State Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was joined by dozens of members of various law enforcement and fire agencies calling on lawmakers to approve millions of dollars due local goverments during a Capitol news conference held in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. About $4 billion dollars was lost to local governments, which is used largely to help pay for public safety and other vital programs, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut the car tax.
When it comes to rebuilding the Republican party in California, the challenges are many.
Among those are the state’s registered Republicans. Only 29 percent of the state's voters are registered as Republicans, compared to 43 percent for Democrats. The job of building the party back up will likely fall to former State Senator Jim Brulte.