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Holdout Senators Remain in Long Road to Approve State Budget

We're into week four with no state budget in place. Senate Republicans are the holdouts, and that's caused some analysts to question again just how much pull the governor has with his own party. From

We're into week four with no state budget in place. Senate Republicans are the holdouts, and that's caused some analysts to question again just how much pull the governor has with his own party. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

The Assembly's passed a budget plan that Governor Schwarzenegger has said he'll sign. But the votes of two Republican Senators are needed to seal the deal, and that hasn't happened.

Sherry Bebitch-Jeffe, senior scholar at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, says you might think a GOP governor could have already secured those two votes -- but there's a larger issue at play.

Bebitch-Jeffe : It is all about the ideological disconnect between a moderate republican governor and conservative republican legislators.

Jeffe says it's also the major opportunity each year for the minority party to prove it's relevant.

The Governor's Press Secretary says it's inaccurate to say Schwarzenegger can't work with Republicans -- and points out the budget plan approved by the Assembly was bipartisan.