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- Former GOP Senate leader Dave Cogdill died at 66
- California legislators adjourned Friday for a month-long summer recess
- After receiving pressure to step down because of his cap-and-trade vote, Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes held a caucus meeting Thursday to discuss his role. Mayes remains in his leadership post, but another top Assembly Republican stepped down from hers in protest
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.