CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 8

by CalWatchdog Staff | September 8, 2016 9:25 am

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is mere months away from assuming the chairmanship of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. 

The position already wields great power from its bully pulpit, but the bipartisan caucus appears set for a makeover after November will likely sweep in a large voting bloc of Democratic women to consolidate power in the Assembly.

Exactly how many women is unknown until the votes are counted. But a conservative estimate, based on a CalWatchdog analysis, suggests Garcia and Democratic women could control at least 25 percent of the votes in the Assembly.

In the four years since being elected — and after surviving a sharp learning curve having come from no background in elected office — the Bell Gardens Democrat rose in stature by focusing largely on ethics and women’s issues, with a knack for forcing to the forefront what she says are taboo topics.

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