Capitol Alert
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March 28, 2011

When Senate Republicans released their list of policy requests late Friday, including notes of where Democrats had agreed, it seemed like the kind of move that typically spells disaster. But conversations continued Monday, albeit without the two Senate Republican leaders who made the list public.

In a Capitol that was otherwise quiet with the Legislature closed for Cesar Chavez Day, Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive secretary, Nancy McFadden, met with aides for at least two GOP senators in Sen. Bill Emmerson’s office. Among those involved were Joe Justin, Emmerson’s chief of staff, and Erin Guerrero, chief of staff for Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres.

About 10 minutes after that meeting broke, Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale, and Emmerson, R-Hemet, went into Emmerson’s office separately.

“Our doors are always open, always have been,” Berryhill said.

Asked whether he had met with Brown, Emmerson said, “We followed up on some stuff, but nothing’s happening right now.”

Emmerson, Berryhill and Cannella are three of the five Republican senators, dubbed the “GOP 5,” who originally negotiated with Brown. Last week, they said they handed over negotiating duties to Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, vice chairman of the Senate budget committee.

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