2014-03-08T202223Z_1_CBREA271KLJ00_RTROPTP_2_USA

California election season starts with Democrats convention

Members of environmental organizations demonstrate against hydraulic fracturing oil extraction, or fracking, as California Governor Brown speaks at 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention CenterBy Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Democrats on Saturday vowed to restore their two-thirds majority in the legislature and push their statewide success eastward in an effort to retake a majority in Congress. The pledge at the state’s annual Democratic convention came a week after Democrats effectively lost their prized two-thirds majority in the legislature as two state senators were forced to go on leave under criminal indictments or convictions. The convention, which effectively kicks off election season, showcased Democratic stars such as California Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris as well as featured former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom party leaders are hoping may be able to return to her old job. Brown, who is running for an unprecedented fourth term in November, said California had been written off for dead and called a failed state, but now it is recovering faster than the rest of the nation.

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