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Incoming House Minority Leader Rep. Bolding Optimistic About 2021 Legislative Session

Reginald Bolding
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Reginald Bolding in 2019.

Democrats at the state Legislature had hoped to walk into the 2021 legislative session as the majority — wielding the power to establish committee chairs, assign bills, or not, and a long-sought opportunity to truly have a seat at the budget table. Instead, they head into the new year and the next session in the same position they have been in for years: Narrowly in the minority, but in the minority nonetheless.

House Democrats in particular were let down when they failed to take the chamber. The party split remains at 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats, a margin that has frustrated both parties.

Now, Democrats have chosen a new slate of leaders to find their way in 2021. Rep. Reginald Bolding is the House minority leader-elect.

The Show spoke with him and started by asking whether the recent assertions by some of his Republican colleagues that November’s election results may not be legitimate will cause any difficulties at the Capitol.

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