Democratic California governor confronts political setbacks

Sep 12, 2015 1:56 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown faced his biggest loss in recent memory this week as he and the Senate leader were forced to abandon a key provision of their climate change package to cut the state's oil use in half within 15 years.

They blamed a multibillion-dollar advertising campaign by oil companies for their retreat and vowed to push on.

But Brown also failed to gain traction this year on transportation funding he sought and a special session he called to address health care.

The political setbacks left some questioning whether the governor invested enough time this year working with the lawmakers he needed to execute his vision.

Environmental groups say Brown deserves nothing but credit for the climate change legislation and praised him for having the political courage to take on oil companies.

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