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Assembly speaker defends action on single-payer bill: It was 'lacking in virtually every respect'

The speaker of the California Assembly is unapologetic for his decision to sideline the year's closely watched single-payer healthcare bill, calling it "lacking in virtually every respect."

On this week's California Politics Podcast, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) talks about some of the early challenges in his time leading the lower house of the Legislature. Those have included the difficulty of creating a consensus-based leadership structure in a house more used to top-down decision-making.

He also admits there may be limited value to Democratic legislators continuing to offer nonbinding resolutions critical of President Trump.

"To a large extent, you start to wonder if it's preaching to the choir too," he said in a Times interview July 5.

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