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Assembly's tea party firebrand, Tim Donnelly, cools his rhetoric
Assembly's tea party firebrand, Tim Donnelly, cools his rhetoric

SACRAMENTO —Tim Donnelly arrived at the Assembly in late 2010 with big plans. First on his list: a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration. A plan to dismantle the state's air quality board was close behind. In a Capitol dominated by Democrats, those proposals, unsurprisingly, went nowhere. And the cool reception extended to Donnelly himself, one of the Legislature's few tea party disciples. The Republican from Twin Peaks, near Lake Arrowhead, had vowed during his campaign that he was "going to Sacramento to start the war," and he kept up the provocative oratory once he landed. Donnelly is now running for governor, campaigning on many of the themes he...

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