 2009 06:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCalifornia Democrats renewed their push Wednesday to secure the single vote needed to pass a plan to fix the state's $42 billion budget deficit after another all-night session failed to break a partisan log jam.

The Senate was called back into session during the morning after the delicate compromise proposal crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders suffered a setback when Senate Republicans ousted their own leader over opposition to tax increases.

The change could derail the already strained budget talks by requiring the governor and lawmakers to restart negotiations with a new Republican leader.

Republicans voted late Tuesday to remove Sen. Dave Cogdill with Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murietta, whom they saw as more capable of resisting tax increases.
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