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Steinberg's Senate reign marked by fiscal triumphs, peers' scandals
Steinberg's Senate reign marked by fiscal triumphs, peers' scandals

Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion. It took Steinberg and other state leaders four years that included deep service cuts, worker furloughs, tax increases and the improving economy to right the ship of state, only to have a different set of troubles land in his lap. Steinberg watched in frustration as four of his Democratic colleagues were charged with criminal wrongdoing during his tenure as leader. Viewed by some as a victim of bad timing, the Sacramento Democrat stepped down as Senate president pro tem Wednesday — his 55th...

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