Today in the Legislature, union-owned Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, expressed outrage at Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, after Grove stated the obvious -- that Democratic legislators are owned by organized labor. The impetus was a union-backed bill that would make it more difficult for Wal-Mart to open stores in California, which drew the ire of Republicans who called it a "job-killer." On Wednesday, Democrats essentially blasted Republicans as racist for supporting a resolution calling on the federal government to reimburse the state for the cost of illegal immigration. That wasn't out of line, apparently, but the Dems are angry -- and insisting that Grove broke Assembly protocol -- over the thought that anyone would criticize how beholden they are to the labor unions. There's lots of huffing and puffing from both sides, but how can Democrats even muster faux anger over this one?
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