Desert Sun: Assemblyman Chad Mayes set to step down as GOP leader for siding with Democrats on climate change

Assembly member Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley is set to step down as head of the Republican Party’s caucus following weeks of intense criticism over his decision to side with Democrats on a key climate change initiative. 

Mayes successfully fought off an attempt to remove him from his post on Monday, telling reporters that the future of the California Republican Party was at stake. He urged his colleagues, whose numbers dwindled in 2016, to "step out and do what’s uncomfortable."

Instead, Assembly member Brian Dahle, who opposed California's extension of the cap-and-trade program, requiring carbon polluters to purchase permits, is taking control of the caucus on Sept. 15 at the end of the legislation session. The votes were cast behind closed doors. 

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Mike Foster