Last week, LA Democrat Rod Wright was granted a leave of absence from the State Senate. He's been convicted on eight counts of perjury and voter fraud. Yesterday, another LA Democrat, Ron Calderon, took a paid leave. He's charged with 24 counts of bribery and other crimes. That means the Democrats will no longer have the two-thirds majority needed to pass some bills without support from Republicans. Dan Walters is a syndicated columnist for the Sacramento Bee.