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California's Insurance Commissioner is on next week's ballot, an office that has some power over your checking account. Whoever's elected has a lot to say about how much you pay to insure your property. Who are the candidates? Should the Commissioner's power be increased to include rates for medical insurance? Would that interfere with administering Obamacare? Also, most Californians are saving water in a third year of drought. How come the PG&E, big farmers and almost 4000 others can use all they want?

Later, on To the Point, cadets graduating from West Point today won't be going to war in Iraq or Afghanistan. We hear what President Obama told them about his vision for the military and its role in foreign policy for the future.

 

Banner image: (L-R) Dave Jones and Ted Gaines are the leading candidates for California Insurance Commissioner on next week's ballot.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Gideon Brower
Andrea Brody

Select California Companies, Farms Skirt Water Regulation 7 MIN, 43 SEC

California is in its third year of what could be a prolonged drought. In some parts of the state, water conservation is mandatory. But some 4000 corporations and agricultural concerns can use all the water they want.  The State Water Resources Control Board is a powerful agency, but it admits it has no idea how much they're using.  That's according to an investigative report by the Associated Press. Jason Dearen, who's based in San Francisco, co-authored the story.

Guests:
Jason Dearen, Associated Press (@JHDearen)

CA Insurance Commissioner Race Boils Down to Power Debate 13 MIN, 59 SEC

Democrat Dave Jones is running for re-election as California Insurance Commissioner. His opponents are Republican State Senator Ted Gaines and Peace and Freedom candidate Nathalie Hrizi. There's not much interest in next week's primary, but there's a lot at stake for November.

Guests:
Marc Lifsher, Reporter, Los Angeles Times (@MarcLifsher)
Harvey Rosenfield, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (@HarveRosenfield)

More:
Lifsher on the clash of ideologies in the Insurance Commissioner's race
Consumer Watchdog on California insurance reform
Californians against Higher Healthcare Costs
Prop 103: Consumer Intervenor Process (1988)

California’s Secretary of State, Controller Races 6 MIN, 17 SEC

Two other offices on next week's ballot are State Controller and Secretary of State. Raphe Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, joins us to handicap those. 

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

Next Week's Election… and Your Money 13 MIN, 18 SEC

Whoever's elected as California’s Insurance Commissioner next week will have a lot to say about how much you pay to insure your property. We look at the candidates.

Guests:
Marc Lifsher, Reporter, Los Angeles Times (@MarcLifsher)
Harvey Rosenfield, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (@HarveRosenfield)
Dario Frommer, Californians against Higher Healthcare Costs

More:
Californians against Higher Healthcare Costs
Consumer Watchdog on California insurance reform
Lifsher on the clash of ideologies in the Insurance Commissioner's race
Prop 103: Consumer Intervenor Process (1988)

California's Secretary of State, Controller Races 6 MIN, 17 SEC

Whoever's elected as California’s Insurance Commissioner next week will have a lot to say about how much you pay to insure your property. We look at the candidates.

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

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