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California has a Republican Governor and Democrats controlling both the Assembly and Senate.  For the last two years, that's meant a sort of continuing gridlock, but this year is different. The state budget was passed before the new fiscal year, which hasn't happened since 2000. A massive public works program was approved for November’s ballot--on a bipartisan basis.  In the next four weeks, it appears at least possible that the legislature will pass--and the Governor will sign--proposals on global warming, the minimum wage and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. So what about Schwarzenegger's opponent in this year's re-election campaign.  If bipartisanship is the rule in Sacramento, can Phil Angelides get a foothold?  We hear from a major player and some political pros.

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Guest Interview Bipartisanship in Sacramento in an Election Year? 17 MIN

California has a Republican Governor and Democrats controlling both the Assembly and Senate.  For the last two years, that's meant a sort of continuing gridlock, but this year is different. The state budget was passed before the new fiscal year, which hasn't happened since 2000. A massive public works program was approved for November's ballot--on a bipartisan basis.  In the next four weeks, it appears at least possible that the legislature will pass--and the Governor will sign--proposals on global warming, the minimum wage and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. So what about Schwarzenegger's opponent in this year's re-election campaign.  If bipartisanship is the rule in Sacramento, can Phil Angelides get a foothold?  We hear from a major player and some political pros.

Guests:
Fabian Nunez, Speaker, California State Assembly

Making News How Dependent Is California on Alaskan Oil? 6 MIN

Pipeline corrosion has shut down Prudhoe Bay, America's biggest oil field, which provides some 30%of the oil refined in the Western states.  BP can't estimate when it will finish repairs to the Alaska pipeline. Severin Borenstein, who directs the Energy Institute at UC Berkeley, assesses how the closure will impact the price of gasoline in California.

Guests:
Severin Borenstein, UC Berkeley (@energyclippings)

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