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Los Angeles Times

The shuffle, which saw Chad Mayes replaced by Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) as leader, comes as the California Republican Party's numbers continue to shrink among registered voters and in elected office. California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change Dahle, 51, who voted against the bipartisan proposal to extend cap and trade, will take over when the Legislature adjourns for the year on Sept. 15 so there can be a smooth transition, Mayes said. Six Republican Assembly members joined Mayes in voting to extend cap and trade. California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change


California state senators want big bucks for cleaner trucks and buses

Los Angeles Times

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session. He will be replaced by Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber). Felons in state prison would be allowed to vote under a ballot measure proposed Wednesday. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session.


Assembly GOP leader-elect Brian Dahle looks to end Democratic supermajority in 2018

Los Angeles Times

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session. He will be replaced by Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber). Felons in state prison would be allowed to vote under a ballot measure proposed Wednesday. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session.


Schwarzenegger props up Mayes after lawmaker's support of cap-and-trade costs him GOP leadership post

Los Angeles Times

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session. He will be replaced by Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber). Felons in state prison would be allowed to vote under a ballot measure proposed Wednesday. Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes will step down before the end of the legislative session.


Heaven forbid, a Republican willing to work with Democrats

Los Angeles Times

If the California Republican Party is looking for a path to irrelevance in Sacramento, pushing aside Chad Mayes as the GOP leader in the Assembly is a good way to get there. The Yucca Valley assemblyman and seven Republican colleagues had the temerity last month to support a bill to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a system that some other Republicans deride as a burdensome tax on businesses and consumers. Mayes and the other GOP nonconformists deserve credit for setting aside partisanship to tackle the existential threat of climate change. Instead, Mayes got the boot, and Republican legislators are getting a reminder to hew to the party line -- or else. On Thursday, Mayes gave into the pressure and said he will step down as Republican Assembly leader to make way for Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) after the session ends next month.