Photo: Wikipedia commonsAssemblyman Chad Mayes represents the 42nd district in the California State Assembly. His position on cap-and-trade has caused uproar among Republicans. Photo: Wikipedia commonsAssemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) resigned as assistant Republican leader in response to Assemblyman Chad Mayes’ stance on cap-and-trade. ■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) announced that she resigned her position as assistant Republican leader following the aftermath of the July 20 Republican Caucus meeting. “Californians are struggling to make ends meet and unfortunately, what I have witnessed by the assembly Republican leader is a dereliction of duty to preserve and promote the American Dream for every single

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