The Los Angeles Times reports that shortly after midnight this morning, Senate Republicans tossed out leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto and chose anti-taxman Dennis Hollingsworth of Murrieta to lead the caucus. It's too early to tell whether this dooms the messy budget proposal to close a $42 billion deficit - or even helps it.
The Senate had essentially locked itself in chambers yesterday to get the budget passes, which led to this little tidbit:
The frenetic day had begun with legislators carting sleeping bags, pillows and suitcases to work. Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) brought a bottle of cologne.