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Business-friendly Democrats pick new leaders for informal, but powerful Sacramento caucus

Business-friendly Democrats pick new leaders for informal, but powerful Sacramento caucus

The informal but increasingly powerful cadre of business-aligned Democrats in the Legislature tapped two assemblymen to lead their caucus Tuesday afternoon after last week's decision by the group's current chairman to leave office at the end of the month.

Assemblymen Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield) now share top billing of the so-called Moderate Caucus. 

The new leadership framework, which was made official by a vote of centrist Democrats during their retreat at the Lodge at Torrey Pines golf resort in San Diego, underscores how the “Mods’” political apparatus has matured as its ranks have swelled.

“As the...

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