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Feb162017

SACRAMENTO: Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, speech, California Newspaper Publishers Association: "Assembly Speaker: 'I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump'" .... 

* Sacramento Bee:  "Assembly Speaker: 'I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump'" - From the Bee:

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon had a message for California newspaper publishers Wednesday: “I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump.”

Led by Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Democrats in the California Legislature have been setting themselves up as the resistance to the new administration since before Trump took office. De León in particular has been very outspoken against Trump and the president’s executive orders on immigration, saying the actions conflict with California values.

Rendon’s speech before the the California Newspaper Publishers Association strayed from the typical anti-Trump attack. While Rendon touched on the stark differences between deep-blue California and a GOP-dominated federal government, he told a room full of newspaper executives that his opening remarks at a recent Assembly Democrats Caucus retreat were that he was tired of speaking about the president.

“We’re all doing a great job of talking about Trump and holding Trump accountable,” Rendon said. “If Hillary Clinton had gotten elected president of the United States, we would have started the year with 2.5 million children in California living in poverty. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president of the United States, we would have started the year with crumbling roads.” 

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The publishers gathered at the Sacramento Convention Center for its annual Government Affairs Day. The list of speakers included Rendon, de León, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Fuller and Mayes each touched on their desire to focus on California instead of Washington ................