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California state Senate leader and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de Leon says he's part of a new crop of progressive leaders fighting for single-payer health care, full protections for illegal immigrants and stiffer efforts to stem climate change.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

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Democratic State Sen. Tony Mendoza stands on the floor of the Senate chambers in between private meetings of the Democratic caucus, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Mendoza's colleagues debated whether to suspend him amid a sexual misconduct investigation during the opening day of the Senate. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

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lead in Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore walks his horse after voting in the Alabama senatorial election, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Gallant, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (credit)

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Illustration on Roy Moore's run for the Senate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greets constituents at the Graves County Republican Breakfast in Mayfield, Ky., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. McConnell told Republicans not to be disheartened by the Senate's failure to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, telling them: "We're not through." (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

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The Senate's Magnificent Seven Deadly Dwarfs (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

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Obama Plan to Usurp the Senate's Legislative Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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In this July 18, 2017 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans’ crowning bill razing much of “Obamacare.” There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might revive it and avert a GOP humiliation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas makes his way to the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Senate has been forced to put the Republican's health care bill on hold for as much as two weeks until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can return from surgery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Senate has been forced to put the Republican's health care bill on hold for as much as two weeks until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can return from surgery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo smiles as she addresses a Democratic Governors joint news conference during the National Governor's Association meeting to highlight the damaging impact they contend the pending Senate health care bill would have on their states at the second day of the NGA meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo responds to a reporter's question as she addresses a Democratic Governors joint news conference during the National Governor's Association meeting to highlight the damaging impact they contend the pending Senate health care bill would have on their states at the second day of the NGA meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Puerto Rico's New Progressive Party Gov. Ricardo Rossello addresses a Democratic Governors joint news conference during the National Governor's Association meeting to highlight the damaging impact they contend the pending Senate health care bill would have on their states at the second day of the NGA meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Edwards addresses a Democratic Governors joint news conference during the National Governor's Association meeting to highlight the damaging impact they contend the pending Senate health care bill would have on their states at the second day of the NGA meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy addresses a Democratic Governors joint news conference during the National Governor's Association meeting to highlight the damaging impact they contend the pending Senate healthcare bill would have on their states at the second day of the NGA meeting Friday, July 14, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, flanked by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, urges members of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to approve a pair of bills to extend state's cap and trade program, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Newly-elected Oklahoma state Sen. Michael Brooks poses for a photo on the floor of the state Senate during a tour of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Brooks won his Senate seat in a special election Tuesday, July 11, 2017, held to fill the Senate district 44 seat vacated when Sen. Ralph Shortey resigned. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Newly elected Oklahoma state Sen. Michael Brooks, right, poses for a photo with his wife, Jessica Martinez-Brooks, left, on the floor of the state Senate during a tour of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Brooks won his Senate seat in a special election Tuesday, held to fill the Senate district 44 seat vacated when Sen. Ralph Shortey resigned. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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The Sussex Declaration was used to argue for proportional House membership but equal Senate representation.