Calif. Democrats in celebratory mood at convention

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Associated Press

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats meet this weekend to celebrate their November election victories and look ahead to next year, when they hope to solidify their grip on state politics.

Few major offices are up for election, but there will be internal jockeying as Democrats vie for the statewide seats that are up for election next year.

Democrats last year won two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature for the first time in decades and picked up six congressional seats formerly held by Republicans. Gov. Jerry Brown steered the successful tax initiative campaign that is bringing in more revenue to the state.

The mood is in sharp contrast to the Republican gathering in Sacramento last month, during which delegates lamented their election losses and plummeting voter registration.

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