Democratic State Senator Ronald Calderon is facing federal charges after allegedly accepting $100,000 in bribes, while Leland Yee faces similar charges for his alleged role in accepting bribes and an international gun-running operation. A third Senator, Rod Wright, was convicted of eight counts of voter fraud in January and now faces up to eight years in prison. CBS Sacramento has a good round up of the timeline of the events.
The confluence of those three events led Senate Leader Steinberg, pictured above left, to cancel the annual tournament, saying instead his party would "take a step back and take stock of how we all do the people's business." Here's a video of his entire statement. And in case you were wondering, the cost to play in the tournament ranged from $15,000 to almost $70,000.