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Cuba trip a way for lobbyists to say 'I love you' to state legislators

Cuba trip a way for lobbyists to say 'I love you' to state legislators

It doesn’t really matter what you call the trip to Cuba that California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and a passel of legislators and staff are planning for next week. Trade mission or junket or learning expedition, it all equals the same thing: a chance for lobbyists to spend a little quality time with, and money on, the state’s lawmakers. Next week is spring recess for the state Legislature, and that historically means some legislators heading off to an exotic locale. This year, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon is leading his own international trip. He will go to Tokyo with Senate minority leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa...

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