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In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making
In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown's Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California's aging water system. A final deal was still elusive, and the Democratic governor needed GOP votes. "We had most of our guys leaning 'No,' at that point," recalled Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff. For nearly an hour, the group pressed Brown on a stubborn sticking point in the negotiations: more borrowing for reservoirs in the bond measure they were trying to refine. "He talked to each one of us individually, and he let us all talk about as much as we wanted," said Sen. Andy Vidak, a farmer...

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