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President Obama is back in California for another round of big-ticket fundraisers. But the President isn’t running for office anymore, so where’s all that money going? We also run down the big So Cal races: Waxman’s Congressional seat, two seats on the LA County Board of Supervisors, and the race for LA County sheriff. The Bacon Bowl, the ShamWow, the Snuggie... the lowly infomercial, could it be disappearing? It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and we suggest some great Mother’s Day movies. And, the City of Carson has voted to make bullying a criminal offense. How would you enforce that?

Banner Image: Barack Obama

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Presidential Fundraising 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Today the President participates in a Democratic National Committee roundtable in Beverly Hills before heading down the coast to San Diego. The President’s schedule has been packed tight with fundraiser lunches and $65,000-a-plate galas since he touched down in LA yesterday. But he’s not running for re-election, so where’s the money going?

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

Press Play Voters' Guide 7 MIN, 51 SEC

As President Obama helps fill the war chests for the upcoming national elections, there are some pretty hot races brewing right here in Southern California. You should have received your voter guide this week. We help you make sense of some of the big local races, including the race for Henry Waxman’s seat in Congress, two seats on the LA County board of supervisors, and the race to replace sheriff Lee Baca.

Guests:
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

Death of the Infomercial? 10 MIN, 49 SEC

Since the 1950s, late night TV has been the world of the infomercial: late night hucksters selling ginsu knives, wearable towels, Snuggies... But infomercials have become a victim of their own success. At more than $200 billion, the late night “direct response television” industry has attracted big companies that are squeezing out the backyard inventors that used to populate the space. Is the infomercial as we know it disappearing? Is that a bad thing?

Guests:
Ariel Bogle, Slate (@arielbogle)

More:
Is the Infomercial Dead?

Mother's Day Movies 10 MIN, 42 SEC

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. So, what are you planning to do with Mom this Sunday, after brunch is over? How about sitting down to watch a film that makes you appreciate your mother even more? We have some suggestions for you.

Guests:
Mark Jordan Legan, TV writer (@MJLegan)

Criminalizing Bullying 10 MIN, 7 SEC

Bullying is a problem usually left for parents, teachers and schoolyard justice to solve. Now the City of Carson wants to take it to court. Carson’s City Council voted unanimously this week to make bullying a criminal offense. The measure won’t be finalized until later this month, but if it goes forward, bullying in Carson would be punished as a misdemeanor. That could mean court hearings, fines, even jail time. But how does a city enforce a no-bullying law?

Guests:
Mike Gipson, Carson City Councilman (@MrMikeGipson)
Bob Miller, Mayor of Monona, WI

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