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The next Speaker of the State Assembly will be a Latino from Los Angeles, but there's a major fight to determine which one.  Republicans are talking about "the ghost of Willie Brown."  Also, Cardinal Roger Mahony makes the case for illegal immigrants to buy government-sponsored health insurance. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, he President's escalation of force in Afghanistan will have a civilian component—although he's left it to others to explain the details. We'll hear about the hopes for success and the risks of failure.

Banner image: Assemblymen John Pérez (L) and Kevin de León (R)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Afghanistan and the 'Civilian Surge' 26 MIN, 19 SEC

Laying out his strategy for Afghanistan last March, President Obama called for "agricultural specialists and educators, engineers and lawyers…to develop an economy that isn't dominated by illicit drugs."  But last week's speech on increasing troops contained only a single reference to a "civilian surge."

Guests:
James Dobbins, Director of International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corp
Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@CarnegieEndow)
Masood Aziz, former diplomat, Afghanistan's Embassy in Washington

Main Topic Family Feud Breaks Out in Speaker's Race 18 MIN, 11 SEC

The Latino caucus in Sacramento is growing fast, but it's losing its solidarity. Instead of settling their differences in private, three Latino Democrats from Los Angeles are conducting a very public fight with leadership of the State Assembly at stake. A veteran Latino politician says his colleagues are airing their "dirty laundry" in the fight.  Can Republicans take advantage?

Guests:
Eric Bailey, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
Jaime Regalado, California State University, Los Angeles (@PBI)
Joel Fox, Californians for Reforms and Jobs, Not Taxes

Reporter's Notebook Including the Undocumented in the Healthcare Debate 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Republicans and some conservative Democrats say the inclusion of undocumented immigrants in a government-supported healthcare plan would reward illegal behavior. The House bill would allow them to buy such insurance with their own money. The Senate bill currently bars them altogether. Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahony is the leader of LA's Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

Guests:
Roger Mahony, Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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