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Election Day: Money, Politics, and Policy

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On this day in California, we’re finding the connection between money and politics is as hazy and blurry as its ever been.
That money, for the most part, comes from fundraising. Although some candidates have their own cash and donate to their campaigns.
But a new non-partisan, non-profit website based out of Berkeley connects political donations with political action. And how all that money – billions …

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California voters head to polls for Primary Election

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Nearly 18 million California voters are registered to vote in today’s primary election, more than ever before. How many of those folks will actually go to the polls or send-in ballots remains to be seen. With no presidential race and no high-profile ballot measures, some poll watchers are predicting dismal turnout. But those who do vote have a lot to consider today. From Washington …

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A rare race for LA Sheriff

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles County voters have a rare opportunity this primary election: bringing a new sheriff to town.
There’s almost never been a race for LA Sheriff without an incumbent on the ballot. And no sitting sheriff has ever been defeated in an election— not even the late Sherman Block, who was re-elected even after he died during his 1998 campaign.
Out of seven candidates running to …

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Listen: What you need to know before you vote

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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In 2012, the “top-two primary” system was implemented in California, meaning that the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will make it to the ballot in November.
Today on Press Play, Madeleine Brand got the election rundown with Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.

33rd Congressional District Seat to replace Henry Waxman
“It’s the first time a seat has opened up in a long time,” says …

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Republican rivals are tied heading into Election Day

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On the eve of Election Day, a new poll shows the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are in a dead heat. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari has been trailing Assemblyman Tim Donnelley through the primary election campaign, but he’s now has pulled into a statistical tie with his rival. The USC Dornsife-L.A. Times Poll finds that 32 percent of likely …

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Mixer: Isla Vista, one week later, and an election on the way

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Nick Welsh reports for the Santa Barbara Independent and Seema Mehta is with the Los Angeles Times. Both joined us this week for their perspectives.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a welfare check on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his deadly rampage in Isla Vista knew of disturbing videos that he posted, but didn’t watch them after determining he was not a threat …

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What to know about the Secretary of State and State Controller candidates

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU LA, Raphe Sonenshein joined Warren to talk about two upcoming races. There’s the Secretary of State, and the Controller. “These are stepping stone offices and if you want to stay in the game in California, it certainly pays to hold one of these offices for a while you’re checking to see what opens …

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What to know about the ‘down ballot’ races when you vote

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
There are an enormous number of candidates on the June 3 ballot. Just the statewide races include Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent for Public Instruction and various seats for California's Board of Equalization. There are also two statewide ballot initiatives. But that's not all! There are also all of the county by county elections in the state. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Do you recognize any of the following names: Akinyemi Agbede, Joe Leicht, Alma Marie Winston? No? They’re among the 15 people running for the state’s highest office, Governor of California.  There are eight more people running for Lt. Governor, seven candidates for Attorney General and eight on the ballot for Secretary of State.
The June 3rd election is just around the corner. It’s a day …

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Interview with Raphe Sonenshein on LA Sheriff, Supervisors’ Race

Posted May 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Sheriff’s Race
For the time since 1998, the role of LA County Sheriff in is question as voters go to the polls on June 3rd. The Sheriff’s department is under scrutiny following scandals involving favoritism in hiring, obstruction of justice, and abuse of prisoners in County jails.
Raphe Sonenshein joined Warren to discuss how voters will have to decide who would be the best candidate to clean …

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State Superintendent’s race: Teachers’ Unions vs. Reformers

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On the June 3 ballot, you’ll see candidates for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The superintendent is elected to head the state Education Department, but also serves as executive director of the Board of Education, which is appointed by the Governor. The current incumbent is former teacher and state Assemblyman Tom Torlackson.
Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff joined Warren to talk about this race and …

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Listen to the LA County Supervisors Debate

Posted May 13, 2014 by and | 3 Comments | ]
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On Tuesday’s Which Way, LA? Warren sat down with four of the eight candidates to fill Zev Yaroslavky’s seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
With 2 million residents, the 3rd supervisorial district runs from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica and from Westlake Village to Hollywood.  The Supervisors manage a $26 billion budget—spending more than all but a few states.  There are …

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The wacky race for Henry Waxman’s seat

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Obama was in town recently doing what Democrats from all over the country do in Los Angeles: raise money. Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine talked to Warren about how the LA is a Democrat’s ATM.  His recent New York Times article, The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills, talks about the random nature of the race to succeed retiring Democrat …

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Are you ready to vote in the California Primary?

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Are you ready to vote in California’s June 3rd Primary? Here’s what you need to know beyond the ballot.
When To Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, June 3rd
Where To Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
What’s on the Ballot?
Up for reelection are the Governor and Lt. Governor. Democratic governor  Jerry Brown has been in office since 2011 and is up for …

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Twitter reacts to the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today on corruption charges. He was also a candidate for Secretary of State, but this likely ruins his chances at that office. His arrest was part of a major FBI operation in the Bay Area, which included the arrest of a Chinatown gangster. From the San Jose Mercury News:  
Federal law enforcement officials have been chasing Raymond “Shrimp …

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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered an immediate stop to the recruitment of firefighters in the city’s department.
He called the hiring process “fatally flawed” and he’s enlisted Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation to study the process.
That means a scheduled fire academy class with about 70 cadets will no longer be held, and no more firefighters will be hired from the current …

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Mixer: Is LA hungry to close medical pot shops?

Posted March 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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This week, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced an effort to help property owners and real estate agents comply with Proposition D, which banned all but about 100 medical marijuana dispensaries that opened before 2007.
But that’s not the only crackdown.
Four LA dispensaries were raided by DEA agents, along with two homes.
We’re devoting today’s Mixer to the issue of medical …

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Calderon told to step down or face Senate expulsion

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fellow Democrats say state Senator Ron Calderon must either resign or take a leave of absence within a week or face expulsion. After surrendering to authorities, a handcuffed Calderon stood before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts, including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. If convicted on all the charges, the potential sentence could total nearly 400 years. Senate …

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Calderon shoe drops and Dodger beating suspects plead guilty

Posted February 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother Tom on multiple corruption charges.
The US Attorney’s Office says the Calderons face charges of mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Gene Maddaus is a reporter with LA Weekly, and Andrew Blankstein is with the NBC News Investigative Unit based here in LA.

Did we see all of this coming? Especially given the Calderon …

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Marijuana backers back away from California, for now

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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A national coalition that led the push for legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has decided to hold off on a similar ballot measure in California this year. Instead, the coalition will wait until 2016 to try to qualify its initiative. Two other groups are gathering signatures in an effort to get legalization measures on this ballot this year. But neither of those …

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Drought relief gets political… and cable companies want to get together

Posted February 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …

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