California Has New Clout In Congress

12/31/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Richard Simon LA Times

Reporting from Washington -- Under President Bush, California Democrats often felt like Rodney Dangerfield.

But with Barack Obama headed to the White House -- giving their party control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue for the first time in 14 years -- lawmakers from one of the nation's bluest states are looking to gain more than just respect. They expect to wield more political clout as well.

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