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Senate chief Steinberg, soon to depart, knows a deal precedes success
Senate chief Steinberg, soon to depart, knows a deal precedes success

Soon-departing state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg is one politician who frankly admits that successful legislating requires aggressive deal making. It may, at times, look unseemly. But passing important bills doesn't just happen immaculately. There's horse trading, back scratching and offers that can't be refused. Politicians call it, more politely, "leveraging." Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has been one of the more successful leveragers—and one of the better legislative leaders—since California voters adopted ill-conceived term limits 24 years ago, shifting excessive power to the governor and special interests. All this came to mind recently after...

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